To enrol on the health visitor masters degree at the University of Southampton you will need a qualifying undergraduate degree in an associated subject, and be a practising nurse or midwife.
The health visitor masters degree course is known as the MSc in public health practice. This programme of study is formulated and structured to develop your knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based public health practice at individual, community and population levels.
It is the specialist community public health nursing module on the MSc public health practice course that leads to full qualification as a health visitor or school nurse.
During this module on the health visitor masters course, emphasis will be placed on the public health concepts that underpin practice, and the integration of theory to your defined area of practice (health visiting or school nursing).
Students will focus on developing professional strategies to improve health and wellbeing by assessing the needs of individuals, families and groups within the community, and identifying support networks and service provision.
Emphasis is also placed on working in partnership with others to assess, plan, provide and evaluate approaches to prevent, identify, minimise and manage the risk of interpersonal abuse or violence; safeguarding children and other vulnerable groups.
Alternatively, applicants may wish to undertake the undergraduate MSc in public health practice to achieve full health visitor or school nurse status. However, a masters qualification is seen as more desirable by employers and can lead to more senior roles.
The Health Sciences faculty at the University of Southampton offers a growing range of postgraduate-level options like the health visitor masters degree. These are carefully formulated to correspond to the requirements of professional bodies and employers.
The MSc masters degree in public health practice is designed to develop your knowledge and skills to lead and provide evidence-based public health practice at individual, community and population levels. The course is sometimes referred to as a health visitor masters.
This programme is for experienced public health practitioners, nurses and midwives. Related areas of study include health promotion; environmental health; health protection; health visiting; and nursing and midwifery. We welcome applications from international students.
Log on to the Health Sciences website at www.southampton.ac.uk/healthsciences to learn more about the health visitor masters degree offered by the University of Southampton.