Single Module Level 7

Developing Healthy Communities (30 Credits, Level 7)


Distance Learning


One semester

Next enrolment

January 2023


In a nutshell

The module has two key elements, firstly you will apply theoretical concepts, research, and evidence-based practice to understand complex problems, as they present in health and social care, which includes the critical analysis of the complex factors (including social determinates of health) that impact individuals and communities.

The module then supports you in development of the skills to critically appraise and apply clinical reasoning and quality/service improvement methodologies to the concept of developing healthy communities within your own field of practice.

This module is offered within the Advancing Integrated Care MSc - General Practice Nursing - but can also be taken as a stand-alone module.

Attendance is part-time, delivered one day per week online. You will also have the opportunity to spend one day on campus for a clinical skills session. 

Course details

All about the course

After gaining an understanding of the evidence base you will have the opportunity to identify appropriate methods for dealing with complex and ethical issues pertaining to the delivery and management of compassionate person-centred care through digital health solutions (including digital consultation and assessment/ Artificial Intelligence / health monitoring).  Finally, you will identify and critically assess how technology can support and enhance the health outcomes of individuals through integrated approaches, relating these approaches to your own practice.

This module is offered within the Advancing Integrated care MSc, but can be taken as a stand-alone module.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

You will be taught online one day a week via a wide range of learning and teaching activities facilitated by academic and clinical colleague with substantial experience in primary care and General Practice Nursing. You will have the opportunity to attend university for one day of clinical skills training to enhance your clinical skills and put the theory you have learnt into practice.

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

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What about after uni?

On successful completion of this module, you will have advanced your skills in clinical decision making and management of patients commonly encountered within the Practice Nurse role, including those with long term conditions. You will enhance your professional role, developing your skills in leadership and service improvement leading to the opportunity to apply for Senior Practice Nurse and leadership roles.

A taste of what you could become

General Practice Nurse

Career Links

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector which in turn help you provide a better service.


What you need to know

Applying for post qualifying Health and Social Care single modules

All applications for post qualifying health and social care modules are made directly to the University.

Self-funded applications

If you are self-funding a programme of study or single module, please complete the appropriate application form and send directly to the University.

For admissions enquiries, please contact Lorna Kong


    Standard entry requirements

    Previous study and experience

    You should have an undergraduate degree in a related discipline. 

    You will be a Registered Nurse, ideally working within a General Practice Nurse role. 

    Alternation entry requirements

    Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

    We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

    The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

    Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

    We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Pat Killeen for further information.

    Supporting information: you should include details of your current post and role and previous study at level 5 / 6.

    Personal statement: please outline the reasons why you wish to undertake this module.

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Part-time 2024/25 £1,470 per 30 credit module
    Part-time 2025/26 £1,530 per 30 credit module

    Additional costs

    You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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    Enrolment dates

    January 2023