Work-Based Learning

CPD and short courses (short course)

Blended learning

3 months

Module level: 7

Module credits: 15 credits

You'll learn mostly via distance learning, with two in-person sessions in either Cambridge or Chelmsford.


Develop your knowledge and understanding around key public health priorities with this practice-based module for registered nurses. You'll explore the interventions available to tackle your area of interest at a local, national, and global level, informing your future practice.

Many healthcare practitioners' roles include an element of public health. Key patterns can become apparent among their communities, such as high levels of service users with obesity, or experiencing domestic abuse.

On this course you'll create a case study by creatively examining relevant contemporary literature around your public health issue of choice. Over 20 practice days, you'll conduct research online, speak to relevant organisations and/or charities, and begin to apply the theoretical and practical concepts you've learned in your workplace, aiding your understanding of, and enabling you to critique, the literature.

You'll explore the interventions available in your chosen area at a local, national, and global level, as well as the barriers and driving forces to these interventions, ultimately considering their suitability for use in your own practice. As you progress, you'll develop the ability to inform practice and influence policy, generating an argument for addressing this area at a population, as well as individual, level.

By the end of the course, you'll be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the measures being undertaken to address your chosen issue in the communities where you work, and an awareness of local, national, and international attempts at addressing it, and how communities are engaged in the process.

You'll be assessed though a 1,500-word case study, as well as practice reflections, where you'll reflect upon and analyse attempts made to address your issue of choice in your own practice areas, using new information to inform future practice.

Who should attend?

This course is for registered nurses.


This course runs every trimester. Start dates for the 2024/25 academic year are:

  • 18 September 2024
  • 15 January 2025
  • 7 May 2025

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care at ARU is primed to meet the demand for healthcare professionals, doctors, scientists and social workers in the East of England.

We've been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that our students want the very best experiential learning, and we've invested heavily in purpose-built simulated wards, science labs and skills spaces, to support your learning every step of the way.

Where can I study?

Blended learning
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Study through a mix of face-to-face teaching and online sessions.

More about blended learning

You'll complete most of the learning for this course, including your 20 practice days, at home and in your workplace. However, there will be two in-person sessions on ARU's Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses.

The first session will take place at the start of the course, and will introduce you to the case study and assignment brief.

The second will take place partway through the course, and offers you the opportunity to share your preliminary findings and access any additional support you require.

Fees & funding

Course fees

15 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2024/25


Funding for CPD

Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.

Contact details

CPD admissions team
[email protected]

Course leader
Amanda Wagg: [email protected]

Entry requirements

You must be a registered nurse to study on this course.

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