M.Sc. in Community Health Nursing is a 3-year postgraduate course, the minimum eligibility for which is a B.Sc. Nursing degree, attained with a minimum aggregate score of 55%, and a 1-year work experience at least.
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test such as PGIMER, and subsequent round of counselling.
Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as Community Development Worker, Health Promotion Specialist, Health Service Manager, Medical Sales Representative, Adult Nurse Counsellor, Occupational Therapist, Physician Associate, Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Worker, Social Worker, Youth Worker, etc. They are hired in areas such as public health departments, home health agencies, hospitals, community organizations, wellness centers, school systems, faith communities, industries in rural/urban settings, and such.
The average annual salary offered to such professionals ranges between INR 2 and 10 Lacs, increasing with experience and expertise.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||B.Sc. in Nursing with minimum 55% aggregate marks and 1-year experience|
|Admission Process||Based on counselling after qualification of entrance tests.|
|Course Fee||INR 90,000 to 4.3 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2 to 10 lacs per annum|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Public Health Departments, Home Health Agencies, Hospices, Community Organizations, Wellness Centers, School Systems, Faith Communities, etc.|
|Job Positions||Community Development Worker, Further Education Teacher, Health Promotion Specialist, Health Service Manager, Medical Sales Representative, Adult Nurse Counsellor, Occupational Therapist, Physician Associate, Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Worker, Social Worker, Youth Worker, and such.|
This course offers a practice-orientated program of study for nurses seeking a community qualification recognized by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Students enrolled to the course are exposed to advanced lessons in both nursing and public health fields, and offered the opportunity to develop a heightened understanding of public policies, theories, principles, and their application to real-life cases.
The Community/Public Health Nursing specialty prepares nurses to assume leadership roles in assessing communities and populations, identifying high risk groups, partnering with communities, consumers, and stakeholders, developing culturally-sensitive, acceptable, and realistic, community-based nursing interventions.
Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees|
|Acharya's NR School of Nursing||Bangalore||INR 1,20,000 (Course)|
|Harsha Group of Educational Institutions-College of Nursing||Bangalore||INR 2,30,000 (Course)|
|T. John College of Nursing||Bangalore||INR 75,000 (Course)|
|Krupanidhi College of Nursing||Bangalore||INR 1,25,000 (Course)|
|AIIMS||Delhi||INR 1,000 (Course)|
|Dev Bhoomi Institute of Management Studies||Dehradun||INR 1.16 Lacs (Course)|
|AFMC||Pune||INR 82,000 (Course)|
|SRM University Kattankulathur Campus - [SRM]||Kanchipuram||INR 1.05 Lacs (Course)|
|Sri Ramachandra University||Chennai||INR 1 Lacs (Course)|
|Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research - [Jipmer]||Pondicherry||INR 6,000 (Course)|
|Madras Medical College - [MMC]||Chennai||INR 23,000 (Course)|
|Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences - [Nims], Hyderabad||Hyderabad||INR 1.05 Lacs (Course)|
|Eashwari Bai Memorial College of Nursing - [EBMCON]||Secunderabad||INR 82,350 (Course)|
|Mamata Nursing College||Khammam||INR 80,000 (Course)|
|Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University||Jaipur||INR 90,000 (Course)|
|NIMS Institute of Computer Science and Information Technology||Jaipur||INR 1.10 Lacs (Course)|
|Bharati Vidyapeeth University - [BVU]||Pune||INR 1.3 Lacs (Course)|
|University of Calicut||Calicut||INR 28,000 (Course)|
|Annamalai University||Cuddalore||INR 1.48 Lacs (Course)|
|Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research - [IPGMER]||Kolkata||INR 15,000 (Course)|
Candidates wishing to apply for the course need to have completed the B.Sc. in Nursing from a recognized institute, with a minimum aggregate score of 55%, besides a 1-year experience. Candidates with a Post-Basic B.Sc. in Nursing degree are exempted from the requirement of a 1year experience.
All aspiring candidates need to have a registration with a State council of nursing.
Most institutes offering the course admit students based on their performance in a relevant entrance test, followed by a round of Personal Interview. Some institutes conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. Admission process generally varies across colleges.
A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s score at the level of graduation.
Some such entrance tests held in the country for admission to the course are:
A year-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.
|Nursing Education||Nursing Management|
|Advance Nursing Practice||Clinical Specialty -II|
|Clinical Specialty – I||Medical Surgical Nursing|
|Medical Surgical Nursing||Cardio Vascular & Thoracic Nursing|
|Obstetric & Gynecological Nursing||Medical Surgical Nursing – Critical Care Nursing|
|Child Health (Pediatric) Nursing||Medical Surgical Nursing – Oncology Nursing|
|Mental Health (Psychiatric) Nursing||Medical Surgical Nursing - Neurosciences Nursing|
|Community Health Nursing||Medical Surgical Nursing - Nephro-Urology Nursing|
|Nursing Research & Statistics||Medical Surgical Nursing -Orthopedic Nursing|
|Medical Surgical Nursing - Gastro Enterology Nursing|
|Obstetric & Gynecological Nursing|
|Pediatric (Child Health) Nursing|
|Psychiatric (Mental Health) Nursing|
|Community Health Nursing.|
Successful completion of the course entitles one the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Specialist Practitioner qualification of Community Learning Disability Nursing/ Community Nursing in the Home District/ General Practice Nursing/ Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Registration, or Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting/School Nursing).
Employment opportunities in this profession are available in private and government hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes, old age homes, sanatoriums and the Armed Forces. State Nursing Councils, the Indian Nursing Council and Indian Red Cross Society and various other nursing institutions and employment areas for such professionals.
Listed here are the areas of specialty for qualified and trained postgraduates of the course are:
Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful postgraduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale in INR|
|Community Health Outreach Specialists||They serve as community-based member advocates and resources, using knowledge of the community and resources available to engage and assist vulnerable members in managing their healthcare needs. They collaborate with and support Quality Management teams by providing non-clinical paraprofessional duties in the field, to include meeting with members at their house, nursing homes, shelters, or doctor's offices, etc. they empower members by helping them navigate daily life and maximize their health plan benefits. Assistance offered by them may include scheduling appointments with provider, arranging transportation for healthcare visits, getting prescriptions filled, and following-up with members on missed appointments.||3,12,032|
|Community Health Workers||Community Health Workers are often responsible for looking out for the well-being of members of the community who may not be cared for by traditional medical institutions. This often includes the uninsured, migrant workers and immigrants. Those served include people of all different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. Community Health Workers may be responsible for ensuring that culturally diverse populations and underserved communities receive proper medical attention. Community Health Workers may be lay-members of the community rather than trained medical personnel and work for pay or as volunteers.||3,78,705|
|Health Care Coordinators||Health Care Coordinator is a job title that can apply to two primary job fields. One of these is a medical support role filled by professionals called Health Unit Coordinators. The other is a patient care and advocacy role that is commonly referred to as health care coordination. There two roles are different in many ways, but heir unifying factor is their affiliation with the healthcare field.||1,066,071|
|Health Care Navigators||They conduct public education about the availability of qualified health plans, facilitate enrollment in qualified plans, and provide information in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner to the population being served by an exchange.||3,92,705|
|Health Educators||Heath Educators create programs that encourage good health and wellness, and prevent disease. They teach people how to make good health decisions, incorporate healthy activities into their lives and advise against harmful behaviors.||2,70,558|
|Health Promotion Evaluators||Due to the diverse nature of the job there is no standard role, but in general, Health Promotion Evaluators plan and develop policies, strategies and projects for promoting health at local, regional or national level, develop health awareness in individuals, groups, and organizations and empower them to make healthy choices. They facilitate and support a range of statutory, voluntary, charitable, and commercial organizations in their delivery of health promotion activities, run community training courses and workshops in areas such as mental health, accident prevention, cancers, and heart disease;||2,90,970|
|Health Services Administrators||As the person in charge of a medical facility, a Healthcare Administrator’s duties can be varied and complex. Handling such responsibilities requires a mix of business administration skills and knowledge of medical services, and awareness of the regulations that govern the industry.||4,14,536|