Health Project Management

Course Summary
The Certificate in Health Project Management Level 9 programme aims to introduce students to the core concepts within health project management. Students will also gain insights into using leadership skills for the effective management of change. Students will also become proficient in a range of research methods and tools in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research approaches.

This programme is designed to support the upskilling of current and prospective employees in the health and social care sector, who are, or who will be involved in the design, delivery or evaluation of health and social care projects or service improvement programmes, but who do not have formal training or education in this area.

Objectives of this course is:

To develop knowledge and analytical skills in the planning and delivery of evidence based health projects.

To develop leadership and health project management competencies and show evidence of using these in health or other settings

To develop competencies in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research design

To develop self – reflective and leadership skills in the management of organisational change and in health project management

To develop professional practice skills to work autonomously and in collaboration with a broad range of relevant stakeholders.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Title Credits
Health Project Management 10
Quantitative Methods for Health Research 05

Semester 2
Title Credits
Change Management and Leadership in Health Project Management 10
Applied Practices in Quantitative Methods 05

Entry requirements

Applications with a 2.2 Honours award in a relevant discipline may apply. Applicants who do not meet this entry criterion may be considered through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Application dates

Applications for online programmes are accepted on the atu sligo website.

All programmes advertised will run subject to sufficient student numbers.

ATU sligo online has two intakes per year, the main one being in September with a smaller listing of programmes for January. For confirmation on start dates check

For September, applications open from 1st February each year. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31st august.

For January, applications open from 1st November each year. Closing date for applications is mid-January.

The online application form requires personal details, previous qualifications, professional accreditations, employment history and a personal statement. We recommend collating all the necessary paperwork i.e. Transcripts of previous qualifications, academic certificates before you submit an application.

Once submitted, our admissions team will contact you to confirm eligibility and request copies of any previous qualifications.

Academic staff review every application and approve eligible candidates for the programme.

Admissions team will notify you if you are accepted onto the course and will request deposit to confirm your place.

Places are limited, so please apply early.




1 year part-time

Delivery Method: Online

On-Campus Attendance
No attendance required

Most of our online courses have about 2-3 hours of live lectures per week (but this can vary per programme). The rest of your study time consists of independent learning, communicating with your lecturers and classmates and carrying out assignments.

Live lectures normally take place between 6pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday but this may vary depending on the availability of specific lecturers. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle and other accessible platforms. These recordings can be downloaded and watched later, at a time that suits you.

Please note, you may be required to take some time off work for the below:

• Exams Christmas Exams: 2 – 4 days in January each year. Summer Exams: 2 – 4 days in May each year.

• Workshops/Practical Classes: Approximately 2 – 4 days per year depending on the course you are studying. You will receive notification of the dates from your lecturer for each specific subject requirement.

During our Online & Flexible Learning Induction, you will meet with your Course Co-ordinator who will be available to answer any questions you might have, and they will give you your timetable for the upcoming academic year.

If you have any further questions, please contact our Admissions Team on

To help balance work, life, and online learning, it is important to understand the time that you will have to dedicate to your studies. This will help you to stay focused, reduce stress, and achieve your goals while also working full-time.

For part-time online or blended learning, it is recommended that you should try to allow for 5-6 hours per week per 5 credit module to your studies.


Total Fees: €2,000

Enrolment dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
The Certificate in Health Project Management course, has been designed in consultation with Portfolio Managers, Programme Leads, Project Managers and Service Managers in health and social care sector in recognition of, and in response to the demand for a workforce equipped with project management, research, and leadership skills, required to effectively lead, and manage projects and service/quality improvement programmes in contemporary health and social care.

This programme will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of project and service improvement roles in the statutory, community and voluntary health and social care sector. Graduates may pursue work opportunities as Project Managers, Project Team Leads, Project Officers, Programme Managers, Portfolio Leads, Programme Support Officers, Researchers, Quality Improvement Leads, and related service improvement roles within the health and social care sector.

Further Study
Students who wish to continue their studies following completion of this programme, may enrol on the Masters of Science in Health Promotion Practice at ATU Sligo which is currently being delivered.

Students may undertake a Post Graduate Diploma in Science in Health Promotion and Project Management or a Master of Science in Health Promotion and Project Management (these courses will run based on demand).

More details
  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Flexible,Blended

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