Health Project Management - Sligo

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.

Key Course Information
The online, part-time Certificate in Health Project Management Level 9 is taught over one year on a part-time and online basis. The online delivery of this programmes affords flexibility for those wishing to attain a formal qualification in this area but who are not able to attend campus based or full-time programmes.

Live Lectures: for this course normally take place on two evenings per week and each lecture will last for approximately 1-2 hours. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle (our virtual learning environment), and you can watch back.

Study Hours: Whether you are studying part-time online, blended, or full-time online, it is very important that you allocate enough study time to your online course to stay focused, reduce stress and achieve your goals. This programme will involve a mixture of live classes, directed learning, self-directed learning, reflective learning, group, and individual module assignments. Approximately 18-20 hours per week study commitment is required (this includes live classes).

Assignments/Examinations: Assessment is via Continuous Assessment through the year. Students must be available for Assignment Group Work outside of Live Class times.

Online Learning Induction: An online induction will be scheduled for all registered students in September prior to the commencement of the programme. Details of Induction will be communicated to you in September.

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 with other qualifications and with relevant work experience may also be considered through ATU Sligo's Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process. RPL is a process that may allow you to gain admission to a programme or to receive exemptions/credit from some parts of a programme based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study or through your work and career. Further information is available through which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at

Applicants are welcome from all areas of the health and social care sector who have responsibility for, or an interest in leading/managing or working on health projects and service improvement programmes. Not limited to but including digital health, medicine, public health, nursing and midwifery, health and welling, acute care, health education, health promotion, primary care, disability services, services for older persons, mental health services, emergency management, quality improvement services, patient safety, and human resources, in the statutory, voluntary and community sector.

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, online.


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 can enrol on the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Promotion and Wellness Practice. Both awards combined with a completed thesis module leads to a Master of Science in Health Promotion and Project Management.

If you would like to apply for the thesis module, please apply and select 'Health Promotion and Project Management Thesis – Restricted Entry' in the drop-down box for the course you are applying for.

Students can also enrol directly onto the Masters of Science in Health Promotion Practice.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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