Health Promotion - Approaches to Cardiovascular Health & Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

Designed for healthcare professionals, the programme equips students with an in-depth understanding of how to critically assess the evidence base, understand national and international approaches to the promotion of cardiovascular health and the prevention of diabetes, and appreciate the role of advocacy in influencing health and environmental (public) policies. Course participants will gain skills and competencies for effective implementation of health promotion interventions and in project management. This is a blended learning programme with the online delivery of course material for self-directed learning accompanied by on-campus, face-to-face workshops, delivered at NUI Galway one day per month.

Support and guidance is provided to all students in order to optimise utilisation and engagement with online learning platforms.

1. You have an interest in how societal and lifestyle factors can impact on the healthy of the individual.

2. You would like to gain the knowledge and skills to influence behaviour change at the individual and population level.

3. This Level 9 course is particularly suited to individuals who work full-time and would like to increase their knowledge of and skills in the effective implementation of health promotion interventions.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Entry requirement is a primary degree; each applicant is assessed
individually on relevant professional experience, level of
motivation and suitability as per the personal statement submitted
in the online application.

Application dates

31 August 2023, subject to a prescribed minimum registering. Applications will close earlier if the course is oversubscribed with suitably qualified applicants.


1 year part-time.

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Career Opportunities
The communication and facilitation skills taught on the course have been highlighted by previous students as being a particularly important element of the course, as well as the skills learned in planning, designing, implementing and evaluating a health promotion programme. Some of our past students work in national organisations such as the Irish Heart Foundation and Diabetes Ireland. Previous students of this course with healthcare qualifications have found it broadened their understanding of the of socio-ecological determinants of health, and as such has informed the approach they took to tackling noncommunicable diseases in the workplace and community.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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