Health Promotion - Research
Established in 1990, the Discipline of Health Promotion is the only one of its kind in the Republic of Ireland and is the national centre for professional training and education in health promotion. Attached to the Discipline is the Health Promotion Research Centre, which has an active multidisciplinary research programme in place ( ). The Health Promotion Research Centre is World Health Organisation Collaboration Centre for Health Promotion, an indicator of the standing internationally of our Director and staff. The aim of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research at NUI Galway is to support the WHO work programme in developing health promotion capacity through the translation of health promotion research into policy and practice.
Those undertaking a PhD within the Discipline work closely with researchers from the centre, as either supervisors or expert advisors, in order to ensure that the work is of high quality and has the potential to make a substantial contribution to the field of health promotion.
The Discipline of Health Promotion has a very active and highly competitive PhD research programme. Graduates of the PhD programme have found employment nationally and internationally as post-doctoral researchers and lecturers with some graduates now in professorial posts. Graduates hold posts not only in dedicated academic health promotion centres but also in related disciplines including nursing, psychology and primary care.
PhD students participate fully in the academic life of the University, including attending seminars, workshops, training opportunities, contributing to conference hosting, teaching and social events.
To be eligible to enter a programme of study and research for the degree of PhD in Health Promotion, it is expected that applicants would have a Masters level qualification in Health Promotion or a relevant discipline or such other evidence as would satisfy the Head of Discipline AND evidence of an IELTS qualification minimum level 7 overall, and in each component.
Candidates may be required to submit a research proposal for consideration by the School as part of their application.
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Through College of Medicine
Through College of Arts
PhD, full-time and part-time
Duration of programmes: 4 years, or 6 years.
The list below is of current projects which demonstrate the range of recent research undertaken by the centre. Our summary report of 2017 activities is now available for download and our full Annual Report of activities is also available for download and includes descriptions of all the following projects:
Health Behaviour in School-aged Children
Parents' Experiences of Weaning on the Island of Ireland
What's on Your Child's Plate?
Palliative Day Care: Bridging the Care Gap
Evaluation of the MindOut Programme in Post-Primary Schools
A Feasibility Study on the Implementation of MindOut in Youth Settings
Irish Workplace Behaviour Survey
Accreditation Model for Workplace Health Promotion: A Scoping Study
Study on Bullying and Incivility in the University Setting
Development of a Specialist Certificate in Workplace Wellness
WHO Euro Review of Adolescent Mental Health Promotion Interventions
IMPACCT: Health Literacy Education
Evaluation of Galway City Strategy to Prevent and Reduce Alcohol
Interprofessional Learning Programme
Public Awareness of Parenting, Prevention and Family Support Services (TUSLA)
Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Local Communities.