Health Promotion & Wellness - Sligo

Objectives of Post-Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion & Wellness Practice

To develop health promotion competencies and show evidence of using these in health or other settings

To develop skills in the planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence based health behaviour change initiatives

To be able to appraise, communicate and disseminate evidence of health promotion research and practice

To develop self - reflective skills as a health promotion and wellness practitioner

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

Graduates from the Certificate in Health Promotion and Wellness Practice are automatically eligible to apply to become an International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) Registered Health Promotion Practitioner. This means that graduates of the combined programmes have qualifications that are recognised worldwide.

Key Course Information
The programme is taught over one year on a part-time (online) basis. The online delivery of the Post Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion and Wellness Practice affords educational 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.

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. 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.

Live Lectures: Live lectures normally take place between 6pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday but this may vary depending on the availability of specific lecturers. For the Certificate in Health Promotion and Wellness Practice, students are expected to attend 2 lectures each week which can range from 1-3 hours. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Title Credits
Concepts & Competencies for Health Promotion 10
Evidence Based Health Promotion Practice 05

Semester 2
Title Credits
Health Behaviour Change 10
Statistics and Data Analysis 05

Entry requirements

Applications with a 2.2 Honours award in any discipline may apply.

Applicants who do not meet this entry criterion may be considered through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is a process that may allow you to gain admission to a programme or to receive exemptions/ credit for some parts of the programme based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study or through your work or career. Further information is available at which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at

We welcome graduates from a wide variety of backgrounds including but not limited to those working in; health sciences, public health, health and wellbeing, employee wellness, health promotion, occupational health , nursing and medicine, social work, children services, psychology, health and wellness coaching, counselling, disability services, primary care services, mental health services, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, nutritional therapy, physiotherapy, sport, recreation and leisure industry, education, social sciences and childcare services.

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.

Enrolment dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
This programme will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of health and wellness/health promotion and/or research roles in the statutory, community and voluntary health and social care sector and the private sector. Such opportunities may include but are not limited to roles in acute hospital services, consumer services, health and wellbeing services, primary care services, mental health services, solder persons services, disability services, public health services, health and wellbeing projects, employee wellness programmes, research programmes and the sports, recreation and leisure sector.

Further Study
Students who wish to continue their studies following completion of this programme can enrol on the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Project Management. 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 select 'Health Promotion and Project Management Thesis – Restricted Entry' in the drop-down box for the course you are applying for.

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

More details
  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Flexible,Blended

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