Health Protection - Online

The purpose of this course is to provide clinical staff, managers and other relevant professionals with systematic training in the sciences relevant to infection-prevention and control/health protection which will enable them to provide and take responsibility for a broad-based infection-prevention and control/health protection service. The course is An Bord Altranais Category 2 approved.

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection (NFQ Level 9, Minor award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
-Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate management of infections caused by different pathogenic microorganisms
-Investigate the transmission of endemic and epidemic infections from sufficient knowledge of the characteristics and transmission of causative organisms
-Select appropriate methods for control of hospital and community acquired infectious disease
-Design, implement and evaluate co-ordinated control methods utilising tools such as reflective practice, audit and surveillance
-Assess constraints of health protection delivery services and provide possible solutions to barriers
-Describe the global impact of infectious diseases and strategies which are effective, partially effective and ineffective in management and prevention
-Discuss the wider aspects of Health Protection
-Discuss and identify effective methods to bring about practice change.

Why Choose This Course?
The Post Graduate Certificate in health protection is designed to meet the learning needs of all those who have an interest or who are directly responsible for preventing and managing healthcare-associated infections (HCAI) in primary, secondary or tertiary care. In addition it will introduce students to the wider aspects of health protection from a public health perspective.

Successful graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection qualify to proceed to a Master in Public Health with a specialisation in health protection.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have the following:
-An appropriate degree or professional qualification in healthcare or health services management (such as registered nurses, pharmacists, midwives, health services managers);
-Candidates may be required to present for interview.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Assessment Info

Assessment is continuous and includes project presentation, written assignments and a multiple choice exam.

Subjects taught

Programme Modules

Students take taught modules to the value of 30 credits incorporating 140 hours of structured contact time.

Students take 30 credits as follows:
EH6019 The Principles and Practice of Multi-disciplinary Health Protection (10 credits)
EH6046 Global and Environmental Health (5 credits)
EH6035 Practice Portfolio (5 credits) requires 10 days placement
MB6000 Microbiology for Health Protection (5 credits)
PG6009 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)


Minor Certificate 30 ECTS credits


6 Months part-time

Enrolment dates

Start Date 26th August 2020

Post Course Info

The course allows for progression to a Masters in Public Health (CKX11), both delivered by the School of Public Health.

Skills and Careers Information
Students who undertake this programme are currently employed in a range of careers in Ireland, Europe and in other developed and developing countries in diverse roles including health services, public health research, surveillance, environmental health and public health agencies.

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