Health & Society
Health and wellbeing are critical issues in society. The M.A. in Health and Society is a new and innovative programme which addresses health and its determinants from a rich interdisciplinary perspective. It is aimed at graduates from a broad range of disciplines in the sciences and humanities and is designed to provide a unique and critical analysis of contemporary discourses and issues from an individual, societal and global perspective.
This course is about health, and not exclusively healthcare. Health is both a medical and a social issue. Students taking this course will explore health from a variety of different angles. The unique nature of this course is its interdisciplinary approach, as it brings together experts on issues of health from a vast range of disciplines and colleges, including medicine, epidemiology, philosophy, ethics, sociology, social policy and law. The M.A. in Health and Society is aimed at graduating students in Philosophy, Epidemiology and Public Health, Sociology, Geography and related disciplines and at graduates with continuing education needs, for example managerial staff working in the Health sector.
The M.A. in Health and Society aims to support the development of a set of advanced skills necessary in the practice and management of health and healthcare: practice skills, research skills, critical appraisal skills and clinical reasoning skills.
Students will take three core modules on the following topics: Principles and Practice of Public Health (10 Credits); Critical Public Health (10 Credits); Philosophy and Health (10 credits). They will then choose from a range of modules offered by different disciplines, including law, sociology, social policy, applied psychology, epidemiology and public health, and philosophy. Finally, students will be asked to submit a minor dissertation, of approximately 10,000 words.
By the end of the course, students will be expected to demonstrate in-depth expertise in relation to philosophical, epidemiological sociological and psychological factors which contribute to health and well-being. This MA will open new career options in the health sector, as well as research opportunities in the humanities and social sciences.
Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Society (NFQ Level 9, Minor Award)
Students who pass taught modules to the value of at least 30 credits (but less than 60 credits) may exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Society.
Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Society (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
Students who pass taught modules to the value of 60 credits may exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Society.
Why Choose This Course
This is an interdisciplinary course that overcomes the boundaries between disciplines in medicine, social sciences and humanities. While health is the focus, students will learn how to approach this complex issue from a variety of methodologies: medical, sociological, philosophical, psychological and legal.
Applicants should hold a 2H2 degree (or equivalent) in either the disciplines of Philosophy, Public Health, Sociology, Social Science, Geography, Government, Politics, Law, Medicine, Nursing and other health professional programmes.
Candidates who hold less than a 2H2 level may also be considered, following a review of their individual qualifications and experience and based on the information provided in a supplementary statement and/or interview acceptable to the Department selection committee. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.
Holders of the BSc in Public Health or the BSc in Public Health and Public Promotion will be exempt from EH6025 principles and Practice of Public Health if he/she undertakes the MA in Health and Society within five years from the date of successful completion of either of the above mentioned degrees. Learning outcomes for EH6025 have been covered in the following BSc modules; currently EH1005, EH2005, EH4007, EH4005, SS4000 and GV4000.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
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Each module will be assessed by continuous assessment, end-of-semester examination or a combination of both. The continuous assessment element will take the form of essays and assignments including class presentations. There will also be a final year dissertation of approximately 10,000 words.
Students take 90 credits as follows:
Core modules (60 credits)
• EH6025 Principles and Practice of Public Health (10 Credits)
• PH6047 Philosophy and Health (10 credits)
• SS6019 Critical Public Health (10 credits)
Students select one of the following research modules:
• PH6020 Dissertation in Philosophy (30 credits)
• EH6040 Dissertation in Public Health and Epidemiology (30 credits)
Students select 30 credits from the following postgraduate and undergraduate modules (max. 10 credits for undergraduate modules are allowed):
• AP6129 Health Psychology (5 credits)
• EH6026 Applied Research for Public Health (10 credits)
• LW6546 Juvenile Justice (10 credits)
• LW6549 International Children's Rights (10 credits)
• LW6592 Mental Capacity Law (5 credits)
• LW6609 Mental Health Law (5 credits)
• PH6012 Human Rights 1 (10 credits)
• PH6048 The Philosophy of Death and Dying (10 credits)
• PH6052 Advanced Moral Psychology (10 credits)
• PH6053 Professional Ethics: Advanced (10 credits)
• PH6054 Measuring Society: Growth, Poverty, Inequality, and Human Capital (10 credits)
• PH6057 Philosophy and the Biological Health Sciences (10 credits)
Student may select a maximum of 10 credits from the following undergraduate modules
• EH4005 Health Services (5 credits)
• PH2002 Reasoning and Argument (5 credits)
• PH2019 Philosophy of Science (5 credits)
• PH2028 Applied Ethics (5 credits)
• PH3046 Philosophy of Biology (5 credits)
• SC1011 Sociology of Health, Public Health and Health Promotion (5 credits)
• SC3023 Sociology of Health and Illness : New Directions and Current Debates (5 credits)
• SC3025 Health and Scientific Deviance (5 credits)
• SS3016 Social Perspectives in Mental Health (5 credits)
• SS3024 Social Movements and Health (5 credits)
• SS4000 Science, Technology and Public Controversy (5 credits).
CKD10: 1 year Full-time
CKD11: 2 years Part-time
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
There will be approximately 9 hours of lectures/seminars per week. Students will be expected to conduct on average 20 hours of reading per week, on top of the time spent in class.
Start Date: 7 September 2020
Post Course Info
Skills and Careers Information
Students will acquire a variety of analytical skills, which will allow them to analyze health from many different perspectives. This MA will enhance opportunities to work in the health sector, at all levels. Careers in the private sector, especially pharmaceutical companies, will also be a possibility for graduates of this programme.