International Health

MPH International Health
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MPH International programme in UCD has been developed to offer multi-disciplinary training and development in Public Health, emphasising the knowledge and tools to analyse the factors that influence public health in an international environment.

• Knowledge of the factors influencing health status.

• The epidemiological skills of study design and analysis.

• Ability to work as an active team member in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating health policy.

Course Description
Increasingly public health problems are global requiring global solutions and with the freer movement of people and human & animal foodstuffs infectious diseases, and contaminated product, can rapidly become widely disseminated.

The health of a country's citizens is often dependent on the controls and public health infrastructure in operation. International surveillance and early warning systems were never more important but the thresholds for accessing the health service and the efficacy of public health systems varies greatly.

Mortality and morbidity are not evenly distributed across societies and poorer people suffer poorer health. Infectious diseases, chronic diseases, obesity and protein energy malnutrition all have an international dimension. The disparity in the economic situation between countries, and between subpopulations within countries, grows ever wider as does the associated health status.

Many graduates from the MPH work in the international arena and this stream of the MPH, where the two international health modules are compulsory and the thesis will encompass an international health topic, should position them better for employment in this sphere.

Vision and Values Statement
The Master of Public Health (International Health) provides broad-based education and training in the basic disciplines which underlie the practice of Public Health, including disease epidemiology, research methods and statistics, international health, global health threats, health promotion, environmental health, sociology and health policy. The course provides the academic foundation for the practice of Public Health in an international context. The MPH (International Health) will specifically focus on health problems in low and middle income countries, including the promotion of health, prevention and treatment of disease, palliative care and rehabilitation and devising appropriate health delivery models. We value and therefore encourage out students to be active, motivated autonomous learners. The learning environment is multi-disciplinary in nature. Tutorials, seminars and group work are important features of the teaching approach. Assessment is by continuous assessment and end of semester examinations and a research thesis. Assessment approaches include written assignments, oral presentations (both group and individual), data analysis and written examinations.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
• Principles of Epidemiology - PHPS40010
• Public Health Practice and Policy - PHPS40040
• Biostatistics I - PHPS40190
• Communicable Disease Epidemiology - PHPS40200
• One Health - PHPS40230
• Health Promotion - PHPS40300
• Non Communicable Disease Epidemiology - PHPS40370
• SDGs and Global Health - PHPS40430
• International Health in Action - PHPS40650
• Applied Research Methods, Data Management, Analysis & Reporting - PHPS40750
• Principles of Health Financing and Management - PHPS40860
• MPH Dissertation - PHPS41140

Stage 1 - Option
• Nutritional Epidemiology - PHPS40050
• Risk Perception, Communication and Behavior Changes - PHPS40450
• Biostatistics II - PHPS40460
• Sociology&Social Epidemiology - PHPS40850
• Intro to Genetic Epidemiology - PHPS40880
• Clinical Trials - PHPS40970
• Introduction to Knowledge Synthesis, Systematic Reviews & Meta-analysis - PHPS40980
• Advanced Epidemiology - PHPS41110
• Health Technology Assessment - PHPS41120
• Graduate Teaching Assistant - PHPS50010

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
This programme is intended for Graduates of Health Science degree programmes (Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Nursing, or other), Science degree programmes (Biology, Biochemistry, Food Science, Physiology, Pharmacology, or other) or Social Science degree programmes (Psychology, Sociology, Economics, or other) preferably with a 2.1 Award or higher. Awards of 2:2 or less may be considered with additional suitability credentials.

Applicants will be required to provide evidence of the highest level of mathematics achieved in prior education.

• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.
• These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
MPH (International Health) FT (X498)
Deadline: Rolling*

MPH (International Health) PT (X499)
Deadline: Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No




X498: 1 year full-time
X499: 2 years part-time
Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face


MPH International Health (X498) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8545
nonEU fee per year - € 19740

MPH International Health (X499) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4305
nonEU fee per year - € 12800

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
As UCD has a globally acclaimed reputation in the area of Public Health learning, you will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in a wide range of careers in the Public Health sector.

Many of our former students hold significant posts in Public Health in various parts of the world. MPH Graduates include, for example, Consultants in Public Health Medicine, University Professors and Ministry of Health Medical Officers.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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