Mental Health Promotion

Your Course
The Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Promotion is a part-time outreach programme (Level 9) that has been jointly developed by NUI Galway and Mental Health Ireland. This programme is designed for professionals working in different sectors who wish to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies of mental health promotion and its implementation in practice. The programme's aim is to provide participants with professional education and training in the principles and practice of promoting positive mental health and well-being. Course participants will acquire an understanding of the concepts, principles and evidence base for mental health promotion and the practical implementation of mental health promotion interventions from a national and international perspective. Programme delivery is through blended learning with online course materials for self-study accompanied by face-to-face instruction through lectures and workshops, with students attending one day per month throughout the academic year. On-site delivery will be offered at the NUI Galway campus. This programme is open to those working in a professional capacity in areas such as mental health, health promotion, public health, primary care, education, community work, nursing, social work, psychology and allied fields.

The programme is delivered through a blend of online and face-to-face contact. Some on-campus attendance is expected from students. Support and guidance is provided to all students in order to optimise utilisation and engagement with online learning platforms.

Subjects taught

Programme structure

The programme comprises three modules. The first two modules include participation in workshops and self-paced instructional materials with assignments and independent study, while the third module focuses on project work.

1. Concepts and principles of Health Promotion

This module includes:
Definitions of health and Health Promotion

Health Promotion programme development

Current issues and discourse in Health Promotion policy and practice

Communication training and facilitation skills.

2. Specialism module

This module includes:
Concepts and determinants of positive mental health and wellbeing, mental health equity, frameworks for practice

Effective mental health promotion interventions, evidence-based principles of effective practice

Implementing mental health promotion strategies across the life course in key settings such as the home, schools (primary and post-primary), community, primary care and mental health services

International and national policy development, advocacy and capacity development in the promotion of mental health and wellbeing.

3. Project development

Course participants will design a mental health promotion intervention for implementation with a specific population group in a setting of their choice.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Entry requirement is a primary degree; each applicant is assessed individually on relevant professional experience, level of motivation and suitability as per the personal statement submitted in the online application.

Application dates

31st August 2022, subject to a prescribed minimum registering. Applications will close earlier if the course is oversubscribed with suitably qualified applicants.

Assessment Info

Modules are assessed by means of continuous assessment based on essays and project work throughout the year.


ECTS weighting 30


1 year, part-time.

Enrolment dates

The programme runs from September to the following May.

Next start date September 2019

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Graduates will work in a broad range of professional sectors to incorporate mental health promotion into their practice, equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to implement evidence-based mental health promotion actions. The learning from this programme will support professional development and workforce capacity in mental health promotion, positioning graduates to advance their role in this field and re- orientate their practice to support the promotion of population mental health and well-being.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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