This interdisciplinary course focusses on multidisciplinary approaches to cardiovascular health and lifestyle medicine. The course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to make meaningful contributions to the discipline of preventive cardiology and cardiovascular rehabilitation. The taught modules address the development and practical use of cardiovascular disease risk estimation tools, implementation of healthcare policy, behavioural change strategies, lifestyle approaches to risk factor modification, and medical management of risk factors including hypertension, dyslipidaemia, diabetes mellitus, obesity and exposure to tobacco.
Modules include: Fundamentals of Preventive Cardiology; Research Methods; Reflective Clinical Practice; Lifestyle Risk Factor Modification; Cardiac Rehabilitation; Tobacco Cessation; Physical Activity and Exercise; Diet and Weight Management; Pharmacological Approaches and Research Dissertation.
Minimum Entry Requirements
Successful applicants will possess at least a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 degree in an appropriate life science, biological science, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, dietetics or other allied health professions. For those who do not hold a primary degree at the required level, a special case will be made if they have demonstrated aptitude for the course material through at least three years of high quality work experience in a relevant field of cardiovascular health.
Candidates coming to Ireland from abroad or who do not have a degree from Ireland or the UK will be asked to provide evidence of an acceptable result in one of the recognised English language proficiency tests, e.g., IELTS total score of 6.5.
Prospective candidates may be interviewed by video conference.
WHEN TO APPLY:
NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Post Course Info
Graduates of the course will be positioned as leaders in cardiovascular disease prevention and will find ample opportunities to apply their learning across a variety of clinical settings in both primary and secondary care.
There will also be employment opportunities in public health, health promotion, healthcare management, academic and research settings, and the pharmaceutical industry. Clinician graduates will benefit from career advancement within their chosen disciplines. Master's students completing the 5,000-word 'ready-for-publication' dissertation will be supported in preparing their work for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, which will further augment their career prospects.