Public Health

• Knowledge of the factors influencing health status.
• An understanding of the organisation and financing of Health Services and their impact on population health.
• The epidemiological skills of study design and analysis.
• Ability to work as an active team member in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating health policy.

Vision & Values Statement
The Master of Public 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, health promotion, environmental health, health economics, international health, sociology and health policy. The course provides the academic foundation for the practice of Public Health. We value and therefore encourage 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

Related Programmes
• MPH (Nutrition) FT
• MPH (International Health) FT
• MPH (Penang Medical College) FT

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Principles of Epidemiology PHPS40010
Public Health Practice and Policy PHPS40040
Biostatistics I PHPS40190
Communicable Disease Epidemiology PHPS40200
Health Promotion PHPS40300
Non Communicable Disease Epidemiology PHPS40370
SDGs and Global Health PHPS40430
Applied Research Methods, Data Management, Analysis & Reporting PHPS40750
Sociology&Social Epidemiology PHPS40850
Principles of Health Financing and Management PHPS40860
MPH Dissertation PHPS41140

Stage 1 - Option
Nutritional Epidemiology PHPS40050
One Health PHPS40230
Risk Perception, Communication and Behavior Changes PHPS40450
Biostatistics II PHPS40460
International Health in Action PHPS40650
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

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 suitable 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 Scores: Not less than 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.5 in writing and not less than 6 in each other component.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MPH FT (X065)
1 Years
Full Time

MPH PT (X183)
2 Years
Part Time

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


MPH FT (X065)
Duration: 1 Years
Attend: Full Time

MPH PT (X183)
Duration: 2 Years
Attend: Part Time


MPH Public Health (X065) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8545
nonEU fee per year - € 19740

MPH Public Health (X183) 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.

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, students will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in a wide range of careers in the Public Health sector.

Many 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)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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