Public Health

Why Choose This Course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health is a multi-disciplinary course that allows you to specialise in health promotion, health protection or advanced epidemiology. The course offers both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health is an innovative course designed to offer multi-disciplinary academic and experiential development for students from a range of professional backgrounds. Our modules are developed and taught by a dedicated team of staff, who are experts in a variety of public health areas. Students will experience a wide range of teaching styles: classroom-based, limited field work, and lab sessions.

Entry requirements


1.All applicants will be required to write a 300 word statement demonstrating suitability to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health.

2.Candidates are required to meet one of the following:
Possess a NFQ level 8 degree in a relevant subject area (minimum 2H1)
OR Hold an NFQ Level 9 Postgraduate Certificate in a relevant subject area (minimum 2H1)
OR Completion of three years (180 credits) of a medical degree programme from a recognised University on the Island of Ireland. No student may register for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health programme of study until the Third University Examination in Medicine has been passed to an Upper Second Class honours Standard.

Relevant subject areas are Biological Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Public Health and Social Sciences.

Note: In some circumstances, applicants without a primary degree or applicants without a relevant primary degree may be recommended for entry to the programme following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the course committee. Such applicants may be called for interview and their admission will be subject to the approval of the School of Public Health's Executive Committee.

Garda Vetting
Students, or applicants in receipt of an offer, on this programme will be subject to Garda Vetting as relevant. Students will be prohibited from engaging in a relevant work placement unless the vetting process has been cleared. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.

Assessment Info


You will have a range of written assignments, exams, a placement portfolio and presentations to complete for this postgraduate diploma.

Subjects taught

Course Outline
To meet the increasing demand for highly trained public health specialists we are offering a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health designed to prepare you to investigate, evaluate and address public health challenges, whatever your professional background. Our Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health programme will equip you with the core knowledge and specialized skills necessary to make a real difference in public health.

This Postgraduate Diploma runs over 10 months and lectures are delivered on Thursdays (3pm to 9pm) and Fridays (9am to 5pm).

The Postgraduate Diploma has three pathways as follows:
Pathway 1: Health Promotion
Pathway 2: Health Protection
Pathway 3: Epidemiology & Biostatistics

In Semester 1 you will take core modules to the value of 30 credits. In Semester II you can choose one of the pathways and undertake modules to the value of 30 credits (25 credits from the chosen pathway and a 5 credit core module).

Students take 60 credits as follows:

Semester 1:

Core Modules - All pathways
Students take 30 credits as follows:
EH6025 Principles and Practice of Public Health (10 credits)
EH6026 Applied Research for Public Health (10 credits)
EH6027 Public Health Informatics (5 credits)
EH6091 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)

Semester 2:

Core Module - All pathways
EH6028 Leadership in Public Health (5 credits)

Pathways (Pathway preferences will need to be chosen in consultation with the Programme Director)

Pathway 1: Health Promotion
Students take 25 credits as follows:
EH6029 Health Promotion: Concepts, Principles and Practice (10 credits)
EH6039 Public Health and Behavioural Change (5 credits)
EH6045 Practice Portfolio - Health Promotion (5 credits)

PLUS 5 credits from the following:
EH6046 Global and Environmental Health (5 credits)
SS6017 Critical Public Health (5 credits)

Pathway 2: Health Protection
Students take 25 credits as follows:
EH6019 The Principles and Practice of Multi-disciplinary Health Protection (10 credits)
EH6035 Practice Portfolio (5 credits)
EH6046 Global and Environmental Health (5 credits)
MB6000 Microbiology for Health Protection (5 credits)

Pathway 3: Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Students take 25 credits as follows:
EH6031 Advanced Epidemiology (10 credits)
EH6044 Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (5 credits)
ST6011 Advanced Biostatistics (5 credits)
ST6012 Survival Analysis (5 credits)

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.


1 year Full-time;

Teaching takes place on Thursdays (3pm to 9pm) and on Fridays (9am to 5pm). Teaching will include SPSS (all students) and STATA labs (Advanced Epidemiology students) and occasional field trips. For two of the pathways (Health Promotion and Health Protection) you are expected to complete a ten-day placement.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9 September 2020

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information

Our graduates are currently employed in a range of careers in Ireland, Europe and in other developed and developing countries in diverse public health roles including health services, public health research, surveillance, environmental health and public health agencies.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PG Dip

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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