Public Health - Nutrition

• Knowledge of the factors influencing health status.
• The epidemiological skills of study design and analysis.
• A proper understanding of the Public Health function.

Vision & Values Statement
The Master of Public Health (Nutrition) is suited to health and nutrition professionals interested in furthering their knowledge of the relationship between diet and disease with additional knowledge in areas ranging from obesity to malnutrition. The Master of Public Health (Nutrition) provides broad-based education and training in the basic disciplines which underlie the practice of Public Health Nutrition including disease epidemiology, nutrition epidemiology, diet and disease, behavioural change, research methods and statistics, health promotion, environmental health, health economics, 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
• MSc Food Safety & Risk Analysis FT
• MPH (Penang Medical College) FT

Subjects taught

The MPH programmes are divided into four six-week blocks, each of which contain Core and Option modules. This is a 90 credit Masters. Each student must take 70 credits of taught modules and a 20 credit Dissertation.

Stage 1 - Core
Principles of Epidemiology PHPS40010
Public Health Practice and Policy PHPS40040
Nutritional Epidemiology PHPS40050
Biostatistics I PHPS40190
Communicable Disease Epidemiology PHPS40200
One Health PHPS40230
Health Promotion PHPS40300
Non Communicable Disease Epidemiology PHPS40370
SDGs and Global Health PHPS40430
Risk Perception, Communication and Behavior Changes PHPS40450
Applied Research Methods, Data Management, Analysis & Reporting PHPS40750
Sociology&Social Epidemiology PHPS40850
MPH Dissertation PHPS41140

Stage 1 - Option
Biostatistics II PHPS40460
International Health in Action PHPS40650
Principles of Health Financing and Management PHPS40860
Intro to Genetic Epidemiology PHPS40880
Clinical Trials PHPS40970
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 suitability credentials. Applicants will be required to provide evidence of the highest level of mathematics achieved in prior education.

• Applicants to this programme should apply to the general MPH programme. Further information is available online.

• 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

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MPH (Nutrition) FT (X299)
1 Years
Full Time

MPH (Nutrition) PT (X300)
2 Years
Part Time

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


MPH (Nutrition) FT (X299)
Duration: 1 Years
Attend: Full Time

MPH (Nutrition) PT (X300)
Duration: 2 Years
Attend: Part Time


MPH Public Health (Nutrition) (X299) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8545
nonEU fee per year - € 19740

MPH Public Health (Nutrition) (X300) 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

Career Opportunities
As UCD has a globally acclaimed reputation in the area of Public Health, 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)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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