Public Health - Nutrition

MPH Public Health (Nutrition)
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MPH Nutrition programme in UCD has been developed to offer multi-disciplinary training and development in Public Health Nutrition, emphasising the application of food and nutrition knowledge, policy, and research to the improvement of population health.
• 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.

Programme Outcomes
• Graduates will be able to identify and apply appropriate epidemiological methods for study design.
• Graduates will be able to identify and apply appropriate statistical analysis to analyse a public health problem.
• Graduates will be able to identify the occurrence and distribution of health and illness in populations analyse and to interpret health data to assess community needs and resources.
• Graduates will demonstrate critical appraisal skills.
• Graduates will demonstrate understanding of health promotion and disease prevention and the importance of advocacy as a public health professional.
• Graduates will demonstrate understanding of the breadth of the role of public health in the health services.
• Graduates will have a good understanding of nutrition related health problems including obesity and associated chronic diseases, micro and macro nutritional deficiencies and life stage nutrition.

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
Fundamentals of Epidemiology

Public Health Practice and Policy

Nutritional Epidemiology

Biostatistics I

Communicable Disease Epidemiology

One Health

Health Promotion

Non Communicable Disease Epidemiology

SDGs and Global Health

Risk Perception, Communication and Behavior Changes

Applied Research Methods, Data Management & Analysis with SPSS

Sociology&Social Epidemiology

MPH Dissertation

Stage 1 - Option
Risk Analysis in Food Safety

Principles of Health Financing and Management

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)
Deadline: Rolling*

MPH (Nutrition) PT (X300)
Deadline: Rolling*

* 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.

Related Programmes
• MSc Food Safety & Risk Analysis FT
• MPH (Penang Medical College) FT

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time

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