Public Health - Online

To meet increasing demand for highly trained public health specialists, we are offering a Master of Public Health designed to prepare yo investigate, evaluate and address public health challenges, whatever your professional background. Our Master of Public Health programme will equip you with the core knowledge and specialised skills necessary to make a real difference in public health. This part-time online MPH is a structured programme delivered over 22 months.


Programme Learning Outcomes for Master of Public Health (Online) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
Critically analyse theories and issues related to public health;
Construct arguments around the social, political and economic factors determining the health of populations;
Demonstrate competence in the key underpinning disciplines and theories of public health including epidemiology, communicable diseases including health care associated infections, biostatistics, global health, screening, social and behavioural sciences and social policy;
Analyse and synthesise evidence and apply it to public health;
Demonstrate enhanced knowledge in specific Public Health areas e.g. health promotion, health protection, global health, epidemiology and biostatistics in public health;
Demonstrate logical reasoning in written work and discussion;
Employ a range of appropriate research and analysis methods with confidence and expertise;
Critically reflect on their own and others' learning and practice.

Who teaches this course
The course is delivered by the School of Public Health faculty in conjunction with external lecturers with subject-specific expertise.

Why Choose This Course
The Master of Public Health is a multi-disciplinary programme that will provide students with skills in health promotion, health protection, epidemiology, biostatistics and global health - in preparation for a career in 21st Century public health practice or research.

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 using the most up-to-date technology-enhanced learning methods.

Our online MPH builds on the success of our campus-based MPH programme, the largest programme of its kind in Ireland.

Entry requirements


1.All applicants will be required to write a 300-word statement demonstrating suitability to undertake a Master of Public Health.
2.All applicants are required to meet one of the following:
Possess a NFQ level 8 degree in a relevant subject area (minimum 2H1) OR
Possess a NFQ level 9 postgraduate diploma in a relevant subject area (minimum 2H1)

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.

Technical Requirements

To access and interact with the course content, assignments and assessments etc., students will require access to at least a PC/Laptop running Windows 7 or later and Mac OSX 10.7.4. Common plug-ins such as Microsoft Silverlight, Java and Flash will also be required. Students must have access to MS Office or an equivalent suite of applications such as Libre Office. They must also have access to a modern standards compliant web browser. UCC recommends either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
To engage productively and successfully with the content, basic technical computer skills such as familiarity with word processing, web browsing and email is recommended.

Exemptions at point of entry
Applicants may be eligible for exemptions. If eligible, the relevant exemption paperwork must be completed immediately on entering the programme. This application will be reviewed by the School of Public Health's Executive Committee. Please request an application form from the programme administrator.
1.Holders of UCC's Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection or UCC's Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health will be exempt from certain modules if the MPH is undertaken within five years from the date of award of UCC's Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection or UCC's Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health.

2.Holders of UCC's BSc in Public Health, UCC's BSc in Public Health Sciences or UCC's BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion will be exempt from EH6094 Principles and Practice of Public Health if he/she undertakes the MPH within five years from the date of award of one of the above mentioned degrees.

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.

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Assessment Info


A range of continuous assessments are used across the modules. These may include essays, case studies, discussion boards, online presentations, quizzes, report writing, reflective journals and other online activities.

Subjects taught

Part I - Year 1
Students take 45 credits of core modules and select up to 5 credits of electives as follows:

Core Modules
Induction Week (non-credit bearing module)
EH6088 Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (5 credits)
EH6094 Public Health Core Principles and Overview (10 credits)
EH6132 Health Economics for Public Health (5 credits)
EH6150 Introduction to Health Protection (5 credits)
EH6153 Quantitative Research and Epidemiology (10 credits)
EH6157 Qualitative Research in Public Health (5 credits)
EH6158 Health Promotion I (5 credits)

Elective Module
EH6063 Tobacco Control: National and International Approaches (5 credits)

EH6141 Psychosocial Epidemiology (5 credits) OR EH6154 International Perspectives on Global Health (5 credits)
EH6152 Principles and Practices of Screening (5 credits) OR EH6156 Public Health in Humanitarian Crises (5 credits)
EH6000 Implementation Science in Health (5 credits) OR EH6130 Critical Appraisal of Publications for Research and Practice (5 credits) OR EH6155 Migration and Public Health (5 credits)
EH6140 Environmental Health: Principal Aspects and Burden of Disease (5 credits) OR EH6151 Advanced Health Protection (5 credits) OR EH6159 Health Promotion II (5 credits)
EH6101 Microbiology, the Environment and Infectious Diseases (10 credits) OR EH6133 Advanced Quantitative Research (10 credits)

Part II - Year 2
EH6115 Master of Public Health Dissertation (20 credits)

Additional Teaching Mode Information
This programme will be taught online over 20 months.

If you wish to apply for the campus based programme please click on the following link


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.


This Master of Public Health programme consists of 90 credits. Each 10-credit module will be delivered over 8 weeks and each 5-credit module will be delivered over 4 weeks. Modules are delivered at a time according to the pre-determined programme calendar. A 10-credit module consists of an estimated student workload of 200 hours and a 5-credit module an estimated workload of 100 hours. Student workload consists of online, self-directed learning, required readings and subject investigation, online activities and assignments for preparation, participation and submission.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 26 August 2020

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Skills and Careers Information
Our graduates are currently employed in a range of careers in Ireland, Europe and elsewhere worldwide in both developed and developing countries, working in diverse public health roles including health services, public health research, surveillance and public health agencies.

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