Public Health - Sligo

Key Course Information
Programme Aim

The aim of the programme is to equip students to take a population health approach incorporating the overlapping public health domains of health protection, health promotion and improvement, health economics and health service quality and delivery supported by robust health intelligence.

Programme Objectives

To advance learners public health intelligence abilities to source, collect, verify, appraise, interpret, communicate and disseminate evidence to improve health outcomes of a population.

To support learners understanding of principles of prevention, control and management of infectious diseases.

To cultivate learners' critical thinking skills in assimilating public health research and practice and communicate evidence effectively to different audiences.

To assist learners to critically appraise and utilise evidence on effectiveness of interventions to improve population health and wellbeing.

To equip learners with evidence-based knowledge to engage in a multi- stakeholder collaborative approach to public health.

To enable learners to become reflective practitioners so they may ethically act within their professional scope of practice and identify opportunities for continuous professional development.
Live Lectures/Workshops

All lectures/workshops are recorded for those who may not be able to attend the lectures live. Therefore, if you have missed the live lecture/workshop, you can download the recorded version and listen to it in your own time. Other asynchronous learning (not live) will include discussion forums, case studies and reflective practice.

An induction session will be held at the start of each academic year on site in ATU Sligo. Attendance at this session is not compulsory.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Title Credits
Principles of Public Health Practice 10
Epidemiology 05

Semester 2
Title Credits
Quality Improvement in Healthcare 10
Health Protection 05

Entry requirements

Applications with a 2.2 Honours award in a relevant discipline may apply.

Applicants who do not meet this entry criterion may be considered through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Advice, guidance and support for applicants can on be found at

We welcome applicants from all areas of health and social care sector who have responsibility for, or an interest in public health. Not limited to but including digital health, medicine, public health, nursing and midwifery, health and welling, acute care, health education, health promotion, primary care, disability services, services for older persons, mental health services, emergency management, quality improvement services or patient safety.

We also welcome applications from those who have a role to promote and protect health who are working outside the health services including Local Authorities and Industry.

Applicants may be interested in a career in public health or wish to incorporate public health principles into their current role in a variety of settings including healthcare, community and public and private sectors. The programme is open to graduates who have a relevant qualification in health, education, medical/ biomedical or science or social sciences, occupational health or other relevant discipline.

Application dates

Applications for online programmes are accepted on the atu sligo website.

All programmes advertised will run subject to sufficient student numbers.

ATU sligo online has two intakes per year, the main one being in September with a smaller listing of programmes for January. For confirmation on start dates check

For September, applications open from 1st February each year. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31st august.

For January, applications open from 1st November each year. Closing date for applications is mid-January.

The online application form requires personal details, previous qualifications, professional accreditations, employment history and a personal statement. We recommend collating all the necessary paperwork i.e. Transcripts of previous qualifications, academic certificates before you submit an application.

Once submitted, our admissions team will contact you to confirm eligibility and request copies of any previous qualifications.

Academic staff review every application and approve eligible candidates for the programme.

Admissions team will notify you if you are accepted onto the course and will request deposit to confirm your place.

Places are limited, so please apply early.


1 year part-time, online.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
This programme will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of project and service improvement roles in the statutory, community and voluntary health and social care sector.

Graduates may pursue work opportunities as Public Health Researcher, Public Health Policy Officer, Advocacy Worker. Immunisation Programme Co-ordinator, Public Health Screening Co-ordinator, Policy Advisor, Health Surveillance Officer, Biostatistical and Health Informatics Analysis, Community Health Worker, Global Health Researcher, Health Communications, Communications Worker and Public Health Data Analyst.

Further Study
Graduates of this award may continue onto the Certificate in Health Project management or the Certificate in Health Promotion and Wellbeing, or the Diploma or MSc in Health Promotion and Project Management.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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