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Health Promotion - Research

Course Overview

Established in 1990, the Discipline of Health Promotion is the only one of its kind in the Republic of Ireland and is the national centre for professional training and education in health promotion. Attached to the Discipline is the Health Promotion Research Centre, which has an active multidisciplinary research programme in place ( ). The Health Promotion Research Centre is World Health Organisation Collaboration Centre for Health Promotion, an indicator of the standing internationally of our Director and staff. The aim of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research at NUI Galway is to support the WHO work programme in developing health promotion capacity through the translation of health promotion research into policy and practice.

Those undertaking a PhD within the Discipline work closely with researchers from the centre, as either supervisors or expert advisors, in order to ensure that the work is of high quality and has the potential to make a substantial contribution to the field of health promotion.

Associated Research Centre

The Health Promotion Research Centre (HPRC) produces high quality research of national and international significance that supports the development of best practice and policy in the promotion of health. The Centre is a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research, has an active multidisciplinary research programme, and collaborates with agencies on the development and evaluation of health promotion interventions and strategies. HPRC has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative approaches and employs a wide range of research methods. There is a demonstrated commitment to the ongoing methodological and theoretical development of health promotion and population health. The centre has a track record of success in securing competitive funding demonstrated by our sustained levels of research. Our research activity and findings are disseminated through reports, peer review publications and conference presentations.

A key focus is developing translational research papers and resources on population mental health and wellbeing, and developing best practice in promoting health literacy, healthier cities and communities. The HPRC will also advance health promotion action in implementing the WHO Europe Child and Adolescent Health Strategy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Discipline of Health Promotion has a very active and highly competitive PhD research programme. Graduates of the PhD programme have found employment nationally and internationally as post-doctoral researchers and lecturers with some graduates now in professorial posts. Graduates hold posts not only in dedicated academic health promotion centres but also in related disciplines including nursing, psychology and primary care.

PhD students participate fully in the academic life of the University, including attending seminars, workshops, training opportunities, contributing to conference hosting, teaching and social events.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to enter a programme of study and research for the degree of PhD in Health Promotion, it is expected that applicants would have a Masters level qualification in Health Promotion or a relevant discipline or such other evidence as would satisfy the Head of Discipline AND evidence of an IELTS qualification minimum level 7 overall, and in each component.

Candidates may be required to submit a research proposal for consideration by the School as part of their application.

Duration

Course Code: PhD (full-time) 1PA1; PhD (part-time) 1PA2 MPhil (full-time) 1MPH1; MPhil (part-time) 1MPH2 MLitt (full-time) 1LT1; MLitt (part-time) 1LT2

Through College of Medicine
MPhil, full-time
MPhil, part-time

Through College of Arts
PhD, full-time and part-time
MLitt, full-time
MLitt, part-time

Duration of programmes: 4 years, or 6 years.

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Research areas

Current Research

Research Projects

The list below is of current projects which demonstrate the range of recent research undertaken by the centre. Our summary report of 2017 activities is now available for download and our full Annual Report of activities is also available for download and includes descriptions of all the following projects:

Health Behaviour in School-aged Children

Parents' Experiences of Weaning on the Island of Ireland

What's on Your Child's Plate?

Palliative Day Care: Bridging the Care Gap

Evaluation of the MindOut Programme in Post-Primary Schools

A Feasibility Study on the Implementation of MindOut in Youth Settings

Irish Workplace Behaviour Survey

Accreditation Model for Workplace Health Promotion: A Scoping Study

Study on Bullying and Incivility in the University Setting

Development of a Specialist Certificate in Workplace Wellness

WHO Euro Review of Adolescent Mental Health Promotion Interventions

IMPACCT: Health Literacy Education

Evaluation of Galway City Strategy to Prevent and Reduce Alcohol
Related Harm

Smart Patients

Interprofessional Learning Programme

Public Awareness of Parenting, Prevention and Family Support Services (TUSLA)

Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Local Communities.

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