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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 academic unit is the Health Promotion Research Centre, which is a World Health Organisation Collaborative Centre for Health Promotion Research and has an active multidisciplinary research programme in place. Health Promotion offers supervision of postgraduate research in a wide range of areas.

Entry requirements

Admission to a research degree is at the discretion of the potential supervisor and the Head of Discipline, and is based on a proposal from the applicant following discussion with the member of staff whose academic area of interest is most appropriate. Application is competitive and the number of places offered will be based on staff resources.

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


PhD (Health Promotion) full-time GYN67
PhD (Health Promotion) part-time GYN68
MPhil (full-time) GYN87
MPhil (part-time) GYN88
PhD (full-time) GYB30
PhD (part-time) GYB31
MLitt (full-time) GYB32
MLitt (part-time) GYB33

Further enquiries

Dr. Saoirse Nic Gabhainn
Tel: 353 91 493 092

Research areas

Areas of interest:
Child and adolescent health
Communicable disease control and environmental health
Food and nutrition: infant feeding, food behaviour, food environment and food consumption
Global and international health and development
Health and human rights
Health and social inequalities; social determinants of health
Health and social policy
Health communication
Health promotion competencies
Health services research and disease prevention
Mental health promotion
Methodologies for health promotion research: evaluation research
Health Impact Assessment
Participative research processes
Research dissemination, translating research into practice
Risk taking behaviour, substance use and bullying
Settings for health promotion: communities, workplace and schools
Sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS
Health and Social Care: theory and practice; care planning
Violence and injury prevention
Vulnerable populations: migrants, older people, children, travelling community

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