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Health Promotion - Structured

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 Discipline offers supervision of postgraduate research in a wide range of areas, including Health Promotion, Population Health, Health Services Research, Social Care and Occupational Health.

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.

Entry requirements

PhD candidates should normally have a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at primary degree level or equivalent together with the support of an academic staff member who is approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope.

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


Structured PhD (full-time, four years)

Structured PhD (part-time, six years)

Further enquiries

Dr. Saoirse Nic Gabhainn
T +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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