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Health Promotion - Approaches to Cardiovascular Health & Diabetes Prevention

Who is this course for:
• Nurses
• Public health nurses
• Pharmacists
• Medical doctors
• Dieticians/Nutrition Scientists
• Physiotherapists/Exercise Specialists
• Others who work in the area of health promotion in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as in the health and weight loss industry.

Course Profile
The programme aims to enhance Health Professionals understanding of the determinants, prevention, lifestyle factors and associated patterns of inequality. The programme equips students with an in-depth understanding of how to critically assess the evidence base, understand national and international approaches to the promotion of cardiovascular health and the prevention of diabetes, and appreciate the role of advocacy in influencing health and environmental (public) policies. Course participants will gain skills and competencies for the effective implementation of Health Promotion interventions and project management.

Students will learn about health promotion theory and its application to the promotion of cardiovascular health and the prevention of diabetes. Students will develop skills in health promotion course development and implementing evidence-based interventions. Communication training and facilitation skills are also developed.

Entry requirements

Special Entry Requirements
For this course, a primary degree is required. The Course Board evaluates each applicant's academic record and relevant professional experience and assesses the level of motivation and suitability as per the personal statement submitted via the online application.


Duration 1 year, part-time

Mode of study
Blended learning

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

What career or further study opportunities are there?
Students with the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Promotion have an opportunity to move into a health promotion post connected with their work or to achieve promotion within their work. They may also extend the remit of their job to include health promotion. Successful graduates who wish to apply to the MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion course offered by NUI Galway can carry forward 15 ECTS.

Further enquiries

Denise Glavin
Tel: 091 493092

Assessment method

The three modules are individually assessed through written assignments and project work.

Application date

Early application is advised as offers will be made on a rolling basis.

A limited number of applications may be accepted after the official application closing date, subject to the availability of places.

Please ensure that you list the full course name on the heading of your personal statement.


The closing dates for each course varies, but are typically from mid-July to late August each academic year.

Application Procedure
You complete an application form online by logging onto apply.

On the online application form, you provide your contact details, and outline your educational background, any previous courses undertaken and any additional information that may be required to assess your suitability for the course for which you are applying. You will also be required to upload a copy of your birth certificate or passport and the course application fee (non-refundable), which is around €30.

Consult the course information page in the prospectus for details on closing dates and make sure that you adhere to these dates. The process of assessing applications and offering places may take between four and six weeks. Additional registration details and communication from the relevant department will be issued to you approximately two weeks before the course commences, informing you of the registration date and lecture times for the course.

Course fee

Fees: (per annum)
EU: €2,000 Non-EU: €2,500

Enrolment and start dates

Start date September

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