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Mental Health Promotion

The Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Promotion has been jointly developed by NUI Galway and Mental Health Ireland. This programme is designed for professionals working in different sectors who wish to develop knowledge, skills and competencies of mental health promotion and its implementation in practice.

The programme aim is to provide participants with professional education and training in the principles and practice of promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. This part-time programme is open to those working in a professional capacity in areas such as mental health, health promotion, public health, primary care, education, community work, nursing, social work, psychology and allied fields.

Course participants will acquire an understanding of the concepts, principles and evidence base for mental health promotion and the practical implementation of mental health promotion interventions from a national and international perspective. Course participants will gain skills and competencies for the effective implementation of mental health promotion interventions based on principles of evidence-based practice and policy.

The academic direction of the programme will be provided by Professor Margaret Barry, NUI Galway. Academics in the Discipline of Health Promotion, together with contributions from practitioners and those with lived experience in the specialist field of study, deliver the lectures and workshops. This course takes place at the NUI Galway campus.

Entry requirements

Entry requirement is a primary degree. Each applicant is assessed individually on relevant professional experience, level of motivation and suitability, as per Personal Statement submitted on the online application.

Duration

The Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Promotion is a part-time course of one academic year duration.

Number of credits

ECTS weighting 30

Careers or further progression

Continued Professional Development

This is a Level 9 programme comprising of 30 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points in total. Each module carries 10 ECTS points. Successful graduates who wish to apply to the MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion programme, offered by NUI Galway, can carry forward up to 20 ECTS.

Career Opportunities

This part-time outreach programme is intended for professionals working in different sectors who wish to acquire knowledge and skills related to planning and implementing mental health promotion interventions. The programme will be open to those working in a professional capacity in areas such as mental health, health promotion, public health, primary care, education, community work, nursing, social work, psychology and allied fields. The course will be designed to develop their knowledge, skills and competencies of mental health promotion and its implementation in practice.

Further enquiries

Find out More
Ms. Denise Glavin
Discipline of Health Promotion
NUI Galway
T: +353 91 493 092
E: denise.glavin@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/hpr

Subjects taught

Programme structure

The programme comprises three modules. The first two modules include participation in workshops and self-paced instructional materials with assignments and independent study, while the third module focuses on project work.

1. Concepts and principles of Health Promotion

This module includes:
Definitions of health and Health Promotion

Health Promotion programme development

Current issues and discourse in Health Promotion policy and practice

Communication training and facilitation skills.

2. Specialism module

This module includes:
Concepts and determinants of positive mental health and wellbeing, mental health equity, frameworks for practice

Effective mental health promotion interventions, evidence-based principles of effective practice

Implementing mental health promotion strategies across the life course in key settings such as the home, schools (primary and post-primary), community, primary care and mental health services

International and national policy development, advocacy and capacity development in the promotion of mental health and wellbeing.

3. Project development

Course participants will design a mental health promotion intervention for implementation with a specific population group in a setting of their choice.

Assessment method

Modules are assessed by means of continuous assessment based on essays and project work throughout the year.

Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Enrolment and start dates

The programme runs from September to the following May.

Next start date September 2019

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