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Health Protection

The purposed of this course is to provide clinical staff, managers and other relevant professionals with systematic training in the sciences relevant to infection-prevention and control/health protection which will enable them to provide and take responsibility for a broad-based infection-prevention and control/health protection service. The course is An Bord Altranais Category 2 approved.

Unique Aspects of the Course
The Post Graduate Certificate in health protection is designed to meet the learning needs of all those who have an interest or who are directly responsible for preventing and managing healthcare-associated infections (HCAI) in primary, secondary or tertiary care. In addition it will introduce students to the wider aspects of health protection from a public health perspective.

Successful graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection qualify to proceed to a Master in Public Health with a specialisation in health protection.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have the following:
◾An appropriate degree or professional qualification in healthcare or health services management (such as registered nurses, pharmacists, midwives, health services managers);
◾Candidates may be required to present for interview.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


6 Months part-time
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours


Number of credits

Minor Certificate 30 ECTS credits

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
Students who undertake this programme are currently employed in a range of careers in Ireland, Europe and in other developed and developing countries in diverse roles including health services, public health research, surveillance, environmental health and public health agencies.

Further enquiries

Sharon O Neill at Tel: 021 492 7625
email: or Fiona Barry,
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health,

Subjects taught

Programme Requirements
Students take taught modules to the value of 30 credits incorporating 140 hours of structured contact time.

Students take 30 credits as follows:

EH6019 The Principles and Practice of Multi-disciplinary Health Protection (10 credits)
EH6046 Global and Environmental Health (5 credits)
EH6035 Practice Portfolio (5 credits) requires 10 days placement
MB6000 Microbiology for Health Protection (5 credits)
PG6009 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)

Module descriptions are contained in the Book of Modules 2014/2015.

Fitness to Practise
Commencing with the 2015/2016 intake of first year students (including repeats), this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here.

Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2014 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2014/2015.

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection (NFQ Level 9, Minor award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate management of infections caused by different pathogenic microorganisms

Investigate the transmission of endemic and epidemic infections from sufficient knowledge of the characteristics and transmission of causative organisms

Select appropriate methods for control of hospital and community acquired infectious disease

Design, implement and evaluate co-ordinated control methods utilising tools such as reflective practice, audit and surveillance

Assess constraints of health protection delivery services and provide possible solutions to barriers

Describe the global impact of infectious diseases and strategies which are effective, partially effective and ineffective in management and prevention

Discuss the wider aspects of Health Protection

Discuss and identify effective methods to bring about practice change.


There are approximately 15 to 20 places on this course.

Teaching takes place from 6pm-9pm on Thursdays and 9.30am - 4.30pm on Fridays. You are required to fulfil 10 days placement in an area relevant to health protection.

A limited amount of funding is available from the Regional Infection Control Prevention and Control Committee of the HSE South. Further information and an application can be obtained by contacting Sharon O Neill at (021) 4927625 or at

Queries regarding matters other than funding can be directed to Maura Smiddy, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC at or Fiona Barry, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC at

Assessment method

Assessment is continuous and includes project presentation, written assignments and a multiple choice exam.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

Closing Date: 26th November 2016

Non-EU Applicants:
Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU FEE €2,500 (per academic year)

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: January 2017

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