Health Protection - Campus Based

The purpose 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.

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.

Why Choose This 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 click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .


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

The course allows for progression to a Masters in Public Health (CKX11), both delivered by the School of Public Health.

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

Contact details for this course
Maura Smiddy
021 4205508

Subjects taught

Programme Modules

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)



Course Practicalities
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.

The course allows for progression to a Masters in Public Health (CKX11), both delivered by the School of Public Health.

Assessment method

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

Application date

Applications for 2019 start dates will open on November 1st 2018.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means we offer places four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. We advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

For all completed applications received by January 11th 2019
Offers will be made:Offers will be made by January 25th 2019

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by March 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by May 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offer will be made by July 15th 2019

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date January 2019

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