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Health Protection - Online

Course Outline
The programme aims to provide students, from a range of different professional backgrounds, with core knowledge and skills related to the practice of Public Health and Health Protection. This course supplies the knowledge and skills necessary for health protection (infection control) and public health on a global scale. The emphasis is on the use of evidence based healthcare and practice that will enable participants to work in infection prevention and control putting patient safety and public health principles into effect in both research and professional contexts.

Learning Outcomes/Objectives:
Completion of the course will equip students with the knowledge to support them in the coordination and management of infection prevention, control and health protection services in a broad number of settings.

On completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection students should be able to;
• Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of public health.
• 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 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.

Modules
The programme consists of a total of 30-credit modules; two 10-credit modules and two 5-credit modules. This is a structured online programme that requires approximately 15 to 25 hours of study commitment for the duration of each module. After successful completion and passing of the postgraduate certificate in health protection students will have the option of progressing to a Diploma and Master of Public Health.

Entry requirements

Requirements
• Candidates must possess a NFQ level 8 degree in a relevant subject area (minimum 2H2). Relevant subject areas are: biological sciences, medical and health sciences, public health and social sciences.

Note: In some circumstances, applicants without a primary degree or applicants without a relevant primary degree may be recommended for entry to the programme following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the course committee. Such applicants may be called for interview and their admission will be subject to the approval of the School of Public Health's Executive Committee.

Technical Requirements
To access and interact with the course content, assignments and assessments etc., students will require access to at least a PC/Laptop running Windows 7 or later and Mac OSX 10.7.4. Common plug-ins such as Microsoft Silverlight, Java and Flash will also be required. Students must have access to MS Office or an equivalent suite of applications such as Libre Office. They must also have access to a modern standards compliant web browser. UCC recommends either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

To engage productively and successfully with the content, basic technical computer skills such as familiarity with word processing, web browsing and email is recommended.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Duration

6 months Part-Time.

Additional Teaching Mode Information
This is a part-time course. This programme will be taught online over 7 months (September-March).

If you wish to apply for the campus based programme please see: Health Protection - Campus Based.

Course Practicalities
The course runs September to March each year. The Certificate (30 credits) must be completed within 36 months (i.e. 3 years) of programme commencement. Progression to Diploma and Master of Public Health is possible once all assessment is successfully completed. However, acceptance onto the Diploma or MPH will only be considered within five years from date of above Certification.

Each 10-credit module will be delivered over 8 weeks and each 5-credit module is delivered over 4 weeks. Students take one module at a time according to the pre-determined programme calendar. Each 10-credit module consists of an estimated student workload of 200 hours and a 5-credit module 100 hours. This consists of online, self-directed learning, required readings and subject investigation, E-tivities and assignments for preparation, participation and submission.

Careers or further progression

The course allows for progression to an Online Master of Public Health, also delivered by the School of Public Health.

Queries can be directed to Fiona Barry, School of Public Health, UCC at fionabarry@ucc.ie or Maura Smiddy, School of Public Health, UCC at m.smiddy@ucc.ie

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Fiona Barry
fionabarry@ucc.ie
+ 353 (0)21 420 5528
http://www.ucc.ie/en/epid/

Subjects taught

Students take the following modules:
• EH6094 Public Health: Principles and Practice (10 credits)
• EH6150 Introduction to Health Protection (5 credits)
• EH6151 Advanced Health Protection (5 credits)
• EH6101 Microbiology, Environmental Health and Infectious Diseases (10 credits)

See College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on the modules.

Comment

Who teaches this course?
The course is delivered by the School of Public Health staff in conjunction with external lecturers with experience in relation to health protection and public health.

Assessment method

A range of continuous assessments are used across the modules. These may include essays, case studies, online presentations, quiz, accumulative report writing, reflective journal and E-tivities.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made 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 closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:
For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020
Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020
Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020
Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020
Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 26th August 2020

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