Health Protection - Online

Course Outline
The programme aims to provide students, from a range of different professional backgrounds, with both academic and experiential development in the theory and 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 co-ordination 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.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have the following:
-Students accepted on the course would normally be expected to hold an Honours primary degree in a relevant subject (minimum Second Class Honours) or an Honours primary degree in any discipline (minimum Second Class Honours) or an appropriate degree or professional qualification in healthcare or health services management (such as registered nurses, pharmacists, midwives, health services managers).
-The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health course is open to registered health care professionals in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Allied Health care disciplines or applicants who hold a relevant primary degree. Applicants must provide evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. the Irish Medical Council, the NMBI (active registration) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland). Applicants not registered with one of the above professional bodies must provide evidence of level 8 qualification in a relevant health care discipline.
-Candidates whose first language is not English must have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with scores in no individual sections less than 6.5. All applicants are required to complete an application form and provide evidence of either current professional registration or primary degree. In all cases, decisions will be based on qualifications and quality of application.

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.

Part-time students are expected to set aside 15-20 hours each week for course work.

This programme will be taught online for 6 months (January - June)

If you wish to apply for the campus based programme please
go to the following course

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
Successful completion of this course will enable students to take responsibility for and manage a programme of education, prevention and control in relation to infection and infectious disease. The course is practically-driven so that it will equip students with a variety of skills that are transferable in the workplace and provide them with competencies in Health Protection and Public Health.

Placement Abroad
Students have the option to participate in a Placement module which will involve a 10 day placement with an organisation with involvement in or responsibility for an area related to Health Protection. This placement will be supported by both academic and practical supervisor contact and is intended to build on existing skills and develop new opportunities for experiential learning.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Fiona Barry
+ 353 (0)21 4205528

Michelle Syron
+353 (0) 21 4205520

Subjects taught

There are a total of three core modules which must be completed. These focus on Public Health, Health Protection and Microbiology, Global and Environmental Health.

This online programme meets the needs of the busy professional. The programme is designed to allow people to undertake their studies while working simultaneously. This programme consists of three 10-credit taught modules.

After successful completion of the postgraduate certificate in health protection students will have the option of progressing to a Diploma and Master of Public Health.

Students take the following modules:
EH6092 Introduction to Public Health – 10 credits
EH6096 Principles and Practices of Multi-Disciplinary Health Protection – 10 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.

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


Course Practicalities
The course runs from January to June each year with an online induction run over two weeks in December. 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. 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. This consists of online, self-directed learning, required readings and subject investigation, E-tivities and assignments for preparation, participation and submission.

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

Assessment method

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 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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