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Public Health

Course Outline
This course will provide individuals from a range of different professional backgrounds with academic and experiential development in the theory and practice of public health. It allows you to focus on a selection of sub-specialties of public health:
Health promotion
Health protection
Epidemiology

In Part I students take core modules to the value of 35 credits and modules to the value of 25 credits from their chosen pathway. (Pathway preferences will need to be chosen in consultation with the Programme Director.) In Part II students undertake research and write a dissertation to the value of 30 credits.

Why Choose This Course
The MPH is a multi-disciplinary course where you can specialise in health promotion, health protection or advanced epidemiology. The course offers both quantitative and qualitative research methods and you can apply this knowledge to your dissertation.

There is an increasing awareness of the need for highly-trained public health specialists in Ireland and abroad to tackle issues such as health inequalities and their causes and solutions, communicable diseases, international health development, obesity and smoking. The MPH is an innovative course designed to offer multi-disciplinary academic and experiential development for students from a range of professional backgrounds.

Entry requirements

All applicants will be required to write a 300-word statement demonstrating suitability to undertake a Master of Public Health.
Candidates are required to meet one of the following:
1.Possess a NFQ level 8 degree in a relevant subject area (minimum 2H1) OR
2.Possess a NFQ level 9 postgraduate diploma in a relevant subject area (minimum 2H1).

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.

Garda Vetting
Students, or applicants in receipt of an offer, on this programme will be subject to Garda Vetting as relevant. Students will be prohibited from engaging in a relevant work placement unless the vetting process has been cleared. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Fitness to Practise
Commencing with the 2013/2014 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.

Exemptions at point of entry
Applicants may be eligible for exemptions. If eligible, the relevant exemption paperwork must be completed immediately on entering the programme. This application will be reviewed by the School of Public Health's Executive Committee. Please request an application form from the programme administrator.

1.Holders of UCC's Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection or UCC's Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health will be exempt from certain modules on the programme if he/she undertakes the MPH within five years from the date of award of UCC's Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection or UCC's Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health.

2.Holders of UCC's BSc in Public Health, UCC's BSc in Public Health Sciences or UCC's BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion will be exempt from EH6025 Principles and Practice of Public Health if he/she undertakes the MPH within five years from the date of award of one of the above mentioned degrees.

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.

Duration

1 year Full-time; Maximum 60 months Part-time

All teaching is held on Thursday evenings from 4pm - 9pm and Fridays from 9:30am - 5pm.
Teaching will include SPSS (all students) and STATA labs (Advanced Epidemiology students) and occasional field trips. For two of the pathways (Health Promotion and Health Protection) you are expected to do a ten day placement.

Careers or further progression

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

Further enquiries

Subjects taught

Students take 90 credits as follows:

PART I
Core Modules - All Pathways
Students take 35 credits as follows:
EH6025 Principles and Practice of Public Health (10 credits)
EH6026 Applied Research for Public Health (10 credits)
EH6027 Public Health Informatics (5 credits)
EH6028 Leadership in Public Health (5 credits)
EH6091 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)

Pathways:
Pathway 1: Health Promotion
Students take 25 credits as follows:
EH6029 Health Promotion: Concepts, Principles and Practice (10 credits)
EH6039 Public Health and Behavioural Change (5 credits)
EH6045 Practice Portfolio - Health Promotion (5 credits)

PLUS 5 credits from the following:
EH6046 Global and Environmental Health (5 credits)
SS6017 Critical Public Health (5 credits)

Pathway 2: Health Protection
Students take 25 credits as follows:
EH6019 The Principles and Practice of Multi-disciplinary Health Protection (10 credits)
EH6035 Practice Portfolio (5 credits)
EH6046 Global and Environmental Health (5 credits)
MB6000 Microbiology for Health Protection (5 credits)

Pathway 3: Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Students take 25 credits as follows:
EH6031 Advanced Epidemiology (10 credits)
EH6044 Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (5 credits)
ST6011 Advanced Biostatistics (5 credits)
ST6012 Survival Analysis (5 credits)

Students must achieve an aggregate of 40% overall in Part I in order to proceed to Part II.

PART II

All Pathways
EH6040 Dissertation in Public Health (30 credits)

Assessment method

You will have a range of written assignments, exams, placement portfolio, presentations and finally, the completion of 10,000-word dissertation.

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 http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date August 2019

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