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Public Health

Course Outline
In Part I, you will take core modules to the value of 30 credits. In Part II, you can choose one of the pathways and undertake modules to the value of 30 credits (Pathways 1, 2 and 3).

Why Choose This Course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health 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.

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 Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health is an innovative course designed to offer multi-disciplinary academic and experiential development for students from a range of professional backgrounds.

Entry requirements

Prospective students must satisfy 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) and either possess a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field or show evidence of at least two years work experience in a relevant field;

Completion of three years (180 credits) on the undergraduate medical degree programme. No student may register for the Intercalated Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health programme of study until the Third University Examination in Medicine has been passed to an Upper Second Class honours Standard. Students will be required to provide evidence of engagement with public health practice or research
Include with application form a sample of their own written work
May have to satisfy an interview board

Applicants should indicate on their application form their reasons for wishing to enter this programme and may be required to discuss these at interview.

Note: In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a primary degree may be recommended for entry to the programme following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the course committee. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the College of Medicine and Health Executive Committee.

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.


1 year Full-time; Maximum 5 years Part-time

The teaching takes place from 4pm to 9pm on Thursdays and 9.30am to 4.30pm on Fridays. 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 complete 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.

Subjects taught

You will take a total of 60 credits as below:

Part I
Core Modules - All Pathways
Students take 30 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)

Students must achieve an aggregate of 50% overall in Part I in order to proceed to Part II.

Part II (Pathway preferences will need to be chosen in consultation with the Programme Director.)

Pathway 1: Health Promotion
Students take 25 credits as follows:
EH6029 Health Promotions: Concepts, Principles and Practice (10 credits)
EH6039 Public Health and Behavioural Change (5 credits)
EH6045 Practice Portfolio - Health Promotion (5 credits)
PG6009 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)
5 credits from the following:
EH6046 Global and Environmental Health (5 credits)
SS6017 Critical Social Science Perspectives on Public Health (5 credits)

Pathway 2: Health Protection
Students take 30 credits as follows:
EH6019* The Principles and Practices 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)
PG6009 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)

* Holders of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection or the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health will be exempt from these modules if passed as part of the Postgraduate Certificate examination if he/she undertakes the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health within five years from the date of successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection or the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (EH6019, EH6035, EH6046, MB6000, and PG6009).

Pathway 3: Epidemiology
Students take 30 credits as follows:
EH6031 Advanced Epidemiology (10 credits)
EH6044 Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (5 credits)
PG6009 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)
ST6011 Advanced Biostatistics (5 credits)
ST6012 Survival Analysis (5 credits)

Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.

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.

Assessment method

You will have a range of written assignments, exams, a placement portfolio and presentations to complete for this postgraduate diploma

Application date

Closing dates

Closing Dates for Application

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below).

Some programmes have a specific closing date. Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below. However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018
Offers will be made by May 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018
Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 30th August 2018

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