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There is an increasing demand for highly trained public health specialists, nationally and internationally, to tackle major public health issues including health inequalities, communicable diseases, international health development, obesity and smoking. We’re meeting this need by offering a Master of Public Health designed to offer multi-disciplinary academic and experiential development, whatever your professional background. Our Master of Public Health programme will arm you with the knowledge and skills necessary to make a real difference in public health. The programme emphasises the use of evidence-based healthcare and practice, enabling participants to put public health principles into effect in both research and practice contexts. This online modular programme meets the needs of the busy professional


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;
◾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 Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (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.

Technical Entry Requirements (Online):
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 Liber 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.

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.


20 months, January 2017 - August 2018
This programme will be taught online

Careers or further progression

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

Further enquiries

Michelle Syron, Online Programmes Coordinator
Address: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
Western Gateway Building, UCC
Tel: 021 4205508

Subjects taught

The programme is designed to allow people to undertake their studies while working simultaneously with the intention to suit service, personal and academic requirements. This programme consists of seven 10-credit taught modules and one 20-credit research dissertation

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

EH6097 Introduction to Social Research in Public Health – 10 credits

EH6093 Introduction to Research Methods and Epidemiology– 10 credits

EH6094 Public Health: Core Principles and Overview – 10 credits

EH6095 Health Promotion and Advocacy – 10 credits

EH6115 Dissertation – 20 credits

Learning Outcomes/Objectives

Completion of the course will equip students with the knowledge to co-ordinate and manage 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.

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


The programme must be completed to the value of 90 credits. Each 10-credit module will be delivered over 8 weeks with one module being delivered 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.

Unique Aspects of the Course
The Master of Public Health is a multi-disciplinary course that will provide you with skills in health promotion, health protection, epidemiology, biostatistics and global health. Skills that will prepare you for the workplace in 21st Century Public Health and that will open up employment opportunities in a wide range of scientific, clinical and research fields. During the course you will tackle issues such as health inequalities, their causes and solutions; communicable diseases; international health development; obesity and smoking. These, amongst others, will prepare you to become a highly trained public health specialist both in Ireland and abroad.

During the course, you will develop your knowledge and study skills in preparation for your own future career in public health. It is aimed at enabling you to develop your own skills in Public Health. Following the MPH, students may wish to continue to study to PhD. You will be taught by a dedicated team of staff, who are experts in their field and renowned researchers in a variety of public health areas. You will experience a wide range of teaching styles using the most up-to-date technology-enhanced learning methods.

Earning an online Masters in Public Health (MPH) at University College Cork will give you the practical skills and confidence you need to make a difference to population health issues on a national or global stage.

As a leading centre of research, UCC is perfectly placed to encourage you to develop research skills of your own – skills that can be transferred across a variety of public health-based careers from healthcare promotion and policy change to disease research and disaster preparation.

Our online MPH builds on the success of our campus-based MPH programme, the largest programme of its kind in Ireland.

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

Closing Date 5th December 2016

Non-EU Applicants:
Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

Irish/EU fee for 2017/2018 €7,650

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 9th January 2017

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