Public Health - Online

Course Outline
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 MPH programme meets the needs of the busy professional.

The programme is designed to allow people to undertake their studies while working simultaneously with the intention to suit service, personal and academic requirements.

Programme Learning Outcomes
Programme Learning Outcomes for Master of Public Health (Online) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
-Critically analyse theories and issues related to public health;
-Construct arguments around the social, political and economic factors determining the health of populations;
-Demonstrate competence in the key underpinning disciplines and theories of public health including epidemiology, communicable diseases including health care associated infections, biostatistics, social and behavioural sciences and social policy;
-Analyse and synthesise evidence and apply it to public health;
-Demonstrate enhanced knowledge in specific Public Health areas e.g. Health Promotion, Health Protection, Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Public Health;
-Demonstrate logical reasoning in written work and discussion;
-Employ a range of appropriate research and analysis methods with confidence and expertise;
-Critically reflect on their own and others' learning and practice.

Additional Teaching Mode Information
This programme will be taught online over 20 months (August 2018 to April 2020).

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

Why Choose This 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.

Entry requirements

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

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 if the MPH is undertaken 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 EH6094 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.


This programme will be taught online over 20 months (August 2019 to April 2021).

This Master of Public Health programme consists 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.

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.

Subjects taught

Part I - Year 1
Students take 45 credits of core modules and select up to 5 credits of electives as follows:

Core Modules
Induction Week (non-credit bearing module)
EH6088 Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (5 credits)
EH6094 Public Health Core Principles and Overview (10 credits)
EH6132 Health Economics for Public Health (5 credits)
EH6150 Introduction to Health Protection (5 credits)
EH6153 Quantitative Research and Epidemiology (10 credits)
EH6157 Qualitative Research in Public Health (5 credits)
EH6158 Health Promotion I (5 credits)

Elective Module
EH6063 Tobacco Control: National and International Approaches (5 credits)

Part I - Year 2
Students choose modules to the value of 25 credits (or 20 credits if EH6063 was taken in Year 1) from the following groups. Maximum of one module per group can be chosen.
EH6141 Psychosocial Epidemiology (5 credits) OR EH6154 International Perspectives on Global Health (5 credits)
EH6152 Principles and Practices of Screening (5 credits) OR EH6156 Public Health in Humanitarian Crises (5 credits)
EH6000 Implementation Science in Health (5 credits) OR EH6130 Critical Appraisal of Publications for Research and Practice (5 credits) OR EH6155 Migration and Public Health (5 credits)
EH6140 Environmental Health: Principal Aspects and Burden of Disease (5 credits) OR EH6151 Advanced Health Protection (5 credits) OR EH6159 Health Promotion II (5 credits)
EH6101 Microbiology, the Environment and Infectious Diseases (10 credits) OR EH6133 Advanced Quantitative Research (10 credits)

Part II - Year 2
EH6115 Master of Public Health Dissertation (20 credits)

Assessment method

A range of continuous assessments are used across the modules. These may include essays, case studies, discussion boards, 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

Non-EU Closing Date To be confirmed in early 2019

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date August 2019


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