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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.

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

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. 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. Please be advsised that English Language Exams MUST have been completed within the past 2 years.

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.

Exemptions at point of entry:
Holders of the Postgraduate Certificates in Health Protection (CKU02/CKU13), the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (CKW19/CKW20), will be exempt from certain modules on the programme if passed as part of the Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma examination and if he/she undertakes the MPH within 60 months from the date of successful completion of the aforementioned qualifications.

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.


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

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

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 Master of Public Health Dissertation – 20 credits

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

**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

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

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 20th August 2018

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