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MPH International Health

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MPH International programme in UCD has been developed to offer multi-disciplinary training and development in Public Health, emphasising the knowledge and tools to analyse the factors that influence public health in an international environment. Knowledge of the factors influencing health status.

The epidemiological skills of study design and analysis.

Ability to work as an active team member in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating health policy.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Increasingly public health problems are global requiring global solutions and with the freer movement of people and human & animal foodstuffs infectious diseases, and contaminated product, can rapidly become widely disseminated.

The health of a country’s citizens is often dependent on the controls and public health infrastructure in operation. International surveillance and early warning systems were never more important but the thresholds for accessing the health service and the efficacy of public health systems varies greatly.

Mortality and morbidity are not evenly distributed across societies and poorer people suffer poorer health. Infectious diseases, chronic diseases, obesity and protein energy malnutrition all have an international dimension. The disparity in the economic situation between countries, and between subpopulations within countries, grows ever wider as does the associated health status.

Many graduates from the MPH work in the international arena and this stream of the MPH, where the two international health modules are compulsory and the thesis will encompass an international health topic, should position them better for employment in this sphere.

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for registered medical and dental practitioners and those with professional backgrounds in health or health care provision, who hold an appropriate primary degree, with an upper second class honours, or international equivalent required.

•Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.


X498: 1 year full-time or X499: 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

As UCD has a globally acclaimed reputation in the area of Public Health learning, you will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in a wide range of careers in the Public Health sector.

Many of our former students hold significant posts in Public Health in various parts of the world. MPH Graduates include, for example, Consultants in Public Health Medicine, University Professors and Ministry of Health Medical Officers.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Christine Ridge
Contact Number:+353 01 716 3429

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Introduction to Environmental Science and Health OSH40150

Fundamentals of Epidemiology PHPS40010

Public Health Practice PHPS40040

Biostatistics I PHPS40190

Infectious Disease Epidemiology PHPS40200

One Health PHPS40230

Health Promotion PHPS40300

Chronic Disease Epidemiology PHPS40370

International Health I PHPS40430

Applied Research Methods & Data Management PHPS40550

MPH Dissertation PHPS40570

International Health II PHPS40650

Sociology&Social Epidemiology PHPS40850

Principles of Management, Health Economics & Health Policy PHPS40860


Length of Programme
The full time course for the Master of Public Health extends over an academic year of study with lectures taking place Wednesday to Friday. Alternatively, a part time course is offered extending over two academic years, which involves completion of Blocks 1 and 3 in the first academic year, and Blocks 2 and 4 in the second academic year (lectures Wednesday to Friday)

Important - The part-time programme involves attendance at Blocks 1 and 3 during the first year, and Blocks 2 and 4 during the second year along with the full-time students. This therefore entails attendance full time on Wednesday - Friday during the blocks being completed. The dissertation will be completed during the second year of study.

Assessment method

Examinations for all of the MPH programmes are held at the end of each semester.

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MPH (International Health) FT (X498)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MPH (International Health) PT (X499)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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