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Public Health - Nutrition

MPH Public Health (Nutrition)

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MPH Nutrition programme in UCD has been developed to offer multi-disciplinary training and development in Public Health Nutrition, emphasising the application of food and nutrition knowledge, policy, and research to the improvement of population health. 

- Knowledge of the factors influencing health status.

- The epidemiological skills of study design and analysis.

- A proper understanding of the Public Health function.

The Master of Public Health (Nutrition) is suited to health and nutrition professionals interested in furthering their knowledge of the relationship between diet and disease with additional knowledge in areas ranging from obesity to malnutrition. The Master of Public Health (Nutrition) provides broad-based education and training in the basic disciplines which underlie the practice of Public Health Nutrition including disease epidemiology, nutrition epidemiology, diet and disease, behavioural change, research methods and statistics, health promotion, environmental health, health economics, sociology and health policy. The course provides the academic foundation for the practice of Public Health. We value and therefore encourage students to be active, motivated autonomous learners. The learning environment is multi-disciplinary in nature. Tutorials, seminars and group work are important features of the teaching approach. Assessment is by continuous assessment and end of semester examinations and a research thesis. Assessment approaches include written assignments, oral presentations (both group and individual), data analysis and written examinations.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a primary degree in a nutrition related subject.

This programme is intended for Graduates of Health Science degree programmes (Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Nursing, or other), Science degree programmes (Biology, Biochemistry, Food Science, Physiology, Pharmacology, or other) or Social Science degree programmes (Psychology, Sociology, Economics, or other) preferably with a 2.1 Award or higher. Awards of 2:2 or less may be considered with additional suitability credentials. Applicants will be required to provide evidence of the highest level of mathematics achieved in prior education.

Applicants to this programme should apply to the general MPH programme. Further information is available online.

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.


1 year full-time - X299
2 years part-time - X300

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
As UCD has a globally acclaimed reputation in the area of Public Health, 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.

Related Programmes
MSc Food Safety & Risk Analysis FT
MPH (Penang Medical College) FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Christine Ridge
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 3429

Subjects taught

The MPH programmes are divided into four six-week blocks, each of which contain Core and Option modules. This is a 90 credit Masters. Each student must take 70 credits of taught modules and a 20 credit Dissertation.

Stage 1 - Core
Introduction to Environmental Science and Health

Fundamentals of Epidemiology

Public Health Practice and Policy

Nutritional Epidemiology

Biostatistics I

Communicable Disease Epidemiology

One Health

Health Promotion

Non Communicable Disease Epidemiology

Risk Perception, Communication and Behavior Changes

Applied Research Methods & Data Management

MPH Dissertation

Sociology & Social Epidemiology

Health Economics and Management


-Graduates will be able to identify and apply appropriate epidemiological methods for study design.
-Graduates will be able to identify and apply appropriate statistical analysis to analyse a public health problem.
-Graduates will be able to identify the occurrence and distribution of health and illness in populations analyse and to interpret health data to assess community needs and resources.
-Graduates will demonstrate critical appraisal skills.
-Graduates will demonstrate understanding of the breadth of the role of public health in the health services.
-Graduates will demonstrate understanding of health promotion and disease prevention and the importance of advocacy as a public health professional.
-Graduates will have a good understanding of nutrition related health problems including obesity and associated chronic diseases, micro and macro nutritional deficiencies and life stage nutrition.

Application date

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

The following entry routes are available:

MPH (Nutrition) FT (X299)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline 31-JUL-18

MPH (Nutrition) PT (X300)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline 31-JUL-18

Course fee

MPH Public Health (Nutrition) (X299) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8280
nonEU fee per year - € 19000

MPH Public Health (Nutrition) (X300) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4170
nonEU fee per year - € 12400

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2019/2020 September

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