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Public Health Physiotherapy & Population Science - Research

Programme Structure:
Year 1:
1 year taught programme, consisting of core and/or option modules of the UCD Master of Public Health, and providing basic graduate training in public health methodology. Students will also develop research protocols for the next stage. Advanced methods courses, public health skills training and training on teaching, presentation, advocacy and communication will also be provided.

Years 2, 3 and 4:
A supervised original research project that maps to one of four public health specialist strands spanning nutrition, social and clinical epidemiology and intervention methodologies. The strands are:
1.Food and Health.
2.Health and Society.
3.New Perspectives on Chronic Diseases.
4.Evidence-based Practice.

The projects are of three types:
1.Secondary analysis of existing databases.
2.Empirical cross-sectional or follow-up data collection.
3.Empirical data collection and biological sample collection.

Entry requirements

1. An appropriate primary degree in the health and social sciences.

2. Students with an appropriate Master’s degree, equivalent qualifications, considerable academic standing or relevant professional experience may be exempted from Stage 1.

3. Applicants will be interviewed prior to admission.


X433/X434: 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time.

Further enquiries

For further information, please contact the programme administrator:

UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science
University College Dublin
Dublin 4
Tel.: +353 (0)1 716 3429
Fax: +353 (0)1 716 3421


What is the PERMIT programme?

The PERMIT programme is a thematic 4-year PhD programme that combines core training in public health with sophisticated methodological training to PhD level.

Why join the PERMIT programme?

The programme offers:
1.A flexible personalized training plan to match personal training needs, aspirations and career intentions.

2.A chance to conduct high quality research with ample support and supervision.

3.Adequate grounding to compete for employment in various academic and statutory agencies.

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