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MPH Public Health
The MPH programme in UCD is a long-standing, internationally recognised Graduate Entry Professional Programme, developed to offer multidisciplinary training and development in Public Health.
-Knowledge of the factors influencing health status.
-An understanding of the organisation and financing of Health Services and their impact on population health.
-The epidemiological skills of study design and analysis.
-Ability to work as an active team member in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating health policy

The degree of Master of Public Health may be granted to registered medical and dental practitioners and to those with professional backgrounds in health or health care provision, who hold an appropriate primary degree or equivalent qualification. Candidates may be required to undertake an interview prior to acceptance for the course.

The Master of Public Health provides broad-based education and training in the basic disciplines which underlie the practice of Public Health including disease epidemiology, research methods and statistics, health promotion, environmental health, health economics, international health, 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

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 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.

Duration

1 year Full Time, 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

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

Many 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 1 716 3429

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core:
Introduction to Environmental Science and Health
OSH40150

Fundamentals of Epidemiology
PHPS40010

Public Health Practice and Policy
PHPS40040

Biostatistics I
PHPS40190

Communicable Disease Epidemiology
PHPS40200

Health Promotion
PHPS40300

Non Communicable Disease Epidemiology
PHPS40370

Applied Research Methods & Data Management
PHPS40550

MPH Dissertation
PHPS40570

Sociology & Social Epidemiology
PHPS40850

Health Economics and Management
PHPS40860

Stage 1 - Option:
Food Diet and Health
FDSC10010

Nutritional Epidemiology
PHPS40050

One Health
PHPS40230

International Health I
PHPS40430

Risk Perception, Communication and Behavior Changes
PHPS40450

Biostatistics II
PHPS40460

Research Methods in Genetic Epidemiology
PHPS40520

International Health II
PHPS40650

Clinical Trials
PHPS40970

Introduction to Knowledge Synthesis, Systematic Reviews & Meta-analysis
PHPS40980

Advanced Systematic Reviews, Meta-analysis and Clinical Guidelines
PHPS40990

Graduate Teaching Assistant
PHPS50010

Comment

Outcomes
-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, understand the wider determinants of health and disease, analyse and interpret health data to assess community needs and resources and understand the requirement for multidisciplinary working.
-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.

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 FT (X065)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time

MPH PT (X183)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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