UCC Postgraduate courses

Health Protection - Campus Based

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Health Protection - Campus Based

  • Code

    CKU02 Part-time

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    6 Months Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    PG Cert

  • EU Fees 2019

    €2,500 (per academic year)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Applications are now closed for 2019-2020 intake

  • Start Date

    January 2019

Course Outline

The purpose of this course is to provide clinical staff, managers and other relevant professionals with systematic training in the sciences relevant to infection-prevention and control/health protection which will enable them to provide and take responsibility for a broad-based infection-prevention and control/health protection service.  The course is An Bord Altranais Category 2 approved.

Programme Modules

Students take taught modules to the value of 30 credits incorporating 140 hours of structured contact time.

Students take 30 credits as follows:

  • EH6019 The Principles and Practice of Multi-disciplinary Health Protection (10 credits)
  • EH6046 Global and Environmental Health (5 credits)
  • EH6035 Practice Portfolio (5 credits) requires 10 days placement 
  • MB6000 Microbiology for Health Protection (5 credits)
  • EH6091 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)

Module descriptions are contained in the Book of Modules 2014/2015.

Fitness to Practice 

Commencing with the 2015/2016 intake of first year students (including repeats), this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practice Policy - full details may be found here.


Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2014 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2014/2015.

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection (NFQ Level 9, Minor award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate management of infections caused by different pathogenic microorganisms
  • Investigate the transmission of endemic and epidemic infections from sufficient knowledge of the characteristics and transmission of causative organisms
  • Select appropriate methods for control of hospital and community acquired infectious disease
  • Design, implement and evaluate co-ordinated control methods utilising tools such as reflective practice, audit and surveillance
  • Assess constraints of health protection delivery services and provide possible solutions to barriers
  • Describe the global impact of infectious diseases and strategies which are effective, partially effective and ineffective in management and prevention
  • Discuss the wider aspects of Health Protection
  • Discuss and identify effective methods to bring about practice change.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This programme is a part time programme running from January to May.

Teaching takes place from 6pm-9pm on Thursdays and 9.30am - 4.30pm on Fridays. 



Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

There are approximately 15 to 20 places on this course.

Teaching takes place from 6pm-9pm on Thursdays and 9.30am - 4.30pm on Fridays.  You are required to fulfil 10 days placement in an area relevant to health protection.

The course allows for progression to a Masters in Public Health (CKX11), both delivered by the School of Public Health.

A limited amount of funding is available from the Regional Infection Control Prevention and Control Committee of the HSE South.  Further information and an application can be obtained by contacting Sharon O Neill at (021) 4927625 or at sharon.oneill@hse.ie

Queries regarding matters other than funding can be directed to Maura Smiddy, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC at m.smiddy@ucc.ie or Fiona Barry, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC at fionabarry@ucc.ie


Assessment is continuous and includes project presentation, written assignments and a multiple choice exam.

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 Post Graduate Certificate in health protection is designed to meet the learning needs of all those who have an interest or who are directly responsible for preventing and managing healthcare-associated infections (HCAI) in primary, secondary or tertiary care. In addition it will introduce students to the wider aspects of health protection from a public health perspective.

Successful graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection qualify to proceed to a Master in Public Health with a specialisation in health protection.

Skills and Careers Information

Students who undertake this programme are currently employed in a range of careers in Ireland, Europe and in other developed and developing countries in diverse roles including health services, public health research, surveillance, environmental health and public health agencies.


Candidates must have the following:

  • An appropriate degree or professional qualification in healthcare or health services management (such as registered nurses, pharmacists, midwives, health services managers);
  • Candidates may be required to present for interview.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS score of 6.5 within each individual section is required (or TOEFL equivalent). Please note IELTs and TOEFL qualifications cannot be more than two years old. Scores under 6.5 will not gain admission to the programme.

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. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. 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.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €2,500 (per academic year).

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

A limited amount of funding is available from the Regional Infection Control Prevention and Control Committee of the HSE South.  Further information and an application can be obtained by contacting Sharon O Neill at (021) 4927625 or at sharon.oneill@hse.ie

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 


For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

All Applicants 

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the application process for this programme. This form is available to view here: CKU02 Additional Questions.

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