UCC Postgraduate courses

Health Protection (Online)

About This Course

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Course Outline

The programme aims to provide students, from a range of different professional backgrounds, with both academic and experiential development in the theory and practice of Public Health and Health Protection. This course supplies the knowledge and skills necessary for health protection (infection control) and public health on a global scale. The emphasis is on the use of evidence based healthcare and practice that will enable participants to work in infection prevention and control putting patient safety and public health principles into effect in both research and professional contexts. 

Learning Outcomes/Objectives:

Completion of the course will equip students with the knowledge to support them in the co-ordination and management of infection prevention, control and health protection services in a broad number of settings.

On completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection students should be able to;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of public health.
  • 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 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.

Modules

There are a total of three core modules which must be completed. These focus on Public Health, Health Protection and Microbiology, Global and Environmental Health.

This online programme meets the needs of the busy professional. The programme is designed to allow people to undertake their studies while working simultaneously.  This programme consists of three 10-credit taught modules.

After successful completion of the postgraduate certificate in health protection students will have the option of progressing to a Diploma and Master of Public Health.

Students take the following modules:

  • EH6092         Introduction to Public Health – 10 credits
  • EH6096         Principles and Practices of Multi-Disciplinary Health Protection – 10 credits                   
  • EH6101         Microbiology, Environmental Health and Infectious Diseases – 10 credits

See College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on the modules.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Part-time students are expected to set aside 15-20 hours each week for course work.  

This programme will be taught online for 6 months (January - June)

If you wish to apply for the campus based programme please see: Health Protection - Campus Based 

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

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

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

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. 

Course Practicalities

The course runs from January to June each year with an online induction run over two weeks in December. The Certificate (30 credits) must be completed within 36 months (i.e. 3 years) of programme commencement. Progression to Diploma and Master of Public Health is possible once all assessment is successfully completed. However, acceptance onto the Diploma or MPH will only be considered within five years from date of above Certification.

Each 10-credit module will be delivered over 8 weeks. Students take one module at a time according to the pre-determined programme calendar.  Each 10-credit module consists of an estimated Student Workload of 200 hours.  This consists of online, self-directed learning, required readings and subject investigation, E-tivities and assignments for preparation, participation and submission.

The course allows for progression to an Online Master of Public Health, https://www.ucc.ie/en/epid/postgrad/online-master-of-public-health/, also delivered by the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.

A limited number of full and partial scholarship places are 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 Fiona Barry, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC at fionabarry@ucc.ie  or Maura Smiddy, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC at m.smiddy@ucc.ie.

Assessment

A range of continuous assessments are used across the modules.  These may include essays, case studies, online presentations, quiz, accumulative report writing, reflective journal and E-tivities. 

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.

Requirements

Candidates must have the following:

  • Students accepted on the course would normally be expected to hold an Honours primary degree in a relevant subject (minimum Second Class Honours) or an Honours primary degree in any discipline (minimum Second Class Honours) or an appropriate degree or professional qualification in healthcare or health services management (such as registered nurses, pharmacists, midwives, health services managers).
  • The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health course is open to registered health care professionals in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Allied Health care disciplines or applicants who hold a relevant primary degree. Applicants must provide evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. the Irish Medical Council, the NMBI (active registration) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland). Applicants not registered with one of the above professional bodies must provide evidence of level 8 qualification in a relevant health care discipline.
  • Candidates whose first language is not English must have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with scores in no individual sections less than 6.5. All applicants are required to complete an application form and provide evidence of either current professional registration or primary degree. In all cases, decisions will be based on qualifications and quality of application.

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. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €2,500.

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.

Deposits:

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.

Questions?

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

The fee in the academic year 2017/18 will be €2,500.  Some full and partial scholarship places are available.  

A limited number of full and partial scholarship places are 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 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule 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.

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 in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

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