UCC Postgraduate courses

Master of Public Health

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Master of Public Health

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15 June

  • Start Date

    12 September 2022

Course Outline

We designed this Master of Public Health (MPH) in order to meet the increasing demand for highly trained public health specialists in Ireland and abroad. This highly regarded programme will prepare you to investigate, evaluate and address public health challenges, whatever your professional background.

On graduation you will be equipped with the core knowledge and specialised skills necessary to make a real difference in public health. This is a full-time and structured programme, delivered over 12 months.

  • Please note this is the campus-based Masters of Public Health. If you wish to apply for the online version of the MPH programme please click here

MPH Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Critically analyse theories and issues related to public health;
  • Construct arguments around the social, political, and economic factors determining the health of populations;
  • Demonstrate competence in the key underpinning disciplines and theories of public health including epidemiology, communicable diseases including healthcare-associated infections, biostatistics, social and behavioural sciences, and social policy;
  • Analyse and synthesize evidence and apply it to public health;
  • Demonstrate enhanced knowledge in the chosen specialist pathway (health protection, health promotion, epidemiology, and biostatistics);
  • Demonstrate logical reasoning in written work and discussion;
  • Employ a range of appropriate research and analysis methods with confidence and correct interpretation;
  • Critically reflect on their own and others' learning and practice.
  • Demonstrate their culminating experience in the form of a minor Dissertation.

MPH Pathways

The Masters of Public Health (MPH) course is full-time and delivered over 12 months. Lectures take place on Thursdays (3pm to 9pm) and on Fridays (9am to 5pm). The programme allows students to specialise in one of three specific pathways as follows:

  • Health promotion
  • Health protection
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics

In Part I students take core modules to the value of 45 credits and modules to the value of 25 credits from their chosen pathway.

In Part II students undertake research and write a dissertation to the value of 20 credits. In total students take 90 credits comprised from Part I and Part II.

Part I 

Core Modules - All Pathways 

Students take 45 credits as follows:

  • EH6025  Principles and Practice of Public Health (10 credits)
  • EH6026  Applied Research for Public Health (10 credits
  • EH6027  Public Health Informatics (5 credits)
  • EH6028  Leadership in Public Health (5 credits) 
  • EH6091  Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)
  • EH6132  Health Economics for Public Health (5 credits)
  • EH6154  International Perspectives on Global Health (5 credits)


Pathway 1: Health Promotion

Students take 25 credits as follows:

  • EH6029 Health Promotion: Concepts, Principles and Practice (10 credits)
  • EH6039 Public Health and Behavioural Change (5 credits) 
  • EH6044 Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (5 credits)

plus 5 credits from either of the following: 

  • EH6046 Global and Environmental Health (5 credits) 
  • SS6017 Critical Public Health (5 credits)

Pathway 2: Health Protection 

Students take 25 credits as follows:

  • EH6019 The Principles and Practice of Multi-disciplinary Health Protection (10 credits)
  • EH6046 Global and Environmental Health (5 credits)
  • MB6009 Principles of Microbiology (online)
  • EH6044 Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (5 credits)

Pathway 3: Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Students take 25 credits as follows:

  • EH6031 Advanced Epidemiology (10 credits)
  • EH6044 Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (5 credits)
  • ST6011 Advanced Biostatistics (5 credits)
  • ST6012 Survival Analysis (5 credits)

Students move to Part II (dissertation) on successful completion of Part I (taught modules).

Part II 

All Pathways 

  • EH6143 Minor Dissertation in Public Health (20 credits)

Exemptions at point of entry

Applicants may be eligible for exemptions. If eligible, the relevant exemption paperwork must be completed immediately upon entering the programme. This application will be reviewed by the School of Public Health's Executive Committee. Please request an application form from the programme administrator.

  • Holders of UCC's BSc in Public Health, or UCC's BSc Public Health Sciences will be exempt from EH6025 (Principles and Practice of Public Health) if he/she undertakes the MPH within five years from the date of award of one of the above-mentioned courses.

Please see our University Calendar (MPH) page for detailed information on this programme.


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

Teaching takes place Thursdays (3pm to 9pm) and Fridays (9am to 5pm). Teaching will include SPSS (all students) and STATA labs (Epidemiology & Biostatistics students) and occasional field trips. 


You will have a range of written assignments, exams, presentations, and finally, the written dissertation in a publishable journal format with a maximum allowable word count of 5,000 (in the quantitative study) or 7,000 words (in a qualitative study/systematic review).


Our staff come from across UCC and the School of Public Health along with guest and visiting lecturers, and include:

Why Choose This Course

The MPH is an innovative multi-disciplinary course where you can specialise in health promotion, health protection or epidemiology and biostatistics. The course offers both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and you can apply this knowledge to your dissertation. Our modules are developed and taught by a dedicated team of staff, who are experts in a variety of public health areas. Students will experience a wide range of teaching styles: classroom-based, limited fieldwork, and lab sessions.

Connected Curriculum

Our learning approach reflects our commitment to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff are at the forefront of this integrative approach to learning and will support you in making meaningful connections within and between topics such as healthcare, science, the environment, management and leadership.

Research Projects

At the School of Public Health we are involved in major national research projects, including focusing on nutritional epidemiology, looking at causes and prevention of obesity, Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease, tobacco control and health services research.  Most recently we were awarded significant funding to research the impact Covid-19 public health measures have had on the people of Ireland.

Skills and Careers Information

Our graduates are currently employed in a range of careers in Ireland, Europe and in other developed and developing countries in diverse public health roles including health services, public health research, surveillance, environmental health and public health agencies.


All applicants will be required to write a 500-word statement demonstrating suitability to undertake a Master of Public Health.

All candidates are required to meet one of the following:

  • Possess a minimum Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ Level 8) in a relevant subject area Or
  • Possess a minimum Second Class Honours Grade I in a postgraduate diploma (NFQ Level 9) in a relevant subject area.

Relevant subject areas are Biological Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Public Health and Social Sciences.

Note: In some circumstances, applicants without a primary degree or applicants without a relevant primary degree may be recommended for entry to the programme under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the course committee. Such applicants may be called for an interview, and their admission will be subject to the School of Public Health's Executive Committee's approval.

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 €7,630.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €15,400.


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 .

Available Scholarships

At UCC we support our student community by offering scholarships and prizes to prospective and current students. Please see the Scholarships & Prizes page for more information.

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 two 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 online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €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.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal 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 items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

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

5. Rounds

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.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. We strongly encourage you to complete these sections with all relevant information to support your application. This will include the following requests for additional information:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. 
  • In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning, and professional training relevant to this programme.
  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.


Please note that successful EU applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €500 on acceptance of their place.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 June

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