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

    Full-time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2021

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2021


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Closed for applications for admission 2021/22

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    30 June 2021

  • Start Date

    9 September 2021

Course Outline

To meet the increasing demand for highly trained public health specialists, we are offering a Master of Public Health designed to prepare you to investigate, evaluate and address public health challenges, whatever your professional background. Our Master of Public Health programme will equip you 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.


Programme 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 synthesise 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.


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

Students take 90 credits as follows: 

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) 
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) 
MB6000 Microbiology for Health Protection (5 credits) 
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 cannot submit Thesis for examination until they have passed 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 on 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.

  1. Holders of UCC's Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection or UCC's Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health will be exempt from certain modules on the programme if he/she undertakes the MPH within five years from the date of award of UCC's Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection or UCC's Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health.
  2. Holders of UCC's BSc in Public Health, UCC's BSc in Public Health Sciences or UCC's BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion 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 degrees.


Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching is held on Thursdays and 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

Teaching takes place Thursdays (3 pm to 9 pm) and Fridays (9 am to 5 pm). 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 qualitative study/systematic review).

Who teaches this course.

Staff from the School of Public Health along with guest lectures.

Why Choose This Course

The MPH is a 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.

There is an increasing awareness of the need for highly-trained public health specialists in Ireland and abroad to tackle issues such as health inequalities and their causes and solutions, communicable diseases, international health development, obesity and smoking. The MPH is an innovative course designed to offer multi-disciplinary academic and experiential development for students from a range of professional backgrounds.

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.


  1. All applicants will be required to write a 500-word statement demonstrating suitability to undertake a Master of Public Health.
  2. 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 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 €15,130.


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 .

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. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

  • 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 30 June 2021

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