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 2019

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2019


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    To be confirmed in early 2019

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    To be confirmed in early 2019

  • Start Date

    To be confirmed in early 2019

Course Outline

This course will provide individuals from a range of different professional backgrounds with academic and experiential development in the theory and practice of public health. It allows you to focus on a selection of sub-specialties of public health:

  • Health promotion
  • Health protection
  • Epidemiology

In Part I, you will take core modules to the value of 30 credits.

In Part II, you can choose one of the pathways and undertake modules to the value of 30 credits (Pathways 1, 2 and 3).

In Part III, you will undertake research and write a dissertation to the value of 30 credits (Pathways 1, 2 and 3).

You will take a total of 90 credits as below:

Part I
Core Modules - All Pathways (30 credits)

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)

Part II (Pathway preferences will be chosen in consultation with the course director.)

Pathway 1: Health Promotion (30 credits):
Student take 30 credits as follows:

EH6029 Health Promotion: concepts, principles and practice (10 credits)
EH6045 Practice Portfolio - Health Promotion (5 credits)
EH6039 Public Health and Behavioural Change (5 credits)
EH6091 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)

plus 5 credits from the following:

EH6046 Global and Environmental Health (5 credits)
SS6017 Critical Social Science Perspectives on Public Health (5 credits)

Pathway 2: Health Protection (30 credits)
Students take 30 credits as follows:

EH6019* The Principles and Practices of Multi-Disciplinary Health Protection (10 credits)
MB6000* Microbiology for Health Protection (5 credits)
EH6035* Practice Portfolio (5 credits)
EH6046* Global and Environmental Health (5 credits)
EH6091 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)

*Holders of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection or the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health will be exempt from these modules if passed as part of the Postgraduate Certificate examination if you undertake the MPH within five years from the date of successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection (currently EH6019, EH6046, MB6000, EH6035 and PG6009) or the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (currently EH6025, EH6026, EH6027, EH6028).

*Holders of the BSc in Public Health or the 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 successful completion of either of the above mentioned degrees. Learning outcomes for EH6025 have been covered in the following BSc modules; Currently EH1005, EH2005, EH4007, EH4003, EH4005, EH4008, SS4000 and GV4000

Pathway 3: Epidemiology (30 credits)
Students take 30 credits as follows:

EH6031 Advanced Epidemiology (10 credits)
ST6011 Advanced Biostatistics (5 credits)
ST6012 Survival Analysis (5 credits)
Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (5 credits)
EH6091 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)

Students must achieve an aggregate of 40% overall in Part II in order to proceed to Part III.

Part III
Pathways 1 and 2:

EH6040 Minor dissertation in Public Health and Epidemiology (30 credits)

Pathway 3:
EH6043 Minor dissertation in Epidemiology (30 credits)

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Fitness to Practise

This programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here

Additional Teaching Mode Information

All teaching is held on Thursday evenings from 4pm - 9pm and Fridays from 9:30am - 5pm. 

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 teaching takes place from 4pm to 9pm on Thursdays and 9.30am to 5pm on Fridays. Teaching will include SPSS (all students) and STATA labs (Advanced Epidemiology students) and occasional field trips. For two of the pathways (Health Promotion and Health Protection) you are expected to do a ten day placement.


You will have a range of written assignments, exams, placement portfolio, presentations and finally, the completion of 10,000-word dissertation.

Who teaches this course

Staff from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health along with guest lectures from outside the Department.

Prof Ivan Perry

Dr Tony Fitzgerald

Dr Birgit Greiner

Dr Janas Harrington

Prof Patricia Kearney

Dr Catherine Conlon

Dr Zubair Kabir, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology

Mary Cronin, Lecturer in Health Promotion and Qualitative Research Method

Maura Smiddy, Lecturer in Health Protection


Why Choose This Course

The MPH is a multi-disciplinary course where you can specialise in health promotion, health protection or advanced epidemiology. The course offers both quantitative and qualitative research methods and you can apply this knowledge to your dissertation.

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.



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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 €7,000.

Part-time students:

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

The Non-EU fee for this course is €14,000.

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. 

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.


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

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here

Additional Requirements (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.

The closing date for non-EU applications is To be confirmed in early 2019

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