UCC Postgraduate courses

Master of Public Health (Online)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Master of Public Health (Online)

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    22 Months Part-Time

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2021

    €8,130 (€4,065 year 1; €4,065 year 2)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2021


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Closed for applications: we will re-open in November.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Extended until 23 July 2021

  • Course Delivery Method


  • Start Date

    August 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 part-time online MPH is a structured programme delivered over 22 months.


Programme Learning Outcomes for Master of Public Health (Online) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
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, global health, screening, social and behavioural sciences and social policy;
  • Analyse and synthesise evidence and apply it to public health;
  • Demonstrate enhanced knowledge in specific Public Health areas, e.g. health promotion, health protection, global health, epidemiology and biostatistics in public health;
  • Demonstrate logical reasoning in written work and discussion;
  • Employ a range of appropriate research and analysis methods with confidence and expertise;
  • Critically reflect on their own and others' learning and practice.

Students take modules to the value of 90 credits as follows:

Part I - Year 1
Students take 50 credits of core modules and may select up to 5 credits of electives.

Core Modules
EH6088 Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (5 credits)
EH6094 Public Health Core Principles and Overview (10 credits)
EH6132 Health Economics for Public Health (5 credits)
EH6150 Introduction to Health Protection (5 credits)
EH6153 Quantitative Research and Epidemiology (10 credits)
EH6154 International Perspectives on Global Health (5 credits)
EH6157 Qualitative Research in Public Health (5 credits)
EH6158 Health Promotion I (5 credits)

Elective Module
EH6063 Tobacco Control: National and International Approaches (5 credits)

Part I - Year 2
Students choose modules to the value of 20 credits (or 15 credits if EH6063 was taken in Year 1) from the following groups. Maximum of one module per group can be chosen.

Group A
EH6141 Psychosocial Epidemiology (5 credits)

or EH6155 Migration and Public Health (5 credits)

Group B
EH6152 Principles and Practices of Screening (5 credits)

or EH6156 Public Health in Humanitarian Crises (5 credits)

Group C
EH6000 Implementation Science in Health (5 credits)
or EH6130 Critical Appraisal of Publications for Research and Practice (5 credits)

Group D
EH6140 Environmental Health: Principal Aspects and Burden of Disease (5 credits)
or EH6151 Advanced Health Protection (5 credits)
or EH6159 Health Promotion II (5 credits)

Group E
EH6101 Microbiology, the Environment and Infectious Diseases (10 credits)
or EH6133 Advanced Quantitative Research (10 credits)

Part II - Year 2
EH6115 Master of Public Health Dissertation (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 if the MPH is undertaken 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 EH6094 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

This programme will be taught online over 22 months.

If you wish to apply for the campus-based programme please click on the following link

All material is presented asynchronously so students do not have to schedule around set lecture times. 


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

This Master of Public Health programme consists of 90 credits. Each 10-credit module will be delivered over 8 weeks and each 5-credit module will be delivered over 4 weeks. Modules are delivered at a time according to the pre-determined programme calendar. A 10-credit module consists of an estimated student workload of 200 hours and a 5-credit module an estimated workload of 100 hours. Student workload consists of online, self-directed learning, required readings and subject investigation, online activities and assignments for preparation, participation and submission.


A range of continuous assessments is used across the modules. These may include essays, case studies, discussion boards, online presentations, quizzes, report writing, reflective journals and other online activities.

Who teaches this course

The course is delivered by the School of Public Health faculty in conjunction with external lecturers with subject-specific expertise.


Why Choose This Course

The Master of Public Health is a multi-disciplinary programme that will provide students with skills in health promotion, health protection, epidemiology, biostatistics and global health - in preparation for a career in public health practice or research.

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 using the most up-to-date technology-enhanced learning methods.

Our online MPH builds on the success of our campus-based MPH programme, the largest programme of its kind in Ireland.

Skills and Careers Information

Our graduates are currently employed in a range of careers worldwide working in diverse public health domains, including health services, public health research, surveillance, 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.

Technical Requirements

This programme will be delivered wholly online. As such, there are specific technical requirements that you need to meet:

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop (either Mac OS or Windows) running a relatively recent operating system (Windows 8, 8.1, 10 or Mac OSX 10.8, 10.9, 10.10). UCC supports access to the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment through IOS and Android apps, which are available from the respective App stores.
  • You will need access to a reliable broadband connection with at least 2MB download speeds. You can test your broadband or 4G speeds by visiting http://www.speedtest.net.
  • You must have a modern web browser installed. The most reliable options for use with UCC online learning are Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Download and installation instructions will be provided. Safari is not suitable.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office 2003 or later or equivalent) and a PDF reader (preferably Adobe Acrobat Reader XI or later). Please note that registered UCC students have access to discounted software from Microsoft and Adobe.


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 €8,130 (€4,065 year 1; €4,065 year 2).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €10,130.


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.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Extended until 23 July 2021

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