About This Course
Master of Public Health (Online)
20 months Part-Time
Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
EU Fees 2020
€8,000 (€4.000 year 1; €4,000 year 2)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2020
See Requirements for full details.
Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply
Non-EU Closing Date
Course Delivery Method
27 August 2020
To meet 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.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS THE ONLINE MASTERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH. IF YOU WISH TO APPLY FOR THE CAMPUS BASED PROGRAMME PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK www.ucc.ie/en/ckx11
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 health care 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.
The programme consists of 45-credits of core modules, 25-credits of elective modules, and one 20-credit research dissertation.
Part I - Year 1
Students take 45 credits of core modules and select up to 5 credits of electives as follows:
- Induction Week (non-credit bearing module)
- 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)
- EH6157 Qualitative Research in Public Health (5 credits)
- EH6158 Health Promotion I (5 credits)
- EH6063 Tobacco Control: National and International Approaches (5 credits)
Part I - Year 2
Students choose modules to the value of 25 credits (or 20 credits if EH6063 was taken in Year 1) from the following groups. Maximum of one module per group can be chosen.
- EH6141 Psychosocial Epidemiology (5 credits) OR EH6154 International Perspectives on Global Health (5 credits)
- EH6152 Principles and Practices of Screening (5 credits) OR EH6156 Public Health in Humanitarian Crises (5 credits)
- EH6000 Implementation Science in Health (5 credits) OR EH6130 Critical Appraisal of Publications for Research and Practice (5 credits) OR EH6155 Migration and Public Health (5 credits)
- 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)
- 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)
Additional Teaching Mode Information
This programme will be taught online over 20 months.
If you wish to apply for the campus based programme please click on the following link
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.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
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 are 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 21st Century 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 elsewhere worldwide in both developed and developing countries, working in diverse public health roles including health services, public health research, surveillance and public health agencies.
- All applicants will be required to write a 300-word statement demonstrating suitability to undertake a Master of Public Health.
- All applicants are required to meet one of the following:
- Possess a NFQ level 8 degree in a relevant subject area (minimum 2H1) OR
- Possess a NFQ level 9 postgraduate diploma in a relevant subject area (minimum 2H1)
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 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 approval of the School of Public Health's Executive Committee.
To access and interact with the course content, assignments and assessments etc., students will require access to at least a PC/Laptop running Windows 7 or later and Mac OSX 10.7.4. Common plug-ins such as Microsoft Silverlight, Java and Flash will also be required. Students must have access to MS Office or an equivalent suite of applications such as Libre Office. They must also have access to a modern standards compliant web browser. UCC recommends either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
To engage productively and successfully with the content, basic technical computer skills such as familiarity with word processing, web browsing and email is recommended.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 €8,000 (€4.000 year 1; €4,000 year 2).
The Non-EU fee for this course is €10,000.
If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 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.
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 that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme. This form is available to view here Supplementary Questions Online MPH CKX49.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 1st JulyApply Now