UCC CPD courses

Principles and Practice of Multi-Disciplinary Health Protection


Fact File

  • Title

    Principles and Practice of Multi-Disciplinary Health Protection

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    8 weeks

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Fees

    EU Fee €900 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See full entry requirements below. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    30th October 2020

  • Course Delivery Method


  • Venue

    On-line Programme:  School of Public Health, 4th Floor, Western Gateway Building, Western Road, Cork.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    Open for applications Semester 2


Module Objective: To introduce core concepts in multi-disciplinary health protection.

Module Content: Introduction, evaluation and critical appraisal of policies and procedures in health protection; causative agents and management of infectious diseases; methods for prevention of infection including management of infection prevention and control in healthcare; monitoring and surveillance of infectious diseases; methods for undertaking analysis of causes of infectious diseases; outbreak management; introduction to quality improvement initiatives and risk assessment; other aspects of health protection including food safety, road safety and emergency planning.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Discuss health protection and relevant issues pertaining to same
  • Critically evaluate existent policies and procedures aimed at reducing risk of infection in hospitals and communities
  • Describe the management of infection prevention and control in healthcare
  • Critically evaluate the spread and management of common infectious diseases and infections
  • Describe, compare and contrast, and evaluate methods of surveillance of infection
  • Undertake risk assessment as a basis for decision-making
  • Critically evaluate methods and strategies for management of hospital and community outbreaks of infection
  • Develop and implement quality improvement initiatives in relation to health protection
  • Develop an understanding of other aspects of health protection including food safety, road safety and emergency planning.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

You may take up to 15 CPD credits in one academic year, up to a maximum of 20 credits in total.

This module is available for external individuals to attend as independent modules, having as target groups essentially: Health and Safety Professionals in Industry and Healthcare, Occupational Health Nurses, Self-employed Occupational Health and Safety Consultants, Human Resources Managers among others. This module is also available to Healthcare Professionals - doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, allied healthcare professionals among others.

A student, if admitted to the course, who successfully completes and passes a module under CPD will be eligible for exemptions if he/she is admitted to the Master of Public Health within five years from the date of successful completion of the module (and subject to the module being offered on the Online MPH and/or campus-based MPH courses)


Teaching Method(s): 72hr(s) Directed Study (Self-directed learning); 48hr(s) Other (Online moderated activities); 40hr(s) Other (Written assignment reflection and development); 40hr(s) Other (Reading and reflective practice).

Module Co-ordinator: Ms Fiona Barry, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.


Candidates who satisfy the programme eligibility criteria may, subject to the approval of the Programme Director/Coordinator, be permitted to take the module as part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and be provided with a relevant transcript of marks.

Entry requirements (for modules for the Master of Public Health (Online):

Prospective students must satisfy the following:

  • Students accepted on the course would normally be expected to hold an Honours primary degree in a relevant subject (minimum Second Class Honours) or an Honours primary degree in any discipline (minimum Second Class Honours) and either possess a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field or show evidence of at least two years work experience in a relevant field;
  • Decisions will be based on qualifications and quality of the application.

Note: In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a primary degree may be recommended for entry to the programme following an interview and review of their individual qualifications and experience by the course committee. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the College of Medicine and Health Executive Committee.

Technical Entry Requirements (Online): 
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 - recommended.


Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €900 for EU Students.

The application fee is €35.

How Do I Apply

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form below and submit with the relevant documents to: 

Application Form CPD EH6096 2020/21 can be access by this link:

Principles and Practice of Multi-Disciplinary Health Protection

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form: 


  1. Download and complete the application form at the link below.
  2. Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo).
  3. Pay your €35 application fee for this module via UCC’s Online Portal, noting your Application ID: Click here to proceed to UCC’s Online Portal.
  4. Send your completed application form, photo and any relevant documents, including your application ID via e-mail to cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


CPD Co-Ordinator, CPD Centre, 

An tIonad um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leanúnaigh,

Q+1 floor, The Boole Library, Main Quad, U.C.C.

e-mail cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


Applications for this module are now open.

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