Master of Public Health (MPH)

College of Medicine and Health

Duration: 12 months

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

Part-time 24- 60 months by day (part-time option open to EU applicants only)

Qualifications: MPH

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €5,850. Non EU 11,620 euro.

The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study.

Entry Requirements: Minimum 2.2 honours degree (level 8) in relevant subject. See Detailed Entry Requirements

Course Code: CKX11 full time and CKX48 part time

Closing Date: See detailed application procedure section below

Next Intake:  September 2018

The aim of this programme is to provide students, from a range of different professional backgrounds, academic and experiential development in the theory and practice of Public Health.  It allows students, if they wish, to focus on a selection of sub-specialties of Public Health.




As part of this programme students who complete the required modules can now also exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health with Specialism in Health Protection (Infection Control) This Postgraduate Diploma has received An Bord Altranais approval.

Please click for more information MPH BROUCHURE PDF 2011 (441kB)

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.

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)

Pathway 2: Health Protection (online option)
Students take 30 credits as follows: 
EH6048* The Principles and Practices of Multi-disciplinary Health Protection (online) (10 credits)
EH6055* Global and Environmental Health (online) (5 credits)
EH6058* Microbiology for Health Protection (online) (5 credits) 
10 credits from the following:
EH6049* Global Health and Development (online) (5 credits)
EH6056* Practice Portfolio (online) (5 credits)
EH6057* The Big Four: HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) (online) (5 credits)
EH6063* Tobacco Control: National and International Approaches (online) (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

Commencing with the 2015/2016 intake, this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here


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;

  • include with application form a sample of their own written work;

  • satisfy an interview board.

Applicants should indicate on their application form their reasons for wishing to enter this programme and will be required to discuss these at interview.

Note: In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a primary degree may be recommended for entry to the programme following a 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.

The closing date for applications is 1 July 2015 for EU students and 1 June 2015 for non- EU students. The programme will commence in September 2015.

English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent

Part-time Taught Postgraduate Programmes

Please note that non-EU applicants are not eligible to study part-time programmes. 

For more information, please contact:

Declan Whelan-Curtin

Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator (campus based programmes)

Department of Epidemiology & Public Health

4th floor Western Gateway Building

University College Cork

Tel: (021) 420 5533

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the application process for this programme. This form is available to view here SupplementaryFormCKX11 (51kB)

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway.

The teaching takes place from 4pm to 9pm on Thursdays and 9.30am to 4.30pm 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.

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

 Dr 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

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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