Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection


Course Title: Health Protection - Campus Based

College: Medicine and Health

Health Protection - Campus Based

Duration: 6 Months Part Time

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

This programme is a part time programme running from January to April/May. 

Qualifications: PG Cert

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2016/2017 Irish/EU FEE €2500 (per academic year)

Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements

Course Code: CKU02

Closing Date: 26 Nov-2016

Next Intake: January 2017


Programme Requirements

Students take taught modules to the value of 30 credits incorporating 140 hours of structured contact time.

Students take 30 credits as follows:

EH6019 The Principles and Practice of Multi-disciplinary Health Protection (10 credits)
EH6046 Global and Environmental Health (5 credits)
EH6035 Practice Portfolio (5 credits) 
MB6000 Microbiology for Health Protection (5 credits)
PG6009 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)

Module descriptions are contained in the Book of Modules 2016/2017

Fitness to Practise 
Commencing with the 2016/2017 intake of first year students (including repeats), this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here.

Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2016 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2016/2017.

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection (NFQ Level 9, Minor award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate management of infections caused by different pathogenic microorganisms
  • Investigate the transmission of endemic and epidemic infections from sufficient knowledge of the characteristics and transmission of causative organisms
  • Select appropriate methods for control of hospital and community acquired infectious disease
  • Design, implement and evaluate co-ordinated control methods utilising tools such as reflective practice, audit and surveillance
  • Assess constraints of health protection delivery services and provide possible solutions to barriers
  • Describe the global impact of infectious diseases and strategies which are effective, partially effective and ineffective in management and prevention
  • Discuss the wider aspects of Health Protection
  • Discuss and identify effective methods to bring about practice change.

Candidates must have the following:

  • An appropriate degree or professional qualification in healthcare or health services management.
  • Candidates may be required to present for interview.

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 Maura Smiddy

Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health 
Western Gateway Building 
University College Cork.

Telephone : 0214205508 E:mail:


Application for this programme is on-line at For full details of the application procedure click here. 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 SupplementaryFormCKU02 (50kB)

There are approximately 15 to 20 places on this course.

Teaching takes place from 6pm-9pm on Thursdays and 9.30am - 4.30pm on Fridays.  You are required to fulfil 10 days placement in an area relevant to health protection.

A limited amount of funding is available from the Regional Infection Control Prevention and Control Committee of the HSE South.  Further information and an application can be obtained by contacting Sharon O Neill at (021) 4927625 or at

Queries regarding matters other than funding can be directed to Maura Smiddy, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC at or Fiona Barry, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC at

Assessment is continuous and includes project presentation, written assignments and a multiple choice exam.

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