UCC CPD courses

Health Literacy for Health and Social Care Settings MH5001


Fact File

  • Title

    Health Literacy for Health and Social Care Settings MH5001

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration


  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Fees

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Closed for applications the Academic Year 2020/21

  • Venue

    School of Pharmacy.  Exact rooms to be confirmed.  

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    Closed for applications the Academic Year 2020/21


Module Objective: To introduce the definitions and principles of health literacy and the opportunities for the health and social care professional to improve the situation for the patient with limited health literacy.

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

  • Critically discuss the different levels of health literacy and the effects of limited health literacy for the patient and the wider community
  • Design a patient information leaflet for a person with limited health literacy.
  • Demonstrate communication skills in patient consultations which lead to more effective communication.
  • Explain how the healthcare/ social care professional can promote a more health-literacy friendly environment for the patient / client.
  • Evaluate health literacy interventions with regard to effectiveness and cost effectiveness and the divergence between theory and practice.

This module covers key areas such as (i) history and definitions of health literacy; (ii) functional, interactive and critical health literacy; (iii) screening instruments and tools of health literacy and their application in the clinical, public, or research setting; (iv) consultation and communication skills and (v) models of health literacy that can be implemented by pharmacists, doctors, nurses and allied and social care professionals.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): 2 x 8hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 4hr(s) Other (Clinical visit/workshop); 50hr(s) Directed Study.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Laura Jane Sahm, School of Pharmacy.

Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Pharmacy, Guest Lecturers.

Closed for applications in the Academic Year 2020/21


Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Case study 30 marks; web presentation 30 marks; written assignment 40 marks. Oral if required).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.


Applicants must be registered with the relevant professional accreditation authority and must provide proof of this registration (via professional registration number which can be verified) and a birth certificate or valid passport in order to register.

A student who successfully completes and passes a module under CPD and who satisfies the programme eligibility criteria may be eligible for exemptions if he/she subsequently undertakes a Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Clinical Pharmacy within five years from the date of successful completion of the module (and subject to the module being offered on the Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Clinical Pharmacy programmes).

  • Candidates must hold a primary pharmacy degree from a School of Pharmacy that is approved by the Programme Committee;
  • They must be registered with the professional accreditation authority in the country in which they are practising;
  • Ideally candidates should have practical experience in their area of qualifications of at least two years post-registration;
  • All candidates will be required to have full access to computer and internet facilities and to be computer literate;
  •  Candidates must be employed in a healthcare setting.
  • In some exceptional circumstances candidates, by virtue of their training and experience may, at the discretion of the Programme Director and the Head of School, be deemed suitable for entry to the degree.

Fees and Costs

To be confirmed. There is a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

This module is currently not on offer.

Closed for applications in the Academic Year 2020/21

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