Public Health

Welcome to the School of Public Health

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Our Vision

With Covid-19, we are currently in the midst of the greatest global public health crisis since the 1918 flu pandemic which is estimated to have led to the deaths of over 50 million people worldwide. Now more than ever before, the importance and relevance of public health is clear to everyone. It is also clear that over the next few years, we will need Public Health graduates to sustain and develop public health systems nationally and internationally.  

Our vision is to be at the heart of society’s organised efforts to prevent disease and to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of the population. We do this by studying:

  • The causes of disease and the factors that promote good health

  • New technologies and other ways to promote health and prevent disease

  • The best way to deliver health services

We have a range of excellent programmes on offer - undergraduate and postgraduate - through to PhD level.  

The School of Public Health also has a highly active research programme. Please contact us if you require any additional information. 

Semester 2 - Academic Year 2020/2021

We would like to welcome new and returning students to the School and acknowledge that Semester 2, like Semester 1, will be different to previous semesters.

Following a Government directive issued on 25/09/20, UCC, along with all universities in the country, introduced enhanced public health protection measures from Monday, 28 September 2020. This means all lectures will be delivered online, to the maximum extent possible, until further notice. 

The School understands this is a challenging time for our students and staff and we will work together to support our community during this period. Please continue to adhere to the Health Service Executive’s advice on preventing the spread of Covid-19.

Please check Canvas and your email for updates from your Module Coordinators.

We Are Here to Help

We want to ensure that all of our students have access to assistance should they require it and we are very happy to answer any queries you may have. Simply email the relevant contact below:


BSc Public Health Sciences Contacts:

Programme Director, Dr. Janas Harrington,

Senior Programme Coordinator, Ms. Tara O'Connell,


Master of Public Health Contacts:

Programme Director, Dr. Zubair Kabir, 

Programme Coordinator, Dr. Mallorie Leduc,


Online Master of Public Health Contacts:

Programme Director, Dr. Éilis O’Reilly,

Programme Coordinator, Dr. Mallorie Leduc,

MSc Occupational Health Contacts:

Programme Director, Dr. Birgit Greiner, 

Programmes Manager, Ms. Michelle Syron,

PG Cert in Infection Prevention and Control Contact:

Dr. Maura Smiddy,

We wish you all a safe and succesful 2020/21 here in UCC.

Best Wishes, 

Professor Ivan Perry

 Prof Ivan Perry

 Dean, School of Public Health


Sign up for our Virtual Open Days - 4th & 5th December

When and Where?

This year, UCC's open days will take place over two days using our virtual environment.

To find out more about the courses available in the School of Public Health, click on the link below to sign up and get access to the Open Day system.

Sign up today 

  • Friday 4th December 2020, 1pm-6pm
  • Saturday 5th  December 2020, 10am-6pm

Staff and students from the School of Public Health will be available at the times outlined below and we look forward to telling you about the courses available and will answer any queries you may have.




Colette Cunningham

Mary Cronin                                              

13.00 - 14.00

Janas Harrington

Alannah Gannon

14.00 - 15.00

John Browne

Maeve Mc Govern 

15.00 - 16.00

Elizabeth Keane

Linda O’Keeffe     

16.00 - 17.00

Justina Hurley

Janas Harrington                               

17.00 - 18.00       





Sean Millar

Darren Dahly

10.00 - 11.00

Janas Harrington

Aine Bourke

11.00 - 12.00

Mary Cronin

Ivan Perry, Head of School

12.00 - 13.00

Mairead O’Connor

Janas Harrington

13.00 - 14.00

Fiona Mac Leod

Darren Dahly

14.00 - 15.00

Ivan Perry

Mairead O’Connor

15.00 - 16.00

Ali Khashan

16.00 - 17.00

Fiona Mac Leod

Ivan Perry

17.00 - 18.00

Why it's a good idea to come along!

Open Days are all about you. They provide an opportunity to ask our students and staff questions and to find out more about studying Public Health in UCC.

By attending our Open Days, you begin your journey at UCC. You will belong to a vibrant and diverse community if you join us in Autumn 2021. You will become the person you want to be.

To find out more, visit Virtual Open Day


School of Public Health

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