Welcome to the School of Public Health

As newly appointed Head of the School of Public Health, I feel very honoured to work with all colleagues in the School, and to build on the strengths, the hugely influential work and strong national and international reputation, established by Professor Ivan Perry and the team over nearly 25 years.

Over the past decades, under Professor Perry’s leadership, the School has developed from a small Department to the largest and highest ranking School of Public Health on the island of Ireland, with a high-quality teaching programme and an exceptional research programme led by world-class researchers. To find out more, please read Independent Thinking. the UCC Magazine.

We are delighted that the School of Public Health has recently been awarded accreditation from the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA), becoming the eighth institute globally to receive the prestigious recognition.

Our Vision

With Covid-19, we have experienced one 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

Our Degree Programmes

Our School has internationally competitive research outputs, well established educational programmes and plays a leading role in changing health policy and practice in Ireland. 

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.

Academic Year 2022/2023

We are looking forward to seeing students and staff back on campus.

The School understands it continues to be a challenging time and will continue to work together to support our School community. 

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

You will find up to date information on UCC's response to Covid by visiting https://www.ucc.ie/en/emt/covid19/

We wish you all a safe and successful 2022/2023 here in UCC. 

Best Wishes, 

Prof Ella Arensman 

Head of School of Public Health



Latest News & Events

The achievements of 36 students were celebrated at a special event in the Dr Dora Allman Room.
23 Mar 2023

Quercus College Scholars celebrated at College of Medicine and Health

The College of Medicine and Health celebrated the achievements of 36 students who received a Quercus Undergraduate College Scholarship at a special event in the Dr Dora Allman Room on Thursday, 23 March.  The scholarship acknowledges the achievement of a first class honours standard in their University examination in 2022. The event was a great afternoon of celebration for the students, friends and family. 
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15 Mar 2023

Congratulations to Dr Anvar Sadath on this new publication!

Congratulations Dr Anvar Sadath and his co-authors who have had their mixed-methods study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry      
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Colette Cunningham - Co-Chair of the WFPHA Public Health in Emergencies and Disasters Working Group
03 Mar 2023

Colette Cunningham announced by WFPHA as Working Group Co-Chair!

The World Federation of Public Health Associations has announced that Colette Cunningham has joined the WFPHA as Co-Chair of the Public Health in Emergencies and Disasters Working Group. WFPHA is the only worldwide professional society representing and serving the broad field of public health internationally to make a difference in the health of the people in todays’ globalised world. It represents over 5 million public health professionals worldwide. Sincere congratulations from the School of Public Health on this major achievement.          
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21 Feb 2023

EAAD-Best Ireland Launch Seminar

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