Welcome to the School of Public Health

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 Journey

Originally the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health within the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health was established in November 2017 under the leadership of Prof Ivan Perry. The School has internationally competitive research outputs, well established educational programmes and plays a leading role in changing health policy and practice in Ireland. To find out more, please read Independent Thinking. the UCC Magazine.

Our Degree Programmes

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 

Interim Head of School of Public Health


School of Public Health

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