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  • See our new BSc Public Health Sciences video!

    16 Apr 2021
    See our new BSc Public Health Sciences video!

    Do you want 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? Yes?

    Study BSc Public Health Sciences in UCC - the only undergraduate degree in public health sciences in Ireland. Find out all about the BSc PHS by watching our new video - part of the College's Prep for Medicine and Health Day 2021.

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  • UCC has announced the appointment of Ireland’s first Professor of Public Mental Health

    06 Apr 2021
    UCC has announced the appointment of Ireland’s first Professor of Public Mental Health

    Prof Ella Arensman, who will continue in her current role as Chief Scientist at the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF), will lead important and groundbreaking research on suicide and self-harm within UCC’s School of Public Health.

    Having spent over three decades working in the field of suicide prevention research and public mental health, Prof Arensman said demand for research-based public mental health policy has never been greater, in light of the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    Professor Ivan Perry, Dean of the School of Public Health, welcomed the appointment;

    "Professor Ella Arensman is a global leader in public mental health who has made an enormous contribution to work on the causes and prevention of self-harm and suicide in Ireland and internationally.  She has an exciting vision for capacity development and research in Public Mental Health and my colleagues and I at the School of Public Health look forward to working with her to realise this vision," he said.

    Prof Arensman said. “It is a great honour to have been selected for the first professorial appointment in Public Mental Health in Ireland and it is very encouraging to see the endorsement of public mental health and suicide prevention research by UCC and the College of Medicine and Health.” 




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  • Getting ready for Prep for Health!

    26 Mar 2021
    Getting ready for Prep for Health!

    For the past 10 years, the School of Medicine has organised the very successful ‘Prep for Med’ day for transition year secondary school students.

    Aimed at TY students who may be considering a career in medicine, the day has proved very popular and now features widely among school diaries and social media.

    Prep for Med and Health.....virtually!

    As the day enters its tenth year, and particularly given the difficult year it has been for universities and secondary schools alike, this year the College of Medicine and Health will deliver this day remotely, on Wednesday 14th April.

    All schools that make up the College of Medicine and Health will be involved, with each School filming a video to show students what it is like to study and work in the various fields of medicine and health.

    Today was the School of Public Health's day to film with videographer Ger Griffin and Dr Janas Harrington in UCC's Western Gateway building.




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  • Interested in a PhD Opportunity?

    11 Mar 2021
    Interested in a PhD Opportunity?
  • The Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) European Union March 2021

    05 Mar 2021
    The Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) European Union March 2021

    Co-authored by Dr Janas M Harrington, School of Public Health, UCC 

    An assessment of EU-level policies influencing food environments and priority actions to create healthy food environments in the EU.

    Overweight, obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a major public health challenge in Europe.

    Suboptimal diets are key contributors to increasing the risk of these diseases and thereby affect the health and economic systems of all European Member States.

    In addition, in most European countries socioeconomic inequalities in obesity and dietary patterns are evident. Population diets are influenced by food environments in European Member States.



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  • COVID Conference 2021

    10 Feb 2021
    COVID Conference 2021

    We are delighted to announce that UCC's COVID Conference 2021 will commence on Monday 22nd February. 

    With numerous rapid and innovative advancements in many areas during the pandemic, including the development of vaccines, we are going to give those at the forefront of these developments a chance to share their stories with us.

    The week-long conference is being organised by five UCC societies:  

    UCC Biomedical Science Society 

    UCC Pharmacy Society 

    UCC Science Society 

    UCC Public Health Society 

    UCC Medical Research and Technology Society 

    Registration for these talks is via a google form.

    Register here for the Conference:

    Talks are live and questions are welcome via the chat function.

    To find out more, please email Katie O’Brien


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  • Recruitment for the role of Director - National Cancer Registry Ireland / Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, UCC.

    05 Feb 2021
    Recruitment for the role of Director - National Cancer Registry Ireland / Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, UCC.

    The NCRI is seeking suitable applicants for the role of Director, National Cancer Registry Ireland / Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, University College Cork.

    The Director will be responsible for the overall strategic leadership and management of the NCRI. She/he will manage the statutory functions of the NCRI and direct and oversee the operations of the organisation across all of its functional areas, including governance, financial management and human resources. The Director will facilitate the implementation of relevant recommendations of the National Cancer Strategy primarily through the provision of information and analysis to support policy development and service enhancement.

    The post will incorporate a role as Professor of Cancer Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at University College Cork. The School of Public Health in UCC is a large academic public health centre with over 100 staff, researchers and postgraduate students. In Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020, the School is ranked within the top 150 Schools of Public Health globally.


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  • Vacancy - School Manager School of Public Health

    12 Jan 2021
    Vacancy - School Manager School of Public Health

    Permanent Whole Time Post

    UCC wishes to appoint an experienced administrator to the role of School Manager of the School of Public Health.

    Reporting to Dean of School, Professor Ivan Perry, the Manager will have responsibility, with the Dean, for co-ordinating and supervising the operation of all administrative and support functions in the School of Public Health.

    Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Tuesday 2nd February 2021. 

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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

Master of Public Health Fantastic Opportunity available via the Government's Jobs Stimulus Package

Closed for Applications since 13th November

The School of Public Health is pleased to announce that our Master of Public Health Programme (MPH) will open for new applicants during the current academic year under the Government's Jobs Stimulus package.

The Jobs Stimulus package aims to help get people back to work, upskill workers and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of COVID-19. Please visit and the Higher Education Authority webpages for further information.

On the announcement, Prof. Ivan Perry, Dean of the School of Public Health, said:

This is an exciting opportunity for those returning to the workplace, those in employment, the formerly self-employed and recent graduates who wish to contribute to Ireland’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the most significant public health crisis in over 100 years. The Master of Public Health programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills to address other major global and national public health issues, including the health and societal consequences of climate change, tobacco control and the global obesity pandemic."

The new intake of students will complete first semester modules in a separate cohort and will then join the existing 20/21 cohort in the second semester. The MPH programme now open is normally offered as a Campus-based programme, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, all teaching will be online for the 2020-2021 academic year. 


Courses funded under the package will be open to returners to the workforce, those in employment, the formerly self-employed and recent graduates. All participants, with the exception of returners to the workforce, will contribute 10% of the course cost.

Eligible participants must have at least a Level 8 qualification or equivalent prior to acceptance onto the course.

Exact academic eligibility requirements for the MPH programme are outlined below:

  • All applicants will be required to write a 300-word statement demonstrating suitability to undertake a Master of Public Health.
  • All candidates are required to meet one of the following:

Possess a NFQ Level 8 degree in a relevant subject area (minimum 2H1).


Possess a NFQ Level 9 postgraduate diploma in a relevant subject area (minimum 2H1).

Relevant subject areas are Biological Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Public Health and Social Sciences.

Eligible Applicants must also be ordinarily resident in Ireland and must meet the nationality and EU residency rules as aligned to Springboard as detailed here.

How to apply 

To find out more about our MPH programme, please visit the Master of Public Health webpage. 

Full details on eligibility, the programme and the application process can be found by clicking on the following

Please direct all enquiries to Ms Emily Lynch, MPH Course Coordinator: 

The closing date for applications is Friday November 13th.

The programme will commence on Monday November 23rd.

The Programme has been fully subscribed and no further places are available for 2020/21.




UCC Staff Recognition Awards 2020

Warm congratulations to Colette Cunningham who has received the 2020 Impact Award!

Each year, UCC honours nominated staff members for their outstanding contributions to University life and the wider community.

Colette's response to the COVID-19 outbreak was exceptional

With the arrival of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Ireland, Colette was one of the main instigators in the creation of a Contact Tracing Hub for Cork and Kerry HSE Occupational Health, in March 2020.

A nurse by profession, with an MPH and MA in Public Health, Colette normally lectures in UCC's School of Public Health. She has extensive knowledge/experience in the management of pandemics, epidemics and outbreaks having worked in 14 African countries.

Colette immediately took on an additional role with a sole focus of setting up an Occupational Health Hub to organise/manage healthcare workers. Having secured permission to use the Boole Hub in UCC, and based on her extensive experience in managing pandemics, she coordinated the workings of 3 teams:

1. Clinical Occupational Health Team – Nurses and Physicians

2. Occupational Health Telephone Support Team - mainly HSE redeployed staff

3. Contact Tracing Team – HSE redeployed staff and volunteers from UCC.

The creation of this model of working, and its success in track and tracing, has been recognised nationally as a very effective way of collaborative working, with the potential of providing a blueprint for how such hubs should operate. As a result, Colette has been invited to be on the steering committee to advise on the establishment of effective track and tracing teams.

An inspiration during a very challenging time

From the outset, Colette worked tirelessly, seven days a week, to ensure the smooth running of the Hub. Colette was inspirational in her work and leadership, totally selfless and went above and beyond for all. Colette’s communication skills and care of all staff ensured a safe and pleasant environment to work in, as well as having a huge impact on those frontline healthcare workers who were touched and/or troubled by COVID-19.

As we had never experienced pandemic of such enormity in Ireland, Colette’s impact was significant and widespread.

Colette upholds the mission and values of UCC through her creation, understanding and sharing of knowledge and applying it for the good of all, as well as her outstanding leadership, scholarship and service to the community at large.

Well done from all the team in the School of Public Health.

The UCC Research Awards ceremony can be viewed at the following link:

Does what we eat as children affect our future health?

What our children are eating has become a major focal point in many of the discussions around food and health. 

In a recent Brainstorm episode on RTÉ Radio One, presenter Ella McSweeney and guest Janas Harrington (UCC), Liz O'Sullivan (TU Dublin) and Grace O'Malley (RCSI), look at what children should eat to give them the best chance in life. 

To find out more, click on the link below.

RTE Brainstorm Dr Janas Harrington

European Association for the Study of Obesity

New Investigator Award in Childhood Obesity 2020 awarded to Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar

Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar was awarded the prestigious European Association for the Study of Obesity New Investigator Award in Childhood Obesity at the 2020 European and International Congress on Obesity on 2nd September.

This award is highly regarded in the area and recognises ‘rising stars’ in the field of childhood obesity, through their contributions to the area.

Karen received the award in recognition of her development of a core outcome set for childhood obesity prevention interventions, as well as her work on the CHErISH infant feeding intervention to prevent childhood obesity.

Karen also delivered a presentation on her core outcome set research at the Congress as part of the award presentation.

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