Master of Public Health (Campus Based)

Master of Public Health (Campus Based)

Master of Public Health (Campus Based)

Course Description

Course Code: CKX11 full time and CKX48 part time

College: Medicine and Health

Duration: 12 months

Teaching Mode: Full-time or Part-Time

Part-time option is run over 24 - 60 months by day (part-time option open to EU applicants only)

Qualifications: Master of Public Health (MPH)

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: The programme fee for EU students is €7,000 and for non-EU students it is €14,000 (Fees are applicable to September 2017 intake and are subject to change for future intakes).

The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study.

Entry Requirements: Minimum 2.2 honours degree (level 8) in relevant subject. See Detailed Entry Requirements

Closing Date: 2nd July

Next Intake:  September 2018


Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the application process for this programme. This form is available to view here SupplementaryFormCKX11 

Entry Requirements

The Master of Public Health is open to registered health care professionals in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Allied Health care disciplines or applicants who hold a relevant primary degree.  Applicants must provide evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. the Irish Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (active registration) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland). Applicants not registered with one of the above professional bodies must provide evidence of level 8 qualification in a relevant health care discipline.  All applicants are required to complete an application form and provide evidence of either current professional registration or primary degree. In all cases, decisions will be based on qualifications and quality of application.  

Applicants should indicate on their application form their reasons for wishing to enter this programme and will be required to discuss these at interview.

Note: In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a primary degree may be recommended for entry to the programme following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the course committee. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the College of Medicine and Health Executive Committee.

English Language Requirements: IELTS score of 6.5 within each individual section is required (or TOEFL equivalent). Please note IELTs and TOEFL qualifications cannot be more than two years old. Scores under 6.5 will not gain admission to the programme.

Non-EU Students: Please note that non-EU applicants are not eligible to study part-time programmes.  

Fitness to Practise: This programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here



The aim of this programme is to provide students, from a range of different professional backgrounds, academic and experiential development in the theory and practice of Public Health.  It allows students, if they wish, to focus on a selection of sub-specialties of Public Health:

  • Health Promotion

  • Health Protection

  • Epidemiology

The MPH is a multi-disciplinary course where you can specialise in health promotion, health protection or advanced epidemiology. The course offers both quantitative and qualitative research methods and you can apply this knowledge to your dissertation.

There is an increasing awareness of the need for highly-trained public health specialists in Ireland and abroad to tackle issues such as health inequalities and their causes and solutions, communicable diseases, international health development, obesity and smoking. The MPH is an innovative course designed to offer multi-disciplinary academic and experiential development for students from a range of professional backgrounds.

As part of this programme, students who complete the required modules can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health with Specialism in Health Protection (Infection Control). This Postgraduate Diploma has received An Bord Altranais approval.

Course Content

In Part I, you will take core modules to the value of 30 credits.

In Part II, you can choose one of the pathways and undertake modules to the value of 30 credits (Pathways 1, 2 and 3).

In Part III, you will undertake research and write a dissertation to the value of 30 credits (Pathways 1, 2 and 3).

You will take a total of 90 credits as below:

Part I
Core Modules - All Pathways (30 credits)

EH6025 Principles and Practice of Public Health (10 credits) 
EH6026 Applied Research for Public Health (10 credits) 
EH6027 Public Health Informatics (5 credits) 
EH6028 Leadership in Public Health (5 credits)


Part II (Pathway preferences will be chosen in consultation with the course director)

Pathway 1: Health Promotion (30 credits):
Student take 30 credits as follows:

EH6029 Health Promotion: concepts, principles and practice (10 credits) 
EH6045 Practice Portfolio - Health Promotion (5 credits)
EH6039 Public Health and Behavioural Change (5 credits)
EH6091 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)

plus 5 credits from the following:

EH6046 Global and Environmental Health (5 credits) 
SS6017 Critical Social Science Perspectives on Public Health (5 credits)

*Holders of the BSc in Public Health Sciences will be exempt from EH6025; Principles and Practice of Public Health if he/she undertakes the MPH within five years from the date of successful completion of either of the above mentioned degrees. Learning outcomes for EH6025 have been covered in the following BSc modules; Currently EH1005, EH2005, EH4007, EH4003, EH4005, EH4008, SS4000 and GV4000


Pathway 2: Health Protection (30 credits)
Students take 30 credits as follows:

EH6019* The Principles and Practices of Multi-Disciplinary Health Protection (10 credits) 
MB6000* Microbiology for Health Protection (5 credits) 
EH6035* Practice Portfolio (5 credits) 
EH6046* Global and Environmental Health (5 credits)
EH6091 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)

*Holders of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection or the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health will be exempt from these modules if passed as part of the Postgraduate Certificate examination if you undertake the MPH within five years from the date of successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection (currently EH6019, EH6046, MB6000, EH6035 and PG6009) or the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (currently EH6025, EH6026, EH6027, EH6028).


Pathway 3: Epidemiology (30 credits)
Students take 30 credits as follows:

EH6031 Advanced Epidemiology (10 credits) 
ST6011 Advanced Biostatistics (5 credits) 
ST6012 Survival Analysis (5 credits)
Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (5 credits)
EH6091 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)

Students must achieve an aggregate of 40% overall in Part II in order to proceed to Part III.


Part III
Pathways 1 and 2:
EH6040 Minor dissertation in Public Health and Epidemiology (30 credits)

Pathway 3:
EH6043 Minor dissertation in Epidemiology (30 credits)


See College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on the modules.


Lecture Times

The teaching takes place from 4pm to 9pm on Thursdays and 9.30am to 4.30pm on Fridays.

Teaching will include SPSS (all students) and STATA labs (Advanced Epidemiology students) and occasional field trips.

For two of the pathways, Health Promotion and Health Protection, you will be required to do a ten day placement.


You will have a range of written assignments, exams, placement portfolio, presentations and finally, the completion of 10,000-word dissertation.

Who teaches this course?

The course is delivered by the School of Public Health staff in conjunction with external lecturers with experience in relation to health protection and public health.

Future Employment

Our graduates are currently employed in a range of careers in Ireland, Europe and in other developed and developing countries in diverse public health roles including health services, public health research, surveillance, environmental health and public health agencies.


Potential Career Opportunities include management and leadership positions in:

  • Research and surveillance
  • Communicable diseases                                                 
  • Policy and planning                                                     
  • Public education
  • National disease screening
  • Food safety
  • Environmental protection
  • Community Development in developed and developing countries
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise programmes
  • Smoking cessation
  • Public education
  • Epidemiology
  • School of public health
  • University departments
  • Surveillance and dissemination
  • Infection control in primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare settings

  • International development
  • Research and education
  • Non-governmental organisations in developed and developing countries
  • The private sector including the pharmaceutical industry
  • Health journalism and management consultancy


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