Master of Public Health (Online)

Online Master of Public Health

Online Master of Public Health

Course Description

Course Code: CKX49 Part-time

Course Title: Master of Public Health 

College: Medicine and Health

Duration: 20 Months Part-time

Course Delivery Method: Online

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

This programme runs over 20 months (End of August 2018 to end of April 2020) and is 100% online.

Qualifications: Master of Public Health

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: The programme fee for EU students is €7,650 and for non-EU students it is €9,500 (Fees are applicable to September 2018 intake and are subject to change for future intakes)

Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements

Closing Date: 02nd July 2018


If you wish to apply, please click on the following link


There is an increasing demand for highly trained public health specialists, nationally and internationally, to tackle major public health issues including health inequalities, communicable diseases, international health development, obesity and smoking. We’re meeting this need by offering a Master of Public Health designed to offer multi-disciplinary academic and experiential development, whatever your professional background. Our Master of Public Health programme will arm you with the knowledge and skills necessary to make a real difference in public health. The programme emphasises the use of evidence-based healthcare and practice, enabling participants to put public health principles into effect in both research and practice contexts.

This online MPH programme meets the needs of the busy professional.

Course Details

The programme is designed to allow people to undertake their studies while working simultaneously with the intention to suit service, personal and academic requirements.  This programme consists of seven 10-credit taught modules and one 20-credit research dissertation.


Students take the following modules:

EH6092         Introduction to Public Health – 10 credits

EH6096         Principles and Practices of Multi-Disciplinary Health Protection – 10 credits

EH6101         Microbiology, Environmental Health and Infectious Diseases – 10 credits

EH6097         Introduction to Social Research in Public Health – 10 credits                 

EH6093         Introduction to Research Methods and Epidemiology– 10 credits

EH6094         Public Health:  Core Principles and Overview – 10 credits

EH6095         Health Promotion and Advocacy – 10 credits

EH6115         Master of Public Health Dissertation – 20 credits


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

Programme Learning Outcomes

Programme Learning Outcomes for Master of Public Health (Online) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Critically analyse theories and issues related to public health;
  • Construct arguments around the social, political and economic factors determining the health of populations;
  • Demonstrate competence in the key underpinning disciplines and theories of public health including epidemiology, communicable diseases including health care associated infections, biostatistics, social and behavioural sciences and social policy;
  • Analyse and synthesise evidence and apply it to public health;
  • Demonstrate enhanced knowledge in specific Public Health areas e.g. Health Promotion, Health Protection, Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Public Health;
  • Demonstrate logical reasoning in written work and discussion;
  • Employ a range of appropriate research and analysis methods with confidence and expertise;
  • Critically reflect on their own and others' learning and practice.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Prospective students must satisfy the following:

  • Students accepted on the course would normally be expected to hold an Honours primary degree in a relevant subject (minimum Second Class Honours) or an Honours primary degree in any discipline (minimum Second Class Honours) and either possess a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field or show evidence of at least two years’ work experience in a relevant field;
  • The School of Public Health course 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. Candidates whose first language is not English must have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with scores in no individual sections less than 6.0.  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.


Technical Entry Requirements (Online):

To access and interact with the course content, assignments and assessments etc. students will require access to at least a PC/ Laptop running Windows 7 or later and Mac OSX 10.7.4. Common plug-ins such as Microsoft Silverlight, Java and Flash will also be required. Students must have access to MS Office or an equivalent suite of applications such as Liber Office. They must also have access to a modern standards compliant web browser. UCC recommends either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


To engage productively and successfully with the content, basic technical computer skills such as familiarity with word processing, web browsing and email is recommended.


Exemptions at point of entry:
Holders of the Postgraduate Certificates in Health Protection (CKU02/CKU13), the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (CKW19/CKW20), will be exempt from certain modules on the programme if passed as part of the Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma examination and if he/she undertakes the MPH within 60 months from the date of successful completion of the aforementioned qualifications.


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.

Course Practicalities

This Master of Public Health programme consists of 90 credits. Each 10-credit module will be delivered over 8 weeks with one module being delivered at a time according to the pre-determined programme calendar.  Each 10-credit module consists of an estimated Student Workload of 200 hours (approximately 15-25 hours per week). This consists of online, self-directed learning, required readings and subject investigation, E-tivities and assignments for preparation, participation and submission. Students are expected to engage regularly each week with their course work.


A range of continuous assessments are used across the modules.  These may include essays, case studies, discussion boards, online presentations, quiz, accumulative report writing, reflective journal and E-tivities. 

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.

Further Contact Information

Michelle Syron

Programmes Manager

Tel: +353 (0) 21 4205520



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