Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection

Course Code: CKU02 

College: Medicine and Health

Duration: 6 Months

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

This programme is a part time programme running from January to April/May.

Teaching takes place from 6pm-9pm on Thursdays and 9.30am - 4.30pm on Fridays. 

Qualifications: PG Certificate

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU FEE €2500 (per academic year)

Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements. Please note that there are approximately 15 to 20 places on this course.

Closing Date: TBC for 2018/2019 academic year

Next Intake: January 2018


If you wish to apply, please click on the following link: 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 SupplementaryFormCKU02 (50kB)

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have the following:

  • An appropriate degree or professional qualification in healthcare or health services management.
  • Candidates may be required to present for interview.


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.

Fitness to Practise 

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

Part-Time Taught Postgraduate Programmes

Please note that non-EU applicants are not eligible to study part-time programmes

Course Practicalities

Students take taught modules to the value of 30 credits incorporating 140 hours of structured contact time.

Students take 30 credits as follows:

EH6019 The Principles and Practice of Multi-disciplinary Health Protection (10 credits)
EH6046 Global and Environmental Health (5 credits)
EH6035 Practice Portfolio (5 credits) 
MB6000 Microbiology for Health Protection (5 credits)
PG6009 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)

You are required to fulfil 10 days placement in an area relevant to health protection.

Module descriptions are contained in the Book of Modules 2017/2018

Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the book of Marks and Standards 2017/2018.


Assessment is continuous and includes project presentation, written assignments and a multiple choice exam.

Programme Learning Outcomes

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection (NFQ Level 9, Minor award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate management of infections caused by different pathogenic microorganisms
  • Investigate the transmission of endemic and epidemic infections from sufficient knowledge of the characteristics and transmission of causative organisms
  • Select appropriate methods for control of hospital and community acquired infectious disease
  • Design, implement and evaluate co-ordinated control methods utilising tools such as reflective practice, audit and surveillance
  • Assess constraints of health protection delivery services and provide possible solutions to barriers
  • Describe the global impact of infectious diseases and strategies which are effective, partially effective and ineffective in management and prevention
  • Discuss the wider aspects of Health Protection
  • Discuss and identify effective methods to bring about practice change.

Further Contact Information

For more information, please contact:



School of Public Health

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