The BSc Public Health offers an integrated learning experience in an interdisciplinary setting. It provides training in the range of skills involved in keeping people healthy and preventing disease, including:
- Assessing health and wellbeing of populations
- Investigating complex public health problems such as obesity and HIV/AIDS
- Assessing the health impact of policy at local, national and global level
- Communicating effectively with colleagues in public health and the wider health system, as well as with society at large
The BSc Public Health in UCC is the only undergraduate degree in public health in Ireland.
The BSc Public Health offers an integrated learning experience in an interdisciplinary environment, to produce graduates who are passionate about public health.
Year 1 Modules:
Students take 50 credits as follows:
EH1004 Epidemiology I (10 credits)
EH1007 Introduction to Health Information Systems (HIS) (5 Credits)
EH1008Biology for Public Health (10 credits)
EH1009Determinants of Health (5 credits)
EH1010Introduction to Public Health (5 credits)
EV2002The Environment and Human Health (5 credits)
SC1011Sociology of Health, Public Health and Health Promotion (5 credits)
ST1002Introduction to Health Statistics (5 credits)
and modules to the value of 10 credits from the following:
GV1217 Introduction to political Science (5 credits)
FE1006 Povert and Development (5 credits)*
FE1013 Introduction to Development Studies (5 credits)*
BC1001 Introduction to Biochemistry and the Biological Basis of Disease (5 credits)**
MB1003 Microbiology in Society (5 credits)
FR1105 Threshold French (5 credits)***
FR1107 French for Reading Purposes (5 credits)***
GE0005 German Language (Intermediate Level B1, Pt1) (5 credits)#
GE0008 German Language (Intermediate Level B1 Pt 2) (5 credits)#
HS0028 Spanish Language (Beginner Level) (10 credits)##
HS1009 Spanish Language (Post Leaving Cert) (10 credits)###
MX1004 Introducing Medical Students to Irish as a Spoken Language (5 credits)
MX1007 Special Study Module - Advanced Irish Studies (5 credits)
*Students may take either FE1006 or FE1013 but not both
**BC1001 must be taken if planning to take BC modules in Second Year
*** Both FR1105 and FR1107 must be taken together if planning to take FR modules in Second Year. Otherwise either FR1105 or FR1107 can be taken. FR1105 or FR1107 can be taken
#GE0005 and GE0008 must be taken together
##HS0028 must be taken if planning to take HS0128 in Second Year
###HS1009 must be taken if planning to take HS2101 in Second Year
Year 2 Modules:
Principles of Social Research;Epidemiology II;Health Information Systems II;Introduction to Theories and Practices of Health Promotion;Public Health Issues;Introduction to Food and Industrial Microbiology;Management and Planning of Public Health Systems;Fundamentals of Nutrition Part 1;Fundamentals of Nutrition Part 2;Sociology of Health, Illness and the Body;Critical Perspectives on Irish Health Policy;Social Research and Survey Methods
Year 3 Modules:
Epidemiology III; Work Placement; Public Health Practice; Data Management for Public Health; Medical Microbiology; Transmission and Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases; Nutrition in Growth, Development and Ageing; Sociology of Health and Illness: New Directions and Current Debates; The Politics of Health and Medicine
Year 4 Modules:
Health Economics; Health Protection; Health Services; Research Project; Public Health Advocacy; Primary Health Care; The Politics of Public Health Management; Science, Technology and Public Controversy; Advanced Applied Epidemiology; Introduction to Promoting Health with Communities; Global Health and Development; Nutrition and Public Health
See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modulesfor a more detailed description of programme modules.
Course Code: CK706
Course Title: Public Health Sciences
College: Medicine and Health
Duration: 4 years
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: BSc (Hons)
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.In year 3 of this course, students undertake a 12-week unpaid work placement. You may incur costs of living away from home or term-time accommodation, depending on the location of your placement.
2016 Entry Requirements: HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, one laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science)and one other subject recognised for entry purposes. Special Entry Requirements: a HC3 in either a laboratory science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.
2017 Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and one other subject recognised for entry purposes. Special Entry Requirements: H4 in either a Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.
Entry Points: 2016:415. Points may vary from year to year.
Expected lecture/lab/practical hours:Teaching is delivered from Monday to Friday, with approximately 16 hours of scheduled lectures, tutorials and practical sessions per week. Students mustundertake a compulsory 12-week work placement in Year 3, outside the university.
Field trips:Field trips are included within the scheduled teaching time.
Other practicalities:Garda vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC once a student has accepted their place on this progamme.
Garda Vetting and Infectious Diseases Policy
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have written examinations. Many modules use other type of assessment.
EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
Mature Applicants: Application is made through theCAOand the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.
Further Contact Information
T: +353 (0)21 420 5503