Health Protection - Campus Based (PG Cert)

University College Cork Ireland

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6 Months

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About Health Protection - Campus Based at University College Cork


The purposed of this course is to provide clinical staff, managers and other relevant professionals with systematic training in the sciences relevant to infection-prevention and control/health protection which will enable them to provide and take responsibility for a broad-based infection-prevention and control/health protection service. The course is An Bord Altranais Category 2 approved.

Course Details

Programme Requirements
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) requires 10 days placement
MB6000 Microbiology for Health Protection (5 credits)
PG6009 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)

Module descriptions are contained in the Book of Modules 2014/2015.

Fitness to Practise
Commencing with the 2015/2016 intake of first year students (including repeats), this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practice Policy - full details may be found here.

Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2014 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2014/2015.

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.

Fact File

Course Code: CKU02 Part-time

Course Title: Health Protection - Campus Based

College: Medicine and Health

Duration: 6 Months Part-time

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 6 months (January to April/May).


Qualifications: PG Cert

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU FEE EUR 2,500 (per academic year)

2017 Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements

Closing Date: 26th November 2016

Next Intake: January 2017

Course Practicalities

There are approximately 15 to 20 places on this course.

Teaching takes place from 6pm-9pm on Thursdays and 9.30am - 4.30pm on Fridays. You are required to fulfil 10 days placement in an area relevant to health protection.

A limited amount of funding is available from the Regional Infection Control Prevention and Control Committee of the HSE South. Further information and an application can be obtained by contacting Sharon O Neill at (021) 4927625 or at

Queries regarding matters other than funding can be directed to Maura Smiddy, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC at m.smiddy@ucc.ieor Fiona Barry, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC at


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

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at For full details of the application procedure click 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 SupplementaryFormCKU02 (50kB)

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Notes about fees for this course

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU FEE EUR 2,500 (per academic year)

2017 Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements

Closing Date: 26th November 2016

Next Intake: January 2017

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University College Cork to find course entry requirements.

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