Master of Public Health (Online) (MPH)

University College Cork Ireland

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20 Months

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About Master of Public Health (Online) at University College Cork


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 Healthdesigned 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 modular 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

EH6096Principles 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 Dissertation – 20 credits

Learning Outcomes/Objectives

Completion of the course will equip students with the knowledge to co-ordinate and manage infection prevention, control and health protection services in a broad number of settings.
On completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Protection students should be able to;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of public health.
  • 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 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.

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

Fact File

Course Code: CKX49 Part-time

Course Title: Master of Public Health (Online) Online Course

College: Medicine and Health

Duration: 20 months, January 2017 - August 2018

Course Delivery Method*: Online

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

This programme will be taught online over 20 months (January 2017 to end of August 2018).

Qualifications: MPH

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: Irish/EU fee for 2017/2018 EUR 7,650

2017 Entry Requirements: See Detailed Entry Requirements

Closing Date: 5th December 2016

Next Intake: 9th January 2017

Course Practicalities

The programme must be completed to the value 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. This consists of online, self-directed learning, required readings and subject investigation, E-tivities and assignments for preparation, participation and submission.


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

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line For full details of the application procedure click How to apply. Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme.

All required documentation must uploaded to your online application.

Further Contact Information

Michelle Syron, Online Programmes Coordinator

Address: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Western Gateway Building, UCC


Tel: 021 4205508

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Notes about fees for this course

Costs: Irish/EU fee for 2017/2018 EUR 7,650

2017 Entry Requirements: See Detailed Entry Requirements

Closing Date: 5th December 2016

Next Intake: 9th January 2017

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University College Cork to find course entry requirements.

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