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There is an increasing demand for highly trained public health specialists in Ireland and abroad to tackle major public health issues including health inequalities, communicable diseases, international health development, obesity and smoking. University College Cork (UCC) is meeting this need by offering an online Master of Public Health designed to offer multi-disciplinary academic and experiential development, whatever your professional background.

Our online Master of Public Health 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 professional contexts.

After completing the programme you will 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 and communicable diseases
• Demonstrate enhanced knowledge in specific public health areas, including health promotion, health protection, epidemiology and biostatistics in public health
• Employ a range of appropriate research and analysis methods with confidence and expertise

Why pursue your Master of Public Health at UCC?

● UCC is a leading centre of research into multiple areas of public health
● A significant portion of MPH graduates successfully submit work for international publication
● Direct contact with multi-discipline public health and epidemiology researchers
● Exposure to integrative research, both qualitative and quantitative
● Coursework has a strong international public health focus

About Us
University College Cork (UCC) is dedicated to ensuring its students are the very best they can be; a promise underpinned by its award-winning teaching techniques, cutting-edge research credentials and long history of independent thinking from mathematical genius George Boole and beyond. Everyone at UCC, from the lecturers to the administrative staff, is committed to supporting the students, giving them the fuel to fulfil their potential and shape the world we live in. After completing a programme at UCC, students are not just work ready, but world ready.


Rankings and Awards
• Ranked in top 2% of universities worldwide, based on the quality of its research and peer esteem
• Ireland’s first five-star university (QS Stars 2011)
• Consistently strong performance in a number of global rankings:
- CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015: now holds the 16th position in Europe and 52nd position worldwide.
- U-Multirank rankings (March 2015): UCC was the top performing university internationally, based on obtaining the highest number of ‘A’ scores.
- QS World University Rankings by Subject (April 2015): 13 subject areas featuring in the top tier globally and Pharmacy & Pharmacology listed within the top 50 worldwide.
• The only Irish university to be awarded University of the Year by The Sunday Times four times, including one in 2016.

Online Graduate Programmes
UCC’s online programmes have been developed to provide both research-led and practical-based learning to give students the skills and confidence they need to succeed in a real-world environment. UCC recently launched an online version of its successful Master of Public Health that turns a passion for the health and well-being of populations into a dynamic, transferable skillset, which can be applied to a growing number of public health careers.

Career Outlook
Through its Master of Public Health programme, UCC prepares students for a diverse range of public, non-profit and academic-based positions, giving them the experience they need to fulfil their potential and excel in a career in public health on a national or international level.

Unique Opportunities
University College Cork is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, based on the quality of its research, with UCC researchers collaborating with 700 of the world’s top universities, across 110 countries.

Why We Love UCC
University College Cork is dedicated to delivering innovative online programmes with the same level of engagement, research-focus and teaching commitment as campus-based programmes, giving time-pressed professionals an opportunity to ignite their future careers.

Student Reviews

“I have been exposed to a diverse range of public health issues, many of which I would never have previously considered, but now fascinate me. One of the main strengths of this course is its multidisciplinary approach which is taught at such a high level by experts in research and practice.”
Mr. Declan Whelan Curtin

“This masters uncovered my interest in research and formed the foundations for a future career in public health”
Mr. Martin Davoren

Entry Requirements

Prospective students must satisfy the following:

•Students accepted in 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 Department of Epidemiology and 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.

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.





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