MD (Health Sciences—Health Promotion), full-time

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences,
School of Health Sciences

Course overview

Established in 1990, the Discipline of Health Promotion is the only one of its kind in the Republic of Ireland and is the national centre for professional training and education in health promotion. Attached to the Discipline is the Health Promotion Research Centre, which has an active multidisciplinary research programme in place ( The Discipline offers supervision of postgraduate research in a wide range of areas, including Health Promotion, Population Health, Health Services Research, Social Care and Occupational Health.

Admission to a research degree is at the discretion of the potential Supervisor and the Head of Discipline, and is based on a proposal from the applicant following discussion with the member of staff whose academic area of interest is most appropriate. Application is competitive and the number of places offered will be based on staff resources.

Programmes available

MD Full-time (GYN94)

Entry requirements

MD candidates should normally have a high honours standard in Medicine from NUI Galway or possess qualification deemed to be equivalent.  Candidates shall be eligible to register onto the MD programme, three years after obtaining the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine.   The application will also require support of an academic staff member who is approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope.

Additional entry requirements: candidates may be required to submit a research proposal for consideration by the School as part of their application.

Areas of interest

• Child and adolescent health
• Communicable disease control and environmental health
• Food and nutrition: infant feeding, food behaviour, food environment and food consumption
• Global and international health and development
• Health and human rights
• Health and social inequalities; social determinants of health
• Health and social policy
• Health communication
• Health promotion competencies
• Health services research and disease prevention
• Mental health promotion
• Methodologies for health promotion research: evaluation research Health Impact    Assessment;

Participative research processes
• Research dissemination, translating research into practice
• Risk taking behaviour, substance use and bullying
• Settings for health promotion: communities, workplace and schools
• Sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS
• Health and Social Care: theory and practice; care planning
• Violence and injury prevention
• Vulnerable populations: migrants, older people, children, travelling community

Find out more

Ms. Denise Glavin
Discipline of Health Promotion
Clinical Science Institute
NUI Galway

T + 353 91 493 092

PAC code

MD (full-time) GYN94

Current project

Developing Competencies and Professional Standards for Health Promotion Capacity Building in Europe (CompHP)

The World Health Organisation Collaborative Study—Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC)

Exploring the feasibility of developing internet based health promotion materials for third level students.

Fees for this course

EU: €4,529 p.a. 2015/16 inclusive of levy

Non-EU: €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

Ph.D. EU Full time programme:  €4,529 p.a.

Ph.D. EU Part time programme:  €2,320 p.a.

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