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 Health Promotion Research Centre is World Health Organisation Collaboration Centre for Health Promotion, an indicator of the standing internationally of our Director and staff. The aim of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research at NUI Galway is to support the WHO work programme in developing health promotion capacity through the translation of health promotion research into policy and practice. 

Those undertaking a MPhil within the Discipline work closely with researchers from the centre, as either supervisors or expert advisors, in order to ensure that the work is of high quality and has the potential to make a substantial contribution to the field of health promotion. 

The Discipline of Health Promotion has a very active and highly competitive PhD research programme. Graduates of the PhD programme have found employment nationally and internationally as post-doctoral researchers and lecturers with some graduates now in professorial posts. Graduates hold posts not only in dedicated academic health promotion centres but also in related disciplines including nursing, psychology and primary care. 

PhD students participate fully in the academic life of the University, including attending seminars, workshops, training opportunities, contributing to conference hosting, teaching and social events.

Programmes Available

MPhil, full-time
MPhil, part-time

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

 

Associated Research Centre

The Health Promotion Research Centre (HPRC) produces high quality research of national and international significance that supports the development of best practice and policy in the promotion of health. The Centre is a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research, has an active multidisciplinary research programme, and collaborates with agencies on the development and evaluation of health promotion interventions and strategies. HPRC has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative approaches and employs a wide range of research methods. There is a demonstrated commitment to the ongoing methodological and theoretical development of health promotion and population health. The centre has a track record of success in securing competitive funding demonstrated by our sustained levels of research.  Our research activity and findings are disseminated through reports, peer review publications and conference presentations

A key focus is developing translational research papers and resources on population mental health and wellbeing, and developing best practice in promoting health literacy, healthier cities and communities. The HPRC will also advance health promotion action in implementing the WHO Europe Child and Adolescent Health Strategy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to enter a programme of study, it is expected that applicants would have: 

an Honours undergraduate Degree (2.1 or above) level qualification in Health Promotion, Social Care or a relevant discipline or such other evidence as would satisfy the Head of Discipline 

AND 

Evidence of an IELTS qualification minimum level 7 overall, and in each component.




Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Course Outline

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Optional SC600: Social Care


Trimester 3 | Credits:

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
The above information outlines module SC600: "Social Care" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional SL600: Speech and Language Therapy


Trimester 3 | Credits:

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
The above information outlines module SL600: "Speech and Language Therapy" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional OT600: Occupational Therapy


Trimester 3 | Credits:

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
The above information outlines module OT600: "Occupational Therapy" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional PD600: Podiatry


Trimester 3 | Credits:

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PD600: "Podiatry" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional HP600: Health Promotion


Trimester 3 | Credits:

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
The above information outlines module HP600: "Health Promotion" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Research Areas

Professor Margaret Barry:
email: 
margaret.barry@nuigalway.ie
RESEARCH INTERESTS: 
Mental health promotion; evidence-based practice and evaluation research in health promotion; public perceptions of mental health, health promotion competencies.

Dr. Margaret Hodgins
email: 
margaret.hodgins@nuigalway.ie
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Workplace health promotion, gender and workplace bullying, the role of organisational culture in promoting health in the workplace.

Dr. Michal Molcho
email: michal.molcho@nuigalway.ie
RESEARCH INTERESTS: 
Adolescent health, social inequalities, violence and injury prevention, immigrant health

Dr. Saoirse Nic Gabhainn
email:
saoirse.nicgabhainn@nuigalway.ie
RESEARCH INTERESTS: 
School health promotion; health inequalities among children and young people; sexual behaviour, substance use and risk taking and women’s health; Health Behaviour in School Children (HBSC).

Dr. Diarmuid O’Donovan
email:
diarmuid.odonovan@nuigalway.ie
RESEARCH INTERESTS: 
Health inequalities; health policy; communicable disease control and environmental health; sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS; substance misuse; health and human rights; international health.

Dr. Martin Power
 
email: martin.p.power@nuigalway.ie
RESEARCH INTERESTS: 
Social care theory and practice; care planning; risk and regulation; social policy; adult education.

Dr. Lisa Pursell
email: lisa.pursell@nuigalway.ie 
RESEARCH INTERESTS: 
Health inequalities, environmental health, health impact assessment, methodologies and evaluation

Dr. Jane Sixsmith
email:jane.sixsmith@nuigalway.ie
RESEARCH INTERESTS: 
Health communication; community health; qualitative methodologies; health services research. 



Dr. Colette Kelly
email: colette.kelly@nuigalway.ie
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Children’s health and social care, health behaviour in school children (HBSC), food and nutrition, vulnerable groups.

Researcher Profiles

Researcher Profiles 

Professor Margaret Barry

T:  +353 91 493 348 
E: margaret.barry@nuigalway.ie

Mental health promotion; evidence-based practice and evaluation in health promotion; capacity development and health promotion competencies; public perceptions of mental health.

Dr Margaret Hodgins 

T: +353 91 493 349 
E: margaret.hodgins@nuigalway.ie

Workplace health promotion; ill treatment in the workplace, promoting healthy workplace culture

Dr Victoria Hogan

T: +353 91 493 465 
E: victoria.hogannuigalway.ie 

Work-life conflict; working time; occupational stress; workaholism; occupational health and safety; workplace health promotion.

Dr Colette Kelly

T: +353 91 493 186 
E: colette.kelly@nuigalway.ie

Food environments; nutrition; body image among adolescents; overweight and obesity; participative approaches to research for young people; Health Behaviours among school-aged Children (HBSC); social care and young people.

Dr. Mary Jo Lavelle

T: +353 91 495119
E: mary.lavelle@nuigalway.ie

Environmental sustainability and health, quality of life and wellbeing, sustainable lifestyles, active transport, green spaces, pro-environmental behaviour, and segmentation analysis. 

Dr Saoirse Nic Gabhainn

T:  +353 91 493 093 
E: saoirse.nicgabhainn@nuigalway.ie

School health promotion; health inequalities among children and young people; sexual behaviour; substance use and risk taking and women’s health; Health Behaviour in School Children (HBSC).

Dr Jane Sixsmith

 

T: +353 91 493 466 
E: jane.sixsmith@nuigalway.ie

 

Health communications; community health; qualitative methodologies; health services research.

 

Dr Martin Power 

T: +353 91 492 157 
E: martin.p.power@nuigalway.ie

Social care theory and practice; care planning; risk; social policy; adult education; and workforce development.

Dr Lisa Pursell

T: +353 91 492 044 
E: lisa.pursell@nuigalway.ie

Health inequalities, health impact assessment methodologies, evaluation and health policy.

 





Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19

Extra Information

EU Part time:  Year 1 [2018/19] €3,910. p.a.

Contact Us

Dr Martin Power
T: +353 91 492 157
E: martin.p.power@nuigalway.ie

Dr. Margaret Hodgins
T: +353 91 493 349
E: margaret.hodgins@nuigalway.ie 
www.nuigalway.ie/medicine-nursing-and-health-sciences/school-of-health-sciences/staffprofiles/margarethodgins/ 

Dr. Lisa Pursell
T: +353 91 492 044
E: lisa.pursell@ nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/our-research/people/health-sciences/lisapursell/