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

Structured PhD (full-time, four years)

Structured PhD (part-time, six years)


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

PhD candidates should normally have a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at primary degree level or equivalent together with the 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.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

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.

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

Research Areas

• 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

Researcher Profiles

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. Saoirse Nic Gabhainn
T +353 91 493 092

What Our Students Say


Aleisha Clarke |   PhD (Health Promotion)

After teaching in Dublin for four years and completing a Masters in Education I decided to further my research in the area of mental health promotion and children. I enrolled as a PhD student with the Health Promotion Research Centre in 2008. As part of my PhD I am evaluating the implementation of an emotional wellbeing programme in Irish Primary Schools. Being a part of the Health Promotion Research Centre, in my opinion has been instrumental in the progress I have made to date. The approachable nature of the staff in Health Promotion and the close network that has been established between fellow Health Promotion PhD students creates an environment of contribution and constant learning within which I work. Doing a PhD in Health Promotion has provided me with the opportunity to engage with international experts in my field and to showcase my work internationally. I have also gained a wealth of teaching experience over the past year-and-a-half.