(Structured PhD) Health Promotion
College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences,
School of Health Sciences
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.
Structured PhD (full-time, four years)
Structured PhD (part-time, six years)
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
• 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
Dr. Saoirse Nic Gabhainn
T +353 91 493 092
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
Non-EU: €13,750 p.a. 2015/16
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."