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. The Masters programme is based on the European Masters in Health Promotion core curriculum and offers students the opportunity of pursuing European-based study as an optional module.

HEALTH PROMOTION RESEARCH CENTRE

Attached to the Discipline is the Health Promotion Research Centre which has an active multidisciplinary research programme in place. A range of teaching and assessment methods are used, including interactive lectures, work placements, small group teaching, skills development, and contributions from practitioners in the field.

AIM
The programme aims to provide students with professional education and training in the core competencies for effective health promotion practice, including the following:

  • Theoretical background to the concepts and principles of health promotion.
  • Determinants of physical, mental and social well-being.
  • Application of health promotion interventions across diverse population groups, topics and settings.
  • Critical role of the research process in the development of knowledge and best practice in health promotion.

Lecturing staff are involved in research and the Health Promotion Research Centre which is within the discipline of Health Promotion, and is a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre.  Together with workplace experience, students have the opportunity to engage with international health promotion research projects, including the development of evidence-based policy and practice.

Scholarships Available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

The programme board evaluates each applicant’s academic record and relevant professional experience to date at the time of application and assesses the applicant’s level of motivation and suitability as per the Personal Statement submitted as part of the online application.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is by means of written examination, continuous assessment and an oral examination.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applications are considered from candidates with a primary degree from cognate disciplines. 

MA: Eligibililty for the MA programme is generally an honours primary degree (H2.2), or equivalent international qualification.

PDip: applicants must have a primary degree at pass level or higher (or equivalent international qualification). The course team evaluates academic record, relevant experience, and motivation for all eligible applicants.


Additional Requirements

Garda vetting/police clearance is required for this programme.
Duration

1 year, full-time (MA)
2 years, part-time (MA)
1 year, full-time (PDip)
2 years, part-time (PDip)

Next start date

September 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

18–19

Closing Date

An early application may result in an early offer: see the offer round dates.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

90 (MA) | 60 (PDip)

Award

CAO

Course code

1HP1, MA, full-time
1HP4, MA, part-time
1HM1, PDip, full-time
1HM7, PDip, part-time

Course Outline

The MA course is a taught programme with students having to complete four core modules and four optional modules, together with a minor dissertation based on original research which must be submitted not less than four months from completion of the taught course. The course is taught in NUI Galway full-time over one year or part-time over two years. MA students must complete the taught programme to second class honours standard (i.e., average 60%) before proceeding to complete the dissertation element.

The postgraduate diploma course is a taught programme with students having to complete four core modules and four optional modules. The course is taught in NUI Galway full time over one year or part-time over two years.  

The MA/PDip programme is based on the European Masters in Health Promotion core curriculum and offers students the opportunity of pursuing European based study as an optional module. The PDip offers a taught programme, delivered over two seminars to full-time students and over four semesters to part-time students. The MA incorporates the taught component of the PDip together with a minor dissertation based on original research. The taught modular programme comprises four core and six optional modules. Students must complete eight modules in total, four core and four optional. The European Dimension option entails a two-week placement in another EU member state. 

Modules include:

Module Code

Module Title

ECTS

Core/Option

HP832

Research Methods

10

Core

HP846

Foundations of Health Promotion

10

Core

HP847

Health Promotion Practice

10

Core

HP848

Determinants of Health Promotion

10

Core

 

 

 

 

HP849

Promotion Healthy Behaviours

5

Option

HP850

Promoting Health and Wellbeing

5

Option

HP852

Re-orienting Health Services

5

Option

HP853

Supportive Environments

5

Option

HP150

Evaluation of Health Promotion Programmes

5

Option

 

 

 

 

HP504

Dissertation

30

Option

 Module details for MA full time

Module details for MA part time

Module details for Dip full time

Module details for Dip part time

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)

Required HP832: Research Methods


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module takes the students through the research process, from formulating research questions, identifying the preferred approach to testing them, developing research tools, collecting and analysing data and critically interpreting the findings.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Have an understanding of the research process
  2. Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches
  3. Be able to select appropriate research methods for different research questions
  4. Have an understanding of basic qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques
  5. Be able to critically review research articles
  6. Be able to prepare a basic research protocol
  7. Have an understanding of evaluation research
  8. Understand and be able to execute statistical techniques employing SPSS.
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Basic Epidemiology" by Beaglehole, R., Bonita, R. & Kjellstrom, T.
    Publisher: World Health Organization
  2. "Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services" by Bowling, A.
    Publisher: Open University Press.
  3. "Real World Research" by Robson, C. & McCarten, K.
    Publisher: Wiley
  4. "Evaluation: A Systematic Approach" by Rossi, P.H., Lipsey, M.W. & Freeman, H.E.
    Publisher: Sage
  5. "Evaluating Health Promotion: Practice and Methods" by Thorogood, M. & Coombes, Y.
    Publisher: Oxford University Press.
  6. "SPSS survival manual: A step-by-step guide to data analysis using SPSS." by Pallant, J.
    Publisher: Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  7. "Discovering Statistics using SPSS" by Field, A.
    Publisher: Sage
The above information outlines module HP832: "Research Methods" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required HP846: Foundations of Health Promotion


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module provides a theoretical background to the concepts and principles of Health Promotion as a foundation for policy and practice. The development of Health Promotion internationally is discussed and current approaches and strategies are examined. In particular, the module focuses on the key actions to promote health as outlined in the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (WHO, 1986) and subsequent WHO declarations and charters. Contemporary practice, policy, and research issues in Health Promotion are examined. The module also contains dedicated academic skills sessions, with the essay requirement for the module as a focus. Workshops include essay writing, referencing and use of reference tools.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical models that underpin health promotion
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts, principles and values that underpin health promotion
  3. describe the five action areas of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (WHO, 1986) and the implications for practice and policy
  4. demonstate an understanding of the importance of the evidence base for health promotion
  5. describe the competing discourses within health promotion
  6. demonstrate an understand of ethical debates and dilemmas within health promotion
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (50%)
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Making Health Policy" by Buse, K., Mays, N., and Walt, G.
    Publisher: Open University Press
  2. "The Pocket Guide to Health Promotion" by Laverack, A.
    Publisher: Open University Press
  3. "Policy and Practice in Promoting Public Health" by Lloyd, C., Handsley, S., Douglas, J., & Spurr, S.
    Publisher: Open University Press
  4. "Foundations for Health Promotion" by Naidoo, J., and Wills, J.
    ISBN: 978070205442.
    Publisher: Elsevier.
  5. "Health Promotion. Planning and Strategies (2nd Ed.)" by Green, J., & Tones, K
    Publisher: Sage
The above information outlines module HP846: "Foundations of Health Promotion" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required HP847: Health Promotion Practice


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

The overall aim of this module is to introduce students to the knowledge, abilities, skills and values required for Health Promotion practice. The module is based on the core competencies contained in the CompHP Core Competencies Framework for Health Promoti on Handbook 2011 and the CompHP Professional Standards for Health Promotion 2012. The module combines lectures, tutorials and practitioner led workshops. Workshops address a number of competency domains including: needs assessment; planning; implementation; evaluation; communication skills; advocacy for health; leadership; and partnership working.The module also contains a practice placement for full-time students. The purpose of the supervised work placement is to access opportunities to gain appropriate skills, knowledge and attitudes in health promotion practice.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will understand the role of competencies in the development of Health Promotion practice.
  2. Students will know which competencies form the competency framework underpinning professional practice in health promotion.
  3. For each of the core competencies students will acquire an understanding of the competency and the skills required for this competency to be demonstrated.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Planning, Implementing & Evaluating Health Promotion Programs" by McKenzie, J.F., Neiger, B.L. & Thackeray, R.
    ISBN: 0134219929.
    Publisher: Pearson Benjamin Cummings.
  2. "The CompHP Project Handbooks" by Barry, M M; Battel-Kirk, B; Davison, H; Dempsey, C; Parish, R; Schipperen, M; Speller, V; Zanden, van der, G; Zilnyk, A.
    Publisher: International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE),
  3. "Foundations for health promotion" by Naidoo, J. & Wills J.
    ISBN: 9780702054426.
    Publisher: Elsevier
  4. "Practical health promotion." by Hubley, J., Copeman, J. & Woodall, J.
    ISBN: 9780745663166.
    Publisher: Polity
The above information outlines module HP847: "Health Promotion Practice" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required HP848: Determinants of Health


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

The module introduces students to biological, psychological, socio-environmental and cultural determinants of health. The module enables students to critically apply understandings of a health determinants approach to policy, theory and practice of Health Promotion.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate critical understanding of determinants of health.
  2. Critically apply understandings of a health determinants approach to policy, theory and practice of Health Promotion
  3. Critically discuss and analyse various health issues experienced by individuals, populations and social groups.
  4. Gain understanding of the psychological and sociological concepts of health and ill-health.
  5. Identify inequalities in health and develop means to address them.
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (50%)
  • Department-based Assessment (50%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Health Promotion: Foundations for Practice" by Naidoo, J. & Wills, J.
    Publisher: Ballière Tindall
  2. "Understanding health: A determinants Approach." by Keleher, H. & Murphy, B.
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
  3. "Health behavior and health education" by Glanz, K., Rimer, B.K., & Viswanath, K.
    ISBN: 9780787996147.
    Publisher: Jossey-Bass
The above information outlines module HP848: "Determinants of Health" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required HP504: Dissertation


Trimester 3 | Credits: 30

This module will be delivered as a series of workshops during semesters one and two. The workshops will require students to engage in developing their research proposal for the dissertation project and to address ethical issues arising in the proposal. During the summer (May - August) students will be allocated and work with a supervisor who will guide them through the implementation of the proposal developed during the workshops.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Plan and organise the different stages involved in the dissertation work.
  2. Conduct a search and review of relevant literature for the project.
  3. An understanding of the ethical implications of the project.
  4. Ability to undertake data collection and/or data processing mechanisms and procedures
  5. Carry out quantitative and/or qualitative analyses of data as appropriate to the methodology employed for the project.
  6. Report on methodologies employed, results obtained and to critically discuss these in a formal dissertation format according to guidelines provided.
Assessments
  • Research (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Theses and Dissertations: A guide to planning, research and writing" by Robert Murray Thomas, Dale L. Brubaker
    ISBN: 9781412951159.
    Publisher: Corwin Press
  2. "Doing postgraduate research" by Stephen Potter,
    Publisher: Sage Publication
  3. "Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services" by Bowling, A
    Publisher: Open University Press
  4. "Real World Research" by Robson, C., & McCarten, K.
    Publisher: Wiley
  5. "SPSS Survival Manual: A step-by-step guide to data analysis using SPSS" by Pallant, J.
    Publisher: Open University Press
  6. "Discovering Statistics using SPSS" by Andy Field
    ISBN: 978-1-4462-49.
    Publisher: Sage
  7. "Sampling Essentials: Practical Guidelines for Making Sampling Choices" by J. Daniel
    Publisher: Sage
  8. "Doing research in the real world" by David E Gray
    Publisher: Sage
The above information outlines module HP504: "Dissertation" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional HP852: Re-Orienting Health Services


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module explores the application of the settings approach to the health services, paying particular attention to primary care and hospitals. the key aspects of the settings approach will be reviewed and special challenges of health care settings explored.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. understand the application of the settings approach in the health services
  2. be familiar with the international context for, and the work of, the health promoting hospitals movement
  3. be familiar with specific health promotion initiatives to promote health in health service settings
  4. critically appraise health promotion initiatives in health service settings
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Irish Apartheid. Health care inequality in Ireland" by Burke, S
    Publisher: New Island Books
  2. "Primary Care a New Direction" by Dept of Health and Children
    Publisher: Government Publications
The above information outlines module HP852: "Re-Orienting Health Services" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional HP150: Evaluation of Health Promotion Programmes


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

The module is delivered through an through an Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) approach involving group work. An initial series of lectures introduces approaches and models used to evaluate health promotion programmes The class will be asked to develope a proposal to evaluate a specific health promotion programme. A detailed briefing on the programme will be included in one workshop session. The class will then be divided into a number of smaller groups. Each group will decide on how to evaluate the programme by focusing on a particular aspect of their own choosing. The groups are expected to justify the evaluation plans and to build these around the theoretical base of values, approaches, methods and purpose of evaluation as described in class lectures and workshops.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. • Recognise the theoretical and conceptual basis of evaluation
  2. • Identify different forms of evidence
  3. • Identify the breadth of evidence available for evaluation
  4. • Identify a range of approaches to evaluation within appropriate settings
  5. • Plan and develop a detailed evaluation proposal.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Experimental and quasi-experimental designs for generalized causal inference" by William R. Shadish, Thomas D. Cook, Donald T. Campbell
    ISBN: 9780395615560.
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  2. "Evaluation in health promotion" by edited by Irving Rootman... [et al.]
    ISBN: 9289013591.
    Publisher: World Health Organization
  3. "Evaluation" by Peter H. Rossi, Mark W. Lipsey, Howard E. Freeman
    ISBN: 9780761908944.
    Publisher: Sage Publications
  4. "Evaluating health interventions" by John Ovretveit
    ISBN: 033519964X.
    Publisher: Buckingham [England] ; Open University Press, 1998.
  5. "Evaluating health promotion" by edited by Margaret Thorogood and Yolande Coombes.
    ISBN: 0199569290.
    Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire]; Oxford University Press
  6. "Developing an Effective Evaluation Plan" by CDC
    Publisher: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
The above information outlines module HP150: "Evaluation of Health Promotion Programmes" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional HP849: Promoting Healthy Behaviour


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module introduces students to the relationship between lifestyle behaviours and health, Particular focus is on the areas of nutrition, physical activity, smoking and alcohol use. The course will be taught using problem-based learning techniques involving group work to examine the practice and policy evidence base for the promotion of health and disease prevention.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. understand the relationship between nutrition, alcoho l intake, smoking and physical activity in the promotion of health and the prevention of disease
  2. be aware of policy developments in respect to nutriti on, alcohol intake, smoking and physical activity.
  3. have an appreciation of effective interventions in healthy eating, moderate alcohol intake, smoking and physical activity promotion
  4. have knowledge of the application of the principles of health promotion to public health programmes to improve health.
  5. have knowledge of practical approaches to behaviour change
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module HP849: "Promoting Healthy Behaviour" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional HP850: Promoting Mental Health & Well Being


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module addresses the promotion of positive mental health, sexual health and the prevention of substance misuse. Current frameworks and models for practice, together with international and national policy and practice initiatives will be presented and reviewed. The evidence-base supporting health promotion interventions in these areas will be examined.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. • an understanding of the importance of positive mental health and social well-being to health promotion
  2. • an appreciation of the opportunities, challenges and barriers to promoting positive mental health and social well-being
  3. • an understanding of current strategies and interventions for promoting mental health, sexual health and preventing substance misuse for population groups in different settings
  4. • a critical understanding of the role of policy, both national and international in preventing substance misuse
  5. • an awareness and understanding of an evidence-based approach to promoting positive mental health and reducing risk behaviours.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Implementing Mental Health Promotion." by Barry, M.M. & Jenkins, R
    Publisher: Elsevier
  2. "Drug Use: Concepts, Prevention and Cessation" by Sussman, S.Y.
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  3. "Sexual Health: Foundations for Practice" by Wilson, H. & McAndrew, S.
    Publisher: Balliere Tindall
The above information outlines module HP850: "Promoting Mental Health & Well Being" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional HP853: Supportive Environments for Health


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module explores the application of the settings approach to health promotion in workplaces and schools. The key aspects of the settings approach will be reviewed and the special challenges of each of these settings will be explored. Examples of initiatives in each setting will be examined, through which students will be encouraged to identify aspects of good health promotion practice, and in particular evidence–based practice and policy.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the principles underlying the settings approach to health promotion
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the particular challenges for the application of the settings approach in schools and workplaces
  3. describe the issues to be considered in identifying best practice in the context of settings based work
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the success and the limitations of behaviour change approaches in workplaces and schools.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "The health promoting school: International advances in theory, evaluation and practice" by Clift, S. & Jensen, B.B. (Eds.)
    Publisher: Danish University Press
  2. "Promoting health in schools: from evidence to action" by St. Leger, L., Young, I., Blanchard, C. & Perry, M.
    Publisher: IUHPE
  3. "Creating healthy organisations" by Lowe, G.
    Publisher: University of Toronto
  4. "Health promotion settings: Principles and practice." by Scriven, A. & Hodgins, M. (Eds.)
    Publisher: Sage
  5. "Promoting Health and Well-Being in the Workplace" by Hodgins, M., Fleming, P., and Griffith, J.
    ISBN: 9781137375421.
    Publisher: Palgrave
The above information outlines module HP853: "Supportive Environments for Health" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional HP845: The European Dimension in Health Promotion


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

The European Dimension in Health Promotion module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop and practice Health Promotion knowledge and skills within an alternative European setting. This module offers an opportunity to become aware of the relevance of the European context for Health Promotion practice including: • to personally experience the European dimension in practice • to develop your own perceptions of the European context for practice and policy • to understand social, cultural, political diversities and commonalties within the Health Promotion framework.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. • relate the theoretical elements of the course in a functional way to a different European context other than their own
  2. • have an understanding of Health Promotion practice and policy in Europe based on their broadened knowledge base
  3. • achieve personal and professional learning outcomes through their experience.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module HP845: "The European Dimension in Health Promotion" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Further Education

Students can go on to earn the PhD, MPhil, and MLitt degrees, through research work, with an optional minor taught element. Students can specialise in one of the disciplines various areas of research, working with a high degree of independence, and becoming experts on their chosen topic. This work is usually published in international conferences and journals.

Visit www.nuigalway.ie/courses/research-postgraduate-programmes/health-sciences-health-promotion.html for more details.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

A variety of career opportunities in Ireland and abroad exist for graduates of this programme.  Graduates are qualified to pursue a full-time career in health promotion or to incorporate health promotion principles into their work, expecially those in the health and education sectors.

MA graduates have found employment in statutory, voluntary, community and academic positions in a number of roles including dedicated Health Promotion Specialist posts.

PDip graduates have found employment in a diverse range of fields of health and medical research, including MDs and PhDs and improved professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes in daily practice (Evidence-Based Healthcare).

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,600 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Tuition

€6,376 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Non EU

€16,020 p.a. 2020/21

EU Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

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