Course Overview

This programme aims to prepare you for working in the community setting as a Public Health Nurse, addressing the healthcare needs of the community as a client. A key part of this programme is the development of nursing expertise in targeting public health needs and delivering healthcare services from a population health perspective. It is offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway, and the Health Service Executive.

This programme is approved by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann, and on completion, you will be registered with them. With both a theoretical and clinical focus, the programme provides a professional qualification that helps the Public Health Nurse critically examine and support evidencebased practice.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above. 

Applicants must satisfy the selection/admission committee that they have the ability to complete the programme.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have undertaken a programme of study at National Qualification Framework, academic level 8. The academic transcript provided will be used as evidence to demonstrate this, which should be for the highest level award.  

If you do not hold a Level 8 qualification (honours degree or higher diploma) or you are unsure if your academic qualification is at level 8 or equivalent, see http://www.nqai.ie/, you must complete and submit an Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) Document. Proof of equivalency applies to candidates who do not have an NQAI level 8 qualification (honours degree or higher diploma), and are therefore required to complete the APEL document, which will be judged  for both academic equivalency and capacity to undertake the programme.

Successful candidates must have secured sponsorship from the Health Service Executive prior to commencement on the programme.

Confirmation of placement on the programme is subject to the candidate providing evidence of guarantee of clinical placement for the duration of the programme Note: by provision of a copy of the HSE student Public Health Nurse contract following confirmation of sponsorship.

Who Teaches this Course

Staff within the School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway:
 
Dr Adeline Cooney
Dr Dympna Casey
Ms Lorraine Mee
Ms Sinead Hahessy
Ms Eimear Burke
Ms Deirdre Vanderputten
Ms Teresa Meaney
Ms Ann Fallon
Ms Marcella Kelly
 
External expert speakers also contribute to programme content.

Requirements and Assessment

Modules are assessed using a combination of coursework and examinations.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Be a registered nurse on the general division of the register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann;
  • Candidates must have evidence of a minimum of two years’ general nursing experience within the past five years, of which 12 months should be consecutive, working aminimum of 74 hours per month (exclusive of post registration/educational courses);
  • Unless the candidate’s name is registered in the Midwives division of the Register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann, the candidate must complete an An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (2005) approved module of study on Child and Maternal Health as part of the programme;
  • Hold an NQAI Level 8 qualification (honours degree or higher diploma) or proof of equivalency;
  • Fluency in English or evidence of Level 7.0 as per the IELTS academic test. Applicants must satisfy the selection/ admission committee that they have the ability to complete the programme;
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they have undertaken a programme of study at National Qualification Framework, academic Level 8. The academic transcript
  • provided will be used as evidence to demonstrate this, and it should be for the highest level award;
  • To be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Public Health Nursing), candidates must meet in full the requirements for registration specified by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann.

Candidates must pass Professional Practice III to progress to Professional Practice IV and V.


Additional Requirements

Further information is available at the HSE, PHN Sponsorship webpage—
http://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/Jobs/Job_Search/Nursing/PHNSponsorship/
Duration

1 year, full-time

Next start date

This course is currently under review.

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

10 (minimum)

Closing Date

Closing date is to be decided.

Next start date

This course is currently under review.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

90

Award

CAO

PAC code

PHG01

Course Outline

Programme content (subject to change)

Modules:
  • Collaboration and Interagency Working  
  • Using Research in Practice  
  • Promoting Health and Well-being
  • Health Across the Lifespan 
  • Promoting Population Health 
  • Public Health Nursing Praxis-Clinical Practice and Management 
  • Child and Maternal Health (non-midwives only) 
  • Service Improvement A (non-midwife cohort)  
  • Service Improvement (midwife-cohort)  
  • Professional Practice 1  
  • Professional Practice 2  
  • Professional Practice 3 
  • Professional Practice 4 
  • Professional Practice 5 
  • Professional Practice 1 (Child and Maternal Health) (non-midwives only)   

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate, you will have the opportunity to practise autonomously within a community setting. You will have developed a specific knowledge that will enable you, as a community practitioner, to provide primary healthcare and target public health issues in the community.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€9,040 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€8,816 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2015/16

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