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Nursing: Public Health Nursing (Master Health Science)—full-time and top up
The Master/Postgraduate Diploma of Health Sciences (Public Health Nursing) runs over two academic years. Candidates registering for this programme upon successful completion of year one can register with the NMBI as a public health nurse. To successfully complete year one the student must complete theoretical modules totalling 60 ECTS and clinical assessment requirements as stipulated by NMBI (2015).
Students on successful completion of year one may opt out of the programme and will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Public Health Nursing). Students must achieve 60% on the aggregate of modules undertaken in year one to progress to year two. Students who have indicated to opt out on completion of year one will not progress to year two. Year one is currently sponsored by the HSE. Year Two of this programme is offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway, and is not sponsored by the Health Service Executive.
Thesis year only for eligible candidates—please contact the Programme Director for eligibility. Applicants who have completed a specialist nursing PGDip in NUI Galway and who have attained at least 60% in their final mark are eligible to apply for year two of our specialist masters programmes via www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduateapplications. Please contact the programme leader directly to discuss your eligibility (additional requirements may apply).
Applications and Selections
Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC).
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. An academic transcript is a document from a college or university showing final marks (total and/or per module) achieved and awarded.
If you do not hold a level 8 qualification (honours degree or higher diploma level 8) or you are unsure if your academic qualification is at level 8 or equivalent, see www.nqai.ie or www.nfq.ie, you must complete and submit an Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) Document. It is your responsibility to verify the level of your course(s) previously undertaken for eligibility purposes.
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: Confirmation of sponsorship and clinical placement is by provision of a copy of the HSE student Public Health Nurse contract provided to you following successful application and confirmation of your sponsorship.
Please see the following link for important information regarding the application and recruitment policy: http://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/Jobs/Job_Search/Nursing/PHNSponsorship/
Who Teaches this Course
- Ms Mary Walsh (Programme Director)
- Dr Marcella Kelly (Programme Director)
- Dr Linda Biesty
- Ms Eimear Burke
- Ms Ann Fallon
- Ms Sinead Hahessy
- Ms Teresa Meaney
- Ms Lorraine Mee
- Mr Bernard McCarthy
- Ms Deirdre Vanderputten
External expert speakers also contribute to programme content.
Requirements and Assessment
- Be registered in the General Nursing Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) or entitled to be so registered AND have a minimum of 3 years post registration general nursing experience.
- Be registered in the General Nursing Division and another Division of the Register, including Registered Midwife (RM), Registered Children’s Nurse (RCN), Registered Nurse Intellectual Disability (RNID) or Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) Divisions of the Register of Nurses and Midwives maintained by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) or entitled to be so registered; AND have a minimum of 18 months post registration general nursing experience as an RGN, and 18 months post registration experience as an RM or RCN or RNID or RPN.
- Meet the academic criteria set by the relevant Higher Education Institute (HEI); Hold an NQAI Level 8 qualification (honours degree) or proof of equivalency; Demonstrate that they have undertaken a programme of study at NFQ Level 8. The academic transcript provided will be used as evidence to demonstrate this, and it should be for the highest level award.
- Applicants whose first language or primary language of expression is not English must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the required standard for admission. The minimum required score is 7.0 on the IELTS assessment test.
- Unless the candidate’s name is registered in the midwives division of the register maintained by NMBI, the candidate must complete an approved module of study on child and maternal health, approved by the NMBI, as part of the programme;
- Satisfy the selection/admission committee that they have the ability to complete the programme;
- Meet in full the requirements for registration specified by NMBI to be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Public Health Nursing).
1 year, full-time (for Year One of programme)
1 year, full-time (for Year Two of programme)
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
22 March 2019 by 5pm
Mode of study
Taught and blended learning.
60 (Year One), 30 (Year Two)
1MDH1—full-time (2 year MHSc); apply at www.pac.ie/phn
1MDH3—top-up; apply at www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduateapplications
This year totals 60 ECTS and is delivered over an academic year. The theoretical component of year one is comprised of six modules (if a registered midwife) and seven modules (if not a registered midwife). You will complete two clinical practicum competency assessments within the community setting comprising of Practicum One (1, 2 and 3 professional assessments) and Practicum Two (4 and 5 professional assessments). For students who are not registered midwives one clinical skills assessment in the maternity unit is also undertaken.
Modules (Year One):
- Clinical Governance—Supporting Safe practice
- Advanced Research Methods
- Service Improvement A (non-midwife cohort)
- Service Improvement B (midwife-cohort)
- Promoting Population Health Across the Lifespan
- Essential Physical Assessment Skills
- Child Health Surveillance, Welfare and Protection
- Child and Maternal Health (non-midwives only)
- Practicum One (Professional Practice 1 , 2,3)
- Practicum Two (Professional Practice 4, 5)
- Practicum One (Child and Maternal ) (Non midwives only)
Note: Year One is currently sponsored by the HSE.
Master of Health Sciences (Public Health Nursing)—Year Two
On successful completion of year one you can register with the NMBI as a Public Health Nurse. You can either choose to complete your studies at the end of year one and receive the award of postgraduate diploma in health science (public health nursing) OR you can opt to undertake the Master of Health Science (Public Health Nursing) by completion of year two. Entry to year two of the programme is subject to you achieving 60% on the aggregate of modules undertaken in year one. In Year 2 you complete a research dissertation (30 ECTS) on a topic of relevance to public health nursing.
Note: Year Two is self-funded.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
1 year, full-time (for Year Two of programme): EU fee €4,090.
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Ms. Mary Walsh
T 353 91 494 129 (available Monday, Tuesday and Wed am)
HSE National Recruitment Service