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Preventive Cardiology (Masters/PDip)
The scientific evidence for cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation is compelling. Multidisciplinary approaches to cardiovascular health and lifestyle medicine are cornerstone to preventive cardiology and cardiovascular rehabilitation practice. This course equips students with the knowledge and skills required to make meaningful contributions to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention; both at an individual level as well as within populations. This course remains the only one of its kind worldwide and offers many unique features creating a highly fulfilling student experience:
- Delivered in partnership with the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health (NIPC): This programme is delivered in collaboration with the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health located in the Croí, Heart and Stroke Centre, and as a result draws on considerable teaching expertise together with providing a range of high-quality research opportunities. This partnership enables an exceptional opportunity for students to interact with Croí’s specialist health team and engage in an array of exciting evidence-based initiatives in cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation.
- Flexible online learning: The course is delivered entirely online via a mix of real-time virtual lectures and self-directed learning. This flexible approach enable students to simultaneously maintain professional roles in clinical practice or manage other commitments whilst completing their studies.
- Interdisciplinary expert teaching faculty: Students from a variety of backgrounds from all over the world interact with international leaders and clinical specialists from cardiology, nursing, nutrition, exercise, behavioural medicine and public health.
The taught modules address the development and practical use of cardiovascular disease risk estimation tools, implementation of healthcare policy, behavioural change strategies, lifestyle approaches to risk factor modification and medical management of risk factors including hypertension, dyslipidaemia, diabetes mellitus, obesity and smoking. There is also a specialist pathway in cardiac rehabilitation available as an option for practitioners with a specific interest in secondary prevention.
Students are supervised in designing an original research project which addresses a specific research question in any aspect of preventive cardiology. Contributors are drawn from clinical departments at Galway University Hospitals, scientific and healthcare disciplines at NUI Galway, the Croí clinical team, and established international partnerships.
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Applications and Selections
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Who Teaches this Course
- Dr Jennifer Jones, Specialist Physiotherapist and Senior Lecturer, NUI Galway
- Professor Gerard Flaherty, Physician and Professor of Medical Education, NUI Galway
- Ms Irene Gibson, Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway (Nurse)
- Ms Suzanne Seery, Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway (Dietitian)
- Ms Denise Dunne Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway (Physiotherapist)
- Ms Elaine Robinson, Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway (Smoking Cessation Officer)
- Ms Tara Conboy, Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway
- Ms Laura Tobin, Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway (Healthy Ireland Project Lead)
- Dr Yvonne Finn, Lecturer in Clinical Methods and Clinical Practice, NUI Galway
- Professor Francis Finucane, Consultant Endocrinologist, University Hospital Galway
- Ms Gloria Avalos, Lecturer in Medical Statistics and Research Methods, NUI Galway
- Mr Wael Tawfick, Clinical Lecturer in Vascular Surgery, NUI Galway
- Professor David Wood, Adjunct Professor in Preventive Cardiology, NUI Galway
- Dr Catriona Jennings, Cardiovascular Specialist Nurse, NUI Galway
- Dr Lisa Hynes, Health Psychologist and Head of Health Programmes, Croi Heart and Stroke Centre
- Prof Derek O’Keeffe, Consultant Endocrinologist, University Hospital Galway
Requirements and Assessment
Assessments are carried out across all modules via MCQ, written papers, essays, assignments, poster preparation and a dissertation.
Successful applicants will possess at least a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 degree in an appropriate life science, biological science, medicine, nursing or allied health professions. For those who do not hold a primary degree at the required level, a special case will be made if they have demonstrated aptitude for the course material through at least three years of high quality work experience in a relevant field of cardiovascular health. Entry to the Master’s programme is conditional upon achieving at least 60% in the core compulsory modules of the Postgraduate Diploma. Candidates coming to Ireland from abroad or who do not have a degree from Ireland or the UK will be asked to provide evidence of an acceptable result in one of the recognised English language proficiency tests, e.g., IELTS total score of 6.5. All prospective candidates will be interviewed by telephone or Skype.
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Mode of study
The programme is full time “in-service” and is delivered through a blended learning approach of self-directed online learning and face to face workshops (these take place typically two Friday evenings and one Saturday per month).
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- 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.
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- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (90 Credits)Required MD581: Research Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MD575: Fundamentals of Preventive Cardiology - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required MD576: Reflective Clinical Practice - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required MD577: Research Project - 30 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MD1800: Cardiac Rehabilitation - 30 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MD578: Lifestyle Risk Factor Modification - 30 Credits - Semester 2
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates of the course will be positioned as leaders in cardiovascular disease prevention and will find ample opportunities to apply their learning across a variety of clinical settings in both primary and secondary care. There will also be employment opportunities in public health, health promotion, healthcare management, academic and research settings and the pharmaceutical industry. Clinician graduates will benefit from career advancement within their chosen disciplines. Masters students completing the 5,000-word ‘ready-for-publication’ dissertation will be supported in preparing their work for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, which will further augment their career prospects.
About you (i.e., the prospective student)
Are you interested in the risk factors which underlie cardiovascular disease? Are you motivated to prevent cardiovascular disease rather than merely treating its manifestations? Do you want to provide effective self-management support to individuals living with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other related long-term conditions? Do you want to influence national healthcare policy by demonstrating the patient and economic benefits of cardiovascular disease prevention? If so, then preventive cardiology may be the course for you!
Why choose NUI Galway?
At NUI Galway we take pride in working closely with postgraduate students to develop their fullest potential. We understand the challenges of combining your personal and professional lives with a postgraduate programme and we work hard to support you in every way on this journey. The excellent course materials and innovative e-learning platform will enable you to make optimum use of your private study time. NUI Galway’s unique collaboration with NIPC and Croí means that up-to-date, relevant information will always be close at hand and you will get to appreciate the translation of evidence-based preventive cardiology into clinical practice.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Levy €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here.
Find out More
Dr Jennifer Jones
Senior Lecturer in Preventive Medicine and Cardiovascular Health,
College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences,
Director of Education and Training,
National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health (NIPC).
T: +353 91 893 299
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