Course Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Promotion offers students a unique opportunity to further their knowledge of cardiovascular health and diabetes prevention. The programme has been jointly developed by Croí, the west of Ireland Cardiology Foundation, the Irish Heart Foundation and Diabetes Ireland. It aims to enhance health professionals understanding of determinants of health, prevention, lifestyle factors and  associated patterns of inequality. It is particularly suited to health professionals working in nursing, public health, pharmacy, physiotherapy, medicine, and the health and weight loss industry. 

Designed for healthcare professionals, the programme equips students with an in-depth understanding of how to critically assess the evidence base, understand national and international approaches to the promotion of cardiovascular health and the prevention of diabetes, and appreciate the role of advocacy in influencing health and environmental (public) policies.

Course participants will gain skills and competencies for effective implementation of Health Promotion interventions and project management. 

The programme comprises three modules. The first two modules include participation in workshops and self-paced instructional materials with assignments for independent study, while the third module focuses on project work.

1.  Concepts and Principles of Health Promotion

This module includes:

  • Definitions of health and Health Promotion
  • Health Promotion programme development
  • Current issues and discourse in Health Promotion policy and practice
  • Communication training and facilitation skills. 

2.  Specialism module

This module includes:

  • The determinants of cardiovascular health and type 2 diabetes
  • Lifestyle factors and health promotion interventions
  • Advocacy and policy in the promotion of cardiovascular health and the prevention of type 2 diabetes
  • Promoting cardiovascular health through behaviour change
  • Skills and competencies for effective practice. 

3.  Project development

This module includes

  • Students’ designing a Health Promotion Intervention in the area of cardiovascular health and the prevention of type 2 diabetes, working with a specific population group.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

  • Prof. Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, Personal Professor, BA, MA, PhD.
  • Dr. Margaret Hodgins, Senior Lecturer, BA(Mod), MA, PhD.
  • Dr. Mary Jo Lavelle, Lecturer Above The Bar, BA, MA, PhD.

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

  1. A primary degree. 
  2. Each applicant is assessed individually on relevant professional experience, level of motivation and suitability as per personal statement submitted via online application.

Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, part-time

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

35

Closing Date

31 August 2019, subject to a prescribed minimum registering. This date will close earlier if the course is oversubscribed with suitably qualified applicants.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting

30

Award

CAO

Course code

1PCH1

Course Outline

Course duration
The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Promotion is a part-time course of one academic year duration. The programme runs from September to the following May.

Course delivery
This is a blended learning programme, with a combination of teaching techniques employed to support learning. This includes participatory workshops, project work, self-paced learning using instructional materials, as well as other resources such as articles, websites and research reports. Academics in the Discipline of Health Promotion, together with contributions from practitioners in the specialist field of study, deliver the lectures and workshops. This course takes place at the NUI Galway campus.

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 (30 Credits)

Required HP6101: Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Prevention


Trimester 3 | Credits: 10

This module provides a theoretical background to the concepts and principles of Health Promotion as a foundation for policy and practice for cardiovascular health and diabetes prevention. The module will enable learners to apply Health Promotion principles of best practice to cardiovascular health and diabetes prevention. This module will reference evidence-based practice for the development of Health Promotion interventions.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the determinants and prevalence of cardiovascular health and diabetes prevention and its associated patterns of inequity.
  2. Critically assess the evidence base for promotion of cardiovascular health and the prevention of diabetes.
  3. Understand national and international policy approaches, including the role of advocacy and effective advocacy strategies, for the promotion of cardiovascular health and diabetes prevention.
  4. Design effective Health Promotion interventions by incorporating needs assessments, planning, implementation, evaluation and principles of project management.
  5. Demonstrate skills and competencies for delivering effective practice and Health Promotion interventions for cardiovascular health and diabetes prevention.
  6. Discuss risk and protective factors for cardiovascular health and diabetes prevention, including physical activity, obesity, nutrition and smoking cessation.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Foundations for Health Promotion" by Naidoo, J. & Wills, J.
    Publisher: Elsevier
  2. "Health Promotion: Planning and Strategies" by Green, J., Tones, K., Cross, R. & Woodall, J.
    Publisher: Sage
  3. "Global Handbook on Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion." by McQueen, D.V.
    Publisher: Springer
The above information outlines module HP6101: "Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Prevention" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required HP6102: Concepts, Principles & Practice of Health Promotion


Trimester 3 | Credits: 10

This module provides a theoretical background to concepts, principles and practice of Health Promotion as a foundation for policy and practice. It references evidence-based practice and the development of Health Promotion interventions. The module also incorporates effective communication for health and consideration of mass media approaches.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate critical understanding of theoretical concepts, principles and practice of Health Promotion and health communication.
  2. Apply critical understandings of theoretical concepts, principles and the practice of Health Promotion to the promotion of Health in specialist area.
  3. Understand how and why health is a contested concept and critically discuss implications for communicating good health practice.
  4. Design, implement and evaluate good evidence interventions for Health Promotion.
  5. Critically understand challenges and ethical dilemmas facing health practitioners.
  6. Demonstrate effective communication skills and understanding of group dynamics.
  7. Critically analyse the contribution of mass and electronic media in health communication.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Promoting Health - A Practical Guide" by Angela Scriven
    ISBN: 9780702066924.
    Publisher: Elsevier
  2. "Understanding Health: A determinants approach" by Keleher, H., & MacDougall, C.
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
  3. "Foundations for Health Promotion" by Naidoo, J., & Wills, J.
    Publisher: Elsevier
  4. "Health Promotion: Planning and Strategies" by Green, J., Tones, K., Cross, R. & Woodall, J.
    Publisher: Sage
The above information outlines module HP6102: "Concepts, Principles & Practice of Health Promotion" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required HP6103: Health Promotion Projects


Trimester 3 | Credits: 10

This module will enable students to design a Health Promotion programme with a specific population group relevant to the programme specialism. This project will give students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of knowledge base and theory underpinning Health Promotion practice as applied to interventions.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand theoretical concepts, principles and practices of Health Promotion and critically apply the processes involved to a Health Promotion project.
  2. Design a Health Promotion intervention based on a target population's needs.
  3. Identify and critically address project components, resources and assets to plan a Health Promotion intervention.
  4. Understand the importance of evaluation when designing or implementing a Health Promotion intervention.
  5. Plan, implement and critically evaluate a Health Promotion programme in an organisational setting.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Promoting Health - A Practical Guide" by Angela Scriven
    ISBN: 9780702066924.
    Publisher: Elsevier
  2. "Foundations for Health Promotion" by Naidoo, J. & Wills, J.
    ISBN: 0702054429.
    Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
The above information outlines module HP6103: "Health Promotion Projects" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Many of the students who have successfully completed this course in previous years are already in employment and wanted to up skill or broaden their understanding of the wider determinants of health. They come from a diverse range of backgrounds such as pharmacy, nursing – both general and specialised, general practice, dietetics, health marketing and the health and wellbeing sector. Their reasons for pursuing this course are varied. Some students want to enhance the role they were already in by acquiring greater knowledge of the causes and prevention strategies used in the promotion of cardiovascular health and diabetes prevention, while others want a career change and to get more involved in community and national projects in Health Promotion. The communication and facilitation skills taught on the course have been highlighted by previous students as being a particularly important element of the course, as well as the skills learned in planning, designing, implementing and evaluating a Health Promotion programme.

Some of our past students work in national organisations such as the Irish Heart Foundation and Diabetes Ireland.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€1,840 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€1,728 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€112 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€2,340 p.a. 2019/20
Ruth

Ruth Garahy |   Pharmacist

Before I started this certificate, I had lots of experience in primary care, (pharmacist for 11 years) but this course provided me with a fascinating overview of all the socioeconomic issues that affect our healthcare outcomes. I gained an understanding of what health promotion actually is: the intersection of medicine, policy, law, economics and sociology, and how these all affect the management and prevention of chronic illnesses such as diabetes. As the year progressed, the course became more practical and we heard from a diverse range of speakers from Croí etc. which cemented my belief that this course will benefit my practice and my patients for years to come. I would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in the future of healthcare and how to best manage the current epidemic of diabetes.
John

John Treanor |   Health and Wellbeing, Dublin Simon Community

Having worked previously in a private capacity in nutrition and health I could see there was a growing problem with non-communicable diseases in Irish society. This is when I became interested in the concept of Health Promotion in a broader sense. Through taking part in this course I have learned a massive amount about public policy and identifying barriers to health, designing interventions to suit specific population groups and the importance of monitoring and quantifying your effects and outcomes. I have progressed in my career and am now working on large interventions in health and wellbeing for homeless populations in Dublin’s Simon Community. Overall this course has strengthened my working prospects, skill-set in the area and confidence.

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