Course Overview

The Certificate programme takes place over one year and aims to provide students with a professional education and training in the principles and practice of health promotion, with students taking a generic module, a specialist module and a practical project.


Who is the course intended for?

The course is open to those working in a professional capacity in a specialist health promotion field. This programme is designed to meet the needs of health promotion practitioners in specific fields and is run in partnership with specialist agencies. For example, specialist programmes are available in Oral Health Promotion, Youth Work, Health-Promotion Training Centres, Sexual Health Promotion, Community Development, and Supportive Environments for Health, all leading to a Certificate in Health Promotion in the chosen specialism. Some programmes are run directly by the Department of Health Promotion at the request of an agency or professional group, others are run in partnership with an agency, to meet the needs of specific practitioners.

Applications and Selections

Application Open Date: Thursday, 2nd April, 2015:

ORAL HEALTH - Apply here



Please ensure that you list the full course name on the heading of your personal statement.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Each module is assessed by means of an essay or a practical project

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Are set with specialist agencies and are primarily based on relevant work experience

Additional Requirements


1 year, part-time

Next start date


A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Friday, 10th July 2015 for Oral Health

Next start date


NFQ level


Mode of study

Combination of distance & classroom based learning

ECTS weighting

The certificate comprises three modules which carry a total of 5 ECTs each. The entire course represents 15 ECTs



PAC code

Course Outline

Programme Content

- 1HM6 Spec Cert – Oral Health (Modules: HP130; HP131; HP134)


The Certificate in Health Promotion in a chosen specialism is a taught programme comprising the following three modules:

  • Principles and practice of health promotion (Semester 1 and 2)
  • Specialism in health promotion (Semester 2)
  • Project (Semester 1 and 2)

The first two modules include workshop participation and self-paced instructional materials and assignments for home study, while the third module focuses on project work.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

1HM6 Spec Cert – Oral Health

The course aims to provide students with a professional education and training in the principles and practice of Health Promotion as applied to the promotion of oral health. 


The course is aimed at practitioners who work in the oral health field (for example Dentists, Dental Nurse, Dental Hygienists and others in a position to promote oral health, e.g. Public Health Nurses, General Practitioners, Dieticians, Nurses and Special Needs Assistants).



Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€1,250 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Find out More

Ms. Anne O’Grady

Department of Health Promotion
NUI Galway
T: 091 493644

What Our Students Say


Deirdre Collins |   Specialist Certificate in Health Promotion (Oral Health)

Having spent many years as dental nurse and receptionist I needed a course to strengthen my knowledge base. The Specialist Certificate in Oral Health Promotion provided me with the platform to further my career. Being a part time course was attractive and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of self directed learning. Workshops, debates and essays provided variety and excellent support was just an e-mail away.