Course Overview

The MA/Postgraduate Diploma programme is an internationally recognised qualification with the course content informed by the agreed competencies and professional standards for Health Promotion in Europe. The programme is an IUHPE (International Union of Health Promotion and Education) Accredited Health Promotion Course. This means that students who graduate from this course are automatically eligible to apply to become an IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioner on the voluntary register. Graduates of the programme work in statutory services (e.g., Health Service Executive), non-governmental organisations (e.g., Irish Heart Foundation, Dental Health Foundation, Irish Cancer Society), and in the academic sector (e.g., NUI Galway, Sligo IT, Athlone IT), in a number of roles including dedicated Health Promotion Specialist posts. Past graduates are employed nationally and internationally, in posts in Ireland, UK, Australia, Canada and USA. Some graduates have gone onto further study in our doctoral programme (Further information on the PhD in Health Promotion is available by clicking here.)

About the programme

Download: 2021/22 BROCHURE for MA/PGrad Diploma in Health Promotion.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion offers a taught programme of eight modules, delivered over two semesters to full-time students and over four semesters to part-time students. The MA course incorporates the taught component of the Postgraduate Diploma programme together with a minor dissertation based on original research, which is undertaken over the summer months with a submission date in late August.

Aims and objectives
The programme aims to provide students with professional education and training in the principles and practice of health promotion. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in the following:

  • Theoretical background to the concepts and principles of health promotion and the application of theory to practice
  • Determinants of physical, mental and social well-being.
  • Key factors influencing the promotion of positive health.
  • Application of a range of different health promotion approaches and strategies across diverse population groups, topics and settings.
  • Critical role of the research process and its application in the development of knowledge and best practice in health promotion.

Scholarships available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

HEALTH PROMOTION RESEARCH CENTRE
Attached to the Discipline is the Health Promotion Research Centre which has an active multidisciplinary research programme in place. A range of teaching and assessment methods are used, including interactive lectures, work placements, small group teaching, skills development, and contributions from practitioners in the field.

If you would like to meet us:

  • We participate in the NUI Galway postgraduate open days which are run twice a year.
  • We put on our own course-specific open evening in Spring where you can hear about the programme, meet staff and other potential students. 
  • You can make an appointment by email to meet a member of staff at NUI Galway

Details of open days/evenings will be posted on this website and at www.nuigalway.ie/postgradevents, or email hpinfo@nuigalway.ie to be added to our mailing list.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

The programme board evaluates each applicant’s academic record and relevant professional experience to date at the time of application and assesses the applicant’s level of motivation and suitability as per the Personal Statement submitted as part of the online application.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is by means of continuous assessment and an oral examination.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applications are considered from candidates with a primary degree from cognate disciplines. 

MA: Eligibililty for the MA programme is generally an honours primary degree (H2.2), or equivalent international qualification.

PDip: applicants must have a primary degree at pass level or higher (or equivalent international qualification). The course team evaluates academic record, relevant experience, and motivation for all eligible applicants.


Additional Requirements

Garda vetting/police clearance is required for this programme.
Duration

1 year, full-time (MA)
2 years, part-time (MA)
1 year, full-time (PDip)
2 years, part-time (PDip)

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

18–19

Closing Date

An early application may result in an early offer: see the offer round dates.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

90 (MA) | 60 (PDip)

Award

CAO

Course code

1HP1, MA, full-time
1HP4, MA, part-time
1HM1, PDip, full-time
1HM7, PDip, part-time

Course Outline

The content of the taught modular programme reflects the programmes aims and objectives. The programme comprises four core and six optional modules. Students must complete eight modules in total, four core and four optional, from a choice of six. As a student in Health Promotion you will have the opportunity to engage with international health promotion research projects and to pursue European based study as an optional module. The full-time taught programme is supported by a workplacement where you will experience Health Promotion in action.  

Programme delivery

The programme uses a wide variety of delivery approaches including: lectures, small group teaching, group work and enquiry based learning, together with a work placement. We have delivered the programme through face-to-face teaching and through blended learning. The precise delivery format for the academic year 2021–22 will depend on the public health advice in September 2021. MA students are supported through the minor dissertation by a named supervisor who is a member of academic staff.

MODULES INCLUDE:

Module details for MA full time

Module details for MA part time

Module details for Dip full time

Module details for Dip part time

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 (90 Credits)

Required HP504: Dissertation


15 months long | Credits: 30

This module will be delivered as a series of workshops during semesters one and two. The workshops will require students to engage in developing their research proposal for the dissertation project and to address ethical issues arising in the proposal. During the summer (May - August) students will be allocated and work with a supervisor who will guide them through the implementation of the proposal developed during the workshops.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Plan and organise the different stages involved in the dissertation work.
  2. Conduct a search and review of relevant literature for the project.
  3. An understanding of the ethical implications of the project.
  4. Ability to undertake data collection and/or data processing mechanisms and procedures
  5. Carry out quantitative and/or qualitative analyses of data as appropriate to the methodology employed for the project.
  6. Report on methodologies employed, results obtained and to critically discuss these in a formal dissertation format according to guidelines provided.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Research (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Theses and Dissertations: A guide to planning, research and writing" by Robert Murray Thomas, Dale L. Brubaker
    ISBN: 9781412951159.
    Publisher: Corwin Press
  2. "Doing postgraduate research" by Stephen Potter,
    Publisher: Sage Publication
  3. "Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services" by Bowling, A
    Publisher: Open University Press
  4. "Real World Research" by Robson, C., & McCarten, K.
    Publisher: Wiley
  5. "SPSS Survival Manual: A step-by-step guide to data analysis using SPSS" by Pallant, J.
    Publisher: Open University Press
  6. "Discovering Statistics using SPSS" by Andy Field
    ISBN: 978-1-4462-49.
    Publisher: Sage
  7. "Sampling Essentials: Practical Guidelines for Making Sampling Choices" by J. Daniel
    Publisher: Sage
  8. "Doing research in the real world" by David E Gray
    Publisher: Sage
The above information outlines module HP504: "Dissertation" and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required HP832: Research Methods


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module takes the students through the research process, from formulating research questions, identifying the preferred approach to testing them, developing research tools, collecting and analysing data and critically interpreting the findings.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Have an understanding of the research process
  2. Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches
  3. Be able to select appropriate research methods for different research questions
  4. Have an understanding of basic qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques
  5. Be able to critically review research articles
  6. Be able to prepare a basic research protocol
  7. Have an understanding of evaluation research
  8. Understand and be able to execute statistical techniques employing SPSS.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Basic Epidemiology" by Beaglehole, R., Bonita, R. & Kjellstrom, T.
    Publisher: World Health Organization
  2. "Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services" by Bowling, A.
    Publisher: Open University Press.
  3. "Real World Research" by Robson, C. & McCarten, K.
    Publisher: Wiley
  4. "Evaluation: A Systematic Approach" by Rossi, P.H., Lipsey, M.W. & Freeman, H.E.
    Publisher: Sage
  5. "Evaluating Health Promotion: Practice and Methods" by Thorogood, M. & Coombes, Y.
    Publisher: Oxford University Press.
  6. "SPSS survival manual: A step-by-step guide to data analysis using SPSS." by Pallant, J.
    Publisher: Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  7. "Discovering Statistics using SPSS" by Field, A.
    Publisher: Sage
The above information outlines module HP832: "Research Methods" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required HP846: Foundations of Health Promotion


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module provides a theoretical background to the concepts and principles of Health Promotion as a foundation for policy and practice. The development of Health Promotion internationally is discussed and current approaches and strategies are examined. In particular, the module focuses on the key actions to promote health as outlined in the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (WHO, 1986) and subsequent WHO declarations and charters. Contemporary practice, policy, and research issues in Health Promotion are examined. The module also contains dedicated academic skills sessions, with the essay requirement for the module as a focus. Workshops include essay writing, referencing and use of reference tools.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical models that underpin health promotion
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts, principles and values that underpin health promotion
  3. describe the five action areas of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (WHO, 1986) and the implications for practice and policy
  4. demonstate an understanding of the importance of the evidence base for health promotion
  5. describe the competing discourses within health promotion
  6. demonstrate an understand of ethical debates and dilemmas within health promotion
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Written Assessment (50%)
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Making Health Policy" by Buse, K., Mays, N., and Walt, G.
    Publisher: Open University Press
  2. "The Pocket Guide to Health Promotion" by Laverack, A.
    Publisher: Open University Press
  3. "Policy and Practice in Promoting Public Health" by Lloyd, C., Handsley, S., Douglas, J., & Spurr, S.
    Publisher: Open University Press
  4. "Foundations for Health Promotion" by Naidoo, J., and Wills, J.
    ISBN: 978070205442.
    Publisher: Elsevier.
  5. "Health Promotion. Planning and Strategies (2nd Ed.)" by Green, J., & Tones, K
    Publisher: Sage
The above information outlines module HP846: "Foundations of Health Promotion" and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required HP847: Health Promotion Practice


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

The overall aim of this module is to introduce students to the knowledge, abilities, skills and values required for Health Promotion practice. The module is based on the core competencies contained in the CompHP Core Competencies Framework for Health Promotion Handbook and the CompHP Professional Standards for Health Promotion. The module combines lectures, tutorials and practitioner led workshops. Workshops address a number of competency domains including: needs assessment; planning; implementation; evaluation; communication skills; advocacy for health; leadership; and partnership working.The module also contains a practice placement for full-time students. The purpose of the supervised workplacement is to access opportunities to gain appropriate skills and knowledge for health promotion practice.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. understand the role of competencies in the development of Health Promotion practice.
  2. identify the competencies that form the competency framework underpinning professional practice in health promotion.
  3. demonstrate a critical understadning of each of the 9 core health promotion competencies and the associated skills required for each.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Planning, Implementing & Evaluating Health Promotion Programs" by McKenzie, J.F., Neiger, B.L. & Thackeray, R.
    ISBN: 0134219929.
    Publisher: Pearson Benjamin Cummings.
  2. "The CompHP Project Handbooks" by Barry, M M; Battel-Kirk, B; Davison, H; Dempsey, C; Parish, R; Schipperen, M; Speller, V; Zanden, van der, G; Zilnyk, A.
    Publisher: International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE),
  3. "Foundations for health promotion" by Naidoo, J. & Wills J.
    ISBN: 9780702054426.
    Publisher: Elsevier
  4. "Practical health promotion." by Hubley, J., Copeman, J. & Woodall, J.
    ISBN: 9780745663166.
    Publisher: Polity
  5. "Promoting Health: A Practical Guide - E-Book" by Angela Scriven
    ISBN: 9780702066948.
    Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
The above information outlines module HP847: "Health Promotion Practice" and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required HP848: Determinants of Health


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

The module introduces students to biological, psychological, socio-environmental and cultural determinants of health. The module enables students to critically apply understandings of a health determinants approach to policy, theory and practice of Health Promotion.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate critical understanding of determinants of health.
  2. Critically apply understandings of a health determinants approach to policy, theory and practice of Health Promotion
  3. Critically discuss and analyse various health issues experienced by individuals, populations and social groups.
  4. Gain understanding of the psychological and sociological concepts of health and ill-health.
  5. Identify inequalities in health and develop means to address them.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Written Assessment (50%)
  • Department-based Assessment (50%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Health Promotion: Foundations for Practice" by Naidoo, J. & Wills, J.
    Publisher: Ballière Tindall
  2. "Understanding health: A determinants Approach." by Keleher, H. & Murphy, B.
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
  3. "Health behavior and health education" by Glanz, K., Rimer, B.K., & Viswanath, K.
    ISBN: 9780787996147.
    Publisher: Jossey-Bass
The above information outlines module HP848: "Determinants of Health" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional HP852: Re-Orienting Health Services


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module examines policy and practice in relation to reorientating the health services to promote health and reduce inequities. The reorientation of primary and acute care settings are considered in the context of the application of the settings approach to the health services. The settings approach will be reviewed and particular attention given to the health promoting hospital movement. The specific challenges of reorientating health services are explored.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of reorientating the health services as a health promotion action
  2. be familiar with the international context for, and the work of, the health promoting hospitals movement with a critical understanding of its contribution to reorientating the health service
  3. be familiar with specific health promotion initiatives that aim to reorientate the health services to promote health and reduce inequities.
  4. demonstrate a critical understanding of the application of the settings approach in the health services as it relates to the reorientation of the health services
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Irish Apartheid. Health care inequality in Ireland" by Burke, S
    Publisher: New Island Books
The above information outlines module HP852: "Re-Orienting Health Services" and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional HP150: Evaluation of Health Promotion Programmes


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

The module is delivered through an through an Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) approach involving group work. An initial series of lectures introduces approaches and models used to evaluate health promotion programmes The class will be asked to develope a proposal to evaluate a specific health promotion programme. A detailed briefing on the programme will be included in one workshop session. The class will then be divided into a number of smaller groups. Each group will decide on how to evaluate the programme by focusing on a particular aspect of their own choosing. The groups are expected to justify the evaluation plans and to build these around the theoretical base of values, approaches, methods and purpose of evaluation as described in class lectures and workshops.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. • Recognise the theoretical and conceptual basis of evaluation
  2. • Identify different forms of evidence
  3. • Identify the breadth of evidence available for evaluation
  4. • Identify a range of approaches to evaluation within appropriate settings
  5. • Plan and develop a detailed evaluation proposal.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Experimental and quasi-experimental designs for generalized causal inference" by William R. Shadish, Thomas D. Cook, Donald T. Campbell
    ISBN: 9780395615560.
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  2. "Evaluation in Health Promotion" by I. Rootman,Michael Goodstadt (Ed.)
    ISBN: 9289013591.
    Publisher: WHO Regional Office Europe
  3. "Evaluation" by Peter H. Rossi, Mark W. Lipsey, Howard E. Freeman
    ISBN: 9780761908944.
    Publisher: Sage Publications
  4. "Evaluating health interventions" by John Ovretveit
    ISBN: 033519964X.
    Publisher: Buckingham [England] ; Open University Press, 1998.
  5. "Evaluating Health Promotion" by Margaret Thorogood,Yolande Coombes (Ed.)
    ISBN: 0199569290.
    Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  6. "Developing an Effective Evaluation Plan" by CDC
    Publisher: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
The above information outlines module HP150: "Evaluation of Health Promotion Programmes" and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional HP849: Promoting Healthy Behaviour


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module introduces students to the relationship between lifestyle behaviours and health, Particular focus is on the areas of nutrition, physical activity, smoking and alcohol use. The course will be taught using problem-based learning techniques involving group work to examine the practice and policy evidence base for the promotion of health and disease prevention.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the relationship between individual behavioural, community and structural level factors for nutrition, physical activity, alcohol intake and smoking in the promotion of health and the prevention of disease
  2. Be aware of policy developments in respect to nutrition, alcohol intake, smoking and physical activity.
  3. Have an appreciation of effective alcohol and tobacco consumption interventions and for promotion of healthy eating and physical activity
  4. Have knowledge of the application of the principles of health promotion to public health programmes to improve health.
  5. Have knowledge of practical approaches to behaviour change
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Health Behavior" by Karen Glanz,Barbara K. Rimer,K. Viswanath
    ISBN: 9781118629055.
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  2. "From Health Behaviours to Health Practices" by Simon Cohn
    ISBN: 9781118898390.
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
The above information outlines module HP849: "Promoting Healthy Behaviour" and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional HP850: Promoting Mental Health & Well Being


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module addresses the promotion of positive mental health, sexual health and the prevention of substance misuse. Current frameworks and models for practice, together with international and national policy and practice initiatives, will be presented and reviewed. The evidence-base supporting health promotion interventions in these areas will be examined.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. • an understanding of the importance of positive mental health and social well-being to health promotion
  2. • an appreciation of the opportunities, challenges and barriers to promoting positive mental health and social well-being
  3. • an understanding of current strategies and interventions for promoting mental health, sexual health and preventing substance misuse for population groups in different settings
  4. • a critical understanding of the role of policy, both national and international in preventing substance misuse
  5. • an awareness and understanding of an evidence-based approach to promoting positive mental health and reducing risk behaviours.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Implementing Mental Health Promotion." by Barry, M.M. & Jenkins, R
    Publisher: Elsevier
  2. "Drug Use: Concepts, Prevention and Cessation" by Sussman, S.Y.
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  3. "Sexual Health: Foundations for Practice" by Wilson, H. & McAndrew, S.
    Publisher: Balliere Tindall
  4. "Implementing Mental Health Promotion" by Barry, M.M., Clarke, A.M., Petersen, I., Jenkins, R.
    Publisher: Springer
The above information outlines module HP850: "Promoting Mental Health & Well Being" and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional HP853: Supportive Environments for Health


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module explores the application of the settings approach to health promotion in workplaces and schools. The key aspects of the settings approach will be reviewed and the special challenges of each of these settings will be explored. Examples of initiatives in each setting will be examined, through which students will be encouraged to identify aspects of good health promotion practice, and in particular evidence–based practice and policy.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the principles underlying the settings approach to health promotion
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the particular challenges for the application of the settings approach in schools and workplaces
  3. describe the issues to be considered in identifying best practice in the context of settings based work
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the success and the limitations of behaviour change approaches in workplaces and schools.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "The health promoting school: International advances in theory, evaluation and practice" by Clift, S. & Jensen, B.B. (Eds.)
    Publisher: Danish University Press
  2. "Promoting health in schools: from evidence to action" by St. Leger, L., Young, I., Blanchard, C. & Perry, M.
    Publisher: IUHPE
  3. "Creating healthy organisations" by Lowe, G.
    Publisher: University of Toronto
  4. "Health promotion settings: Principles and practice." by Scriven, A. & Hodgins, M. (Eds.)
    Publisher: Sage
  5. "Promoting Health and Well-Being in the Workplace" by Hodgins, M., Fleming, P., and Griffith, J.
    ISBN: 9781137375421.
    Publisher: Palgrave
The above information outlines module HP853: "Supportive Environments for Health" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional HP845: The European Dimension in Health Promotion


Summer School | Credits: 5

The European Dimension in Health Promotion module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop and practice Health Promotion knowledge and skills within an alternative European setting. This module offers an opportunity to become aware of the relevance of the European context for Health Promotion practice including: • to personally experience the European dimension in practice • to develop your own perceptions of the European context for practice and policy • to understand social, cultural, political diversities and commonalties within the Health Promotion framework.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. • relate the theoretical elements of the course in a functional way to a different European context other than their own
  2. • have an understanding of Health Promotion practice and policy in Europe based on their broadened knowledge base
  3. • achieve personal and professional learning outcomes through their experience.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module HP845: "The European Dimension in Health Promotion" and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional HP6106: Workplace Wellness


Trimester 3 | Credits: 10

The module explores the application of the settings approach in workplaces and the special challenges posed by the promotion of health and wellness in work organisations. The settings approach focuses on system-level change in order to facilitate an environment that is supportive of employee health. Examples of evidence-based practice will be considered together with the importance of policy directives and the legislative context.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. To demonstrate an understanding of the complexity the relationship between work, workplaces and physical, mental and personal health
  2. To critically describe the way in which the physical environment influences the health of workers, and the interventions required to create a supportive physical environment
  3. To identify the psychosocial risk factors and interventions required to address them
  4. To demonstrate a critical understanding of the link between the enterprise and the community, and the importance of to creating a positive relationship with the community
  5. To identify the evidence base for effectiveness of various workplace health initiatives and interventions for personal, physical and psychosocial risk factors
  6. To identify interventions for facilitating voluntary health behaviours and the strengths and limitations of these approaches to improving worker health and well-being
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Promoting Health and Well-Being in the Workplace" by Hodgins, Fleming, Griffiths
    ISBN: 978-1-137-375.
    Publisher: palgrave macmillan
    Chapters: 2020-01-11T00:00:00
  2. "Health Promotion Settings" by Angela Scriven (Editor), Margaret Hodgins (Editor)
    ISBN: 9780857025463.
    Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  3. "Creating Healthy Organizations" by Graham Lowe
    ISBN: 9780802099808.
    Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  4. "Promoting Health - A Practical Guide" by Angela Scriven
    ISBN: 9780702066924.
    Publisher: Elsevier
  5. "Health promotion in the workplace" by edited by Michael P. O'Donnell... [et al.]
    ISBN: 0766828662.
    Publisher: Delmar Thomson Learning
The above information outlines module HP6106: "Workplace Wellness " and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional 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 type two diabetes prevention. The module will enable learners to apply health promotion principles of best practice to cardiovascular health and type 2 diabetes prevention. This module will reference evidence-based practice for the development of health promotion interventions.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically understand the determinants and prevalence of cardiovascular health and type two diabetes prevention and its associated patterns of inequity and inequality.
  2. Critically assess the evidence base for promotion of cardiovascular health and the prevention of type two diabetes.
  3. Understand national and international policy approaches, including the role of advocacy and effective advocacy strategies, for the promotion of cardiovascular health and type two 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 type two diabetes prevention.
  6. Critically discuss risk and protective factors for cardiovascular health and type two diabetes prevention, including physical activity, obesity, nutrition, alcohol and smoking cessation.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • 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 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional HP140: Mental Health Promotion


Trimester 3 | Credits: 10

This specialism module introduces the concepts and determinants of positive mental health and wellbeing and the evidence-based principles of effective mental health promotion practice. The implementation of mental health promotion strategies across the life course is examined.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Have a critical understanding of the conceptual and theoretical base of mental health promotion.
  2. Identify the determinants, risk and protective factors for positive mental health and wellbeing and the nature of their interaction in promoting mental health equity.
  3. Critically appraise and apply the generic principles of evidence-based practice in implementing mental health promotion interventions across the life course delivered in key settings, such and the home, schools, community and health services.
  4. Understand principles of best practice based on current international and national research on evidence based practice and policy.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Reading List
  1. "Implementing Mental Health Promotion" by Barry, M.M., Clarke, A.M., Petersen, I., Jenkins, R. (Eds.)
    Publisher: Springer Nature
The above information outlines module HP140: "Mental Health Promotion" and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Further Education

Students can go on to earn the PhD, MPhil, and MLitt degrees, through research work, with an optional minor taught element. Students can specialise in one of the disciplines various areas of research, working with a high degree of independence, and becoming experts on their chosen topic. This work is usually published in international conferences and journals.

Visit www.nuigalway.ie/courses/research-postgraduate-programmes/health-sciences-health-promotion.html for more details.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

A variety of career opportunities in Ireland and abroad exist for graduates of this programme.  Graduates are qualified to pursue a full-time career in health promotion or to incorporate health promotion principles into their work, expecially those in the health and education sectors.

MA graduates have found employment in statutory, voluntary, community and academic positions in a number of roles including dedicated Health Promotion Specialist posts.

PDip graduates have found employment in a diverse range of fields of health and medical research, including MDs and PhDs and improved professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes in daily practice (Evidence-Based Healthcare).

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,800 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€6,576 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,500 p.a. 2021/22

1HM1 PG Dip EU fee €6,330; NON EU fee €13,250.

Find out More

Further information is available from the NUI Galway postgraduate prospectus, by reading our FAQs document, or by contacting the Course Director or Administrator:

If you have queries or questions or just want to learn more about the programmes contact us by phone or e mail.

Dr Margaret Hodgins
Course Director
E: margaret.hodgins@nuigalway.ie

Helena Martin
Course Administrator
T: +353 91 493 644
E: helena.martin@nuigalway.ie 

See Course Overview section of this website for information on How/Where to Meet Us.

Lindsay

Lindsay Sullivan |   Graduate, MA Health Promotion

My experience as a student in this programme exceeded my expectations. The education I have received studying Health Promotion at NUI Galway, coupled with the extraordinary and unparalleled experiences through the work placement component of this course, have undoubtedly prepared me for my future as a health promotion researcher. Overall, studying Health Promotion at NUI Glway provided me with an innovative learning experience while having the cultural experience of a lifetime.
 

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