The BSc (Hons) in Public Health & Health Promotion (formerly the BA (Hons) in Health Promotion) is a full-time, four year, honours degree course of study that can be chosen within the Health Sciences Common Entry Route. On completion of this course you will become an accredited public health and health promotion practitioner and enjoy a diverse career helping to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations.
The course develops the skills and competencies in students to support individuals and communities to live healthier and happier lives. You will study nutrition and study the science behind a healthy diet, how to analyse the diet and promote dietary change. You will learn practical facilitation and behaviour change skills and how to be an excellent communicator. You will learn how to become an excellent consumer of research and how to conduct research. You will learn how to develop, implement and evaluate health interventions and campaigns and have the opportunity to apply your skills in a practical setting. You will learn about the body, human disease, and how to conduct health screening and measurement. You will learn about social justice, inequality, policy and public health. In addition, you will learn how to work with state agencies, local government, NGOs and communities to build capacity for better health.
The BSc (Hons) in Public Health & Health Promotion will give you the skills to work with a wide range of groups (e.g. children, elderly, and people with disabilities), in a wide range of settings (e.g. community centres, workplaces, and schools) about a wide range of topics (e.g. mental health, physical activity, and climate change).
The BSc (Hons) in Public Health & Health Promotion is accredited under the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUPHE) Health Promotion Accreditation System. When you graduate your qualification will be recognised worldwide.
There is a 16 week placement in the third year of the course. This introduces the student to practical health promotion settings and provides the student with the opportunity to practically apply the skills they have gained on the programme. Students have been placed in the following settings: Health Service Executive, Health Promotion Departments, hospitals, state companies and private companies, Youth Services, Adolescent Health and Information Projects, Community Projects and Adult Education Service, VECs. International placement & options to study abroad may also be available.
You will work in small groups with close attention from well qualified staff. Students take part in a peer to peer (P2P) programme that is run within WIT. You also get a chance to take part in Department events (table quiz) and help out with health inititatives on and off campus with your peer group.
The staff in WIT are highly qualified, active practitioners and have excellent community, practice and research links.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Anatomy and Physiology 1||Anatomy and Physiology 2|
|Care of the Older Adult||Fundamentals of Care 1|
|Psychology of Health||Medical Surgical Care|
|Health Care Informatics||Principles of Health Promotion|
|Learning to Learn||Placement 1|
|Life Skills for Health and Wellbeing|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Health Promotion in Key Settings||Active Citizenship|
|Communication and Media Skills||Practical Media Skills|
|Introduction to Epidemiology & Public Health||Introduction to Mental Health|
|Nutrition: Vitamins & Minerals||Nutrition: Energy & Macro-Nutrients|
|Sociology of Health||Introduction to Research Methods & Statistics|
|Basic Facilitation Skills for Health and Well-Being||Health Screening|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Motivational Interviewing||Promoting Population Physical Activity|
|Lifestyle and Health||Promoting Health in Children and Young People|
|Placement 2||Equality and Inclusion|
|Advanced Research Methods and Statistics|
|Promoting Health in Older Adults|
|Addiction and Substance Misuse|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Dissertation 1||Dissertation 2|
|Public Health 1||Public Health 2|
|Managing Health Promotion Campaigns||Environment and Health|
|Applied Behaviour Change|
|Choose one of the following electives:||Choose one of the following electives:|
|*Experiential Group Work for Health & Well-being||*Youth Work and Youth At Risk|
|*Gender Specific Health Promotion||*Facilitation Skills for Health and Well-Being|
|*Health Psychology||*Workplace Health Promotion|
|*Nutrition for Special Population Groups||*Disabilities & Advocacy|
|*Technician Roles in Applied Health Care||*Promoting Recovery in Mental Health Care|
|* = elective module (subject to numbers applying)|
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
The entry route for this programme is from WD005 BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences (Common Entry). Applicants who select degree option WD005 HPP (Public Health and Health Promotion) are guaranteed a place in that programme, subject to meeting the entry requirements and points. Applicants who are undecided about their degree option should choose WD005 GEN.
At the end of year 1, students must confirm their degree option and may change their selection up to that date.
Students who complete other health sciences courses at WIT, or another third level institution, at ordinary degree level or equivalent, may apply to transfer onto this course at the third year stage. Students who complete level 6 higher certificate programmes may apply for entry into this course at the second year stage.
Youth or community worker
Health promotion and improvement officer
Workplace health promotion
Health promotion with specific groups, eg. homeless, older adult, young offenders, drug addicts
Health services (addiction, probation, schools health promotions)
Health screening & lifestyle counselling
Private health company
Physical activity promotion
Care settings – youth, elderly
Our graduates are also qualified to access postgraduate programmes in these allied health disciplines.
Opportunities for postgraduate research study in WIT in the health promotion field & in Social, Personal & Health Education (SPHE).