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. This four year, honours degree course (chosen via the Health Sciences Common Entry Route) is approved by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education, which allows graduates to register as Accredited Public Health and Health Promotion Practitioners with diverse career opportunities in health services, industry, communities, charitable and voluntary organisations, working to improve the health and wellbeing of populations and individuals. This course aims to give you practical skills to work with a wide range of population groups in a wide range of settings about a wide range of health related topics (e.g. mental health, physical activity, and the environment).
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 in Public Health and Health Promotion is an internationally recognised qualification with the course content informed by the agreed IUHPE (International Union of Health Promotion and Education) competencies and professional standards for Health Promotion. The programme is an IUHPE 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. This voluntary register is managed by the Association of Health Promotion in Ireland (AHPI) who was approved by the IUHPE to facilitate the registration of practitioners in Ireland. Graduates to the AHPI website to complete their registration application. The benefits of being on the IUHPE Register of Practitioner means graduates are members of a globally recognised professional group.
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.
Students work in small groups with close attention from well qualified staff. Students take part in a Peer to Peer (P2P) buddy programme that is run within SETU Waterford. They get a chance to take part in department events (e.g. health screening, physical activity events and a table quiz) and external community health promotion events where they help out with health initiatives.
The health promotion staff in SETU Waterford are highly qualified, active practitioners and have excellent community, practice and research links. Further details relating to timetable structures, teaching, learning, assessment and student support can be found on our In the Classroom page.
|Anatomy and Physiology
|Anatomy and Physiology 2
|Care of the Older Adult 1
|Life Skills for Health and Wellbeing
|Introduction to Healthcare Informatics
|Medical Surgical Care 1
|Learning to learn
|Principles of Health Promotion
|Psychology for Health Care
|Health Promotion in Key Settings
|Communication and Media Skills
|Introduction to Epidemiology & Public Health
|Introduction to Mental Health
|Nutrition: Energy & Macro-Nutrients
|Nutrition: Vitamins & Minerals
|Sociology of Health
|Introduction to Research Methods & Statistics
|Basic Facilitation Skills for Health and Well-Being
|Promoting Population Physical Activity
|Promoting Health in Children and Young People
|Workplace Health Promotion
|Equality and Inclusion
|Advanced Research Methods and Statistics
|Promoting Health in Older Adults
|Workplace Health Promotion
|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
|*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 SETU Waterford, 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 SETU Waterford in the health promotion field & in Social, Personal & Health Education (SPHE).