BSc (Hons) in Public Health & Health Promotion

Bachelor of Science (Honours)Public Health & Health Promotion

Full Time
2020 CAO range:
        280 - 419
Cork Road
4 years
240 ECTS

What is the BA (Hons) in Public Health and Health Promotion?

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. 


View our slideshow to see what Public Health & Health Promotion at WIT is all about



What will you learn about on the BSc (Hons) Public Health & Health Promotion?


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).

Health Promotion Accreditation 

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. 

Health Promotion Work Placement

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. 

Your Peers

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

The staff in WIT are highly qualified, active practitioners and have excellent community, practice and research links. 

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Anatomy and Physiology 1Anatomy and Physiology 2
Care of the Older AdultFundamentals of Care 1
Psychology of Health Medical Surgical Care
Health Care InformaticsPrinciples of Health Promotion
Learning to LearnPlacement 1
Life Skills for Health and Wellbeing
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Health Promotion in Key Settings Active Citizenship
Communication and Media SkillsPractical Media Skills
Introduction to Epidemiology & Public Health Introduction to Mental Health
Nutrition: Vitamins & MineralsNutrition: Energy & Macro-Nutrients
Sociology of HealthIntroduction to Research Methods & Statistics
Basic Facilitation Skills for Health and Well-BeingHealth Screening
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Motivational InterviewingPromoting Population Physical Activity
Lifestyle and Health Promoting Health in Children and Young People
Placement 2Equality and Inclusion
Advanced Research Methods and Statistics
Promoting Health in Older Adults
Connected Health
Addiction and Substance Misuse
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Dissertation 1Dissertation 2
Public Health 1Public Health 2
Managing Health Promotion CampaignsEnvironment 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)

Leaving Cert: Entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) in Public Health & Health Promotion:

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7


How to apply for the BSc (Hons) in Public Health & Health Promotion on the CAO:


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.


Advanced and Equivalent Entry for the BSc (Hons) in Public Health & Health Promotion:



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.

Career opportunities for BSc (Hons) in Public Health & Health Promotion graduates:

  • 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)

  • Overseas development

  • Health screening & lifestyle counselling 

  • Private health company

  • Physical activity promotion

  • Care settings – youth, elderly

Follow on study for BSc (Hons) in Public Health & Health Promotion graduates:

Our graduates are also qualified to access postgraduate programmes in these allied health disciplines.

  • Occupation therapist

  • Dietician

  • Physiotherapist

  • Nutritionist

  • Group facilitator

  • Health researcher​

Follow on Study in WIT 

Opportunities for postgraduate research study in WIT in the health promotion field & in Social, Personal & Health Education (SPHE).

More Student Stories

Course Leader

Ask a Course Question

If you need to contact the course leader directly, please use the email address listed above.

If you are considering applying for this course and have particular questions about it or the application process, please use the form below to ask your question.

To ensure your question is answered more speedily, please try to choose the relevant contact point in the drop down menu. If you are unsure of your contact point, please choose "General".