BA (Hons) in Health Promotion

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)Health Promotion

Full Time
2016 CAO range:
        290 - 400
Cork Road
4 years
240 ECTS

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The BA (Hons) in Health Promotion is a full-time, four year, honours degree course, accredited by the International Union in Health Promotion & Education (IUHPE). This accreditation gives you world-wide recognition as a Health Promotion professional in practice and education.

What will you learn about on the BA (Hons) Health Promotion?

You will study nutrition and learn 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 be a critical consumer of research and how to conduct research. You will get practical experience of how to plan, deliver and evaluate health interventions and campaigns. You will learn about the body, disease and how to conduct health screening. You will learn about social justice, inequality and health policy and how to work with state agencies, local government, health organisations and communities in order to build capacity for better health.

The BA (Hons) Health Promotion will give you the skills to work with a wide range of groups (e.g., children, elderly, people with disabilities), in a wide range of settings (e.g., community centres, workplaces, schools) about a wide range of topics (e.g., mental health, physical activity, climate change)

Health Promotion Accreditation

The BA (Hons) in Health Promotion is the first undergraduate programme in Ireland to be awarded accreditation under the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) European Health Promotion Accreditation System. The accreditation is endorsed at national and European levels and offers professional recognition in Health Promotion practice and education.

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 Promotion Departments and Occupational Health Departments in the HSE, hospitals, state companies and private companies, Youth Services, Disability agencies, Adolescent Health and Information Projects, Community Projects and Adult Education Service, and V.E.C.s. International placements are available.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Critical Thinking and Written CommunicationsBiomolecules & Cells
Health Promotion Leadership Communication & Presentation Skills
Human Anatomy & Physiology Data & Measurement
Principles of Health PromotionKey Populations 1
Research & LearningLifespan Development
Social Personal & Health Education 1Physical Activity & Wellness
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Communication Media Active Citizenship
Key Populations 2Health Promotion in Key Settings
Physical Health & Disease Mental Health & Wellness
Social Personal & Health Education 2Practical Media Skills
Sociology of Health Research Methods & Statistics
NutritionSocial & Health Psychology
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Work PlacementAdvanced Research Methods & Statistics
Community Development
Ethics & Dilemmas in Health
Health Marketing
Health Screening & Assessment
Motivational Interviewing
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Dissertation 1Dissertation 2 (Thesis)
Public Health 1Public Health 2
Health Psychology
Choose three of the following electivesChoose three of the following electives
*Clinical Nutrition *Disabilities & Advocacy
*Epidemiology*Emerging Trends in HP
*Gender Specific HP *Environment & Health
*Older Adult *Managing Health Promotion Campaigns
*Workplace Health Promotion *Social Personal & Health Education 4
*Youth at Risk
* = elective module (subject to numbers applying)

Leaving Certificate 2017:

Minimum entry requirements

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

Advanced and Equivalent Entry:

BA (Hons) in Health Promotion career opportunities

  • Youth & community work

  • Mental Health Promotion

  • Workplace Health Promotion

  • Health Promotion with specific groups, eg. homeless, older adult, young offenders, drug addicts

  • Health Services (addiction, social care, probation, schools health promotions

  • Overseas development

  • Health screening & advice

  • Physical activity promotion

  • Care settings – youth, elderly

Our graduates are also qualified to access post Graduate Programmes in these allied health disciplines.

  • Occupation therapist

  • Dietician

  • Physiotherapist

  • Nutritionist

  • Group facilitator

  • Health researcher

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

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