The BA (Hons) in Health Promotion in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is the first undergraduate programme in Ireland to be awarded accreditation under the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), a European Health Promotion A
The BA (Hons) in Health Promotion in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is the first undergraduate programme in Ireland to be awarded accreditation under the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), a European Health Promotion Accreditation System.
The accreditation will mean greater mobility and recognition for graduates of the Institute’s Health Promotion programme. All graduates of the BA (Hons) in Health Promotion will now be certified as meeting agreed core competencies and professional standards, which have been endorsed at national and European levels. The name of the course will now be included in the European register, and the title 'IUHPE EuHP Accredited' can be used by graduates of the programme.
The Course Leader of the BA in Health Promotion, Dr Niamh Murphy said “We are delighted that the BA in Health Promotion has been recognised as a quality assured programme internationally. Our students develop competencies in behaviour change, health advocacy, partnership working, and policy implementation during their time in college as well as in their third year work placement, and their active citizenship experiences. Our graduates are working in a variety of health promotion roles in Australia, Canada, the UK and in Ireland and this accreditation is confirmation of their professional standing”.
Studying on the BA (Hons) in Health Promotion at WIT educates graduates to become an accredited health professional with a range of skills to work with a wide variety of population groups in different settings, across a wide range of health topics. Health Promotion graduates are working in a variety of careers such as Health screening and counselling, Workplace Health, Smoking cessation, Child and Adolescent Health Promotion , Youth work, Research and Health Information, and in promoting health in third level institutions. Many graduates have gone on to postgraduate study and are now qualified as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, and teachers.
Students on the BA in Health Promotion at WIT also get the opportunity to be involved in research projects at national and international level through the department’s research group, the Centre for Health Behaviour Research (www.wit.ie/chbr).