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Masters in Science / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate in Community Health

Key Facts

Course Code Fulltime: DPTNM-CHEA-1F09

Course Code Part-time: DPTNM-CHEA-1P09

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Next Intake: September annually

Closing date for applications: 31 July

Location: 24 D’Olier Street and the Institute of Population Health, Tallaght, Dublin

International Students: Due to visa restrictions, Non-EU students are only eligible to apply for the 1 year full-time MSc programme.

Fees: Further information on course fees can be found at Academic Registry.

Overview

This inter-professional Masters course in Community Health is designed for individuals from a wide range of health and social care professions. These include:

  • EU and non-EU graduates including Community healthcare professionals and primary care practitioners, which includes the general practitioner (GP), practice nurse, public health nurse, dietician, dentist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, podiatrist, community pharmacist, psychologist and others including those from social care, mental health and intellectual disabilities
  • This course aims to enable students from across a broad spectrum of professional backgrounds listed above to gain a grounded understanding of the core principles of public health and their application to the practice of community healthcare, and to increase graduates’ employability in community health practice.

Structure & Delivery

Year one commences with a full week in September and thereafter one day per week for the remainder of the academic year for part-time students and some additional days per week for full-time students.

Attendance at workshops throughout the academic year. A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content which includes lectures, seminars, group discussions and self-directed learning. Assessments are one written examination, written assignments, group presentations applied to students’ area of community practice and discipline

Course Content


Postgraduate Certificate in Community Health
· NU7101 Determinants of Health (10 ECTS)
· NU7103 Principles and Practice of Community Health (10 ECTS)
plus one of the following three (subject to sufficient student numbers)
· NU7412 Deconstructing Mental Health and Distress (10 ECTS)
· NU7201 Child Health Provision in the Community (10 ECTS)
· *NU7416 Clinical Practicum in Community Health (10 ECTS)
*The Clinical Practicum in Community Health is available as an elective module only to nurses and midwives registered on a division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland register.

Postgraduate Diploma in Community Health
· NU7101 Determinants of Health (10 ECTS)
· NU7103 Principles and Practice of Community Health (10 ECTS)
· NU7104 Epidemiology and Healthcare Statistics (10 ECTS)
· NU7013 Theory and Practice of Enquiry Methods in Health Care (10 ECTS)
· NU7102 Health Promotion and Management of Chronic Disease (10 ECTS)
plus one of the following three (subject to sufficient student numbers)
· NU7412 Deconstructing Mental Health and Distress (10 ECTS)
· NU7201 Child Health Provision in the Community (10 ECTS)
· *NU7416 Clinical Practicum in Community Health (10 ECTS)
*The Clinical Practicum in Community Health is available as an elective module only to nurses and midwives registered on a division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland register.

Masters in Community Health

Year One
· NU7101 Determinants of Health (10 ECTS)
· NU7103 Principles and Practice of Community Health (10 ECTS)
· NU7104 Epidemiology and Healthcare Statistics (10 ECTS)
· NU7013 Theory and Practice of Enquiry Methods in Health Care (10 ECTS)
· NU7102 Health Promotion and Management of Chronic Disease (10 ECTS)
plus one of the following three (subject to sufficient student numbers)
· NU7412 Deconstructing Mental Health and Distress (10 ECTS)
· NU7201 Child Health Provision in the Community (10 ECTS)
· *NU7416 Clinical Practicum in Community Health (10 ECTS)
*The Clinical Practicum in Community Health is available as an elective module only to nurses and midwives registered on a division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland register.

Year Two

NU8007 Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Entry Requirement

Applicants to the course must fulfil the entry criteria listed below

  • Possess a 2.1 degree in the applicant’s field of practice or satisfy the selection committee that they have the academic ability to successfully complete the programme
  • where applicable, must hold current registration with the relevant professions’ regulatory body
  • those whose first language is not English will need a recognised English language qualification in line with the requirements as specified in the Postgraduate Calendar Part 3 Section 1.5 Language of Instruction.

Applicants without a primary degree, in exceptional circumstances when they are in a position to satisfy the Admissions Sub-committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course, may be recommended for entry to the course following a thorough review of their individual qualifications and experience by the Admissions Sub-committee. Admission of such applicants will be subject to a special submission by the Admissions Sub-committee for consideration by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Documentation required to complete application

  • 2 Academic references
  • Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
  • Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses
  • Where applicable, a letter of support from your Director of Nursing

Flexibility in Progression from P.Grad.Cert. and P.Grad.Dip. to M.Sc.

Applicants may apply for the Masters/Postgraduate Diploma course or may apply for the Postgraduate Certificate course.


M/Sc./P/Grad.Dip course
Upon successful completion of six modules, each of 10 ECTS credits, totalling 60 ECTS credits; students may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (P.Grad.Dip.) or may progress further on the Master (M.Sc.) programme.
Students who are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma may progress to undertake a M.Sc. within five years of first entering the programme.

P.Grad.Cert. course
Upon successful completion of three modules, each of 10 ECTS credits, totalling 30 ECTS credits; student may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (P.Grad.Cert.) or may progress further to the P.Grad.Diploma (top up) of 30 ECTS credits. Students who successfully complete the P.Grad.Dip. (top up) and who are then eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (P.Grad.Dip.) or may progress further to the M.Sc. course within five years of first entering the programme.

Language

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

IELTS (Academic version) and IELTS Indicator : Grade 6.5 overall with a minimum of grade of 6 in each category

TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based

  • TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based
  • University of Cambridge: 
    Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2) 
    Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2) 
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
  • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020
  • An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-Masters pathway programme. The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is an academic English course for international students with conditional offers for postgraduate study at Trinity. Passing the programme means you meet Trinity’s English language requirement and can progress to your postgraduate course without retaking IELTS or any other exam. 

The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is an academic English course for international students with conditional offers for postgraduate study at Trinity. Passing the programme means you meet Trinity’s English language requirement and can progress to your postgraduate course without retaking IELTS or any other exam. Please click here for Pre-Masters pathway programme

Please also note that existing IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and PET scores up to three years old (rather than two) will be accepted for 2021/22 applications in light of test centre closures.

For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.

An applicant whose first language is not English but who has taken a degree through the medium of English may be eligible. However some courses may request applicants to present an English Language qualification under certain circumstances.