MPH Public Health

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MPH programme in UCD is a long-standing, internationally recognised Graduate Entry Professional Programme, developed to offer multidisciplinary training and development in Public Health.
  • Knowledge of the factors influencing health status.
  • An understanding of the organisation and financing of Health Services and their impact on population health.
  • The epidemiological skills of study design and analysis.
  • Ability to work as an active team member in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating health policy.

Careers & Employability

As UCD has a globally acclaimed reputation in the area of Public Health learning, students will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in a wide range of careers in the Public Health sector.
Many former students hold significant posts in Public Health in various parts of the world. MPH Graduates include, for example, Consultants in Public Health Medicine, University Professors and Ministry of Health Medical Officers.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The degree of Master of Public Health may be granted to registered medical and dental practitioners and to those with professional backgrounds in health or health care provision, who hold an appropriate primary degree or equivalent qualification. Candidates may be required to undertake an interview prior to acceptance for the course. 

The Master of Public Health provides broad-based education and training in the basic disciplines which underlie the practice of Public Health including disease epidemiology, research methods and statistics, health promotion, environmental health, health economics, international health, sociology and health policy. The course provides the academic foundation for the practice of Public Health.  We value and therefore encourage students to be active, motivated autonomous learners. The learning environment is multi-disciplinary in nature. Tutorials, seminars and group work are important features of the teaching approach. Assessment is by continuous assessment and end of semester examinations and a research thesis. Assessment approaches include written assignments, oral presentations (both group and individual), data analysis and written examinations. 

  • Graduates will be able to identify and apply appropriate epidemiological methods for study design.
  • Graduates will be able to identify and apply appropriate statistical analysis to analyse a public health problem.
  • Graduates will be able to identify the occurrence and distribution of health and illness in populations, understand the wider determinants of health and disease, analyse and interpret health data to assess community needs and resources and understand the requirement for multidisciplinary working.
  • Graduates will demonstrate critical appraisal skills.
  • Graduates will demonstrate understanding of health promotion and disease prevention and the importance of advocacy as a public health professional.
  • Graduates will demonstrate understanding of the breadth of the role of public health in the health services.

MPH Public Health (X065) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 10200
nonEU    fee per year - € 22450

MPH Public Health (X183) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4940
nonEU    fee per year - € 14550

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

This programme is intended for Graduates of Health Science degree programmes (Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Nursing, or other), Science degree programmes (Biology, Biochemistry, Food Science, Physiology, Pharmacology, or other) or Social Science degree programmes (Psychology, Sociology, Economics, or other) preferably with a 2.1 Award or higher. Awards of 2:2 or less may be considered with additional suitable credentials.  Applicants will be required to provide evidence of the highest level of mathematics achieved in prior education.

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS Scores: Not less than 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.5 in writing and not less than 6 in each other component.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

Graduate Profile
Vera Grywacheski, Canada

Many Canadian job postings require an MPH Degree. I was aware that UCD was a globally recognised University and the focused timeframe and intensiveness of the MPH programme appealed to me. During my time in UCD, I was greatly impressed by the credentials of the faculty, while the facilities and the smaller classes enhanced my learning experience. I am currently seeking to join the research department in a Canadian children’s hospital or to work as an Epidemiologist for the Canadian government. The MPH programme has equipped me with the necessary skills to be able to apply for posts such as these. Finally, my time in UCD offered a great opportunity to mix studies with travel. There was so much to do in Ireland, without sacrificing the quality of the University experience.

The following entry routes are available:

MPH FT (X065)
1 Years
Full Time
MPH PT (X183)
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised