Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Public Health Nursing)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview

This programme is offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway and the Health Service Executive. 
The programme aims to prepare nurses to work in the community setting as a public health nurse addressing the health care needs of the community as client. The experience of health is both socially and culturally determined with the achievement of maximum health potential influenced by the wider determinants of health. The Public Health Nurse has a unique role in recognising the wider realms of what impacts and determines community health and in facilitating maximum health potential. A key fundamental part of this programme is the development of nursing expertise in targeting public health needs and delivering health care services from a population health foci. The programme is offered on a full time basis and its overall aim is to prepare the nurse to practice effectively as a primary care team member in meeting the challenges of care in the community setting.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Before admission to the programme of education and training leading to registration in the Public Health Nurse division of the register maintained by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland the candidate must: Be a registered nurse on the general division of the register maintained by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or entitled to be so registered. Candidates must have evidence of a minimum of two years general nursing experience within the past five years, of which 12 months should be consecutive, working a minimum of 74 hours per month (exclusive of post registration/educational courses). Unless the candidate's name is registered in the midwives division of the register maintained by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, the candidate must complete an Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (2005) approved module of study on Child and Maternal Health as part of the programme. Hold an NQAI level 8 qualification (honours degree or higher diploma) or proof of equivalency. Fluency in English or evidence of level 7.0 as per IELTS academic test.

Additional requirements

Further information is available at the HSE, PHN Sponsorship webpage—

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 20

Closing date: 5pm Friday, 15 May 2015

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

Programme content (subject to change)

  • Collaboration and Interagency Working  
  • Using Research in Practice  
  • Promoting Health and Well-being
  • Health Across the Lifespan 
  • Promoting Population Health 
  • Public Health Nursing Praxis-Clinical Practice and Management 
  • Child and Maternal Health (non-midwives only) 
  • Service Improvement A (non-midwife cohort)  
  • Service Improvement (midwife-cohort)  
  • Professional Practice 1  
  • Professional Practice 2  
  • Professional Practice 3 
  • Professional Practice 4 
  • Professional Practice 5 
  • Professional Practice 1 (Child and Maternal Health) (non-midwives only)   

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above. 

Applicants must satisfy the selection/admission committee that they have the ability to complete the programme.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have undertaken a programme of study at National Qualification Framework, academic level 8. The academic transcript provided will be used as evidence to demonstrate this, which should be for the highest level award.  

If you do not hold a Level 8 qualification (honours degree or higher diploma) or you are unsure if your academic qualification is at level 8 or equivalent, see, you must complete and submit an Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) Document. Proof of equivalency applies to candidates who do not have an NQAI level 8 qualification (honours degree or higher diploma), and are therefore required to complete the APEL document, which will be judged  for both academic equivalency and capacity to undertake the programme.

Successful candidates must have secured sponsorship from the Health Service Executive prior to commencement on the programme.

Confirmation of placement on the programme is subject to the candidate providing evidence of guarantee of clinical placement for the duration of the programme Note: by provision of a copy of the HSE student Public Health Nurse contract following confirmation of sponsorship.

Who teaches this course?

Staff within the School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway:
Dr Adeline Cooney
Dr Dympna Casey
Ms Lorraine Mee
Ms Sinead Hahessy
Ms Eimear Burke
Ms Deirdre Vanderputten
Ms Teresa Meaney
Ms Ann Fallon
Ms Marcella Kelly
External expert speakers also contribute to programme content.  

Find out more

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €9,040 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €8,816 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

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