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Nursing: Public Health Nursing (PDip)
Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Public Health Nursing)
College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences
This programme aims to prepare you for working in the community setting as a Public Health Nurse, addressing the healthcare needs of the community as a client. A key part of this programme is the development of nursing expertise in targeting public health needs and delivering healthcare services from a population health perspective. It is offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway, and the Health Service Executive.
This programme is approved by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann, and on completion, you will be registered with them. With both a theoretical and clinical focus, the programme provides a professional qualification that helps the Public Health Nurse critically examine and support evidencebased practice.
All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- Be a registered nurse on the general division of the register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann;
- 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 aminimum 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 An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann, the candidate must complete an An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (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 the IELTS academic test. 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, and it should be for the highest level award;
- To be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Public Health Nursing), candidates must meet in full the requirements for registration specified by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann.
Candidates must pass Professional Practice III to progress to Professional Practice IV and V.
Further information is available at the HSE, PHN Sponsorship webpage—
1 year, full-time
Next start date: This course is currently under review.
ECTS weighting: 90
Average intake: 10 (minimum)
Closing date: Closing date is to be decided.
- 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 http://www.nqai.ie/, 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?
Dr Dympna Casey
Ms Lorraine Mee
Ms Sinead Hahessy
Ms Eimear Burke
Ms Deirdre Vanderputten
Ms Teresa Meaney
Ms Ann Fallon
Ms Marcella Kelly