Course Overview

The Certificate programme takes place over one year and aims to provide students with a professional education and training in the principles and practice of health promotion, with students taking a generic module, a specialist module and a practical project.

Applications and Selections

We have now reached full application capacity for this course.  The course is NOW FULL and no more applications are being accepted at this time.

If you wish to be placed on a waiting list to apply for this course commencing in Sept 2017, please contact  Anne O'Grady at (

 Please note that placement on this waiting list will not guarantee you a place for this upcoming academic year 2017/8.

 The application system for the following academic year 2018/9 opens in April 2018.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Each module is assessed by means of an essay or a practical project

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Are set with specialist agencies and are primarily based on relevant work experience

Additional Requirements


1 year, part-time

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date


Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level


Mode of study

Combination of blended & classroom-based learning

ECTS weighting

15 ECTs (3 modules at 5 ECTs)



PAC code

Course Outline

1HM6 Spec Cert – Oral Health (Modules: HP130; HP131; HP134)

The Certificate in Health Promotion in a chosen specialism is a taught programme comprising the following three modules:

  • Principles and practice of health promotion (Semester 1 and 2)
  • Specialism in health promotion (Semester 2)
  • Project (Semester 1 and 2)

The first two modules include workshop participation and self-paced instructional materials and assignments for home study, while the third module focuses on project work.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

1HM6 Spec Cert – Oral Health

The course aims to provide students with a professional education and training in the principles and practice of Health Promotion as applied to the promotion of oral health. 

The course is aimed at practitioners who work in the oral health field (for example Dentists, Dental Nurse, Dental Hygienists and others in a position to promote oral health, e.g. Public Health Nurses, General Practitioners, Dieticians, Nurses and Special Needs Assistants).



Who’s Suited to This Course

The course is open to those working in a professional capacity in a specialist health promotion field. This programme is designed to meet the needs of health promotion practitioners in specific fields and is run in partnership with specialist agencies. For example, specialist programmes are available in Oral Health Promotion, Youth Work, Health-Promotion Training Centres, Sexual Health Promotion, Community Development, and Supportive Environments for Health, all leading to a Certificate in Health Promotion in the chosen specialism. Some programmes are run directly by the Department of Health Promotion at the request of an agency or professional group, others are run in partnership with an agency, to meet the needs of specific practitioners.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€1,315 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

€1,259 p.a.

Fees: Student levy

€56 p.a.

Fees: Non EU

€1,815 p.a.
If you are being funded by this programme please email a copy of your funding letter to

Find out More

Denise Glavin

Department of Health Promotion
NUI Galway
Tel: 091 493092

What Our Students Say


Deirdre Collins |   Specialist Certificate in Health Promotion (Oral Health)

Having spent many years as dental nurse and receptionist I needed a course to strengthen my knowledge base. The Specialist Certificate in Oral Health Promotion provided me with the platform to further my career. Being a part time course was attractive and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of self directed learning. Workshops, debates and essays provided variety and excellent support was just an e-mail away.