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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Public Health and Health Promotion

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The BSc (Hons) in Public Health & Health Promotion is a full-time, four-year, honours degree course. It is approved by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education, which allows graduates to register as Accredited Public Health and Health Promotion Practitioners with diverse career opportunities in health services, industry, communities, charitable and voluntary organisations, working to improve the health and wellbeing of populations and individuals. This course aims to give you practical skills to work with a wide range of population groups in a wide range of settings about a wide range of health-related topics (e.g. mental health, physical activity, and the environment). 

Career opportunities for BSc (Hons) in Public Health & Health Promotion graduates include: 

  • Youth or community worker 
  • Health promotion and improvement officer 
  • Workplace health promotion 
  • Health promotion with specific groups, eg. homeless, older adult, young offenders, drug addicts 
  • Health services (addiction, probation, schools health promotions) 
  • Overseas development 
  • Health screening & lifestyle counselling  
  • Private health company 
  • Physical activity promotion 
  • Care settings – youth, elderly 

Provider Locations and Structure

The degree will be delivered in a 1+3 model with students supported during Year 1 to make the transition to SETU Waterford to complete their studies. 

Year 1: Students will undertake their studies in College of Further Education and Training Kilkenny (KCETB) 

Years 2, 3 & 4: Students will undertake their studies in SETU (South East Technical University) Waterford Campus. 

Course Content - For All Years

Year 1, Semester 1 (Mandatory) 

  • Anatomy & Physiology 1 
  • Care of Older Adult 1 
  • Introduction to Healthcare Informatics 
  • Learning to Learn 
  • Principles of Health Promotion 
  • Psychology for Health Care 


Year 1, Semester 2 (Mandatory) 

  • Anatomy & Physiology 2 
  • Life Skills for Health & Wellbeing 
  • Medical Surgery Care 1  
  • Placement 1 


Year 2, Semester 3 (Mandatory) 

  • Health Promotion in Key Settings 
  • Communication and Media Skills 
  • Introduction to Epidemiology & Public Health 
  • Nutrition: Energy & Macro-Nutrients  
  • Sociology of Health 
  • Basic Facilitation Skills for Health and Well-Being 


Year 2, Semester 4 (Mandatory) 

  • Active Citizenship 
  • Health Screening 
  • Introduction to Mental Health 
  • Nutrition: Vitamins & Minerals 
  • Introduction to Research Methods & Statistics 


Year 3, Semester 5 (Mandatory) 

  • Promoting Population Physical Activity 
  • Promoting Health in Children and Young People 
  • Equality and Inclusion 
  • Advanced Research Methods and Statistics 
  • Promoting Health in Older Adults 
  • Workplace Health Promotion 


Year 3, Semester 6 (Mandatory) 

  • Motivational Interviewing 
  • Workplace Health Promotion 
  • Placement 2 


Year 4, Semester 7 (Mandatory) 

  • Dissertation 1 
  • Public Health 1 
  • Managing Health Promotion Campaigns 
  • Applied Behaviour Change 

Year 4, Semester 7 (Electives – Choose one) 

  • Experiential Group Work for Health & Well-being* 
  • Gender Specific Health Promotion* 
  • Health Psychology* 
  • Nutrition for Special Population Groups* 
  • Technician Roles in Applied Health Care* 


Year 4, Semester 8 (Mandatory) 

  • Dissertation 2 
  • Public Health 2 
  • Environment and Health 

Year 4, Semester 8 (Electives – Choose one) 

  • Connected Health* 
  • Youth Work and Youth At Risk* 
  • Facilitation Skills for Health and Well-Being* 
  • Workplace Health Promotion* 
  • Disabilities & Advocacy* 
  • Promoting Recovery in Mental Health Care* 

* = elective module (subject to numbers applying) 

Accreditation and Embedded Awards

Certification, or a SETU “Embedded Award” at L6 will be offered to students who successfully complete Year 1, and who for whatever reason need to exit the programme. A SETU embedded award, is also available at the end of Year 2.  

Planned intake (number of places)

20 places

Entry requirements and eligibility

Prospective students wishing to be accepted onto the programme must meet the following minimum entry criteria:  

Leaving Certificate; 2H5 & 4O6/H7; English or Irish O6/H7; Mathematics O6/H7  


Level 5 major award  


Other qualifications equivalent to a major award at level 5 on the NFQ  

Applications are welcome from individuals that do not meet the minimum entry requirement who are aged 23 years or over (at date of commencement of programme). Such an applicant will be assessed on their merits, taking into account their life experience, work or community experience, and recognition of prior learning.  

For applicants whose first language is not English, the standard required of applicants is B2 (or equivalent) on Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in writing, reading, listening and speaking. Evidence of achievement of this standard is necessary for entry to the programme. 

Our Unified Tertiary Programmes aim to encourage the participation and success of students from sections of society under-represented in higher education, by offering degree programmes at a local level. In the event of over subscription to the programmes, priority will be given to applicants who most demonstrate local need. 

Onward Pathways

Graduates from the BSc (hons) in Public Health and Health Promotion are qualified to access postgraduate programmes in these allied health disciplines: 

  • Occupational Therapist 
  • Physiotherapist 
  • Nutritionist 
  • Group facilitator 
  • Health researcher 


There are also opportunities for postgraduate research study in SETU Waterford in the health promotion field & in Social, Personal & Health Education (SPHE). 

Contact Details

Sarah Barron
QA Office
Bishop Birch Training Institute
Nuncio Rd
Kilkenny R95 D8HT
087 7045272 

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