Certificate in Health Project Management

  • NFQ Level 9
  • Credits 30
  • Course Code
  • Award Certificate
  • Duration 1yr

Course Summary

This programme aims to introduce students to the core concepts within health project management. Students will also gain insights into using leadership skills for the effective management of change. Students will also become proficient in a range of research methods and tools in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research approaches. 

Programme objectives:

  • To develop knowledge and analytical skills in the planning and delivery of evidence-based health projects. 
  • To develop leadership and health project management competencies and show evidence of using these in health or other settings 
  • To develop competencies in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research design 
  • To develop self – reflective and leadership skills in the management of organisational change and in health project management 
  • To develop professional practice skills to work autonomously and in collaboration with a broad range of relevant stakeholders. 

The Certificate in Health Project Management course, has been designed in consultation with Portfolio Managers, Programme Leads, Project Managers and Service Managers in health and social care sector in recognition of, and in response to the demand for a workforce equipped with project management, research and leadership skills, required to effectively lead and manage projects and service/quality improvement programmes in contemporary health and social care. 

Programme Features:

  • Part time 
  • Online 
  • Evidence Based 
  • Industry Informed 
  • Prepare graduates to apply project management skills and knowledge to advance health and social care projects and improvement programmes in line with Sláintecare programme and other national and international health sector policies, strategies and programmes 

Key Course Information

The programme is taught over one year on a part-time (online) basis. The online delivery of the Post Graduate Certificate in Health Project Management affords educational flexibility for those wishing to attain a formal qualification in this area but who are not able to attend campus based or full-time programmes. This programme will involve a mixture of live classes, directed learning, self-directed learning, reflective learning, group, and individual module assignments. 

Approximately 18-20 hours per week study commitment is required (this includes live classes). The programme is delivered 2 evenings per week over 2 Semesters, via live interactive classes  

Lectures will also be recorded and available to listen back following the live class 

Students must be available for Assignment Group Work outside of Live Class times.  

An online induction will be scheduled for all registered students in September prior to the commencement of the programme.


Semester 1: 

Health Project Management (10 credits)

Qualitative & Mixed Methods for Health Research (5 Credits)

Semester 2:

Change Management and Leadership in Health Project Management (10 Credits) 

Applied Practices in Quantitative Methods (5 credits) 

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2021

Entry Requirements

Applications with a 2.2 Honours award in a relevant discipline may apply.

Applicants who do not meet this entry criterion may be considered through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Advice, guidance and support for applicants can on be found at www.myexperience.ie

We welcome applicants for all areas of health and social care sector who have responsibility for, or an interest in leading/managing or working on health projects and service improvement programmes. Not limited to but including digital health, medicine, public health, nursing and midwifery, health and welling, acute care, health education, health promotion, primary care, disability services, services for older persons, mental health services, emergency management, quality improvement services, patient safety, and human resources, in the statutory, voluntary and community sector.

Career Opportunities

This programme will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of project and service improvement roles in the statutory, community and voluntary health and social care sector.

Graduates may pursue work opportunities as Project Managers, Project Team Leads, Project Officers, Programme Managers, Portfolio Leads, Programme Support Officers, Quality Improvement Leads, and other related service improvement or management roles within the health and social care sector

Further Study

Students who wish to continue their studies following completion of this programme can enrol on the Master of Science in Health Promotion Practice. Students successfully completing this programme, can also progress to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Science in Health Promotion and Project Management or a Master of Science in Health Promotion and Project Management. These programmes will run based on demand.


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