MSc Health Promotion Practice part-time (Online)

  • NFQ Level 9
  • Credits 90
  • Course Code N/A
  • Award Taught Masters Degree by Thesis
  • Duration 2

Course Summary

MSc Health Promotion Practice

This programme will provide those working to deliver on the ambitions of the Healthy Ireland framework with the skills to plan and deliver multi-disciplinary health promotion projects with professional competence. The programme combines the development of expertise in Health Promotion, including skills in research, analysis and communication, with skills in the planning and execution of complex initiatives in this field. 

The programme includes taught online courses in three areas of specific relevance, namely:

  • Concepts and Competencies for Health Promotion
  • Health Project Planning and Design
  • Public Health Research

These modules will all support a practice-based research project, which will give the participant the opportunity to use a major work-based project as the focus for learning and reflection. In those students who are in employment this research based project  may support the achievement of the employer’s objectives.



Key Course Information

The flexible, online delivery of this programme facilitates a remote learning opportunity for those who are currently in employment and/or are unable to attend on-campus but are keen to further their education in health promotion practice at masters level. 


Semester 1:

Concepts & Competencies for Health Promotion     

Health Project Management   

Semester 2:

Quantitative Methods for Health Research     

Qualitative & Mixed Methods for Health Research     

Statistics and Data Analysis  

Semester 3 & 4:

Health Promotion Practice Thesis

Application Closing Date : 24th September 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

As Healthy Ireland encourages all sectors of society to engage in promoting health we welcome graduates from a wide variety of backgrounds including but not limited to health science/ health promotion, sport and leisure, education, health and safety, social sciences and childcare.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be suitably qualified to work in a wide range of health and community settings. 

Graduated may pursue careers in research, advocacy and policy development including evidence.

Other opportunities include careers as health project managers, researchers and as wellness practitioners.


Further Study

Graduates can apply to funded PhD within the Institute or other Institutes. 


"My name is Audrey Colreavy, I have worked as a physiotherapist with the HSE for over 20 years. I choose to do the on line two year masters in Health Promotion in IT Sligo for a number of reasons, it allows me to continue working full time, I am able to attend the lectures on line from my home, if I cant attend live they are all recorded so I can work around family,work,life commitments. The on line library access  and moodle platform are fantastic.  The lecturers are only an email away and always reply promptly to queries.  There is no time lost travelling to lecturers or reduced working hours needed. The modules are all applicable to my learning needs and continuous professional development requirement of CORU, as a health and social care professional". 

Audrey Colreavy, Senior Cardiology Physiotherapist, Sligo University Hospital. 


"Having completed a BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion I always hoped to continue with a Master’s Degree; so when I saw this online Masters Programme in Health Promotion Practice at Sligo IT I felt the time was right. At first I did worry about studying online especially as it has been a number of years since I completed my degree, however, the online delivery of the course is very convenient and it suits my personal situation and current work commitments. The support in place for online students has been very beneficial, from induction to ongoing practical supports from lecturers. I find the course content well-structured and the modules have a strong relevance to my work as youth officer with Foróige National Youth Development Organisation. I certainly feel this course will provide me with practical skills and knowledge that will enhance my work practice in the field of health promotion, research and project management. I would highly recommend this Masters Programme to anyone who is contemplating continuing their education in this area of work".

Elaine Granaghan, Youth Officer, Foróige, Sligo   

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