Public Health Nursing, Postgraduate Diploma | University College Cork | Cork, Ireland
Postgraduate Diploma On Campus

Public Health Nursing

12 months
8505 EUR/year
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This level nine programme in Public Health Nursing at University College Cork aims to develop informed and skilled public health nurses. On successful completion of the programme, participants can apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland for registration as a Public Health Nurse (RPHN). 


This is a one-year, full-time programme in Public Health Nursing at University College Cork, usually running from September to June inclusive each year.  

Learning outcomes

Students undertake nine modules to the value of 60 credits. There are four blocks of placement with a registered public health nurse in the sponsoring HSE area. If your name is not registered in the Midwives Division of the NMBI Register, you will complete an NMBI approved module or unit of study on maternal and child health as part of the course. Maternity placement of five weeks as part of this module will be in Cork University Maternity Hospital. Total clinical placement accounts for over 23 weeks during the year.

Lectures take place Monday to Friday throughout the year. A typical day would contain 4 to 6 hours of lectures but it is expected that students would spend the remainder of the day in reading around the topic and self-directed learning. Where workshops are scheduled these may run from 9 am to 5 pm. Field trips and self-directed tasks in the community setting are also scheduled.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Public Health Nursing: Principles and Professional Issues
  • Children, Young People and Families
  • Adults and Older People in the Community
  • Health and Health Promotion: Concepts and Principles
  • Maternal and Child Health Nursing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This programme is open to Registered General Nurses, currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Candidates must have a NQF level 8 qualification or demonstrate equivalence using an APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) as detailed on application materials.
  • The recruitment and sponsorship of student public health nurses is a national joint application process between the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and the HSE. Current applicants are required to be registered in the General Nursing Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) or entitled to be so registered AND have a minimum of 3 years post-registration general nursing experience

Tuition Fee

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    8505 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8505 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Cork

860 - 1400 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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