Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing


NFQ Level 9, Major Award

The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing is a full-time programme running for 10 months from the date of first registration for the programme. Students passing the Postgraduate Diploma will be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland as a Registered Public Health Nurse.

Students take modules to the value of 60 credits, incorporating 300 hours of structured contact time and clinical practicum.


Full attendance is required at all scheduled teaching activities in all modules, including at clinical placement. Where this does not occur, students will be expected to satisfactorily explain and support with evidence (e.g. medical illness certificates, explanation of other mitigating circumstances causing non-attendance) all absences and this must be considered acceptable by the relevant module coordinator(s) and Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Unavoidable planned absence must be discussed and agreed with each module coordinator(s) of affected module(s) in advance. Each situation will be assessed on an individual basis. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in a student being deemed not to have fulfilled the requirements for entry to the subsequent examination. These regulations apply also to students who are studying for the qualifications of some other regulatory body. The Deputy President and Registrar, UCC will certify whether or not the student's attendance has been satisfactory on the basis of recommendations from Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Programme Requirements

For information about modules, module choice, options and credit weightings, please go to Programme Requirements