Course Overview

NOTE: This course is not on offer for entry 2023.

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Promotion in Workplace Wellness has been jointly developed by University of Galway and the Departments of Health, and Business, Enterprise and Innovation under the Healthy Ireland Framework. The course is suitable for a variety of professions and settings. It is particularly suited to those working in Health Promotion, Human Resources, Management, Public Health, Nursing, Occupational Health and Safety, and the ever-growing corporate wellness industry.  

The programme guides students through the stages of effective intervention design, such as needs analysis,  planning, implementation, and evaluation. This will be embedded in an understanding of the fundamentals of Health Promotion and framed around real world experience and examples. Course participants will gain skills and competencies for the effective implementation of evidence-based Health Promotion interventions and project management. Specialists in workplace health and wellbeing will become essential agents of change within organisations throughout the world.

The programme comprises three modules.

The first two modules include participation in workshops and self-paced instructional materials with assignments for independent study, while the third module focuses on project work. 

1. Concepts and principles of health promotion

This module includes:

  • Definitions of health and health promotion
  • Health Promotion programme development
  • Current issues and discourse in Health Promotion policy and practice
  • Communication training and facilitation skills. 

2. Specialism module

This module includes:

  • Creating a healthy work environment
  • Organisational culture change
  • Psychosocial health interventions
  • Corporate social responsibility. 

3. Project development

Students are guided through the process of designing an intervention in the area of workplace Health Promotion.

Scholarships available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

Prof. Saoirse Nic Gabhainn
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Professor of Health Promotion
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Dr Margaret Hodgins
BA (Mod), MA, PhD
Senior Lecturer
Áras Moyola
National University of Ireland Galway
University Road
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Dr. Mary Lavelle
B.A., M.A., Ph.D
Lecturer Above The Bar
Health Promotion
School of Medicine
NUI Galway
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Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

1. A primary degree.

2. Relevant professional experience, level of motivation and suitability, assessed via online application.

Each applicant is assessed individually on relevant professional experience, level of motivation and suitability, as per the personal statement submitted in the online application. 

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


1 year, part-time

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(This course is not on offer for entry 2023.)

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Course Outline

Course duration
The Postgraduate Certificate in Workplace Wellness is a part-time course of one academic year duration. The programme runs from September to the following May. 

Continued Professional Development
This is a Level 9 programme comprising of 30 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points in total. Each module carries 10 ECTS points. Successful graduates who wish to apply to the MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion programme, offered by University of Galway, can carry forward up to 20 ECTS. 

Course delivery
This is a blended learning programme, with a combination of teaching techniques employed to support learning. This includes participatory workshops, project work, self-paced learning using instructional materials, as well as other resources such as articles, websites and research reports.  Academics in the Discipline of Health Promotion, together with contributions from practitioners in the specialist field of study, deliver the lectures and workshops. This course takes place at the NUI Galway campus.

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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Workplace wellness is an area that is becoming more prevalent and topical in Ireland at present, as reflected in a national workplace wellness programme, which is coordinated and lead through the Department of Health under the Healthy Ireland framework. 

The Department of Health Promotion at University of Galway are being contacted by public and private companies who see the importance of upskilling and training their staff in this area to become workplace wellness leaders and managers in their organisations. 

Students registered on the course came from a wide range of academic backgrounds and professions including nursing, physiotherapy, HSE management, pharmacy, prison services, CSO, private organisations such as insurance and health and fitness as well as health promotion

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€2,120 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Tuition

€2,050 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Student levy

€70 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Non EU


Mary Malone |   Wellbeing Co-ordinator & Staff Engagement Officer, CSO

This programme has given me plenty of opportunity to practice and discuss various ways of improving the health of our working populations. The course material itself is an invaluable resource in guiding and directing the implementation of a workplace wellness programme. Because I work full-time, the flexibility of monthly workshops and independent online reading and learning materials made the course more accessible and manageable.

Nollaig O’Sullivan |   Exercise Psychologist & Community Facilitator

This programme helped to build my knowledge and expertise on Health Promotion in the workplace and in gaining a greater insight into the psychosocial work environments. It has been a great compliment to my existing work; I found it engaging, interesting and varied; I found the networking and knowledge sharing with other candidates from a range of different disciplines on this course an added complimentary component.

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