Course Overview

The Certificate programme takes place over one year and aims to provide students with a professional education and training in the principles and practice of health promotion, with students taking a generic module, a specialist module and a practical project.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Applications System. This course is listed under Adult Learning & CPD Courses Application.

Please visit our How to Apply page for Application tips and Supporting Documents information.


Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Each module is assessed by means of an essay or a practical project.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Are set with specialist agencies and are primarily based on relevant work experience.

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). 

Additional Requirements


1 year, part-time

Next start date

Early October

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date
NFQ level


Mode of study

Blended Learning

ECTS weighting

15 ECTs (3 modules at 5 ECTs)



Course code

Course Outline

1HM6 Spec Cert – Oral Health (Modules: HP130; HP131; HP134)

The Certificate in Health Promotion in a chosen specialism is a taught programme comprising the following three modules:

  • Principles and practice of health promotion (Semester 1 and 2)
  • Specialism in health promotion (Semester 2)
  • Project (Semester 1 and 2)

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

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

1HM6 Spec Cert – Oral Health

The course aims to provide students with a professional education and training in the principles and practice of Health Promotion as applied to the promotion of oral health. 

The course is aimed at practitioners who work in the oral health field (for example Dentists, Dental Nurse, Dental Hygienists and others in a position to promote oral health, e.g. Public Health Nurses, General Practitioners, Dieticians, Nurses and Special Needs Assistants).



Who’s Suited to This Course

The course is open to those working in a professional capacity in a specialist health promotion field. This programme is designed to meet the needs of health promotion practitioners in specific fields and is run in partnership with specialist agencies. For example, specialist programmes are available in Oral Health Promotion, Youth Work, Health-Promotion Training Centres, Sexual Health Promotion, Community Development, and Supportive Environments for Health, all leading to a Certificate in Health Promotion in the chosen specialism. Some programmes are run directly by the Department of Health Promotion at the request of an agency or professional group, others are run in partnership with an agency, to meet the needs of specific practitioners.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€1,405 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Tuition

€1,370 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Student levy

€35 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Non EU

€1,905 p.a. 2022/23

*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Levy

Student Levy:
  €35 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here

Find out More

Denise Glavin

Department of Health Promotion
University of Galway
Tel: 091 493092

What Our Students Say


Susan McCartney |   Graduate

The course provided me with the tools, knowledge and confidence to take on the role of Oral Hygiene Promotor in the special school where I work. In addition to the oral-health-specific components, we covered communication and presentation topics which have allowed me to put my acquired knowledge into practice in the most effective way.

Deirdre Collins |   Specialist Certificate in Health Promotion (Oral Health)

Having spent many years as dental nurse and receptionist I needed a course to strengthen my knowledge base. This course provided me with the platform to further my career. Being a part time course was attractive and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of self directed learning. Workshops, debates and essays provided variety and excellent support was just an e-mail away.


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