Postgraduate Diploma in Population Health and Health Services Research

The Postgraduate Diploma in Population Health and Health Services Research (PHHSR) is an online level 9 Diploma; this innovative joint award of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin & University College Cork - the first of its kind - brings together the best expertise in Irish PHHSR.

Duration: 2 years part-time
Delivery Method: Online
Teaching Mode: Part-time over 20 months (Sept 2017 to May 2019)
Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma
NFQ Level: Level 9
Joint Awarding Bodies: The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork
Course Fees: Irish/EU tuition fee for 2017/18 is €2,500 per annum, plus local fees*
Course Start Date: 25 Sept. 2017
Course Title: Postgraduate Diploma in Population Health and Health Services Research
Assessment: 6 written assignments, submitted electronically

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?
This part-time 6-module Postgraduate Diploma is targeted at, but not limited to, practising medical and allied healthcare professionals, social workers, health systems managers and researchers working across the health sector who wish to develop and/or build on existing expertise in population health and health services research. It aims to provide students with:

  • Capacity to understand, commission and undertake population health and health services research
  • The multidisciplinary perspective essential to PHHSR, including skills to address knowledge sharing, transfer and implementation
  • An academic/research related qualification that links and strengthens clinical, professional and management practice
  • Connection to the expanding SPHeRE Network of PHHSR researchers and practitioners throughout the Irish health system
  • ONLINE MODULES
    Module 1: Perspectives on Population Health and Health Services Research
    Module 2: Applied Research Methods
    Module 3: Health Systems, Policy and Management
    Module 4: Systematic Reviewing and Protocol Development
    Module 5: Working with Health Information and Data
    Module 6: Health Economics

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    Applicants are required to hold a National Framework of Qualifications Level 8 primary degree (or equivalent) in health, social science, statistics, economics or a related discipline. A cognate Master’s Degree may also qualify for admission. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a primary degree of a sufficient level may be recommended for entry to the programme following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the Joint Course Committee. Admission of such applicants will be subject to approval by the appropriate governance bodies in each of the three partner institutions.

    TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
    We recommend a modern computer, of no more than four years old. You will also need a wired or wireless broadband connection with minimum of 1Mb download speed. Guidelines on using the tools and resources required for your course will be provided for you during your orientation. 

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE
    Following an online Expression of Interest [https://form.jotformpro.com/71504441777963], suitably qualified applicants will be invited by the SPHeRE Programme office to register at one of the three partner institutions. Regardless of home institution, the final award is identical - a Level 9 Joint Award of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork.

    FURTHER INFORMATION
    Please see www.SPHeREprogramme.ie for further information.
    Email: spherediploma@rcsi.ie
    Tel. 01- 402 2724

    * Each institution has its own defined local fees (e.g. Registration). Your home institution will provide a full breakdown of such fees.

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