MSc in Public Health Nutrition

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code N/A
  • Duration 2 yrs
  • Credits 90
  • NFQ Level 9

Course Summary

This Masters in Public Health Nutrition aims to support the development of knowledge, skills and competencies, specific to the practice of Public Health Nutrition. In addition, leadership styles, strategies, capabilities and competencies will be examined, placing the graduate in a position to lead teams and to advocate for change within the area. Learners will also undertake and engage with a research project. This combined discipline-specific and research programme model of learning will instil skills of researching relevant public health nutrition issues in Ireland and contribute to local and national evidence bases.

Key Course Information

The Master of Public Health Nutrition degree offers students the opportunity to develop expertise in the foundations of practice in population and public health nutrition and to develop essential leadership, communication and professional practice skills, placing graduates in a position to play a pivotal role in the future of Public Health Nutrition. The curriculum provides robust academic and experiential opportunities to address the health of individuals and populations in different settings and countries.

The programme is taught over two years on a part-time (online) basis.

Semesterisation is as follows :

Semester 1

  • Public Health Nutrition    
  • Nutrition Assessment Methods    
  • Nutrition Research Methodologies    
  • Food and Nutrition Policy

Semester 2

  • Statistical Analysis for Nutritional Research    
  • Public Health Nutrition Interventions    
  • Leadership in Public Health Nutrition    
  • Nutritional Epidemiology

Semester 3/4

  • Public Health Nutrition Thesis

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2021

Entry Requirements

Applications with a 2.2 Honours award in a relevant discipline may apply.

Applicants who do not meet this entry criterion may be considered through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Advice, guidance and support for applicants can on be found at

Career Opportunities

With a comprehensive understanding of the foundations of practice in population and public health nutrition and through the development of essential leadership, communication and professional practice skills, graduates will play a pivotal role in the future of Public Health Nutrition. Graduates will be highly competitive in the changing landscape of employment in the area of nutrition. Graduates are well placed for roles within health promotion, government agencies, community health centres, NGO's, the food industry and within national nutrition research groups.  

Further Study

Graduates will be well placed to pursue doctorates in the area of Public Health Nutrition and Population Health. 


"I completed my undergraduate course in Human Nutrition in IT Sligo in June 2018. After graduating and earning my Bachelors (Hons) in Human Nutrition I was successful in obtaining a job. However, my interest and desire to study public health nutrition grew significantly. I believe that public health nutrition is a very important area for the overall health and prevention of disease for our future generations. It is an area in which I am passionate about working in and promoting. I knew this course would benefit me academically and provide me with the skills I will need to have a career in this field.

I believe that the MSc Public Health Nutrition (part-time) will improve my hiring prospects, accelerate my career and satisfy job requirements. This MSc has increased my confidence and allowed me to work towards my future career goals. My previous nutrition knowledge has been expanded and the part-time/online aspect has allowed me the freedom of studying on my own terms and explore the areas in which I enjoy most with the varied modules and opportunities for research in several areas. The lecturers are very engaging and helpful, which helps a lot when studying remotely.

I would recommend to anyone interested in pursuing further studies in Nutrition to consider doing this course".



"I previously studied a BSc in Human Nutrition with IT Sligo and really enjoyed the public health and health promotion modules in that course, so this Masters in Public Health Nutrition was the perfect fit for me. Each module was really interesting and the assignments were very diverse- from analysing nutrition policy and developing interventions, to discussing topical issues with classmates on online forums. The fact that the course was delivered online meant that I could work to my own schedule, at my own pace. I highly recommend this Masters if you are interested in influencing public health through nutrition."


Did you know?

Pre-school children in Ireland are exposed to over 1000 ads for unhealthy foods each year. 

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