Healthcare Management

This online programme offers students a comprehensive overview of the Irish health service, relevant legislation, and the current issues and policies affecting the health system. Students will obtain up-to-date knowledge and a practical understanding of the health service, at national and local levels, which will contribute to their effectiveness and performance in the work environment. Students who successfully complete this programme have the option of progressing to the Diploma in Health Services Policy.

Certificate in Health Services

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

This year’s programme is delivered online, so students do not need to travel to the IPA campus in order to study toward a third-level qualification. They will be connected with the course components, IPA staff, and fellow learners no matter there they live.

Via the IPA’s online learning portal, students will access comprehensive course material (including bespoke manuals), video lectures that can be viewed on any device, and regular live webinars where lecturers will engage with student questions and enable discussion. Students will be able to virtually meet their fellow classmates on forums and exchange experiences and views.

Accessing and using the online content will be a straightforward affair; students will not anything beyond standard ICT skills. The IPA will provide comprehensive guidance and support.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade C in two higher level papers and grade D in four other subjects. The papers passed must include Irish, English and a third language. 

OR

Mature students (students over 21 on January 1 of the calendar year of entry) may enter a programme without the above qualifications. 

Duration

One academic year.

Accreditation

NUI

Place on NFQ

Level 6 (Special Purpose award) what is this?

Commences

October 2020

Application Deadline

September 2020

Fees

€1,300 (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in two instalments. 

Note: Fees may increase slightly from year to year. Where this occurs, students will be charged the increased fee.

Progression

Students can continue their studies with the Diploma in Health Services Policy.

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The Programme

This online programme offers students a comprehensive overview of the Irish health service, relevant legislation, and the current issues and policies affecting the health system. Students will obtain up-to-date knowledge and a practical understanding of the health service, at national and local levels, which will contribute to their effectiveness and performance in the work environment. Students who successfully complete this programme have the option of progressing to the Diploma in Health Services Policy.

Is This Programme for you?

This Certificate is ideally suited to: 

  • Those working in the health service who need to broaden their understanding of various aspects of the service and recent changes 
  • Staff from other health systems who need to understand how the Irish health system is structured and how it works 
  • Those working for agencies with links to the health service (e.g. voluntary agencies, personal and social services) and who wish to familiarise themselves with the health system.

Past students have included staff of all disciplines working in the Irish health service: medical and administrative staff, allied health professionals, nursing grades and others working within the sector.

Subjects

This Certificate is delivered through three core blocks that provide a comprehensive overview of the current health system.

The Historical Development of the Irish Health System

Students learn how the Irish system has developed from the foundation of the State up to the most recent developents in the HSE. Key legislation, strategies, reports and policies are explored.

Service Delivery

Students lean about the current health of the nation and demographic changes ahead and about policies and structures within key areas of service delivery, including acute care, primary care, social care, and mental health.

Key Stakeholders in the Irish Health System

Students learn about the main stakeholders in the Irish health system, including the Department of Health, the HSE, voluntary bodies, private sector organisations, and regulatory bodies. 

Assessment

Students complete two written assignments and sit a final examination. 

Prospectus

Undergraduate Prospectus 2020 / 2021

Full details of IPA undergraduate programmes are also available in our prospectus, which can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the cover to the left.

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