The National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health, in partnership with NUI Galway, are delighted to launch a brand new a Postgraduate Certificate in Cardiac Rehabilitation commencing January 2021.

This fully online postgraduate qualification equips students with the knowledge and skills required to make meaningful contributions to cardiac rehabilitation practice. The scientific evidence for cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation is compelling. As such, evidence-based practice features strongly together with multidisciplinary approaches to the comprehensive delivery of high-quality care. The effective implementation of intensive lifestyle and medical risk factor management together with enabling psychosocial health and wellbeing are cornerstone.

The closing date for applications is December 18th 2020.

The course addresses the latest evidence-base, implementation of best-practice guidelines and healthcare policy, behavioural change strategies, lifestyle approaches to risk factor modification, psychosocial health and medical management of risk factors including hypertension, dyslipidaemia, diabetes mellitus, obesity and smoking. Outcome measures, health technology and innovation in service design also feature strongly to enable programme uptake and high-quality delivery.

Entry Requirements:
Successful applicants will possess at least a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 degree (or equivalent) in a health care discipline or related subject area (e.g., medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, dietetics, sport and exercise science, clinical or health psychology, pharmacy, health promotion, public health etc). For those who do not hold a primary degree at the required level, consideration will also be given to applicants with relevant work experience, background knowledge and skills.

Overseas students will need to satisfy the University’s English Language requirement of IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent)




    The Postgraduate Certificate in Cardiac Rehabilitation involves students participating in a 30 ECTS Level 9 module that runs from the first week of January to end of May each year. This module is delivered fully online with scheduled virtual tutorials and workshops taking place on alternate Fridays (3–7pm) and typically one Saturday a month.

    In conjunction with this face-to-face virtual contact there are seven sub-modules that address four major “Units” of organised directed studies supported by a specially designed online learning platform:

    • Unit 1: Evidence, Guidelines and Practice of Cardiac Rehabilitation
    • Unit 2: Implementation of High-Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Practice
    • Unit 3: Technology and Innovation in Cardiac Rehabilitation Practice
    • Unit 4: Controversies and Opportunities for Contemporary Practice


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