The Professional Diploma in Positive Health is a new accredited, interdisciplinary Postgraduate programme designed to educate health and allied professionals in the rapidly developing area of positive health. In this context, positive health relies on research outputs from the emerging disciplines of lifestyle/integrated medicine, as well as the emerging fields of positive psychology and positive organisational research.
Diseases of lifestyle are the leading causes of death in the modern world. According to the World Health Organisation, heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes are the world’s largest killers, accounting for an estimated 38 million deaths annually, with 16 million of these being premature.
Lifestyle factors are heavily implicated in all these diseases and individuals can do a lot to prevent the development of such conditions. Research has increasingly focused on the role of psychological and behavioural factors in lifestyle-related diseases and has provided new opportunities for understanding and intervention in such conditions.
This programme is relevant for healthcare professionals and other professional groups, such as teachers, lawyers and managers, who need to develop an evidence-based understanding of positive health.
The Professional Diploma in Positive Health is designed to complement participants’ prior training and experience by introducing them to cutting-edge theory and research in the disciplines underpinning positive physical and mental health. Participants will consolidate their learning by directly applying their analytical skills to the work environment via practice-based module assignments.
Accredited by the National University of Ireland and RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, the course is delivered at level 9 of the National Qualifications Framework and is delivered over nine months using a blended learning format of online lectures, interactive webinars and group work.