Health Promotion Careers

The health promotion sector is very varied, with a wide range of careers and roles. In Ireland, Health Promotion practitioners work in a variety of settings, including the HSE, non-governmental and community organisations, in research and academia. Health Promotion practitioners work on policy development, planning and delivery of health promotion programmes and training, building health promoting partnerships, and working to reduce health inequalities. Read more for more information on health promotion careers/training.

Paula Campbell AHPI Vice Chairperson shares her health promotion journey


What inspired you towards a career in health promotion?

My career started in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda where I worked as a Dietitian. Within a few years I became frustrated working in the hospital environment and wanted to move from a 'treatment' oriented approach to 'prevention'. Around that time, I heard Professor Cecily Kelleher speak at an AGM of the INDI and she mentioned that NUI Galway had just established a postgrad Diploma and MA in Health Promotion. That gave me the direction I was looking for and so I took a year out and returned to student life!  Health Promotion was in its infancy at that point in Ireland and so it was 1997 before I was able to leave the hospital environment and move into the new Department of Health Promotion in the former North Eastern Health Board, where I have worked since.

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Formed in 1997, the Association for Health Promotion Ireland provides a forum through which health promotion professionals can exchange knowledge and ideas.