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.

In our latest career profile, Aisling Doherty who works as a mental health promotion officer for Mental Health Ireland describes what inspired her to a career in health promotion.

Aisling Doherty e1523447983571What inspired you towards a career in health promotion?

I completed an undergrad in Health Science and Physiology, in Sligo I.T. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I did know it was something to do with people and health. I progressed to complete the one year add on in Public Health and Health Promotion at Sligo I.T. This was a great introduction into the area and within the first month I knew it was a career I could see myself working in. From here I completed the Masters in Health Promotion at NUI Galway which benefited me greatly in deepening my understanding of the density of this field.

Jobs in Galway: Healthy Galway City Coordinator, LGBTI+ Community Health Worker

Galway Healthy Cities Job

On behalf of the Galway city Local Community Development Committee and Health Galway City, Galway City Partnership and Amach! CLG are seeking people for the roles in the Healthy Galway City initiative:

1. Healthy Galway City Coordinator - Full time

2. LGBTI+ Community Health Worker - Part time

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Stephanie Kirwan, from Drogheda, Co. Louth, was one of the first IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioners in Ireland. Stephanie applied under Category 1 as the course she had completed was accredited by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) at the time she graduated

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Stephanie works for Development Perspectives where she coordinates a project called the #SDGchallenge which aims to raise awareness and action on the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, she is currently studying for an MA in International Development.

What Health Promotion course did you study?

BA in Health Promotion from Waterford Institute of Technology.

Up next on our career profiles- Sarah Chadwick gives us some insight into her role as a Cancer Prevention Officer in the Irish Cancer SocietySarah Picture AHPI

What inspired you towards a career in health promotion?

When I saw the description of Sport Science and Health BSc in the prospectus as a 6th year student, I thought it would suit me given my interest in health and fitness. Once I started the course, it soon became clear to me that the area of the course I wanted to specialise in was health promotion because I felt passionate about empowering and supporting people to live healthy lives. Since then, I’ve been delighted to work in lots of different aspects of health promotion through my MSc studies and work experience- research and evaluation, building partnerships, advocating and programme planning and implementation. I can really see how Health Promotion has started to come to the fore in Ireland since I began my career so it’s very exciting to be working in an evolving and expanding field.

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