MSc (Preventive Cardiology) @ NUIG

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The scientific evidence for cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation is compelling. Multidisciplinary approaches to cardiovascular health and lifestyle medicine are cornerstone to preventive cardiology and cardiovascular rehabilitation practice.

NUIG‘s Postgraduate Programme in Preventive Cardiology equips students with the knowledge and skills required to make meaningful contributions to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention; both at an individual level as well as within populations.

This course remains the only one of its kind worldwide and offers many unique features creating a highly fulfilling student experience:

  • Delivered in partnership with the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health (NIPC): This programme is largely delivered in the Croí Heart and Stroke Centre (located adjacent to the NUI Galway campus), and as a result draws on considerable teaching expertise together with providing a range of high-quality research opportunities. This partnership enables an exceptional opportunity for students to interact with Croí’s specialist health team and engage in an array of exciting evidence-based initiatives in cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation.
  • Flexible learning: The course is largely delivered using online and flexible approaches enabling students to simultaneously maintain professional roles in clinical practice or manage other commitments whilst completing their studies.
  • Interdisciplinary expert teaching faculty: Students from a variety of backgrounds from all over the world interact with international leaders and clinical specialists from cardiology, nursing, nutrition, exercise, behavioural medicine and public health.

The taught modules address the development and practical use of cardiovascular disease risk estimation tools, implementation of healthcare policy, behavioural change strategies, lifestyle approaches to risk factor modification and medical management of risk factors including hypertension, dyslipidaemia, diabetes mellitus, obesity and smoking. There is also a specialist pathway in cardiac rehabilitation available as an option for practitioners with a specific interest in secondary prevention.

Students are supervised in designing an original research project which addresses a specific research question in any aspect of preventive cardiology. Contributors are drawn from clinical departments at Galway University Hospitals, scientific and healthcare disciplines at NUI Galway, the Croí clinical team, and established international partnerships.

Scholarships Available

Course Code: 1MPY1

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.



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