Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
September 2024
One Semester (12 Weeks)
University Certificate of Study
NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Address: Faculty of Education & Health Sciences Email: Telephone: +353 61 202271

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Brief Description

This course qualifies for 50% funding under the HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy. Check fees section for details and eligibility.   Please Note:   Applicants may only apply for and receive, one subsidised course per semester.   

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Module Description

Module Code

NFQ Level

ECTS Credits

Start Date


Principles of Primary and Community Care




Sept. 2024

€800 - EU

€1,500 - Non-EU

This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award. The programmes associated with this MicroCred are: 


The purpose of this module is to explore the principles of primary and community care in a dynamic healthcare environment. The evolving and changing identity of hospital roles to more acute functions and shorter lengths of stay to constrain costs are driving reforms to the primary and community care sectors. Expansion of primary care and community-based care aims to meet emerging and predicted needs. This includes reducing costs of ambulatory care provided by hospitals, reducing avoidable hospital admissions and improve access to service by vulnerable groups in the community by the provision of primary and community care. With reforms focused on integration and improved coordination of services, opportunities are required to improve the interface between hospital and community by strengthening the role of primary care to facilitate individual and community flourishing. The aim of this module is to support nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of providing person centred community based primary care services.  

Principles of primary and community healthcare across national and international environments; theories and conceptual models of primary care practice; factors and influences that contribute to the development of community and primary care; approaches of primary healthcare in supporting the needs of individuals, families and the community; factors influencing health and well-being in communities, primary health care teams in meeting community healthcare needs; equity of access to public health; challenges for the future in community and primary care; global perspectives across communities. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme the student will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of primary and community healthcare.  

  • Critically discuss factors and influences that contribute to the development of community and primary care across global communities.  

  • Critically review the approaches of primary healthcare in supporting the needs of individuals, families and the communities.  

  • Demonstrate an appraisal of the factors influencing health and well-being in communities. 

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the impact of changing primary and community care strategies on individuals, families and communities. 

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the influences and challenges in meeting healthcare needs for individuals, families and communities. 

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick. 

Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.

€800 - EU

€1,500 - Non-EU 

HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy - Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can qualify for 50% funding subject to the availability of places. To clarify eligibility please go to Eligibility Criteria 

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