health_sciencesSchool of Health Sciences

School of Health Sciences

Welcome to the School of Health Sciences

In the School of Health Sciences, we provide education in the areas of nursing, allied health professions, health, sport and exercise for about 1,300 undergraduate students and a growing number of postgraduates. We also carry out research and development in these areas. 63 members of staff support the school's work. 

Department of Nursing & Healthcare

The Department of Nursing offers a wide range of courses in nursing and allied health fields; has  an extensive research portfolio and a significant range of regional, national and international alliances and links. All of these combine to offer students an extensive range of educational and professional opportunities during programmes of study.

The Department currently offers undergraduate courses leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland in general, psychiatric and intellectual disability nursing and other courses in the area of applied  health care. It also offers post graduate courses and research degrees  in nursing and related health care fields up to doctoral level. Specific areas of research expertise within the Department include symptom causation and management in cancer, work place stress and mental health and health service practice improvement and evaluation.

Department of Health,Sport and Exercise Science

The Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science offers undergraduate courses in recreation and leisure, health promotion, exercise and health, and an MA in sports psychology. Staff in the Department carry out research in many areas, including analysis of health behaviour patterns, the effect of exercise on metabolism and alcohol consumption among students in sporting clubs.


The CODEMISUSED collaboration aims to estimate and gain further understanding into the extent of codeine use, misuse and dependence in Ireland, the UK and South Africa, in order to design protective mechanisms codemisusedfor pharmacies to be able to track, monitor, support and refer for treatment.  

The 48 month project is a cross-border collaboration between Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland (WIT - lead partner), King’s College London, United Kingdom (KCL), South Africa Medical Research Council (MRC), Cara Pharmacy Group, Ireland, Weldricks Ltd, United Kingdom and the Local Choice Pharmacy South Africa. Given the difficulties in estimating the extent of this 'respectable form of addiction', CODEMISUSED is intended to promote the rational use of codeine products amongst the public as well as those involved in prescribing and dispensing.

Ultimately the project intends to design several innovations to support and educate customers, and empower pharmacies as custodians of codeine medicines. These mechanisms could include pharmacy based brief interventions and continuing staff training. The CODEMISUSED Project was selected for funding under the FP7 Marie Curie Industry Academia Partnership and Pathways strand and has been accepted onto the register of EC funded studies on the ENCePP register of the EMA.

Dr. Marie Claire Van Hout is the Principal Investigator and Co-ordinator on the project. Her research colleagues in WIT include Prof. John Wells, Dr. Michael Bergin, Dr. Michelle Foley and Dr. Martina Gooney.

For further information about the CODEMISUSED project, please contact the CODEMISUSED Project Manager, Ms. Margaret Walsh at or 00353 51 845548.