SOPH UWC MPH, PGD and PhD advert 2016

School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape: Study while you work:  applications for 2016 now open

Applications close: PGD in Public Health & MPH–1 September2015;

PhD – 30 October 2015

The School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, equips health professionals with the knowledge and skills to contribute to transforming the health and welfare sectors in developing countries. Health professionals can study while they work, and gain credits incrementally towards a Master of Public Health or PG Diploma in Public Health. These flexible, modular Programmes use text-based and e-learning as its learning media, with optional contact sessions in Cape Town in February/March and June/July every year.

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (NQF level 8)

This one or two year programme provides in-depth training for health and welfare managers, supervisors, educators and researchers, and is appropriate for local, district, provincial and national levels.

Curriculum: The curriculum comprises dynamically interacting themes divided into six compulsory modules; these relate to critical competence areas in the practice of public health.

Admission requirements: A three year Bachelors degree or equivalent in any relevant discipline, e.g. health sciences, social work, and education; and a minimum of three years working experience in the health or welfare sector.

Master of Public Health (MPH) – coursework and mini thesis (NQF level 9)

The MPH aims to equip health professionals to: Quantify and prioritise health needs; Design, implement and evaluate Comprehensive Primary Health Care Programmes; Manage District Health Systems.

The Programme is designed for a range of health and welfare professionals and managers from middle to senior level, at district, provincial or national levels, staff of NGO’s and academic research contexts. The Programme may be taken over two to three years.

Curriculum: The Programme is made up of eight coursework modules, six compulsory components (which includes two research methodology modules) and two electives and a mini-thesis.

Admission requirements: A four year degree (Honours Degree) or its equivalent in any relevant discipline, and three years working experience in the health or welfare sector. In exceptional cases, five years relevant experience assessed by the university through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Master of Public Health (MPH) – Full Thesis Research Mode (NQF level 9)

Curriculum: Students must select a topic and design and complete a research project that is situated within the scope of topics and approaches covered in the Areas of Specialization offered at the school.

Admission requirements: i) An Honours degree, Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health or equivalent at Level 8 in any relevant discipline. ii) A tertiary level course in disease pathogenesis, disease measurement or disease control iii) A minimum of three to five years in the health or welfare sector with relevant experience in implementing policy or planning and managing health or welfare services, including a minimum of three years of significant research or monitoring and evaluation experience.

PhD in Public Health

A PhD in Public Health is also offered. Please contact or for further information

For more information and details on how to apply consult our website.

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