Master of Medicine (MMed)

Public Health Medicine Specialist Training- Master of Medicine (M.Med-Public Health Medicine)

This postgraduate program is available only to medical practitioners and is dependent on the availability of registrar post from the Department of Health and N numbers issued by the Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA). 

The Masters in Medicine (Public Health Medicine) is aimed at providing medical doctors graduates with the specialized knowledge and competence in the science and practice of Public Health Medicine to enable registration with the College of Public Health Medicine as a specialist in the field, and to provide improved health service to the population. It aims to provide graduates with the foundations for specialist professional practice, engagement with the research process and continued professional and scientific growth in this broad specialisation field of medicine.

These skills are gained through a combination of didactic lectures, experiential learning acquired through attachments at various Departments (Hospitals, Programme Offices, Research Institutions, Local Authorities and District and Provincial Health Offices, among others) and relevant field work.

A “short” report is a compulsory requirement i.e essentially an article of between 20 and 40 pages that has been presented to an audience, be it at a conference, or as part of their service attachment.

In addition, it is now compulsory for all registrars to complete a formal Master of Medicine (M.Med) dissertation.  

Registrar post are advertised by the KwaZulu Natal Department of Health