Master of Public Health

Master of Public Health

South Africa currently faces numerous health system challenges that require graduates with specialized and advanced skills to conduct critical research, formulate, implement, manage, monitor and evaluate policies and programs aimed at improving the health status from a population perspective. The Master of Public Health will provide students with specialized knowledge of health issues from a population perspective, allowing them to critically engage and conduct advanced research on the various aspects affecting health from a population focus. The Master of Public Health will enable students to deal with complex issues operationally and systematically in the field of public health as well as serve as an entry into the Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Health. (PhD)

The purpose of the programme is to equip the students with specialized skills and theoretical knowledge to protect, preserve and promote the health of communities and populations in a multidisciplinary manner and contribute to research at an advanced level.

The following learning outcomes are expected to be achieved on completion of the programme:

    • To develop a comprehensive understanding of health, the health care system, public health problems and of measures that can be taken to address these problems and to promote, protect and restore the health of a population.
    • Gain knowledge of the factors which influence local, national and global legislative and social policies
    • Develop skills of critical and analytical thinking and the ability to apply them to research in the health domain
    • To apply broad-based, state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative skills needed for problem solving;
    • Develop multidisciplinary and collaborative strategies for solving health-related problems;
    • Enhance communication skills by working with diverse populations; and, be positioned for a leadership role in health service management, policy formulation, health promotion and disease prevention

Applications are now open and close on the 31st of October 2020.