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Master of Public Health [MM012]

A part-time coursework Master of Public Health has been offered in the Faculty of Health Sciences since 1999. It is offered as a multidisciplinary Public Health degree and is based on existing strengths at UCT, resulting in an emphasis on Epidemiology, Health Economics and Health research. However, social science based courses are offered as well.

“I chose my field of study because of personal concerns about health inequalities and poor development in most sub-Saharan countries… I feel that the skills acquired during coursework and research/thesis write up puts me in a good position to work with governments, non-governmental organisations, private sector and research institutions to influence health policy in developing countries.”

- Dickson Okello, Master’s in Public Health (Health Systems Specialisation) 2014

Qualification name: MMed of Public Health
Delivery Mode and Duration: A candidate shall be registered for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of four years.

General Entry requirements

FMH1.1 General, Epidemiology, Health Systems, Clinical Research or Community Eye Health stream

  • holds an approved degree in medicine or a health profession other than medicine with at least a four-year degree from this University or another university recognised by the Senate for the purpose; holds an approved honours or equivalent four-year degree from this University or another university recognised by the Senate for the purpose; and has attained at least a C-grade pass in higher-grade Senior Certificate Mathematics or an equivalent recognised by the Senate for the purpose; and is proficient in written and spoken English.

  • In addition, a candidate will be required to submit evidence of previous academic performance, work history, and research output or involvement in research, and a 500 word typed essay setting out his/her reasons for doing the course and the ways in which he/she envisages (or hopes) the programme will improve his/her work skills and/or effectiveness at work.

FMH1.2 Health Economics stream

  • holds an approved degree in economics, health sciences or social sciences from this University or another university recognised by the Senate as equivalent; holds an honours or equivalent four-year degree from this University or another university recognised by the Senate for the purpose; has attained at least a C-grade pass in higher-grade matriculation mathematics or an equivalent recognised by the Senate for the purpose; and is proficient in written and spoken English.

  • In addition, a candidate will be required to submit evidence of previous academic performance, work history, and research output or involvement in research, and a 500 word typed essay setting out (i) his/her reasons for doing the course and (ii) the ways in which he/she envisages (or hopes) the programme will improve his/her work skills and/or effectiveness at work.

Convener: Prof L Myer, BA Brown MA MBChB Cape Town MPhil PhD Columbia (also Epidemiology specialisation)

Assistant Conveners:

  • Prof C Cook, MBChB MPH Cape Town FCS(Ophth) SA FRCOphth (Community Eye Health specialisation)
  • Prof L Gilson, BA(Hons) Oxford MA East Anglia PhD London (Health Systems specialisation)
  • Dr J E Ataguba, BSc (Econ) Nigeria MPH (HealthEcon) PhD (Econ) Cape Town (Health Economics specialisation)
  • A/Prof C Colvin, BA Virginia Tech MA PhD Virginia MPH Cape Town (General and Social & Behavioural Science specialisations)

Prescribed curriculum

GENERAL SPECIALISATION

Core courses:

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

PPH7016F

Public Health and Society

12

9

PPH7018F

Introduction to Epidemiology

12

9

PPH7021F

Biostatistics I

12

9

PPH7070S

Quantitative Research Methods

12

9

And one or two of: (If two are taken, one will be an elective.)

PPH7041S

Health Policy and Planning

12

9

PPH7093F

Introduction to Health Systems

12

9

PPH7094S

Health Systems Research and Evaluation

12

9

Plus another four or five elective courses (e.g. if both courses were selected above, four elective courses must be selected) subject to the discretion of the relevant conveners, from the courses below:

PPH7092S

Biostatistics II

12

9

STA5056F

Biostatistics III

12

9

PPH7022S

Evidence-based Healthcare

12

9

PPH7029F

Advanced Epidemiology

12

9

PPH7039F

Theory and Application of Economic of Evaluation in Healthcare

12

9

PPH7050F

Microeconomics for the Health Sector

12

9

PPH7053F

Public Health and Human Rights

12

9

PPH7054S

Gender and Health

12

9

PPH7063S

Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

12

9

PPH7065S

Epidemiology of Non-communicable Diseases

12

9

PPH7071F

Qualitative Research Methods

12

9

PPH7077S

The Economics of Health Systems

12

9

PPH7089F/S

Public Health Practicum

12

9

PPH7091S

Qualitative Data Analysis

12

9

PPH7015W

Public Health Minor Dissertation

60

9

Total NQF credits

180

EPIDEMIOLOGY SPECIALISATION

Core courses:

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

PPH7092S

Biostatistics II

12

9

STA5056F

Biostatistics III

12

9

PPH7016F

Public Health and Society

12

9

PPH7018F

Introduction to Epidemiology

12

9

PPH7021F

Biostatistics I

12

9

PPH7029F

Advanced Epidemiology

12

9

And any two or all three of the following:

PPH7022S

Evidence-based Healthcare

12

9

PPH7063S

Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

12

9

PPH7065S

Epidemiology of Non-communicable Diseases

12

9

And one of the following as appropriate:

PPH7041S

Health Policy and Planning

12

9

PPH7093F

Introduction to Health Systems

12

9

PPH7094S

Health Systems Research and Evaluation

12

9

PPH7090F/S

Seminars in Epidemiology (with approval of specialisation convener)

12

9

With the approval of the specialisation convener, the candidate may choose an elective from other courses offered on the programme.

Plus:

PPH7015W

Public Health Minor Dissertation

60

9

Total NQF credits

180

HEALTH SYSTEMS SPECIALISATION

PPH7016F

Public Health and Society

12

9

PPH7018F

Introduction to Epidemiology

12

9

PPH7041S

Health Policy and Planning

12

9

PPH7093F

Introduction to Health Systems

12

9

PPH7094S

Health Systems Research and Evaluation

12

9

PPH7071F

Qualitative Research Methods

12

9

PPH7077S

The Economics of Health Systems

12

9

Plus three courses from the list below (or approved alternatives):

PPH7039F

Theory and Application of Economic of Evaluation in Healthcare

12

9

PPH7053F

Public Health and Human Rights

12

9

PPH7054S

Gender and Health

12

9

PPH7063S

Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

12

9

PPH7065S

Epidemiology of Non-communicable Diseases

12

9

PPH7089F/S

Public Health Practicum

12

9

PPH7091S

Qualitative Data Analysis

12

9

Plus:

PPH7015W

Public Health Minor Dissertation

60

9

Total NQF credits

180

HEALTH ECONOMICS SPECIALISATION

PPH7039F

Theory and Application of Economic of Evaluation in Healthcare

12

9

PPH7041S

Health Policy and Planning

12

9

PPH7050F

Microeconomics for the Health Sector

12

9

PPH7064F

Quantitative Methods for Health Economists

12

9

PPH7070S

Quantitative Research Methods

12

9

PPH7077S

The Economics of Health Systems

12

9

and two approved elective courses from those offered in:

  • the Master of Public Health Programme;

  • various departments in the Faculties of Commerce and Humanities; or

  • other universities.

It is important for candidates to confirm the timetable and their eligibility for the elective course that they have chosen and to obtain approval both from the department offering the elective courses and from the convener of the MPH Health Economics specialisation.

The MPH electives are:

PPH7022S

Evidence-based Healthcare

12

9

PPH7053F

Public Health and Human Rights

12

9

PPH7093F

Introduction to Health Systems

12

9

PPH7016F

Public Health and Society

12

9

PPH7018F

Introduction to Epidemiology

12

9

PPH7021F

Biostatistics I

12

9

PPH7071F

Qualitative Research Methods

12

9

PPH7089F/S

Public Health Practicum

12

9

PPH7091S

Qualitative Data Analysis

12

9

 

 

 

 

PPH7094S

Health Systems Research and Evaluation

12

9

Plus:

PPH7087W

Health Economics Minor Dissertation

90

9

Total NQF credits

180

COMMUNITY EYE HEALTH SPECIALISATION

PPH7092S

Biostatistics II

 

 

CHM6022F

Community Eye Health I

12

9

CHM6023F

Community Eye Health II

12

9

PPH7018F

Introduction to Epidemiology

12

9

PPH7021F

Biostatistics I

12

9

PPH7022S

Evidence-based Healthcare

12

9

PPH7065S

Epidemiology of Non-communicable Diseases

12

9

PPH7070S

Quantitative Research Methods

12

9

PPH7093F

Introduction to Health Systems

12

9

PPH7041S

Health Policy and Planning

12

9

Plus: An approved elective from those offered in the MPH ................... 12 0

Plus:

PPH7015W

Public Health Minor Dissertation

60

9

Total NQF credits

180

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCES SPECIALISATION

PPH7016F

Public Health and Society

12

9

PPH7053F

Public Health and Human Rights

12

9

PPH7071F

Qualitative Research Methods

12

9

PPH7018F

Introduction to Epidemiology

12

9

PPH7091S

Qualitative Data Analysis

12

9

PPH7054S

Gender and Health

12

9

Plus another 4 elective courses, subject to the discretion of the relevant conveners, from the courses below:

PPH7041S

Health Policy and Planning

12

9

PPH7093F

Introduction to Health Systems

12

9

PPH7094S

Health Systems Research and Evaluation

12

9

PPH7021F

Biostatistics I

12

9

PPH7092S

Biostatistics II

12

9

STA5056F

Biostatistics III

12

9

PPH7041S

Health Policy and Planning

12

9

PPH7022S

Evidence-based Healthcare

12

9

PPH7029F

Advanced Epidemiology

12

9

PPH7039F

Theory and Application of Economic Evaluation in Healthcare

12

9

PPH7050F

Microeconomics for the Health Sector

12

9

PPH7070S

Quantitative Research Methods

12

9

PPH7063S

Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

12

9

PPH7065S

Epidemiology of Non-communicable Diseases

12

9

PPH7077S

The Economics of Health Systems

12

9

PPH7089F/S

Public Health Practicum

12

9

PPH7015W

Public Health Minor Dissertation

60

 

Total NQF credits

180