MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH (MPH) – coursework & 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.


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: 

An Honours Degree, Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health or or its equivalent at level 8 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 may be considered for admission (as per Rule A2.1.4). 

Information for SOPH Applicants 2021

The application process consists of 3 main parts:

1.    Online application. Online applications will be in August (dates to be confirmed), and all documents must be handed in as evidence for eligibility. 

2.    SOPH Student Data Form: This form asks you for additional details for your SOPH Postgraduate Programme application, in addition to your online application

3.    Application Task: The application task consists of two parts, a motivation and a writing task.

Online Application: Apply online through the UWC website See Prospective Students on Home Page of the UWC website: Please make sure you complete ‘all’ fields to avoid delays in processing your application. Applicants for next year will not have to pay an application fee.

Once you have made the online application, the SOPH Student Data Form and the Application Task will be emailed to you. Please make sure your correct email address is included in your online application.

If you do not receive this form within one week of making the online application, please contact Ms Janine Kader at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please view Programme Handbook 2020 for more information.  


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