• Welcome to the School of Public Health

    Welcome to SOPH, part of the Faculty of Community Health Science (CHS) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). This website will introduce you to our vision, our staff and our teaching and research programmes.

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  • SOPH Academic Programme

    Popular in South Africa and other African countries for its flexible, modular, part-time design and growing array of distance learning materials.

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  • Annual Summer and Winter Schools

    Probably the largest continuing education programmes in Public Health in Africa, which has trained over 12000 participants since 1992.

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  • SARCHI Chairs

    We host two South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChi) Chairs

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  • Open Education Resources in Public Health

    We have lodged as OER several of our distance learning modules and case studies to share our resources and expertise and to build the network for public health education in Africa and the global South.

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  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

    Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

    The PGD in Public Health aims to provide graduates with an overview of Public Health, with an emphasis on health sector transformation, district health services, and Primary Health Care: Prioritise health needs at population level; Design, implement and evaluate Public Health programmes.

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  • Masters in Public Health (coursework, mini-thesis)

    Masters in Public Health (coursework, mini-thesis)

    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.

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  • Masters in Public Health (full thesis)

    Masters in Public Health (full thesis)

    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.

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  • PhD in Public Health

    PhD in Public Health

    Currently offered by thesis only, which implies a very large research project, either written up in a full thesis, or in a format of manuscripts with a beginning and ending sections forming part of the whole thesis. This work should contribute new and original knowledge to your chosen field.

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  • Winter School / Summer School

    Winter School / Summer School

    Exposes health and health-related workers to the latest thinking in Public Health and enables them to exchange ideas on improved planning and implementation of Primary Health Care in the changing environment of the developing world.

The School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape (SOPH) has the following opportunity available. Please apply by 2 November 2018, 5p.m.

RESEARCHER (1 POST):

SAMRC/UWC Health Services to Systems Research Unit

The Health Services to Systems Research Unit is seeking a Research Assistant, with an interest in health system strengthening, governance and the future National Health Insurance (NHI), to assist the Director in coordinating the work of the Unit.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Engaging, liaising and networking with a variety of stakeholders around key health system themes
  • Organising roundtables and workshops
  • Conducting literature searches and collating documentation
  • Supporting and organizing field work activities
  • Assisting in funding applications and compiling reports

The minimum requirements include:

  • South African citizen, permanent resident or work permit holder
  • A Masters qualification in public health, social sciences or a related discipline
  • Knowledge and experience of South Africa’s health system
  • Ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders
  • Project management and report writing experience
  • Strong work ethic and a team worker

The position is for one year, renewable for a further year dependent on satisfactory performance.

Your application should highlight your strengths as a researcher and project manager and should be accompanied by a full Curriculum Vitae (including certified copies of qualifications and ID/passport) and the names, positions and contact particulars – email addresses and contact numbers – of three referees.

Applications should be sent by 2 November, 5p.m. addressed to: Carnita Ernest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535. Tel: 021 959 2809

In line with the University’s commitment to diversifying its workforce, applications from the designated groups will be given priority considerations. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to make an appointment at a lower level.

School of Public Health
University of the Western Cape
Robert Sobukwe Road
Bellville 7535
Republic of South Africa

Tel: +27-21 - 959 2809
Fax: +27- 21 - 959 2872
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University of the Western Cape,
Robert Sobukwe Road, 
Bellville, 7535, 
Republic of South Africa

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phone: +27 21 959 2911