• 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.

This is an exciting time for public health and pharmacy professionals to build their skills in Pharmaceutical Public Health. Pharmaceuticals are critical components of health systems and the increasing burden of chronic non-communicable diseases, as well as HIV/AIDS, has highlighted the need for innovative approaches to manage pharmaceuticals in Africa.

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is unique among African institutions and has been offering face-to-face short courses and accredited Masters-level online distance learning modules related to Pharmaceutical Public Health since 2014. These modules can be taken within the existing Master of Public Health (MPH) programme or as individual Continuing Education modules.

In 2019 we will offer Pharmaceutical Policy and Management and Rational Medicines Use short courses at Winter School in July and online/distance semester modules from July-September 2019. The Pharmaceutical Policy and Management Course will introduce participants to pharmaceutical policy and management issues within health systems. It will provide a foundation for pharmaceutical policy analysis, policy development and implementation skills at country and local levels. Selected areas include quality of medical products, antimicrobial resistance, human resources and corruption. The Rational Medicines Use Course will introduce the rational medicines use concept and a range of tools to investigate and promote rational medicines use. The course this year will have a particular focus on antibiotic resistance and stewardship. See overleaf for more details of short courses and online modules offered in 2019.

Teachers come from UWC Schools of Public Health and Pharmacy, Boston University School of Public Health, USA, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium and South African provincial and national health departments. Past students have come from all over Africa, most South African provinces and from government, NGO and the private sectors.

By studying these topics you will learn skills to promote rational use and advise on access to quality assured medicines policies. The courses emphasize practical skills that can be immediately translated into the workplace. Alongside these activities our research programme in Pharmaceutical Public Health at UWC is growing, with increasing numbers of MPH and doctoral students focusing in this area. 

Further details:

Winter School Short Courses 2019
(face-to-face short courses may be taken alone or collaboration with online/distance modules)

Pharmaceutical Policy and Management Course
Duration: 1 week (1-5 July 2019)

Rational Medicine Use Course 
Duration: 1 week (8-12 July 2019)

Cost per short course: R4,800 South Africans; US$ 350 Internationals with African citizenship or working in Africa; US $600 Other Internationals.       Note: Cost covers 5-day tuition and lunches only, excludes travel, accommodation & all other expenses.   

Brochure: http://www.uwcsoph.co.za/images/short_courses/WS_2019.pdf
Application Form: In Brochure, on Website or link below 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeipLAiYzGn3MW1hQtIzbnU7SbmnBNsI3zLv-h2rqSsl0fnIA/viewform
Application Deadline: 5th April 2019 (or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information)

Online/Distance Learning MPH and Continuing Education Modules 2019

Each online/distance learning module carries 15 credits at Masters-level and entails 150 notional hours of learning which include: activities, online interaction with conveners and fellow students, self-study – reading, case study analyses and assignments. These modules can be used as elective courses within the UWC MPH programme or earn Continuing Education points.

Pharmaceutical Policy and Management Module
Duration: 1 semester (July – November 2019)
Cost per module: R5,000 South Africans; US$350 Internationals with African citizenship; US $950 Internationals without African citizenship. 
Target group: Policy makers and advisors, managers responsible for policy implementation, consultants and academics with an interest in policy implementation and management.

Rational Medicine Use Module
Duration: 1 semester (July – November 2019)
Cost per module: R5,000 South Africans; US$350 Internationals with African citizenship; US $950 Internationals without African citizenship.
Target group: Health professionals, including pharmacists, doctors and nurses from the public (government) and private sectors and NGOs working at national, provincial, district and facility levels involved in managing and use of medicines.

Admission requirements: Possession of a relevant professional qualification at Bachelors (Hons) level (equivalent to South African NQF 8).
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019

For Application Form and Information contact Dr Hazel Bradley Tel: +27 21 959 2630,
Cell: +27 72 297 9932, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Website: www.uwcsoph.co.za

School of Public Health
University of the Western Cape
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Republic of South Africa

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