• 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.

About this Guide

Guide.pngThe School of Public Health (SOPH) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) hosted a two-part workshop series in May and October 2015, as part of its ongoing work with sister institutions in Africa and the global South. The overall aim of the workshops was to explore emerging opportunities for expanding access to, and delivery of, post-graduate training in public health for people working in or managing health services/systems. Various distancebased delivery modes were explored, including web-based and e-learning technologies, with focus on workplace-based learning and creating authentic learning opportunities for students.
 

Workshop 1

The focus of the first workshop was on mapping the field of e- and flexible learning, exploring the concept and practice of workplace-based learning, and bringing together and taking forward some of the work conducted between some of the participating institutions. Information about the participants and contributors can be found on the initial pages of the Guide. 

Workshop 2

Workshop 2 built on work done by participants between Workshop 1 and 2 to take their programme and curriculum development forward, culminating in a ‘working week’ for those participants who were in the process of designing curricula and courses in post-graduate public health education.

This Guide has emerged from this workshop process as both a record of what was covered, and a practical reference guide and resource for public health educators who are working on the process of transitioning from face-to-face to distance teaching and learning.

​Institutions that participated in developing this Guide

UWC, SOPH has a long history of collaborating with our academic sister institutions throughout the world, and in particular in the global South, to develop curricula, materials and training projects. From 2010 to 2015 the UWC, SOPH worked closely with the following institutions:

  • The Universities of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, National University of Rwanda, and Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, developing curricula and materials and training staff in their universities and Ministries of Health in human resource development for health 
  • The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, exploring new educational online technologies in public health education
  • The Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa (CHEPSAA) collaboration, developing open access educational materials which are available on the consortium’s website.

It was therefore a logical progression to invite two colleagues from these different academic sister institutions, together with other interested institutions to a two-part workshop to explore new models and practices in post-graduate public health education.​

Who is this Guide for?

This Guide is geared towards public health researchers and educators, specifically those focused on post-graduate public health education, who are developing courses and their accompanying resources for blended and distance learning. However, the process that is outlined is generic and can be used and/or adapted for other fields. We ask that you acknowledge the original source in line with the OER guidelines described on page 2 and that you share your adaptations with us in the interest of refining and developing this as a useful resource for all. Feedback about your own experiences can be emailed to the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..​ 

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