• 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.

SOPH colleagues contributed to a new thematic series on the International Journal for Equity in Health. The articles in the series addresss governance through diverse health policy and system issues, consider actors located at multiple levels of the system and draw on multidisciplinary perspectives. They present detailed examination of experiences in a range of African and Indian settings, led by authors who live and work in these settings. The overall purpose of the papers in this series is thus to provide an empirical and embedded research perspective on governance and equity in health systems.

Featured articles

Practicing governance towards equity in health systems: LMIC perspectives and experience

Lucy Gilson, Uta Lehmann and Helen Schneider

Leadership and governance of community health worker programmes at scale: a cross case analysis of provincial implementation in South Africa

Helen Schneider and Nonhlanhla Nxumalo

Negotiating power relations, gender equality, and collective agency: are village health committees transformative social spaces in northern India?

Kerry Scott, Asha S. George, Steven A. Harvey, Shinjini Mondal, Gupteswar Patel and Kabir Sheikh

Exploring how different modes of governance act across health system levels to influence primary healthcare facility managers’ use of information in decision-making: experience from Cape Town, South Africa

Vera Scott and Lucy Gilson

Organisational culture and trust as influences over the implementation of equity-oriented policy in two South African case study hospitals

Ermin Erasmus, Lucy Gilson, Veloshnee Govender and Moremi Nkosi

Devolution and its effects on health workforce and commodities management – early implementation experiences in Kilifi County, Kenya

Benjamin Tsofa, Catherine Goodman, Lucy Gilson and Sassy Molyneux

How does decentralisation affect health sector planning and financial management? a case study of early effects of devolution in Kilifi County, Kenya

Benjamin Tsofa, Sassy Molyneux, Lucy Gilson and Catherine Goodman

Postings and transfers in the Ghanaian health system: a study of health workforce governance

Aku Kwamie, Miriam Asiamah, Marta Schaaf and Irene Akua Agyepong

“We are toothless and hanging, but optimistic”: sub county managers’ experiences of rapid devolution in coastal Kenya

Mary M. Nyikuri, Benjamin Tsofa, Philip Okoth, Edwine W. Barasa and Sassy Molyneux

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