• 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.

UWC-Umeå (U2U) held a productive capacity building workshop (20-24 Nov 2017) in Cape Town focusing on health policy and systems research (HPSR). The event brought together diverse group of researchers based in academic institutions, research centres, public & non-government institutions across countries (Uganda, Kenya, Guatemala, Nigeria, Sweden, Zambia, India, Tanzania, South Africa). A series of presentations and interactive sessions were held over the week on issues related to Community health systems, governance and accountability,  policy and politics, and research methods (social network analysis, discourse analysis, realist evaluation, particpatory action research). The meeting ended on a high with participants brainstorming ideas for continued engagement and collaboration.

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The School of Public Health – University of the Western Cape and Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine – Umeå University have a 3 year NRF-STINT funded research collaborative programme on community-based health systems in South Africa and Sweden. The workshop forms part of this collaboration and has as its aim to create a platform for doctoral students, postdocs and senior researchers from participating institutions and their networks to exchange and advance knowledge of health policy and systems research (HPSR). Although the focus of the collaboration is on community-based health systems (CBHS), research on this theme touches on a number of other themes, such as responsiveness, social accountability, policy implementation, governance and leadership, public value and resilience. Research in all these areas has a common interest in deepening understanding of HPSR conceptual approaches and methodologies. The workshop thus takes an inclusive perspective, providing the opportunity for a wider cohort of emerging HPSR researchers linked to the two collaborating institutions to exchange ideas and develop their skills.

 

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University of the Western Cape
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Bellville 7535
Republic of South Africa

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University of the Western Cape,
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Bellville, 7535, 
Republic of South Africa

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