• 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.

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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 issues of antibiotic resistance, 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.

NEW SHORT COURSE… At Winter School 2018 we will offer a new short course in Pharmaceutical Policy and Management. This course will introduce participants to pharmaceutical policy and management issues within the health system. The course provides a foundation for pharmaceutical policy analysis, policy development and implementation skills at country and local levels. Selected areas including quality of medical products, local production, antimicrobial resistance and human resources will feature in the sessions. The course builds on the Understanding and Analyzing Health Policy course that is offered the previous week in the Winter School. However, students do not need to take this course to benefit from the Pharmaceutical Policy and Management course. See overleaf for details of Short Courses and Online Modules offered in 2018.

Teachers come from UWC Schools of Public Health and Pharmacy, Boston University School of Public Health, USA, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium, other African countries 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 topics in this area of specialization you will learn skills to manage supplies, promote rational use and advise on access to 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 2018
(face-to-face short courses may be taken alone or in collaboration with online/distance modules)

Medicine Supply Management Course
Duration: 1 week (9-13 July 2018)
Cost: R4,300 (US $600 International students without African citizenship)

Pharmaceutical Policy and Management Course
Duration: 1 week (16-20 July 2018)
Cost: R4,300 (US $600 International students without African citizenship)
Application Deadline: 6th April 2018 (or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information)

Winter School Brochure: click here
Winter School Application Form: click here

Online/Distance Learning MPH and Continuing Education Module 2018

Medicines Supply Management Module
This online/distance learning module carries 15 credits 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. The module can be used as an elective course within the UWC MPH programme or earn Continuing Education points.

Target group: Healthcare 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 requirement: Possession of a relevant professional qualification at or equivalent to level 8 on the South African NQF.

Medicine Supply Management Module
Duration: 1 semester (July – November 2018)
Cost: R8,000 (US $1300 International students without African citizenship)
Application Deadline: 31 May 2018

NOTE: In 2019 we plan to offer NEW Pharmaceutical Policy and Management Online Module

For additional information on Pharmaceutical Public Health area of specialization 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

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Republic of South Africa

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