PhD in Public Health

The SOPH offers an academically oriented doctorate by thesis, which implies a very large research project written up in a full thesis. This work should contribute new and original knowledge to your chosen field. It usually takes between three and five years to complete your thesis, depending on the time you are able to commit to your research and writing. There is no course work or structured programme attached to the thesis. Our programme is small, because we have a limited number of staff who can supervise PhD students. We assess every request on merit, based on the person's CV and research experience, and if his or her project matches our areas of expertise.

Our main areas of expertise are public health nutrition, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, health information systems, human resource development, health policy and systems research and pharmaceutical public health. Apart from having completed your Master qualification, you should also have additional research experience and a couple of research publications which you have authored or co-authored.

Our programme is small, because we have a limited number of staff who can supervise PhD students. We assess every request on merit, based on the person's CV and research experience, and if his or her project matches our areas of expertise.

Please visit the following website for more information and complete an expression of interest form: http://www.uwcsoph.co.za/index.php/academic-programmes/phd-in-public-health .

11.1 RULES FOR THE PhD IN PUBLIC HEALTH
(Note that the information below is a guide only – please consult official UWC and CHS Faculty Rule Book)

PHILOSOPHIAE DOCTOR (PhD)

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY – 8950

ADMISSION

Unless Senate decides otherwise, candidates will be required to meet the following criteria to be enrolled for the programme: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A student shall have obtained a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in the subject (s)he wishes to study and submit proof thereof, and

Satisfied Senate as to his/her proficiency in the subject

SELECTION

As only a limited number of students can be admitted to the programme, applicants will be subject to a selection procedure.

DURATION

Unless Senate decides otherwise, the duration of the degree is subject to rule A.4.5 in the University Calendar Part 1.

CURRICULUM

The PhD programme is offered in the following specialisation areas:

• Nursing
• Psychology
• Public Health
• Social Work
• Sport, Recreation and Exercise Science
• Child and Family Studies

Module Name (select one discipline) Alpha Code Cred
Nursing
1st Enrolment 360
Nursing Doctoral Thesis 901 NUR901
2nd Enrolment

Psychology
1st Enrolment 360
Psychology Doctoral Thesis 901 PSY901
2nd Enrolment
Psychology Doctoral Thesis 902 PSY902

Public Health
1st Enrolment 360
Public Health Doctoral Thesis 901 SPH901
2nd Enrolment
Public Health Doctoral Thesis 902 SPH902

Social Work
1st Enrolment 360
Social Work Doctoral Thesis 901 SCW901
2nd Enrolment
Social Work Doctoral Thesis 902 SCW902

Sport, Recreation and Exercise Science
1st Enrolment 360
SRE Doctoral Thesis 901 SRE901
2nd Enrolment
SRE Doctoral Thesis 902 SRE902

Child & Family Studies
1st Enrolment 360
CFS Doctoral Thesis 901 CFS901

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is governed by Rule A.5 as stipulated in the University Calendar: General Information Part 1.

PROGRESS RULES

Registration for the following year of study will be recommended by the supervisor if in his/her opinion adequate progress has been made during the current year.

RENEWAL OF REGISTRATION

The renewal of registration will be governed by the Rule A.4, as stipulated in the University Calendar: General Information Part 1.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAMME

Students must meet with their supervisors according to the memorandum of understanding dually signed by both parties.

Students are expected to present to the department regularly for supervision/guidance and to attend the recommended additional courses, skills development and seminars as relevant to the students’ needs, or determined by the department. Candidates will be required to present their proposals on a prescribed date determined by the department before handing in the final proposals to the Higher Degrees and Senate Higher Degrees Committees.

An oral examination may be required

Additional or related modules in the subject area may be required.

[Source: Yearbook 2017. Faculty of Community and Health Sciences]

School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape
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