Resources and Student Support Available to You

These are the resources that you can use to support your studies:

  • Module Guides
  • Additional readings listed in the Module Guides (which you will find on the Internet)
  • Module Readings
  • Additional learning items, e.g. videos on USB flash drive for selected modules
  • Online learning platform
  • SOPH Academic Handbook
  • Summer and Winter School Short Courses
  • Discussion Forums (non-synchronous)
  • Contact with the Module Convenor/Lecturer by phone or e-mail
  • UWC Division for Postgraduate Studies (DPS) incl (PET Project - Postgraduate Enrolment and Throughput Project) for academic support including training in
    the development of academic skills, possibly help with writing skills (to be
    confirmed) and mini-thesis (see section 7.4.1).
  • Contact with your peers, fellow students and a mentor in your workplace.
    We explore each one in turn below.

Learning Resources

Module Guides
You will mainly study through iKamva, the UWC electronic learning platform in which Module Guides, Readings and Additional Materials will be posted; and in specific cases, a prescribed book. The Readings are cross-referenced from the Study Sessions in the Module Guide. At the beginning of each Module Guide, you’ll find a Module Introduction outlining the course and contact details of the Module Convenor/Lecturer. In most modules, you will also find the assignments in the Module Introduction unless otherwise directed.

You will also receive an electronic copy of the SOPH Academic Handbook which discusses academic skills guidance and some strategies for active studying. Explore this book before you start studying.

Additional Media and References
All study materials will be on the iKamva learning platform and materials for core modules will also be on the USB flash drive. Note that some of the modules also require you to buy prescribed books which are noted in the Module Introduction of those modules.

Prescribed books
Students taking the following modules should be aware of the requirement to buy the prescribed books.

MPH students should purchase the relevant prescribed books themselves. PG Diploma students, please purchase Introduction to Public Health prescribed book yourself. Questioning the Solution: The Politics of Primary Health Care and Child Survival required for Population Health and Development can be purchased at the School of Public Health, contact the PG Diploma Student Administrator regarding the cost and payment details.

PG Diploma in Public Health Prescribed Reading

Module: Introduction to Public Health

Book: Lucas, AO & Gilles, HM (2004) Short Textbook of Public Health Medicine for the Tropics. London: Arnold Publishers.

Module: Population Health and Development: A Primary Health Care Approach I

Book: Werner, D. & Sanders, D. (1997). Questioning the Solution: The Politics of Primary Health Care and Child Survival. Palo Alto, California: Health Wrights.

Master of Public Health Prescribed Readings
Module: Management Strategies for Public Health II

Book: Mintzberg, H. (2009). Managing. San Francisco, CA: Berrett- Koehler Publishers, Inc.

Module: Public Health Research Colin Robson. Real World Research, (2008). John Wiley and Co.

Bookk: Qualitative Research Methods Colin Robson. Real World Research, (2008). John Wiley and
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At MPH and PG Diploma level, you are expected to read beyond the materials provided. You will be given references for further reading, articles, books and websites in the Module Guides. (See Using the Library in sections 7.5 and 7.6).

Using the Internet

For many of your modules, and in particular Public Health Research and Introduction to Public Health, you will need to use the Internet to develop a literature review. This means: you need to find a place to use the Internet and develop the skills to use the Internet efficiently to search for literature, so that you are ready for this assignment. The UWC Library website can be very helpful in doing so, as is Google Scholar.

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