Selecting your electives

Those taking Option 1 with more pressure at the outset, must take their first Elective in 2018. You can, however, take a module from another UWC department provided you can attend lecturers, and it is deemed relevant to Public Health, or one from UCT (University of Cape Town’s) Postgraduate Programme.

The Range and Mode of Electives

Your Electives are selected from a range of modules offered in the following ways:

  • Distance learning (DL)
  • Short Courses offered at Winter School (SC). MPH students can take an MPH Elective which is delivered only as Short Courses (SC) only at Winter School; if you select one of these, you must attend Winter School, complete all required reading and activities and then complete two assignments.
  • With permission from SOPH*, students may take two Masters level electives (up to 30 credits) from another Department at UWC, provided these are deemed of direct relevance to Public Health. Their availability must be checked with the relevant department. [*To do so, write to the Student Administrator, Ms Corinne Carolissen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]. An elective from another UWC department or UCT must be the equivalent of 15 credits.
  • Students resident in Cape Town may take modules from the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT). You need to attend their weekly classes. Contact Ms Nazlie Farista UCT Health Sciences Faculty, Anzio Road, Observatory. Tel +27 +21 650 1098. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She will e-mail you their brochure
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