Selecting your electives

Those taking Option 1 with more pressure at the outset, must take their first Elective in 2019. 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.
Electives and Areas of Specialisation
Our Electives have been developed to provide a measure of specialisation in your MPH. You have the option to choose Electives from a one of seven areas of specialisation. These areas of specialisation represent some of the key areas of Public Health research and practice for specific career paths, e.g. if you are working in Health Promotion, you would choose your Electives from that area of specilisation and write your Mini-thesis on a related topic.

The areas of specialisation are:
1. Health Promotion
2. Health Research
3. Health Information Systems
4. Nutrition
5. Pharmaceutical Public Health

You are under no obligation to choose Electives from one particular area of specialisation, and you will note that some Electives, e.g. Globalisation do not fall into an area of specialization. See section 10.1, Academic Rules, for how modules fall into areas of specialisation. Please note that some modules may call for a pre-requisite (Pre-R) or foundation module to be taken. Read the Module Descriptions in section 10.6 and 10.7 to check for pre-requisites. The list that follows sets out your Elective options for 2019.

TABLE 1 - ELECTIVE OPTIONS INCLUDING AREAS OF SPECIALISATION, SHORT COURSES

MODULES OFFERED BY SOPH AS ELECTIVES in 2019

For more information about Areas of Specialisation in Your MPH, see above.

Modules with Pre-Requisites = Pre-R

AREA OF SPECIALISATION OR ELECTIVE

If the module is part of an area of specialization the name of

AREA OF SPECIALISATION has been noted below in CAPITAL LETTERS.

MODE OF DELIVERY

DL = Distance

Learning, SC = Short Course

SEMESTER AVAILABLE

Epidemiology and Control of Chronic (Non-Communicable) Diseases - SPH867

NUTRITION & ELECTIVE

DL

2

Globalisation and Health SPH868

ELECTIVE

SC & DL

2

Health Information Systems SPH878

HEALTH INFORMATION

& ELECTIVE

SC & DL

2

Introduction to Health Workforce Development – SPH871

HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT & ELECTIVE

DL

1

Micronutrient Malnutrition (Pre-R) – SPH864

NUTRITION & ELECTIVE

DL

1 & 2

Monitoring and Evaluation in Health and Development Programmes – SPH866

HEALTH RESEARCH & ELECTIVE

SC & DL

2

Pharmaceutical Policy and Management Management – SPH875

PHARMACEUTICAL PUBLIC HEALTH & ELECTIVE

SC & DL

2

Public Health Nutritional Policy and Planning- SPH870

NUTRITION & ELECTIVE

DL

1 & 2

Rational Medicines Use – SPH 873

PHARMACEUTICAL PUBLIC HEALTH & ELECTIVE

SC & DL Online

2

Understanding and Analysing Health Policy Analysis SPH851

ELECTIVE

SC &DL

2

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