MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH (MPH) – coursework & mini thesis (NQF level 9)

The MPH aims to equip graduates to: quantify and prioritise health needs at population level; design, implement and evaluate Public Health programmes and policies; demonstrate leadership in transforming aspects of the health services and system; and to conduct related research. The MPH is designed for a range of health professionals and those working in the health and social development field. It is particularly designed to support managers (from middle to senior level), who are working at district, provincial or national levels, and staff of NPOs and academic research institutions.


The Programme is made up of eight coursework modules, six compulsory components (which includes two research methodology modules) and two electives and a mini-thesis.

Admission requirements: 

An Honours Degree, Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health or or its equivalent at level 8 in any relevant discipline, and three years working experience in the health or welfare sector.  In exceptional cases, five years relevant experience assessed by the university through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process may be considered for admission (as per Rule A2.1.4). 

Information for SOPH Applicants 2022

Process of Application

  • The first step you need to take is to apply online through the UWC website: Applications are now open and will close on Wednesday 30 September 2021.
  • Once you have made this online application through the UWC website, you will receive an acknowledgement from Ms Janine Kader (SOPH). She will then provide you with a link to the SOPH online application form and the SOPH application task which we require all applicants to complete.
  •  Applicants should start the UWC (general) and SOPH (specific) online application process as early as possible in order to have enough time to be able to complete the necessary application forms, the application task and to gather all the necessary and certified documentation together (including leaving time to apply for SAQA clearance certification for all non-South African qualifications).
  • Your application to the University of the Western Cape (general application) and your application to the School of Public Health (specific application & task), must be completed on or before the 30 September 2021 deadline. This includes the uploading of all relevant documentation onto both the UWC and SOPH eapplication sites. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Please do not email your documentation to the SOPH – all applications have to be completed and uploaded through our e-application platform.

For more information and details on how to apply for the MPH please contact Janine Kader: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please view the following for more information. 

FAQs SOPH Academic Programmes

SOPH Applicant Information Letter for MPH programme for 2022

Programme Handbook 2021

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