The PGD in Public Health aims to provide graduates with an overview of Public Health, with an emphasis on health sector transformation, district health services and the Primary Health Care approach. It also assists students to prioritise health needs at a population level, and design, implement and evaluate context-sensitive Public Health programmes.

The PGD is especially aimed at health and social development managers, supervisors and educators who want general Public Health knowledge and skills to transform their sector without necessarily having to do formal research; and/or practitioners trained in other disciplines, but now working in Public Health. It is appropriate for practitioners at local, district, provincial and national levels. It is also a potential progression towards the MPH.


The curriculum comprises dynamically interacting themes divided into six compulsory modules; these relate to critical competence areas in the practice of public health.

Admission requirements: 

A three year Bachelors degree or equivalent in any relevant discipline, e.g. health sciences, social work, and education; and a minimum of one year working experience in the health or welfare sector.


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 PGD programme for 2022

Programme Handbook 2021


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