The Department of Public Health is a part of the School of Health Sciences and it was established in 1998. The department offers two main programmes as follows: the Masters of Public Health (MPH) programme. Currently, the department is in the process of obtaining an approval for a Ph.D. degree programme in Public Health. The department also provides support for other departments in the School in form of interdepartmental collaboration in teaching and learning.
Among others, the objectives of the department include the following:
- To offer programmes in public health at all levels which provide for multidisciplinary education and training that are flexible, accessible and relevant to the needs of the rural and urban communities in South Africa and the Southern African region.
- To advance to become leaders in the development of public health theory, research and methods.
- To foster best practice in public health at community and institutional levels in South Africa and the neighbouring countries through recognition of the interactions between theory and practice.
- To produce graduates in public health at all levels both in good quantity and standard to meet the development needs of South Africa and the Southern African region.
Post graduate Degrees and Diplomas
- Master of Public Health - 2 years
|Introduction to Public Health
The historical development of the public health disciplines; surveillance
and assessment of the population’s health and well-being, health needs
assessment and determinants of health and the implications of health disparities.
Identification of local and international health challenges, priorities
and best practices. Roles and interactions between the different levels
of health management and service delivery in South Africa.
Knowledge and skills in conducting both quantitative and qualitative research;
Identification of research areas and topics and writing a research proposal.
Literature search and review, planning data collection and analysis. Use
of statistical packages to analyse and summarize data.
|Introduction to Epidemiology Demography and Biostatistics
Epidemiological principles, approaches and study designs and their applications.
Demography. Measures of central tendency and dispersion. Data handling and
Health Measurement[MPHBEI] (Pre-requisite- = 60% in Introduction
to epidemiology and biostatistics)
|Advanced Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Epidemiological principles, approach, designs and investigations as well
as measures of frequency and association; assessing validity and reliability.
Descriptive and inferential statistics; probability, estimation, confidence
intervals, regression, correlation and hypothesis testing. Analysis of data
and data-management using computer software.
Concepts and principles of health informatics; the importance of District
Health Information System(DHIS) and providing guidelines for designing,
developing, evaluating and monitoring an information system that supports
the information needs of the health district. Development and management
of health information systems within and across the levels of health service
provision and resource management. Application of health informatics in
quality control and decision making.
Health Policy and Management [MPHHPM]
|Health system management and strategic planning
Knowledge and skills in the development of policies, strategic planning
and organisational theories. Challenges of health care systems. Management
and implementation of policies at different levels of health care services
nationally and internationally.
|Health resources management
Knowledge and skills in resource management. Resource allocation, health
economics and challenges.
Occupational and Environmental Health [MPHOEH]
Principles of occupational health, hygiene injuries, disease. Health and
safety issues, laws and ergonomics.
Principles and major issues and challenges in environmental health. Monitoring,
evaluation and risk assessment. Policies and laws.
Health Education and Promotion [MPHHEP]
Models of health education, policies. Management of health education programmes
in different settings.
Community oriented health promotion programmes using relevant theories
and models as an organising framework. Implementation, evaluation of health
promotion programmes and policies.
Communicable and Non-communicable diseases control [MPHCND]
|Communicable diseases control
Principles and approaches to the control of communicable diseases. Application
of epidemiological principles: Surveillance and outbreak investigation.
|Non-Communicable diseases control
Principles and approaches to the control of non-communicable diseases.
Application of epidemiological principles: Surveillance and outbreak investigation.
The following is a list of staff
Prof. H.A Akinsola
B.sc, Ph.D. (Ibadan), M.Sc.
(Manchester), R.N; R.N.T.
|Tel: +27 15 962 8424
Prof. Abiodun Olukoga
FMCPH, PhD, MBCHB, MBA, MPH, MCom(Econs),BSc(Hons)
|Tel: 015 962 8424
Ms. J.T Mabunda
RN, Bcur, Bcur Hons, MPH
|Tel: +27 15 962 8601
Ms. N.S. Mashau
|Tel: +27 15 962 8622
Ms Tshitangano TG
RN, MBA, MPH
Mr. Tugli AK
Dip; BSc; BTech; PGDip; MPH