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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


Core Modules

Introduction to Public Health MCR6541

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.

Research Methodology MRM6541

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 MRD6541

Epidemiological principles, approaches and study designs and their applications. Demography. Measures of central tendency and dispersion. Data handling and analysis.


Health Measurement[MPHBEI] (Pre-requisite- = 60% in Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics)

Advanced Biostatistics & Epidemiology MBE6542

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.

Health informatics MCH6542

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 MHH6542

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 MHR6542

Knowledge and skills in resource management. Resource allocation, health economics and challenges.

Occupational and Environmental Health [MPHOEH]

Occupational health MOH6542

Principles of occupational health, hygiene injuries, disease. Health and safety issues, laws and ergonomics.

Environmental health MOE6542

Principles and major issues and challenges in environmental health. Monitoring, evaluation and risk assessment. Policies and laws.

Health Education and Promotion [MPHHEP]

Health education MHE6542

Models of health education, policies. Management of health education programmes in different settings.

Health promotion MHP6542

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 MCC6542

Principles and approaches to the control of communicable diseases. Application of epidemiological principles: Surveillance and outbreak investigation.

Non-Communicable diseases control MNM6542

Principles and approaches to the control of non-communicable diseases. Application of epidemiological principles: Surveillance and outbreak investigation.

  • Momoh A, Davies T, Akinsola H, Akinyemi S, Mhlongo S., Gitari W & Pindihama G.K ( 2013). Human bioaccessibility of Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu from consumed earth materials in Vhembe district, South Africa. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, DOI:10, 1080/0035919X.2012.755715

  • Ramakuela, N.J., Khoza, L.B. & Akinsola, H.A. (2012).Menopausal challenges as perceived by women in rural villages of Limpopo province, South Africa. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September (Supplement 2).

  • Momoh A., Davies T.C., Akinsola H.A. and Iweriabor B., and Mashao M.B. (2011).Geophagy, anaemia and geohelminth infection amongst non-pregnant women in Vhembe District, South Africa. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Scientific Research and Essay.

  • Akinsola H.A. & Ramakuela N.J. (2011).Perceived prevalence, determinants and preventive strategies for violence-related behaviours among South African high school children. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance. September 2011 (Supplement 2: 1), pp. 196-211.

  • Akinsola H.A. (2010). Understanding the Determinants and Preventive Strategies for High School Violence in South Africa: the Stakeholders’ Targeted Model. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance. Vol. 16, No. 4, pp 658-673.

  • Akinsola H.A. & Ramakuela N.J. (2010) Perceived Prevalence, Determinants And Preventive Strategies for Violence-Related Behaviours among South African High School Children: A Survey Among Teachers In Rural Vhembe District. Indian Journal of Social Work. Vol. 71, Issue 3, pp 303-328.

  • Akinsola H.A. & Ramakuela N.J. (2009). Sexual violence against womenin a South African rural community.African Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, Vol. 3, Iss. 4, pp 174 – 180.
  • Akinsola, H.A. & Mulaudzi P.S. (2009). People’s perception regarding HIV/AIDS prevention: A case study of a rural community in South Africa. African Journal for
    Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance.Vol. 15, No. 2 (June), pp. 202 – 222.

  • C.E. Ezenwaka, A. Olukoga, P. Onuoha, R. Worrell, T. Skinner, H. Mayers, E. Martin, and C. Phillip (2012). Perceptions of Caribbean type 2 diabetes patients on self-monitoring of blood glucose. Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry 118 (1): 16-21.

  • Olukoga, A; Legall G; Odekunle A (2011). Pattern of seatbelt use by drivers in Trinidad and Otbago, West Indies. BMC Research Notes 4: 201.

  • Olukoga, A; Legall G; Odekunle A (2011). Mobile phone use by drivers in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology 3 (3): 115-120.

  • Olukoga, A; Folayan, M; Harris, G and Ajayi, O. (2010). An analysis of listening skills of healthcare students in Nigeria. West African Journal of Medicine 29 (2):104-8.

  • Olukoga, A; Bachmann, M; Harris, G; Olukoga, T; Olasinde, AA. (2010). Analysis of the perception of institutional culture for health sector reform in Nigeria. Leadership in Health Services 23 (1): 75-87.

  • Olukoga, A; Lister, G; Fordham, R; Mugford, M; Wilson, E and McVey, D (2009).Costs of alcohol misuse in England. In: Bernice R. Hofmann (ed), "Health Care Costs: Causes, Effects and Control." New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-60456-976-6.

  • Lister, G; Fordham, R; Mugford, M; Olukoga, A; Wilson, E and McVey, D (2008). Evaluating the Societal Costs of Potentially Preventable Illnesses: Developing A Common Approach. In: S. Dawson and Z. S. Morris (eds), 'Future Public Health: Burdens, Challenges and Opportunities'. Basingstoke: Palgrave. ISBN 9780230013599. Dec. 17, 2008; 328 pages.

  • Olukoga, A. Epidemiology of fatal road traffic accidents in South Africa. In: Graham P. Bartley (ed), “Traffic Accidents: Causes and Outcomes.” New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. ISBN13: 9781604564266. ISBN10: 1604564261. April 15, 2008; 278 pages.

  • Sodi T, Mudhovozi P, Mashamba T, Radzilani-Makatu M, Takalani J, Mabunda JT (2011). Indigenous healing practices in Limpopo Province of South Africa: A qualitative study. International Journal of Health Promotion & Education. 49(3):101-110

  • Mabunda JT, Bradley H(2011). Factors contributing to poor performance of Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) in Mopani District, Limpopo Province, South Africa. African Journal for Physical , Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September(supp2:1), 93-107

  • Mashau NS, Davhana-Maselesele M (2009). Experiences of HIV/AIDS home-based caregivers in Vhembe district of the Limpopo Province. Curationis32(4):40-47.

  • Tugli, AK. 2011. Socio-behavioural determinants of the prevalence of STI’s among high school learners in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. AJPHERD (Supplement 2: 1):83-92.

  • Tugli, AK. 2012. Knowledge and beliefs about sexually transmitted infections among rural high school learners in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. AJPHERD(Supplement 2) vol.18.
  • Prof. Akinsola, HA (Principal Investigator): The Risk factors that affect the Mental Health Status of Secondary School Children in Vhembe District.
  • Mrs. Tshitangano, T. (Principal Investigator): Community Health Diagnosis: School Health.

The following is a list of staff

Designation Name Contact

Prof. H.A Akinsola, 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

Bcur, Mcur

Tel: +27 15 962 8622

Ms Tshitangano TG



Mr. Tugli AK

Dip; BSc; BTech; PGDip; MPH