Inspiring public health excellence in Africa by promoting health, health systems and public health through education, research, service development, consultancy and advocacy.

— Our Vision and Mission

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Welcome to the School of Health Systems and Public Health

The SHSPH provides opportunities for advanced education, research, and consultancy in the many fields of public health. Our programmes are designed for individuals and organisations whose work impacts on health.


In 1998, the School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH) was established by the University to enhance its ability to engage one of society's most valued goals: health. The SHSPH grew out of the Department of Community Health and was tasked with preventing diseases and promoting and restoring health.

The SHSPH is a University-wide, "horizontal" School: it accesses and strengthens any area relevant to the health system and to public health. Its structure and functions are outcomes- oriented: a better health system and greater health that is more equally distributed. Its nature is, by definition, multidisciplinary; staff is recruited from many departments and faculties throughout the University, as well as from outside institutions and organisations. The SHSPH has taken over the programmes previously provided by the Department of Community Health, and has added value by increasing the scope, depth, and multidisciplinary nature of these programmes.

In the broader transformation of the University of Pretoria, the Faculty of Medicine has been replaced by a Faculty of Health Sciences, which comprises four Schools, one of which is the School of Health Systems and Public Health. The Department of Community Health remains the link between clinical medicine and public health, and forms an integral part of the SHSPH.

Enrolment in our postgraduate programmes gives students the opportunity to become a part of this exciting institution. We trust that the students' educational experience with the SHSPH will prove worthwhile, and that it will be the start of a long relationship. In optimising the use of the University resources and learning opportunities, students should bear in mind that the SHSPH is only an entry point to the whole University for people interested in health systems and public health.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2015 ARE NOW CLOSED

Important notice - no further PhD proposals:

The academic staff at the SHSPH are currently supervising many postgraduate students and have reached their supervisory capacity. Therefore the following tracks will not accept any further PhD proposals during the period May 2014 - April 2015:

  • Environmental and Occupational track: PhD (Community Health) and/or PhD (Environmental Health)
  • Disease control track: PhD (Public Health)
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics track: PhD (Epidemiology)
  • The Health Policy and Management track and the Health Promotion track will each consider one PhD proposal during the period May 2014 - April 2015, i.e. PhD (Health Systems) or PhD (Public Health)


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