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School of Health Systems and Public Health

Welcome to the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria

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In the broader transformation of the University of Pretoria, the Faculty of Medicine has been replaced by a Faculty of Health Sciences, which comprises four Schools, one of which is the School of Health Systems and Public Health.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 in general.


SHSPH Time Table 2019, version 1 -  16 November 2018

Please keep in mind that the time table can change at any time. Please check this page regulary to ensure that you do have the latest time table.

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Applications for the 2019 Academic Year

Dear Prospective student. Thank you for your interest in our school.

Applications for the 2019 academic year except for the BSc HONS Occupational Hygiene and the MSc programmes are now closed. The BSc HONS Occupational Hygiene will close on 31st August 2018 and the MSc programmes on 30 September 2018.

Please take note that we do not consider any late applications due to high volumes of applications received yearly.

All required information is available on this Home page below under the SHSPH Information Pack, PhD Information Pack and Curriculum matters is available in the 2018 PG Book.

An application can be completed and submitted online at: 

If you need further information you are welcome to contact Mrs René de Waal at [email protected]   or Mr  Reuben Semenya at [email protected]


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