|10253335||Faculty of Health Sciences||Department: School of Health Systems and Public Health|
|Minimum duration of study: 1 year||Total credits: 180||NQF level: 09|
The following requirements are set:
Advanced instruction by means of blended learning
Students must pass the module TNM 802 Applied research methodology 802
Students must pass the module HMS 873 Scientific writing 873
Students must select and pass one of the elective 30-credit modules
Students must pass a dissertation that carries 150 credits.
All MSc students must register for, and attend TNM 802 Applied research methodology 802 satisfactorily. (Exemption may be granted, on application, if the module has already been passed for the BScHons degree.) Also consult General Academic Regulations.
Concurrent registration for two study programmes
Students must attend all lectures and practical classes (as may be required), and should successfully complete all online and/or distance-based tasks, as required, to the satisfaction of the head of department or the Chairperson of the School. Written, oral and/or practical examinations must be passed in the elective module as well as in TNM 802 Applied research methodology 802 and HMS 873 Scientific writing 873.
The minimum pass mark for the modules and the dissertation is 50%. Only with the approval of the Chairperson of the School, on the recommendation of the head of department, will a student be allowed to continue their studies after having failed a module twice. A second examination in a module is arranged in conjunction with the head of department for any student obtaining less than 50% and more than 39% for any module. In addition:
After registration, a student is required to submit a complete research protocol regarding the proposed dissertation to the Academic Advisory Committee and also to the Faculty of Health Sciences Ethics Committee for approval.
A dissertation on an approved research project must be passed. The stipulations of the General Academic Regulations regarding the preparation and submission, the technical editing and the résumé of the dissertation apply.
A systematic literature review (Cochrane type) on an approved subject, which is undertaken in such a manner that bias in minimised, may be presented as an alternative to the dissertation for awarding the MSc degree, provided it also incorporates the appropriate use of meta-analysis. It requires, inter alia, a research protocol with clearly formulated objectives and methods. Inclusion and exclusion methods for the study must be determined. A meta-analysis is required as part of a systematic review offered for the dissertation; with applicable statistical methods.
The MSc (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) degree is awarded with distinction to a student who has obtained a mark of at least 75% for the dissertation as well as a weighted average of at least 75% of all the marks for the other required modules for the degree (with weighting in proportion to the credit value of the module).
Minimum credits: 180
Select only ONE module.
*Attendance module only.
Surveillance; infectious disease epidemiology; disease control programmes; outbreak investigations and control.
Clinical epidemiology; survival analysis; evidence-based medicine;
chronic disease epidemiology; infectious disease epidemiology; economic evaluation.
Monitoring and evaluation principles; qualitative research; health data management; ethics; quality assurance; surveillance.
Chronic disease epidemiology; infectious disease epidemiology; surveillance; environmental epidemiology.
Exposure assessment; health risk assessment; environmental epidemiology; surveillance; toxicology; environmental chemical pollution.
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