A dissertation (GGS 891 Dissertation – 180 credits) on an approved research project must be passed in addition to the major subject and prerequisites. The stipulations of the General Regulations regarding the preparation and submission, the technical editing and the résumé of the dissertation apply.
- MBChB (or equivalent) degree or relevant medical degree with modules equivalent to at least the first two years of the MBChB degree
- Currently registered as a physician with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and must have been so for at least one year
- Employment in a full-time training position for a period of four years according to the requirements of the Department of Public Health Medicine
- Completion of the theoretical and practical applicable training as stipulated by the Department of Public Health Medicine
- Passed the prescribed written, oral and/or practical university examinations or equivalent primary Colleges of Medicine of South Africa examinations
Each student must prove to the University that he or she
- has successfully filled the required full-time training post for a period of four years according to the requirements of the Department of Public Health Medicine.
- has completed the theoretical and practical applicable training as stipulated; and
- has passed the prescribed written, oral and/or practical university examinations or equivalent primary Colleges of Medicine of South Africa examinations.
Other programme-specific information
Please note: All MMed students must register for, and attend (TNM 800) Applied research methodology, satisfactorily.
“Major subject” refers to the recognised field of study in Medicine in which the student specialises. The study of the major subject extends over four years, as prescribed by the Department of Public Health Medicine.
Examinations and pass requirements
- The sequence of the examinations in the prerequisite subjects will be determined by the head of the department of Public Health Medicine.
- The final exit examination for the major subject will be conducted by the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. Only candidates who have met all the requirements for the MMed(Public Health Medicine) degree except for the major subject, i.e. passed all prerequisite subjects, completed all applicable training as prescribed in Reg. P.3(c) and completed the required research component for the degree in accordance with the Faculty Yearbook regulations, i.e. TNM 800 and the dissertation (GGS 890) will be allowed to write the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa exit examination.
- A minimum final mark of 50% is required to pass in a subject.
- A student is not admitted to the examination in a prerequisite subject (second examinations excluded) more than twice, nor is he or she admitted to the examination in the major subject more than twice.
Second examinations in the prerequisite subjects will only be held after at least six months have elapsed since the conclusion of the examination in which the student had failed.
- The Faculty Board may grant partial exemption from the training and work mentioned earlier on the grounds of comparable training and experience completed in another post or at another recognised institution – with the proviso that exemption from a maximum period of 18 months may be granted in the case of a four-year programme such as the MMed (Public Health Medicine) degree programme.
- Exemption from a maximum of two years’ Public Health Medicine training may be granted in the Department of Public Health Medicine in respect of the MMed(Public Health Medicine) degree, to a candidate already in possession of a Fellowship of the College of Public Health Medicine or a Fellowship of the College of Occupational Health Medicine of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. Such a candidate must have completed a period of at least 24 months of registrar training in Public Health Medicine or in Occupational Health Medicine that is recorded as such by the HPCSA.
Registrars in Public Health Medicine are expected to undergo rotational attachment to a number of designated health service organisations during their period of training.
A dissertation on an approved research project must be passed in addition to the major subject and prerequisites. The stipulations of the General Regulations regarding the preparation and submission, the technical editing and the résumé of the dissertation apply.
Pass with distinction
The degree is conferred at the end of the prescribed training period, i.e. four years. The degree is conferred with distinction on a student who has obtained a final mark of at least 75% in his or her major subject.
University of Pretoria Programme Qualification Mix (PQM) verification project
The higher education sector has undergone an extensive alignment to the Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework (HEQF) across all institutions in South Africa. In order to comply with the HEQSF, all institutions are legally required to participate in a national initiative led by regulatory bodies such as the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The University of Pretoria is presently engaged in an ongoing effort to align its qualifications and programmes with the HEQSF criteria. Current and prospective students should take note that changes to UP qualification and programme names, may occur as a result of the HEQSF initiative. Students are advised to contact their faculties if they have any questions.