School of Health Systems and Public Health

The School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH) is student-centred school with educational research used to inform Teaching and Learning and, remains committed to inspiring public health excellence globally through its research activities, while enriching the lives of South Africans and Africans in general.

The SHSPH is committed to graduating a new generation of public health professionals by providing context driven education and training, guided by societal needs as informed by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and aided with new technologies brought about by The Fourth Industrial Revolution.


Teaching Excellence and Innovation
Teaching Excellence and Innovation

The School of Health Systems and Public Health has a high quality of teaching and learning in the classroom, online,  and in communities. We have support in place for our students to graduate on time as well-rounded, responsible citizens fully prepared for the world beyond university.
Research and Partners
Research and Partners

Research at the University of Pretoria (UP) is at the apex of the University’s long-term strategic plan, UP 2025, which is to be a leading research-intensive university in Africa. Equally important is the University’s international visibility and the impact of its research and innovation on socio-economic development in South Africa and in the region.


Community Engagement
Community Engagement

The School of Health Systems and Public Health are committed to enrich lives and to better engage with communities to achieve long-term and sustainable outcomes, processes, relationships, discourse, decision-making, or implementation.
Institutes, Centres and Units
Institutes, Centres and Units

The School of Health Systems and Public Health allow for transdisciplinary collaborations and research to promote health, health systems and public health through innovation in education, research, service development, consultancy and advocacy.
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News and Events
News and Events

School of Health Systems and Public Health News and Events are the home for daily news, upcoming events, communication and media.
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Important announcements


SHSPH Time Table 2023

Please scroll to the bottom of this page (LHS). Latest update, 7 June 2023

Applications for the 2024 academic year

Dear Prospective student, thank you for your interest in our School.

Please quote your student number with the subject of your email in the Subject line of all emails to UP.

Applications for the academic year 2024 for all the study programmes are now open. 

Please take note that a PG Diploma in Public Health or an equivalent is a requirement for the MPH - Master of Public Health. No MPH application will be considered without submission of an academic record and degree certificate.

Please use this link for new applications:

Please make use of this link for the (Online) PostGraduate Diploma in Public Health application and further information,

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

All required information is available on the website Home page under the SHSPH Information Pack, PhD Information Pack, and Curriculum matters are available in the 2023 PG Book – at the bottom of this Home page.

If you need more information you are welcome to contact Mr. Lesiba Mpati at [email protected]"

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.

South Africa Field Epidemiology Training Programme call for Applicants

The South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme (SAFETP) is now accepting applications for the 2024 intake, from qualified health professionals with interest in public health and commitment to public service.

[ Call for Applications, 2024 ]

Our efforts in tobacco control in Africa

The Chairperson of the SHSPH, Prof Lekan Ayo-Yusuf had the privilege to share our efforts in tobacco control in Africa among others at the Universiity of Pretoria .....

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