School of Health Systems and Public Health

Chairperson's Welcome Message

Welcome to the School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH) at the University of Pretoria – #TheAfricanGlobalUniversity. This is your school for inspiring Public Health excellence in Africa and by implication globally. The SHSPH encourages multi- and trans-disciplinary engagements in teaching, learning and research to bring hope of better health and protection for the poorest.......

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In the broader transformation of the University of Pretoria, the Faculty of Medicine has been replaced by a Faculty of Health Sciences, which comprises four Schools, one of which is the School of Health Systems and Public Health.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

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

All applications except the MSc Environmental Health for the 2022 academic year are now closed.

Applications for the 2023 academic year opened in March 2022 and close again on 31 July 2022.

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

All required information is available on this page under “Class of 2023” in the SHSPH Information Pack, PhD Information Pack and Curriculum matters are available in the 2022 PG Book.

Please be aware the incomplete applications will not be considered for selection.

Applications must be completed and submitted online.

Online application information:

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



Thank you for your interest to pursuing PhD studies at the School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH).

The School accepts PhD applications based on the availability of a supervisor for the applicant's project. Academic staff in the school can only supervise projects within their own research focus area, they can't randomly supervise any topic.

Prospective students are advised to go through the list of academic staff in the school and check their research focus area. You can contact the staff member directly to find out if he or she is available to supervise your project, so that when you write your concept note, you have agreed with a potential supervisor.

Then submit your concept note and CV to the Academic Advisory Committee of the school. The committee will review the concept, and if approved you can register and work on a full protocol


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