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In the broader transformation of the University of Pretoria, the Faculty of Medicine has been replaced by a Faculty of Health Sciences, which comprises four Schools, one of which is the School of Health Systems and Public Health.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

Flagship Programmes:


People of SHSPH Video


SHSPH Time Table 2022

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Important - Prospective PhD students at the SHSPH

There is limited PhD supervision capacity available in the SHSPH for the 2022 academic year. 

If you have obtained funding to conduct a PhD project, then please contact Kathy Pieterse ([email protected])

Prospective students are also advised to check this website for more information on research focus areas for academic staff

If you have a degree or degrees obtained from outside South Africa then in the meantime get them verified by SAQA:

The SHSPH will request SAQA verification from you before your proposed PhD concept protocol (research plan) will be reviewed for consideration to start PhD studies at UP

Please download Requirements and Application Process for 2022


Join the South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme (SAFETP)
Call for Applicants for the 2022 intake

The South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme (SAFETP) is now accepting ap-plications for the 2022 class, from qualified health professionals with interest in public health and commitment to public service.

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

All applications except the MSc programs for the 2021 academic year are now closed.

The MSc Environmental Health applications for the 2021 academic year will close in May 2021. All other MSc application closed at the end of September 2020. 

Applications for the 2022 academic year opened in March 2021 and close again on 31 July 2021.

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 below under the SHSPH Information Pack, PhD Information Pack and Curriculum matters are available in the 2021 PG Book .

An application can be completed and submitted online.

If you need more information, you are welcome to contact Mrs. René de Waal at [email protected] 



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