School of Health Systems and Public Health

Chairperson's Welcome Message

Welcome to the School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH) 2020 academic year. This is your school for inspiring Public Health excellence in our continent, Africa and abroad.  You enter the School at the start of the 2020s, a time when Public Health skills are more significant than ever before. This year marks the beginning of the decade of action as the United Nations has coined the final 10 years of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) era. We have exactly 10 years to achieve the aims of the SDGs in Public Health. There is a sense of urgency as we sprint towards 2030.

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In the broader transformation of the University of Pretoria, the Faculty of Medicine has been replaced by a Faculty of Health Sciences, which comprises four Schools, one of which is the School of Health Systems and Public Health.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

PHASA 2021

SHSPH Time Table 2020

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Join the South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme (SAFETP)
Call for Applicants for the 2021 intake

The South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme (SAFETP) is now accepting ap-plications for the 2021 class, from qualified health professionals with interest in public health and commitment to public service.

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Important - PhD Studies at the SHSPH

Thank you for for interest to pursue PhD studies at the SHSPH, however, at the moment there is no supervisory capacity to supervise any additional PhD students, UNLESS you want to pursue a project in malaria research. Then please contact Dr Taneshka Kruger ([email protected]) first. If Dr Kruger indicates that someone can supervise you in malaria research, then you can forward your concept PhD research plan (protocol) to [email protected]. Please then also indicate who your PhD supervisor will be in the malaria research area.

For other research areas in public health, please inquire again in Jan 2021.


Applications for the 2020 Academic Year

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

All applications except the MSc programs for the 2020 academic year are now closed.

The MSc Environmental Health applications for the 2020 academic year will close in May 2020. All other MSc application will close at the end of September 2019. 

Applications for the 2021 academic year will open in March 2020 and close again on 31 July 2020.

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

All required information are 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] or Mr. Reuben Semenya at [email protected]


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