Inspiring public health excellence in Africa.


To promote health, health systems and public health through education, research, service development, consultancy and advocacy.


The School provides 19 courses at doctoral, master's, and diploma levels, and provides the golden thread in public health for the medical programme. The postgraduate programme continues to attract a large number of applicants. The academic programme is built on a modular system with more than 90 modules on offer in and through the School, creating a very flexible learning environment. 27 full-time and part-time academic members of staff provide this extensive programme.

The structure of the Master's in Public Health (MPH) curriculum, with its development of a set of core skills in public health after which students select a specific "learning track" in the different disciplines of Public Health, is proving particularly popular. There is a "Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)" track that is linked to the global MEASURE Evaluation programme. A  small number of MPH (M&E) scholarships are available from USAID through the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chappel Hill. Demand for these positions is more than ten times higher than can be accommodated.

In line with the University's goal of 'becoming the university of choice for students and staff', the SHSPH attract high-quality students both locally and internationally, and currently has roughly 30% of students that come from elsewhere in Africa. The School now has 250 registered postgraduate students, of which 148 are registered for master's programmes. In terms of representivity, 87% of students are black and 48% are women. In line with the School's vision of serving Africa as well as South Africa, it is pleasing that 1/3 of students now come from other countries on the continent.

Published by Zama Mthembu

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