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School of Health Systems and Public Health

Welcome to the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria

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In the broader transformation of the University of Pretoria, the Faculty of Medicine has been replaced by a Faculty of Health Sciences, which comprises four Schools, one of which is the School of Health Systems and Public Health.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


SHSPH Time Table 2018, version 7 -  23 April 2018

Please keep in mind that the time table can change at any time. Please check this page regulary to ensure that you do have the latest time table.

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

Applications for the 2019 academic year opened in March 2018 and close again on 31st July 2018.

Please take note that we do not consider any late applications. 
All required information is available below under the SHSPH Information Pack, PhD Information Pack and Curriculum matters is available in the 2017 PG Boo.
 An application can be completed and submitted online here.
If you need more information you are welcome to contact Mr Reuben Semenya at [email protected] or René de Waal at [email protected].


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