The curriculum for the PGDip (Public Health) will comprise of compulsory core modules and a research component. All modules will be offered online.
Information on UPOnline:
- The programmes presented by UPOnline are part-time and fully online
- Online programmes allow access to programme material on any device provided that a stable internet connection is available.
- The UPOnline modules have dedicated facilitators and contactable staff ready to help, motivate and assist students with any queries they may have.
- UPOnline programmes have been designed to provide a highly interactive learning environment which may include live chats, discussion forums and online video communication.
- These programmes are structured with six enrolment opportunities per year where a student will enrol for a single module of either 8 or 16 weeks at a time.
- Payment can be made per module.
- Relevant Honours degree (NQF level 8) or relevant four-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8) with at least two years’ applicable practical work experience or relevant three-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) with at least two years’ applicable practical work experience
Application and closing dates:
- Students can apply any time of the year to enrol for a UPOnline programme
- UP Online programmes have six start dates throughout the year
- Applications must be submitted six weeks before a start date. Any applications received after this deadline will be considered for the subsequent start date
- A prospective student should complete only one online application per programme
- The relevant departments will process the applications as they are received
The University of Pretoria makes use of Blackboard, branded as clickUP, which is an online system that provides a workspace for students, providing students with the information and the connections needed. ClickUP contains study material as well as a simple, convenient, and reliable web conferencing and virtual classroom solutions specifically built for education and training. ClickUP is accessible via a web browser mobile device, or tablet and has a useful student guide.
Students are required to have some technical and digital literacy skills such as the ability to:
- navigate the University's eLearning environment (ClickUP);
- use the email service in the LMS;
- manage digital files: create, store, upload and attach files to assignment submissions (using applications such as MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint);
- use the Library website or databases for research and make use of proper referencing techniques;
- use a webcam, upload videos or audio files, use social media for communication or to collaborate electronically; and
- download and install software and applications.
Examinations and pass requirements
Written, oral and/or practical assessments must be passed in all the modules. The minimum pass mark for prescribed modules’ summative assessment is 50%. Only with the approval of the Chairperson of the School, on the recommendation of the head of department, will a student be allowed to continue his or her studies after having failed two modules (or the same module twice). A second assessment attempt in a module is arranged in conjunction with the head of department for any student obtaining less than 50% and more than 39% for any module assessment.
Pass with distinction
A diploma is awarded with distinction to a student who has obtained a mark of at least 75% for the externally moderated assessment components as well as a simple (unweighted) average of at least 75% of all the marks for the other required modules for the relevant diploma; excluding PHM 710 Learning in public health 710.