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.
University of Pretoria Programme Qualification Mix (PQM) verification project
The higher education sector has undergone an extensive alignment to the Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework (HEQF) across all institutions in South Africa. In order to comply with the HEQSF, all institutions are legally required to participate in a national initiative led by regulatory bodies such as the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The University of Pretoria is presently engaged in an ongoing effort to align its qualifications and programmes with the HEQSF criteria. Current and prospective students should take note that changes to UP qualification and programme names, may occur as a result of the HEQSF initiative. Students are advised to contact their faculties if they have any questions.