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    100% ONLINE
    Master of
    Public Health
    Two-year programme: 180 credits
    Fees Per Credit - 2019: ± R 206
    Module Fees Are Revised Annually

Master of Public Health

The first-of-its-kind, completely online Master of Public Health programme from the University of Johannesburg aims to empower health professionals to analyse, strategise, and offer solutions to public health challenges in South Africa and around the globe. Study environmental health, occupational health and epidemiological threats and risks.

Our curriculum is comparable with programmes offered at internationally accredited schools of public health, but with a curriculum tailored to South Africa and Sub-Saharan legislation, health imperatives, and economic environment. Completion of this programme will enable you to progress to a doctorate in a health-related field of study.

This programme requires no travel and no face-to-face sessions, allowing you to earn credits at your own pace while fulfilling personal and professional obligations. Complete the programme in a minimum of two years

Admission Requirements: 

The admission process is the first step toward advancing your career. Below are the minimum requirements for applying and a list of the required documents you will need when you submit your application for the Master of Public Health 100% online programme.

Requirements for consideration into the Master of Public Health include:

A Health-related qualification at NQF Level 8 such as Environmental Health, Public Health, MbChB, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Nursing and other related equivalent qualification. Non-South African students need to apply to SAQA for verification of the equivalence of the entry qualification.
An average of 65% for the NQF Level 8 qualification or proven research and/or Project management experience.
A minimum of five years’ work experience in the field of Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety.
Three to five years’ experience in a management position in the Health Sector.


Required documentation:

A certified academic record and a certified copy of highest qualification obtained.
Evidence of highest qualification NQF level.
An updated and detailed CV.
Proof of work experience.
A motivation letter.
A general referee report from a colleague or a recommendation letter.
SAQA evaluation for non-South African Qualifications.


Have a question? Email enquiries@online.uj.ac.za or phone 0800 980 364 (toll-free)

Reasons To Enrol In A UJ Online Programme

Our online programmes are carefully designed to make earning an accredited university qualification possible for students from all walks of life.

Students benefit from the rigour of a traditional programme, made accessible online.

No Travel Required

6 Start Dates Per Year

Pay Per Module

100% Online Programmes 

Full Academic Support

Work And Learn

Compulsory Modules - 120 Credits

The module introduces and demonstrates the relevance of epidemiology, biostatistics and research methodologies to public health. It provides the foundation to public health surveillance and investigations.
This module evaluates and debates occupational and environmental health systems with reference to strengths, weaknesses, core values, ethos of current health reforms and global public health priorities. The module enables a contextual framework of public health within a region or relevant country’s health system.
The module provides an introduction to environmental health and occupational health interlinked to public health. It examines the multidisciplinary approaches to understanding, assessing and controlling environmental and occupational factors that impact on public health.
The module enables the assessment of programmes, policies and activities available to promote health and development of new applicable methodologies for health promotion. It focuses on creating models for social and environmental interventions to respond to current public health challenges across the globe.
The module explores multidisciplinary approaches in the prevention of epidemiological diseases and the improvement of health through research within the community and for the individuals. It provides various statistical tools for interpretation of scientific data for public health.
The module encompasses conducting of health risk assessment and impact assessment using applicable methodologies developed by specialist organisations.
The module demonstrates how well-known disasters were managed at country level, the intersectoral collaboration at continental level and the international responses.
The module explores the impact of existing health systems and associated political environment on continental demographics; water; ecosystems critical for human survival; health; food and energy.
The module critiques the existing models of funding health care with reference to best practices across the globe and relevance to developing and developed countries. It enables the development of knowledge on health economies.

Minor Dissertation Modules - 60 Credits

The module provides the base for the formulation of a research concept note and a relevant research question, with a specific focus on public health.
The module aids the formulation of research aims and objectives aligned to an identified, refined research topic in the area of public health.
The module assists in the choice of an appropriate study approach and design to be used in the research.
The module aids to plan, outline and design where applicable, data collection tools and/or measuring instruments. It enables the formulation of specific questions answering to the aims and objectives of the proposed research.
The module allows authentication and pilot of data collection tools for validity and reliability purposes. It also focuses on ethical considerations required for research projects.
The module allows for corrections of the research protocol, any substantiations required and submissions for higher degree and ethics approval. It enables initial interaction with specific field expert/supervisor.
The module provides for collection of data; the control of bias; capturing of data; analysing of data; and the interpretation of research results.
The module warrants research report writing and comments/corrections with allocated field expert/supervisor.
The module warrants the minor dissertation finalisation, submission, examination and corrections where applicable. Results to be presented and approved as per Faculty and University policies to qualify the student for completion.

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