Modules & credits
Modules are undertaken over a seven week period. The programme is split over two years and consists of compulsory modules and a minor dissertation.
Compulsory modules – 120 credits
Principles and Practice of Environmental Health A (10 Credits)
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.
Principles and Practice of Environmental Health B (10 Credits)
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.
Environmental Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Research Methodologies A (10 Credits)
This 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.
Environmental Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Research Methodologies B (10 Credits)
This module explores multidisciplinary approaches in the prevention of epidemiological diseases and the improvement of health through research within the community and for individuals. It provides various statistical tools for interpretation of scientific data for public health.
Health Promotion and Health Behaviour (16 Credits)
The purpose of this module is to enable 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.
Environmental Health Risk and Impact Assessment (16 Credits)
This module encompasses conducting of health risk assessment and impact assessment using applicable methodologies developed by specialist organisations.
Emerging National and Continental Environmental Health Challenges (16 Credits)
The purpose of this module is to demonstrate how well-known disasters were managed at country level, the intersectoral collaboration at continental level, and the international responses.
Africa Heath Systems, Health and Environmental Politics and Management (16 Credits)
This module explores the impact of existing health systems and associated political environments on continental demographics, water, ecosystems critical for human survival, health, food and energy.
Health Systems, Funding Modules and Health Economics (16 Credits)
This 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
Minor Dissertation A (2 Credits)
This module provides the base for the formulation of a research concept note and a relevant research question, with a specific focus on public health.
Minor Dissertation B (2 Credits)
The purpose of this module is to aid the formulation of research aims and objectives aligned to an identified, refined research topic in the area of public health.
Minor Dissertation C (2 Credits)
This module aims to assist in the choice of an appropriate study approach and design to be used in the research.
Minor Dissertation D (2 Credits)
This 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.
Minor Dissertation E (2 Credits)
The purpose of this module is to allow authentication and pilot of data collection tools for validity and reliability purposes. It also focuses on ethical considerations required for research projects.
Minor Dissertation F (2 Credits)
This module allows for corrections of the research protocol, any substantiations required and submissions for Higher degree and Ethics approval. It enables initial interaction with a specific field expert/supervisor.
Minor Dissertation G (16 Credits)
This module provides for collection of data, the control of bias, capturing of data, analysing of data, and the interpretation of research results.
Minor Dissertation H (16 Credits)
This module warrants research report writing and comments/corrections with an allocated field expert/supervisor.
Minor Dissertation I (16 Credits)
This 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.