Title:Ai?? Master of Public HealthArise Blank


Duration (in semesters):Ai?? Two Semesters (1 year)

Credits (per semester):Ai?? 84 (168 credits in total)




The purpose of this qualification is to enable qualifiers already working in fields related to public health or health care delivery, to advance their skills and effectiveness in their current jobs, to broaden their vision of possibilities within the sphere of public health and to provide opportunities for continued personal and career development. The second purpose of the qualification is to enable qualifiers who have previous preparation in fields outside the health professions or health sciences to enter public health training at a graduate level, and to build on this to pursue careers in public health, health care management or related fields.Ai?? The rationale of the qualification is to provide South Africa with graduates in public health capable of contributing to the improvement of the health of the population and the reduction in health disparities, as researchers, managers, teachers, clinicians and health advocates.Ai??


Structure and content:


Core courses:Ai?? a) Public Health and Society (12 credits); Introduction to Epidemiology (12 credits); Biostatistics I (12 credits); Health Policy and Planning, and/or Quantitative Research Methods (12 credits), and either or both of: Introduction to Health Systems Research and Evaluation( 12 credits)(if both are taken, one will be an elective); And shall choose another four (4) or five (5) elective courses (if four courses were selected above, five selective courses must be selected) subject to specialisation stream requirements and the discretion of the programme convener, from the courses below: Evidence-based Health Care (12 credits) Advanced Epidemiology (12 credits);Ai?? Theory and Application of Economic Evaluation in Healthcare (12 credits); Microeconomics for the Health Sector (12 credits); Public Health and Human Rights (12 credits);Ai?? Gender and Health (12 credits);Biostatistics II (12 credits) Biostatistics III (12 credits);Ai?? Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (12 credits); Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases (12 credits); Qualitative Research Methods (12 credits); The Economics of Health Systems (12 credits) (b)Master of Public Health Minor Dissertation (60 credits)

Integrated assessment is based on a combination of summative and formative assessment: over 10 courses and a minor dissertation. 1. Classroom participation – attendance of 350 classroom hours. Of this, approximately 175 hours are didactic and 175 hours group work or discussion. 2. Assignments – 3 assignments per course, for a total of 30 assignments. These include exercises, critical appraisal of studies or policy, literature reviews, and short projects (e.g. writing a research protocol), carried out either individually or in groups. 3. Self-directed learning- Reading of prepared notes or assigned texts for each course. This is assessed in an end of course examination. 4. One three hour written paper in each course, i.e. a minimum of 10 written papers for the qualification. These may be open or closed book, invigilated or take-home. 5. A mini-dissertation in one or more of the public health disciplines in which the learner has completed courses, consisting of a substantial critical review of the literature and the presentation, analysis and interpretation of new information collected by the learner, using an accepted research methods; alternatively a formal systematic review of the literature using accepted methods. Overall pass mark is 50%, with a 40% sub-minimum for both formative and summative assessment components.Ai??


Learning Outcomes:

Able to appraise critically information from various sources, and is able to make judgements and offer advice based on evidence and sound reasoning. Ai??Ai?? Have communication skills: in concise writing and verbal presentation, computer and internet literacy. Ai??Ai?? Shows numeracy skills, and is able to apply quantitative logic to problems. Ai??Ai?? Shows competence in those courses requiring literature review, critical appraisal, policy and practice development and critique, as well as in the mini-dissertation, Ai??Ai?? Is able to produce work reflecting a multi-disciplinary perspective. Ai??Ai?? Shows competence in assignments requiring group work, written work, computer use, and electronic literature search, as well as in class presentations of prepared work. Ai??Ai?? Shows competence in those courses with a quantitative basis, particularly Epidemiology, Bio statistics, Research Methods and Health Economics, but shows effective numeracy in all courses.. Ai??Ai?? Contributes to the promotion of the highest possible state of health of the population. Ai??Ai?? Contributes to the development of effective and equitable health care services and resources. Ai??Ai?? Promotes the highest ethical practice in health care and research.Ai??Ai??Ai?? Shows understanding of the causes of ill-health and disability, and of the mission of public health in applying critical analysis, evidence and advocacy to ameliorating health problems of social and individual importance. Ai??Ai?? Shows understanding of the organisation of health care and of the mission of public health in applying critical analysis, evidence and advocacy to improving effectiveness and equity in health care service delivery. Ai??Ai?? Shows competence in ethical review of research problems and health care scenarios posing ethical problems, and in preparing an ethics protocol for self-directed research.


Recognition and Accreditation Obtained:

South African Qualifications Authority Identification No 21426

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