WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$5,574 for the full programme
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Medicine (MMed Community Health
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Health Sciences
Course Type:Master by Coursework & Research Report
Specialisations:Public Health Medicine; Occupational Medicine
Application Deadline: July 2021
Programme Overview

The Wits School of Public Health offers the degree of Master of Medicine (MMed) in the speciality of Community Health. The MMed is a medical specialist training programme that is an important component of the postgraduate training programmes of the WITS School of Public Health.

The MMed is a 4-year full-time training programme that admits medical graduates with some clinical experience in public sector health services. Two fields of study are offered – the field of Public Health Medicine (PHM) and the field of Occupational Medicine.

The MMed training aims to equip trainees (registrars) with knowledge and skills in specific subject areas that are defined in the regulations of the College of Public Health Medicine (CPHM) of South Africa. The training programme has produced numerous high-quality graduates achieving both local and international recognition.


MMed in Community Health (field of Public Health Medicine)

During their training registrars are appointed in salaried posts that are held jointly with the university and a public sector institution (Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, the National Health Laboratory Service, a health district in Gauteng province, or the Gauteng provincial Department of Health). During the four year training registrars rotate on a six monthly basis through a number of rotation sites including a national centre for environmental health research, national institutes for occupational health and communicable diseases, the provincial health department, district health services, and academic hospitals. Public health medicine competencies are gained largely through self-directed and experiential learning in these rotation sites under specialist supervision, but also through a semi-structured academic programme (lectures, tutorials, journal club and seminars).

MMed in Community Health (field of Occupational Medicine)

Once accepted by the School as potential registrars, appointments are made by the National Health Laboratory Services where posts are held. Provision can be made for those with own funding to assume supernumerary registrarship depending on availability of such posts. Registrars undertake rotations over their four years of training. Typically, for the first two years, registrars spend four days a week at the rotation site and one day at the University for their Friday academic programme. The rotation sites include the National Institute for Occupational Health; academic hospitals; private large occupational health services sites; provincial wellness and occupational health services; Medical Bureau for Occupational Diseases and Rehabilitation services. On completion of the four years, registrars submit a Masters of Medicine (MMed) research report which is assessed by the University. Registrars also complete a short report to document work they have done to apply occupational health and medicine skills to investigate occupational health or a patient with an occupational disease (or public health medicine skills to investigate and report on a public health problem). The short report includes practical recommendations for policy and practice. Registrars also write a College of Medicine Fellowship exam which consists of written papers and an oral examination and case presentations.

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements are MBChB, MBBCh or equivalent qualification acceptable to the Health Professions Council of South Africa for registration as an independent medical practitioner in South Africa, at least three years of supervised medical practice which may include the two years of internship and a year of compulsory community service.

Intake of new registrars ordinarily occurs twice a year (in January and July), subject to availability of a vacant registrar post. Registrar posts fall vacant when the incumbent completes her/his four-year contract.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $12
Application Fees for International Students: $12

– Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
– Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
– Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
– Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $5,574
Tuition Fees for International Students: $5,574

*For the MDent and MMed, holders of approved posts are entitled to 90% Remission of fees
*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
*Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.
*Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay the same amount as South African Students
*Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).

Relevant Contact

Miss Palesa Khumalo
Senior Faculty Officer
Miss Precillia Sithole
Faculty Officer