WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,073 for the full programme
Part-time Study:3 Years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Science in Epidemiology (MSc Epi)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Health Sciences
Course Type:Master by Coursework & Research Report
Specialisations:Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Field Epidemiology; Infectious Disease Epidemiology; Public Health Informatics; Implementation Science; Biostatistics
Application Deadline: July 2021
Programme Overview

Epidemiology is fundamental to clinical and community medicine and public health. In combination with basic medical science and clinical research, epidemiology provides the tools with which we can learn more about the aetiology and effects of a disease, the opportunities for prevention, the cost and effectiveness of various diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, and the health status and risks of individuals and populations.

The epidemiology courses are well-evaluated and internationally recognised and reflect the values of the School of promoting equity and human rights and responding meaningfully to the needs of the people on the African continent.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:
Conceptualise epidemiologic approaches to understand the causes of ill health in population-based research;
Critically synthesise published literature in epidemiology and biostatistics;
Design and conduct epidemiological studies;
Conduct sample size estimation for basic epidemiologic study designs;
Choose appropriate statistical techniques and perform analysis of data from epidemiological studies, and
Conduct appropriate and effective dissemination of scientific findings.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a four-year honours degree, an MBBCh or any other health-related degree. Relevant work experience will be an advantage.

This degree will appeal to students who want to become more involved in research in their fields. Students come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including medical, microbiology, dentistry, statistics, veterinary science and demography.

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

How to apply
– 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.

Career Opportunities

Graduates enter careers in:
– medical research,
– public health and community medicine,
– field-based scientific research,
– government,
– NGO’s or international agencies.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,073
Tuition Fees for International Students: $3,073

*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