WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,707 for the full programme
Part-time Study:3-4 Years
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Master in Public Health (MPH)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Health Sciences
Course Type:Master by Coursework & Research Report
Specialisations:Social and Behaviour Change Communication; Rural Health; Maternal and Child Health; Occupational Hygiene; Health Systems and Policy; Health Economics
Application Deadline: July 2021
Programme Overview

The programme strives to develop public health practitioners who will:
– Promote equity in health.
– Play a leadership role in public health.
– Attain a broad understanding of the core disciplines of public health.
– Develop expertise in at least one area within the broad field of public health.
– Develop a comprehensive understanding of health, the health care system and public health problems.
– Develop skills of critical and analytical thinking.


The MPH can be offered as both a part-time block release programme (3-4 years programme) and a full-time block release (2-year programme). Currently, the only field of study that we are able to offer on a full-time block release basis is the Social and Behavior Change Communication. The modular block release structure (for both part-time block release and full-time block release studies) means that you attend 1-week teaching blocks from 8-5 pm Monday to Friday, sometimes spilling over into Saturday. For 2020, the MPH is only being offered part-time.

For the part-time block release programme, the usual gap between teaching blocks is 5-6 weeks and you have to complete 6 modules in the first year. At the end of the 6 teaching blocks, you write an examination, (usually in June and/or October of the academic year). For the full-time block release programme the gap between the teaching blocks is usually 2-3 weeks and you will be required to complete all coursework (i.e. 12 modules) within the first year and the research component in the 2nd year.

Admission Requirements

– A bachelor’s degree of at least four years duration in dental science, medicine, surgery, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, Bachelor of Science Honours.
– A Bachelor of Arts or Sciences with honours in psychology or sociology, social work or another field of relevance to public health.
– By special arrangement with the University

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

How to apply
Postgraduate applicants can now apply and pay online. The link to online applications is – your application must be accompanied by the following documents:
– Written motivation by the applicant detailing the motivation for applying for the course and how the program fits with their overall career goals. Motivation template: Motivation
– Comprehensive Curriculum Vitae including a description of relevant research and work experience
– Motivation for the field of study
– Two referee reports. Referee template: MPH Referee Report
Certified copies of prior qualification(s).
– Original transcripts of qualifications (please upload electronically before mailing supporting documents)
– Evidence of familiarity with computer packages such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Access etc.
– Foreign Qualifications evaluation from SAQA for applicants who graduated from non-South African universities.
– English competency certificate or evidence of prior undergraduate training in English.

Supporting documents for applications should be sent to:
University of the Witwatersrand
Faculty of Health Science
Phillip V Tobias Health Sciences Building,
Corner York and St Andrew’s Roads, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193,  South Africa

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities are;
– Health and Safety Engineer
– Environmental Scientist
– Medical and Health Services Managers
– Biostatistician
– Epidemiologist

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,707
Tuition Fees for International Students: $3,707

*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