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Master of Public Health The MPH is offered in the fields of Health Systems and Policy, Maternal and Child Health, Occupational Hygiene, Rural Health, Social and Behaviour Change Communication and Health Economics.
Master of Public Health The MPH is offered in the fields of Health Systems and Policy, Maternal and Child Health, Occupational Hygiene, Rural Health, Social and Behaviour Change Communication and Health Economics.

Qualification: MPH

Faculty: Health Sciences

Duration: 2 - 4 years

School: Public Health

Study mode: Part-time

Overview

Health Systems and Policy

  • The MPH in the field of Health Systems and Policy provides training and skills primarily to middle and senior managers working in the public and non-governmental sectors and prepares them to deal with the changing policy dynamics and health system challenges of South Africa and the rest of Africa. 

Social and Behaviour Change Communication

  • The MPH in the field of Social and Behaviour Change Communication aims to address the growing need for quality health communication interventions to bring about social and behaviour change in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Maternal and Child Health

  • The MPH in the field of Maternal and Child Health is designed to prepare professionals working in government departments, NGOs, the private sector or academic institutions for leadership positions in the field of Maternal and Child Health.

Rural Health

  • The MPH in the field of Rural Health aims to address the critical need for health care professionals in rural areas to take leadership in supporting and developing the health service in these areas, in designing appropriate health systems and in researching and advocating around the health needs of rural people. 

Occupational Hygiene

  • Field-specific courses are for people who intend to work in occupational health services in the public or private sectors. Students who complete the course will have the theoretical knowledge and skills to practice as occupational hygienists. Applicants must have a four-year qualification from a university or technikon. Being registered with the South African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH) at the minimum of the Occupational Hygiene Technologist level will be an added advantage.

Health Economics

  • The field of Health Economics aims to build a critical mass of health economists equipped with skills in applying economic principles to support health policy decision-making in South Africa and the region. This field covers two main areas: economic evaluation and micro-economics as applied to health. Graduates of the MPH Health Economics programme will be trained to undertake health economic evaluation applicable to the sub-Saharan African context; apply economic approaches to inform policy decisions on the efficient allocation of scarce resources; and provide technical advice to policy-makers on the use of economic policy levers to modify health behaviours.
  • 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 other field of relevance to public health.

Entry into the programme is not automatic. You will have to apply for the MPH programme, and your application is subject to review by a selection panel. 

Click here for application process and additional forms.

Faculty Closing Dates

Programme CodeProgramme TitlePlan DescriptionSA Cutoff DateInternational Cutoff Date
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Physiology 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Anatomical Sciences 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Human Biology 30/09/2022 20/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Medical Cell Biology 30/09/2022 20/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Neuroscience 30/09/2022 20/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Child Health Community Paediatrics 30/09/2022 20/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Emergency Medicine 30/09/2022 20/09/2022
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Bioethics and Health Law 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Clinical Governance 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Critical Care 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Doctor of Philosophy (Biomedical Informatics & Translational Medicine) 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Family Medicine 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Health Sciences Education 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Internal Medicine 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Nuclear Medicine 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Obstetrics & Gynaecology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Orthopaedic Surgery 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Paediatrics 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Psychiatry 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Surgery 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Wits Reproduction and HIV Institute 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Bioethics & Health Law 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Forensic Sciences 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA01 Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice Honours Emergency Medicine 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Community Dentistry 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Material Science 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Microbiology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Genetic Counselling 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Genomic Medicine 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Vaccinology 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Anatomical Pathology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Chemical Pathology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Forensic Medicine 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Haematology and Molecular Medicine 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Human Genetics 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Vaccinology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Virology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Anatomical Pathology 30/09/2022 20/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Chemical Pathology 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Human Genetics 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Immunology 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Molecular Medicine 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Physiology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Physiology 30/09/2022 20/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Exposure Science 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA16 Master of Science in Epidemiology Biostatistics 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA16 Master of Science in Epidemiology Epidemiology and Biostatics 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA16 Master of Science in Epidemiology Field Epidemiology 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA16 Master of Science in Epidemiology Implementation Science 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA16 Master of Science in Epidemiology Infectious Disease Epidemiology 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA16 Master of Science in Epidemiology Public Health Informatics 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Public Health 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Public Health 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Biokinetics 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Child Life and Paediatric Psychosocial Care 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Clinical Pharmacy 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Pharmaceutical Affairs 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Sports Medicine 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Sports Science 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Biokinetics 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Nursing 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Occupational Therapy 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Pharmacology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Pharmacy 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Physiotherapy 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Therapeutic Sciences 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Biokinetics 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Exercise Science 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Pharmacology - Biosciences 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Pharmacology - Health Sciences 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
  • 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.
  • 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.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students, please check this section.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at www.wits.ac.za/askwits.

Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees site also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.