Health Demography

This degree is interdisciplinary with an appeal to all students interested in Health related topics within the School of Social Sciences.


The Wits Programme in Demography and Population Studies offers an interdisciplinary graduate teaching and research in demography and population studies. 

Please note there are no block-release or after-hours lectures.

In addition to obtaining demographic research training, students will learn the contemporary and emerging health issues in Africa and its consequences on development issues. Students will graduate in a specialised field that will enable them to compete with graduates of Public Health degrees in the job market.


This Masters programme has the following courses:

  • SOSS 7070A Statistics for Demographic and Survey Analysis (compulsory);
  • SOSS 7010A Research Report (compulsory); SOSS 7071A Health Demography;
  • COMH 7200 Epidemiology for Health Researchers I;
  • COMH 7201 Epidemiology for Health Researchers II;
  • COMH 7202 Epidemiology for Health Researchers III (all three are electives);
  • Select topic in Social Sciences (elective)

Students are required to complete 3 courses and the research report.

Entry Requirements

Masters by Coursework and Research Report:

  • A bachelor’s  degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.


Additional entry requirements may apply.

University Application Process

  • 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.
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  • 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.

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University Fees and Funding

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