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Short Courses

General Course Information

All courses are offered in intensive one-week blocks, from 8:30 am to 5:00pm. The courses are designed for adult learning and include a mixture of lectures, interactive discussions, group work and individual assignments. There are also pre-readings and homework assignments during the week. All participants receive course packs with reading materials.

There are two types of short courses available from the School of Public Health: Attendance and Competence. Please note that some courses only offer one type of certificate. Certificates of Attendance are awarded to those completing the full week. Those enrolled for a Certificate of Competence complete the one-week block and must also complete a take-home written assignment. Only those who pass receive a Certificate of Competence. Please note that no certificate will be awarded if the assignment is failed. 

Application Instructions

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You are encouraged to apply earlier, particularly if you need visa support. To apply, email a letter of motivation and current CV to your letter should specify if you are interested in the Attendance or Competency version of the course.

For detailed information on the courses offered for 2018, click here: SPH Short Courses 2018 



The Wits School of Public Health Occupational Health Division (OHD) will host a two-day short course in Analysis of Occupational Hygiene Exposure Data (SPUH 0122) from September 10 until 11, 2018. 

MORE DETAILS HERE: Analysis of Occupational Hygiene Exposure Data


The Non-communicable disease, epidemiology short course provides an introduction to the public health importance, aetiology, risk factors and epidemiology of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries.