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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, to be received on or before the deadlines noted in the brochures. If you will need visa support, you are encouraged to apply even earlier. 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 short courses, click HERE: MPH Short Course Brochure 2019  or HERE: MSc Short Course 2019


Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology: 2 – 6 September 2019

Are you interested in learning the effects non-communicable diseases have on lower and middle income countries? This short course offers an overview of the etiology, epidemiology, risk factors and the public health importance of selected non-communicable diseases in low and middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It entails approaches to promoting health, and preventing disease within a life-course approach.

This short course is offered in collaboration with Wits University, University of Pretoria, and University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands.

The deadline for application is 19 August 2019. For detailed information about the course, click HERE: Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology_Short Course To apply, please contact