Research forms an integral component of the School. The main research areas are both strategic and applied, with particular emphasis on research that has relevance to the region.
MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt) runs the Agincourt Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) which surveys approximately 107 500 people annually and has a unique dataset describing the changing pattern of rural mortality, non-communicable diseases and nutrition. The Agincourt HDSS constitutes a platform for research programmes that elucidate causal pathways and test interventions across the life course.
SA MRC/Wits Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science – PRICELESS SA is hosted by Wits University School of Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences, together with the SA MRC/Wits Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science – PRICELESS SA. PRICELESS SA is a programme to enable smart decisions about health investments in South Africa. The intent is to provide information that will improve the way in which resources are allocated and priorities are set to improve public health. The aim of PRICELESS, launched in 2009, is to support the development of evidence-based information and tools in order to help determine how best to use existing scarce resources so that better decisions can be made in prioritizing public health interventions.
Centre for Health Policy (CHP) is a multi-disciplinary research organisation which seeks to contribute to excellence in health policy and health economics research, and to be a critical participant in health policy processes.
Consortium for Advance Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is an initiative jointly led by the Wits School of Public Health and the African Population Health and Research Centre.
Department of Community Health at the School of Public Health comprises specialists and registrars who are involved in public health service delivery, teaching and research. Areas of work cover a broad spectrum of activities within academic complex hospitals, national, provincial and local government as well as occupational medicine, environmental health and the control of communicable and non-communicable diseases.