Health services and systems, rooted in human rights and social justice.

The purpose of the School is to support and train policy  makers and implementers who are knowledgeable and skilled in the principles and practice of public health

Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Fellowship 2022

The Food Environment Research group (a collective from Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, School of Public Health and the DSI/NRF Center of Excellence in Food Security) at the University of the Western Cape under the leadership of Prof Rina Swart is seeking Post-doctoral Research Fellows to work on the PURE and gut-microbiome studies.

Collaborative project on gender transformative approaches to improve sexual, reproductive and maternal health in Africa launched

The School of Public Health recently began work on two exciting aspects of a global research project focusing on gender transformative approaches to improve sexual, reproductive and maternal health in Africa.

UWC 2022 Online Modules in Pharmaceutical Public Health

Accredited Online/Distance Learning Modules (1-semester) in Pharmaceutical Policy & Management, and Rational Medicines Use will be offered at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa.

SPaRCS team meet in Cape Town

After almost 2 years working together, the SPaRCS team finally met for our first in-person meeting in Cape Town in March 2022

Current Thinking and Practice in Health Promotion: Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic

A webinar Series hosted byDr Anam Nyembezi from the 21st October till the 28th October

Participatory systems analysis tools for improved health systems performance.

A webinar Series hosted by Dr Martina Lembani from the 29th September till the 10th November

Questioning the ethics of international research on formula milk supplementation in low-income African countries

Staff inolved: Tanya Doherty, Ingunn Marie S Engebretsen, Thorkild Tylleskär, Kathy Burgoine, Anne Baerug, Raul Mercer, Phillip Baker, David Clark, Catherine Jane Pereira-Kotze, Max Kroon

Between Rhetoric and Reality: Learnings From Youth Participation in the Adolescent and Youth Health Policy in South Africa

Staff inolved: Tanya Jacobs and Asha George

Rethinking mental wellness among adolescents: an integrative review protocol of mental health components

Staff inolved: Zaida Orth, Brian Van Wyk

Decolonising multimorbidity? research gaps in low and middle-income countries

Staff inolved: Rifqah Abeeda Roomaney, Brian Van Wyk, Victoria Pillay-Van Wyk

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (NQF Level 8) The PGD in Public Health aims to provide graduates with an overview of Public Health, with an emphasis on health sector transformation, district health services and the Primary Health Care approach. Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (NQF Level 8) FIND OUT MORE Masters The Master of Public Health (MPH) aims to equip graduates to: identify, quantify and prioritise health needs at population level; design, implement and evaluate Public Health interventions or programmes and policies; demonstrate leadership in transforming aspects of the health services and system; and to conduct related research. Master Of Public Health – (NQF Level 9) FIND OUT MORE Phd in Public Health At present we are offering an academically oriented doctorate by thesis only, which implies a very large research project, either written up in a full thesis, or in a format of manuscripts with a beginning and ending sections forming part of the whole thesis. Phd in Public Health FIND OUT MORE Academic Programmes

Report of Activities 2019 – 2020


We have published reports of our activities every two years for about the past twenty years.

This year we are publishing it electronically for the first time, perhaps reflecting the rapidly accelerated replacement of print with on-line resources (although I don’t think I will change my preference for reading in print). But while the electronic format will make the report easily available around the world, easily readable on mobile phones and tablets, I am also aware that the ubiquitous presence of on-line meetings, digital resources and a world of information that can be tapped any time does not mean equitable access. When we surveyed our students and short course participants last year, we learned that while access has increased substantially, bandwidth, data access and data cost, remain substantial barriers