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

DSI/NRF SARChI Chair in Health Systems, Complexity and Social Change Postdoctoral Fellowship 2023

The School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape (SOPH), is seeing to appoint THREE (3) Postdoctoral Fellows attached to the SARCHI Chair in Health Systems, Complexity and Social Change (Prof Asha George) and her collaborators, beginning as soon as possible in 2023. Please read the eligibility requirements carefully before applying.

Call for Applications: DSI/NRF SARChI Health Systems Governance Postdoctoral Fellowship 2023

The School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape (SOPH), is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow attached to the SARCHI Chair in Health Systems Governance (Prof Helen Schneider), to advance a programme of a work in one or more of the following areas:

Jakes Gerwel Award 2022: Thembisile Zungu

A lecture by Thembisile Zungu, the 2022 Jakes Gerwel Award recipient.

Qualitative Evidence Synthesis protocol development

This short course is targeted at a wide range of audiences, e.g. postgraduate students, researchers, health professionals and managers, and other decision-makers

Jakes Gerwel Award 2022: Thembisile Zungu

A lecture by Thembisile Zungu, the 2022 Jakes Gerwel Award recipient.

Qualitative Evidence Synthesis protocol development

This short course is targeted at a wide range of audiences, e.g. postgraduate students, researchers, health professionals and managers, and other decision-makers

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

A webinar Series hosted by Dr 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

Is the US infant formula shortage an avoidable crisis?

Staff inolved: Tanya Doherty, Anna Coutsoudis, David McCoy, Lori Lake, Catherine Pereira-Kotze, Jeffrey Goldhagen, Max Kroon

One in five South Africans are multimorbid: An analysis of the 2016 demographic and health survey

Staff inolved: Rifqah Abeeda Roomaney, Brian van Wyk, Annibale Cois, Victoria Pillay-van Wyk

They push their products through me- health professionals’ perspectives on and exposure to marketing of commercial milk formula in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa – a qualitative study

Staff inolved: Tanya Doherty, *Catherine Jane Pereira-Kotze, Silondile Luthuli, Lyn Haskins, Gillian Kingston, Sithembile Dlamini-Nqeketo, Gilbert Tshitaudzi, Chistiane Horwood

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

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