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 2023: Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health – Master of Public Health – PhD

Applications Close: PGD & MPH in Public Health – 30 September 2022. These flexible, modular Programmes use e-learning as their key learning and teaching medium, accompanied by a series of webinars throughout the course of the year.

Fragmented maternity protection in South Africa – PhD research coverage in the media

PhD candidate Catherine (Katie) Pereira-Kotze spoke to Tumelo on eNCA on Thursday 21 July 2022, about one of her PhD publications that maps out maternity protection policy in South Africa, that demonstrates the fragmentation in over 20 policy documents available.

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.

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