The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is offering a Master of Public Health programme on their eLearning platform to give working professionals a convenient and accelerated opportunity to develop their skills.

The two year online public health course aims to empower health professionals to analyse, strategise and offer solutions to public health challenges in South Africa and beyond.

According to UJ, their curriculum is comparable with programmes offered at internationally accredited schools of public health, but with a curriculum tailored to South Africa and sub-Saharan legislation, health imperatives and economic environment. The course has a special focus on environmental health, occupational health and epidemiological threats and risks.

As the course is available online, students are able to earn credits at their own pace, working around their work schedule.

To complete the course, students are required to complete 180 credits, including nine compulsory modules (120 credits) and a nine-part module incorporating the writing of a minor dissertation (60 credits) during the second year of the programme.

During the course students will be part of an interactive learning environment where they can digitally share their perspectives and participate in topical discussions with other students. Academic staff are also available for questions while providing assignments and guiding instruction remotely via the eLearning platform.

UJ is now enrolling the first student cohort for January 2018. To qualify, applicants must already have a health-related qualification at NQF level 8 or equivalent (environmental health, social work, physiotherapy, nursing), as well as three to five years of work experience in the health sector inclusive of research and/or project management.

Completion of the Master of Public Health programme will enable students to progress to a doctorate in a health-related field of study.

More information about the Master of Public Health programme, including module information, tuition and programme calendar can be found here.

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