The School of Health Sciences offers degrees and programmes that are globally and locally relevant. We have access to some of the best research in the world and consistently produce high quality research of our own. We provide a lively and dynamic academic environment that will engage you and prepare you for a successful career in health sciences and instil in you a passion for positive impact.
The degrees in Public Health and Social Science have been designed to be relevant to the career context, while giving you in-depth knowledge of the subject. In the discipline of public health we offer a Bachelor of Public Health and if you continue into the Bachelor of Public Health (Honours) degree, you will engage with some of the most contemporary advancements in the in the study of health and emerge a specialist in the field, capable of real positive impact.
These programmes will teach you conceptual and applied competencies in a variety of areas including disease prevention and control, biostatistics, community health work, nutrition, dietetics, health awareness, policy and promotion and many other topical areas. When you graduate with an MSA Bachelor of Public Health or a Bachelor of Public Health (Honours) degree, you can join the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA).
We also offer established Bachelor of Social Science (with a major in Psychology) and Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Psychology degrees in partnership with our School of Social Science.
The psychology programmes provide you with strong knowledge of human development and behaviour, the workings of the mind and the brain, social relationships and practices and other dimensions of human psychological conditions.
You will learn about human psychological functioning through modern, interactive and technologically advanced teaching methods. You will also have access to the latest and most relevant research in developmental psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology.
Social Science is a vibrant and diverse field with an interdisciplinary approach. This means you can complete your Bachelor of Social Science degree by choosing from a rich variety of thought-provoking and vocational specialisations, including Child and Youth Development, Communication and Media Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Development Studies, Geography and Environmental Science, International Studies, Journalism Studies, Philosophy and Ethics, Political Studies, Psychology, Public Relations Practice and Sociology.
If you are keen to broaden your knowledge base even further, you can do a second major from one of the other academic Schools in an area that compliments your study plan. Popular choices are to combine Psychology with Management, Communication and Media Studies with Marketing and International Studies with Economics. The possibilities are endless and we encourage you to look at options that suit your individual needs and interests.
For those interested in pursuing a career in law, there is an opportunity to complete a one-year pathway programme into the professional Bachelor of Laws (LLB), offered by the School of Business and Economics, after graduating from your bachelor’s degree.
We know that potential employers prefer to hire graduates who have more than just ‘book learning’. That is why we go one step further and place a strong emphasis on gaining practical workplace experience. Several of our discipline areas have fieldwork, work placements, or service learning components included in their core curriculum. By the time you graduate you could already have some work experience on your CV, increasing your employability and possibilities of career success.
The Bachelor of Social Science Honours degree allows you to specialise in Communication and Media Studies, Child and Youth Development, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Geography and Environmental Studies, International Studies, Journalism Studies, Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology, or Sociology. This prestigious programme will prepare you as a future public leader, professional researcher, an expert in your chosen field, or as a manager with relevant and highly valued specialised knowledge of society’s institutions, cultures and values.
If you would like to polish your specialist skills even further, the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Integrated Water Management might be just what you’re looking for. You will team up with leading researchers who will act as your supervisors and sounding board while you undertake your major thesis on the topic of your choice. For those who are interested in a more practically-oriented postgraduate qualification, we also offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management.
We look forward to you joining our team of critical thinkers and change-makers!