The principal aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health is to provide students with a contextualised platform for acquiring, strengthening and deepening their knowledge to effectively contribute to improving our public health service delivery systems. The programme will guide students around current thinking, practice and research in the areas of global and local public health.
On completion of the programme, students will have gained the basic but necessary knowledge and insights into the theory and practice of Public Health. Graduates will acquire knowledge and insights into the monitoring and evaluation of the potential impact of public health programmes and interventions and be equipped with the basics on how to plan effective public health interventions.
This programme will equip and provide students with a basic but also deeper insight and understanding of the field of Public Health and will allow them to apply their newly gained knowledge to their own workplaces. Further studies often also allows for promotion opportunities.
The programme is aimed at providing graduates with a holistic understanding of Public Health in South Africa and internationally.
Qualified graduates might enhance their existing careers, but might also be employed by national and international organisations or government arms working in the field of Public Health. Other career opportunities might include employment by non-governmental organisations, health care facilities and multilateral donor organisations, etc.
Mode of Delivery
The programme utilises a mixed mode of delivery, incorporating contact sessions, online resources and a combination of assessment methods. This allows flexible options for working adults and for health professionals who operate in a busy environment.
Formative and summative type assessment of the units will be conducted. Continuous assessment and participation in classroom and online forum discussions will be important. There will be no formal exam as part of final unit assessment. An external examiner will be appointed for every unit. The teaching staff will at all times enforce strict submission deadlines for all assignments. MSA assessment policies and guidelines will apply.
Site of Delivery
The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health is offered at the Monash South Africa campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg.
To be eligible for application to the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health, candidates need to have a qualification on Level 7 of the NQF, thus an appropriate Bachelor Degree or Advanced Diploma.
1 Year: Full-time
2 Years: Part-time
Annual Course Fee: R49 500
Semester Course Fee: R24 750
Domestic/South African students are advise to pay 30% of their semester fee before enrolment and the balance by the published payment due date. Alternative payment arrangement can be applied for to pay each unit in full before the commencement date of the unit.
Payment dates are earlier if you are a commencing international student. This is to allow 6-8 weeks for your study visa applications to be processed prior to enrolment. To avoid delays obtaining a study visa, commencing international students must pay a 30% deposit before enrolling to allow 6-8 weeks for study visa applications and 50% balance on or before enrolment.
For more information regarding fees please visit the Fee structure
The programme will start on the following dates:
Intake 1: 2 February 2019
Intake 2: 9 March 2019
Intake 3: 13 April 2019
Intake 4: 25 May 2019
Intake 5: 13 July 2019
Intake 6: 17 August 2019
Intake 7: 28 September 2019
Intake 8: 2 November 2019
Each unit runs for five (5) weeks and begins with a scheduled contact session on campus followed by further continuous study and assignment submissions via the Learning Management System (LMS). Contact sessions will occur every second Saturday.
MSA must receive your application at least two weeks before the start of that particular intake.
International students’ qualifications will be assessed on an individual basis. When applying, students should submit certified copies of one of the above mentioned qualifications as well as final grades in subjects undertaken.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health is awarded by Monash South Africa as a registered private higher education institution in South Africa. This qualification is on HEQSF level 8.
Upon successful completion of this Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health it is expected that graduates will be able to:
A minimum of 120 credits is required to obtain the qualification.
The programme structure consists of 8 units, with a number of 15 credits per unit and the qualification is at a NQF level 8.
ZPG4828 Epidemiology in Public Health
This unit introduces students to epidemiology skills vital to locate, critique the usefulness and quality of, and summarise evidence to provide them with a solid foundation for an evidence-based approach to optimising health and well-being at a population level. Students are guided through skills in searching for and locating evidence. They are introduced to different research methodologies and ways of analysing data to understand various research paradigms. This information is used to critique the available literature. Students will be introduced to both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis; basic descriptive statistics; measurement concepts; and synthesis and reporting of data.
ZPG4829 Population Health and Development
This unit contributes to the achievement of the overall outcomes for the postgraduate diploma by introducing students to the complexities of population dynamics, the health of the populations and the relationships between population health and the overall development of a society. Students will gain knowledge and develop competencies in the following areas: determinants of health; health as human capital; basic demography and population studies; indicators of development; association between health and development; impact of population dynamics on socio-economic development; and the impact of health policies on poverty reduction and socio-economic development.
ZPG4830 Managing Health Systems
This unit focuses on introducing the student to the business side of the healthcare industry and will assist in strengthening the capacity of the Healthcare Practitioner or Public Health Practitioner (from low and middle income countries), to assist in the performance and management of health systems. The module aims to build an understanding of political, social, economic, ethical, cultural and technical factors that shape health and health systems. The unit will cover an overview of the six building blocks of health systems. Students need to reflect on the implications of health systems, including strengths and weaknesses. Students need to consider the principles and goals of health systems and then compare health systems.
ZPG4831 Health Policy, Management, Leadership and Governance
This unit contributes to the realisation of the outcomes for the postgraduate diploma by introducing the development framework from which the health policy, leadership, governance and management components stem. Students gain and develop knowledge and skills in the following areas: Applying strategic, analytical and professional knowledge and skills necessary for policy implementation; understanding the implementation of policy in complex institutional and regulatory environments; and applying leadership, governance and management skills to problem-solve issues in the health care sector. Topics covered include: development and its effects on the public health system, the health system’s mandate and the Public Health Specialist’s role, public health and the leadership qualities needed to affect it, governance elements present or missing in the health system’s environment and management elements present or missing in the health system’s environment.
ZPG4832 Health Systems Research
This unit focuses on the multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation which studies the social factors, financial systems, health technologies, personal behaviours and organizational structures and processes which affect access to health care, quality and cost of health care and ultimately population health and wellbeing. The unit covers contemporary topics such as: purpose and scope of Health System Research (HSR), HSR domain and dimensions, setting priorities in HSR, getting research into policy and practice, HSR capacity development in developing countries, designing and conducting Health System Research projects and HSR as a management tool and Managing HSR. Students gain and develop knowledge and skills in the following areas: getting research into health policy and practice, using HSR as a management tool and using evidence to strengthen health systems. Students will in addition appreciate the contribution of HSR to development in particular the equity dimension of development.
ZPG4833 Principles and Practices of Public Health and Health Promotion
This unit focuses on the theory and practice of Public Health and Health Promotion covering a wide range of contemporary topics such as: social, behavioural and cultural constructs affecting health; demographic and epidemiological perspectives; the core functions of Public Health including health promotion, disease prevention and disease surveillance; health inequalities; Public Health policy, communication and advocacy and the legal and ethical considerations of Public Health. It further examines the Public Health approach to improving health and explores strategies for community capacity building to prepare for and respond to ongoing health problems as well as, health emergency and crisis situations.
ZPG4834 HIV/AIDS, Co-morbidities and the Sustainable Development Agenda
In this unit students gain and develop knowledge and skills in identifying appropriate interventions on how to stop the spread of HIV and reduce mortality from AIDS and co-morbidities like tuberculosis, cancer and other non-communicable diseases. Students gain a thorough understanding of the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development and how the global health community will end AIDS by the year 2030. The unit will cover contemporary topics such as: epidemiology of HIV; HIV co-morbidities; HIV national responses; rights based approach to HIV prevention, treatment care and support and the sustainable development goals; policy and legal issues affecting people living with HIV (PLHIV). Students will gain knowledge and skills in addressing the challenges of equitable access to HIV /AIDS and other health interventions and how to think outside the box in order to address these challenges.
ZPG4835 Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of Health and HIV/AIDS
This unit focuses on health programme planning and evaluation. Students are introduced to monitoring and evaluation concepts and practices of health and HIV and AIDS programmes including: improving and institutionalising the collection of health related data as well as analysis of programme impact. Topics covered include methodological considerations, monitoring and evaluation frameworks, indicators for monitoring and evaluating Public Health care services, monitoring and evaluating national HIV/AIDS prevention programmes among HIV key populations. Monitoring and evaluating national HIV/AIDS treatment, care and support programmes, data sources, use and quality of district health information systems, analysis, reporting and dissemination, and continuous health care quality improvement are also briefly covered. Students gain and develop knowledge and skills in monitoring as well as evaluation of national health programmes including HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support action plans.
|1||Health Systems Research||2 February|
|2||Principles and Practices of Public Health and Health Promotion||9 March|
|3||HIV/AIDS, Co-morbidities and the Sustainable Development Agenda||13 April|
|4||Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of Health and HIV/AIDS||25 May|
|5||Epidemiology in Public Health||13 July|
|6||Population Health and Development||17 August|
|7||Managing Health Systems||28 September|
|8||Health Policy, Management, leadership and governance||2 November|