The School of Public Health

Faculty of Health Sciences
University of the Witwatersrand
7 York Road
Parktown 2193 Johannesburg
South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)11 717 20 82
Fax: +27 (0)11 717 20 84
Email: healthpg@health.wits.ac.za
Internet: http://www.wits.ac.za/postgrad/health.html


Courses on this page:    Master of Science in Population-Based Field Epidemiology
Master of Public Health (MPH)
MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research Methodology Training Course
Data Analysis Training Course

Course Title Master of Science in Population-Based Field Epidemiology
Institution Johannesburg: School of Public Health
Country South Africa
Type Research Degree: M.Sc. / M.Phil. / Ph.D.
Topics Public/Global Health: Epidemiology and Disease Control
Health Determinants: Demography
Health Research and Methods: Epidemiology
Health Research and Methods: Statistics
Health Technology: ICT for demographic and health surveillance
Language English
Degree, Credits Master of Science
Location Johannesburg
Objectives/
Content

The course was established in partnership with INDEPTH to develop research, leadership and IT capacity for Demographic Surveillance Sites (DSS). Coursework covers five areas: epidemiology and research methodology, biostatistics and data management, demography, information technologies for demographic and health surveillance, and leadership. Certain courses are offered as distance learning modules. A substantial field-based component of the course includes a guided internship and participation in a research team, leadership training, and implementation of a research project.

Next Beginning February 2006
Appl. Deadline 30th September each year.
Duration 12 months
No. of
Participants
Limited
Requirements Applicants should have successfully completed a four-year bache-
lors degree or equivalent. Computer literacy, competence in
mathematics, and excellent spoken and written English, is essen-
tial.
Coordinator Dr Khin San Tint (Academic coordinator)
Tel: +27 (0)11 717-2502
Fax: +27 (0)11 717-2084
Email: tintks@sph.wits.ac.za
Scholarship A limited number of fellowships are available through INDEPTH for potential students currently working in INDEPTH member DSS sites. All those who satisfy the Wits requirements and wish to apply for funding should notify INDEPTH immediately they apply for admission to Wits. For information on INDEPTH Applications forms for funding, contact:
Kwabena.Boateng@indepth-network.org
For further
information

Ms Patience Mnqapu (Course Administrator)
Tel: +27 (0)11 717 2131
Fax: +27 (0)11 717 2084
Email: mnqapup@sph.wits.ac.za

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Course Title Master of Public Health (MPH)
Institution Johannesburg: School of Public Health
Country South Africa
Type Research Degree: M.Sc. / M.Phil. / Ph.D.
Topics Public/Global Health: Primary Health Care
Public/Global Health: Health Policy and Planning
Management: Health Services Management
Health Determinants: Working Conditions, Occupational Health
Health Research and Methods
Language English
Degree, Credits Master of Science
Location Johannesburg
Objectives/
Content

The OBJECTIVES are to: Promote equity in health, Play a leadership role in public health,
Attain a broad understanding of the core disciplines of public health, Develop expertise in at least one area within the broad field of public health, Develop a comprehensive understanding of health, the health care system, public health problems and of measures that can be taken to address these problems and to promote and maintain health, Develop skills of critical and analytical thinking.
CONTENT
Part I
The following modular courses must be completed :-
Primary Health Care and the Social Context of Health
Health Measurement Parts I and II
Management in Health and Health Services
Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health
Public Health Law and Health Systems Integration
Part II - Fields of Study
The degree is offered in the following four fields of study:
Health Measurement
Health Policy and Management
Community Rehabilitation
Occupational Hygiene
Part III
Research report.
This can be original research, secondary data analysis or a systematic review, and involves:
Protocol preparation
Ethics review
Field work (where indicated)
Data analysis
Write-up

Next Beginning February 2006
Appl. Deadline 30th September each year
Duration 2 years
No. of
Participants
Limited
Requirements

A bachelor’s degree of at least four years duration in dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and hearing therapy or social work.
A bachelor of Arts or Sciences with honours in psychology or sociology or other field of relevance to public health.

Course fee The Master of Public Health degree programme costs approximately R21000.00. Non-South African students are required to pay an International Fee over and above the cost of the specific course for which they are applying.
For further
information

Anne de Jager
Tel: +27 (0)11 717 2087
Email: dejagera@sph.wits.ac.za

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Course Title MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Institution Johannesburg: Wits University
Country South Africa
Type Research Degree: M.Sc. / M.Phil. / Ph.D.
Topics Public/Global Health: Epidemiology and Disease Control
Health Research and Methods: Statistics
Health Research and Methods: Study Design and Data Analysis
Language English
Degree, Credits MSc
Location Johannesburg
Objectives/
Content
The main aim of the MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics course is to develop capacity and excellence in the field of epidemiology as applied to the needs of developing countries

Objectives of the course

1. To develop the epidemiology, biostatistics and associated computing skills necessary to investigate health problems and evaluate interventions
2. To develop knowledge and skills in the identification, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of interventions(preventive and curative) to decrease diseases prevalent in Africa
3. To promote high quality protocol development, data collection and analysis, report writing and presentation skills to address questions of public health importance.

Next Beginning January 2006
Appl. Deadline 30th September 2005
Duration 2 years full-time
For further
information
The office contact details are:
Tel: +27 (0)11 717 1054
Fax: +27 (0)11 717 1059
Email: studysa@international.wits.ac.zaq
Internet: http://www.health.wits.ac.za/publichealth/infobookmscepi.html
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Course Title Research Methodology Training Course
Institution Johannesburg: Wits University
Country South Africa
Type Certificate / Short Course (up to 3 months)
Topics Health Research and Methods
Health Research and Methods: Statistics
Health Research and Methods: Study Design and Data Analysis
Health Technology: Management Information Systems
Language English
Degree, Credits  
Location University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Objectives/
Content

A selection of the following topics will be covered in the final programme depending on participants' needs and background:

  • Principles of problem identification and selection of a research topic
  • Requirements for enrolment into Masters and Doctorate programmes
  • Steps in proposal development i.e. formulation of objectives, study design, sampling, budgeting etc.
  • Introduction to Data Management and Statistical Analysis
  • Introduction to Ethics in Health Research
  • Writing Scientific Papers
  • Navigating Cyberspace: using e-books and journals
  • Review of pertinent research techniques and methodologies
  • Case studies in implementing research proposals
  • Supervised individual research protocols to meet expectations of assessor groups
  • Presentation of protocols to a panel of experienced supervisors and assessors of postgraduate research proposals
  • Site visits to selected research entities and discussion with prospective supervisors
  • Networking with other postgraduate students and researchers in the Africa Region
Next Beginning 14th - 25th August 2006
Appl. Deadline May 30, 2006
Duration 2 weeks
Course fee Zar 5,000.00 Please note that this only covers tuition fees and does not include accommodation and transport to the course venue.
For further
information

Ms Tsitsi Mkombe
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)11 717 21 28
Fax: +27 (0)11 717 21 19
Email: mkombet@health.wits.ac.za
Internet: http://www.wits.ac.za/depts/wcs/hspostgrad/index.htm

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Course Title Data Analysis Training Course
Institution Johannesburg: Wits University
Country South Africa
Type Certificate / Short Course (up to 3 months)
Topics Health Research and Methods: Statistics
Health Research and Methods: Study Design and Data Analysis
Language English
Degree, Credits  
Location University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Objectives/
Content
A selection of the following topics will be covered in the final programme depending on participants' needs and background:
. Review of selected data sets
. How to deal with problems in collected data
. Types of data ­ continuous, ordered, categorical
. Tabulation and means, standard deviation
. Populations and sampling
. Statements of probability
. Difference between means
. Difference of proportions
. Tests for significance of differences
. Confounding and stratification
. Matched analysis
. Percentages and paired alternatives
. Use of STATA and Epi-Info as statistical tools
. Statistical tests: exact probability test, rank sum tests, Mac Nemar test, correlation and simple regression
. Advanced data analysis i.e. ANOVA, logistic and multiple regression
. Data presentation & writing peer reviewed scientific papers
. Networking with other academics, researchers and postgraduate students
Next Beginning 14th - 18th August 2006
Appl. Deadline May 30, 2006
Duration 5 days
No. of
Participants
16
Methods The Data Analysis Training Course (DATC) is planned for participants with demonstrated previous experience in protocol design (expected to have done Research Methodology Training) and preferably have existing data sets that they intend to learn to analyse. Participants are required to bring own laptops to undertake assignments given. In addition, participants will have to prepare and send their data sets three weeks in advance of the course to facilitate acquisition of appropriate software and uploading into the DATC computers. This is a hands on training course that will be facilitated by experts with experience in data management and statistical analysis. Participants attending the course will acquire skills to analyse their data and present in tabular and/or graphical format as well as apply relevant statistical analysis for scientific publications. Participants are expected to take responsibility for their own learning by
doing. There will be minimal didactic teaching.
Course fee Zar 5,000.00 Please note that this only covers tuition fees and does not include accommodation and transport to the course venue.
For further
information

Ms Tsitsi Mkombe
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)11 717 21 28
Fax: +27 (0)11 717 21 19
Email: mkombet@health.wits.ac.za
Internet: http://www.wits.ac.za/depts/wcs/hspostgrad/index.htm

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