Master of Public Heath

Master of Public Heath (Specialisation in Occupational Health)

Public Health is a multidisciplinary and broad discipline, drawing on a wide range of skills: epidemiology and biostatistics, management sciences, social sciences, and health systems, health economics, policy research, occupational and environmental health. In line with this, the Master of Public Health is a multidisciplinary degree that draws on lecturers from a range of related disciplines from within the School of Family and Public Health Medicine, The Faculty of Medicine, the College of Health Sciences and the University. It also recruits students from a range of professional backgrounds. It may not be possible to offer all the modules every year depending on the availability of experts in the field.

FAMP 6.1 Eligibility

 

The following shall be eligible to apply to register as a candidate for the degree of Master of Public Health:

(a) An applicant who holds an appropriate four-year bachelors degree or honours degree of the University, or has been admitted by Senate to the status of such degree in terms of General University Rule GR7(a).

(b) An applicant in terms of General University Rule GR7(b) who has other qualifications or prior experience which has provided the applicant with a level of competence which is deemed by Senate to be sufficient for the purpose of study in the Programme.

A selection process may be applied. For selection, candidates applying on the basis of a four-year bachelors degree [FAMP 6.1(a)] will be expected to have achieved a weighted average mark of at least 65% in that degree, and candidates applying on the basis of an honours degree [FAMP 6.1(b)] a weighted average mark of at least 60%. In addition, the nature and content of the degree will be required to be suitable as a preparation for postgraduate studies in Public Health. Consideration will be given to academic merit, prior work experience, future career plans, employer support, commitment to public health and the need to address representivity.

All applicants will be advised to register for at least 24-credit modules, including ”Introduction to Public Health” and ”Health Measurement (descriptive)” for ‘non-degree purposes’ (NDP) during the first semester of study on this Programme. Admission to the Programme will then depend on a satisfactory performance in these modules at the end of the first semester, as judged by the Board of the Faculty. At this point the student will be admitted to either the Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Public Health programme. If the applicant is admitted to the Programme, modules that have been successfully completed under NDP registration may be credited to the degree in terms of FAMP4 (a). The granting of supplementary examinations for courses taken in terms of this arrangement shall be governed by Rule FAMP6.6

FAMP 6.2 Duration of the degree

 

The curriculum for the degree shall occupy a minimum of two and a maximum of six semesters of full-time tuition and research, or a minimum of four and a maximum of ten semesters of part-time tuition and research. With the permission of the Board, a candidate shall be permitted to suspend registration for a maximum of one semester.

FAMP 6.3 Programme of study

 

(a) The MPH shall be offered as a general qualification and also with specialisation in certain designated fields.

(b) In all cases, candidates shall engage in a programme of advanced study in a curriculum approved by Senate, and research under the guidance of a supervisor approved by Senate. The curriculum shall carry 192 credits in total, comprising compulsory (‘core’) modules, one or more elective modules chosen by the candidate and approved by the Programme Director, and a research project, which shall contribute 96 credits. (For details of the approved curricula for 2008, see (e) (i), (e) (ii), (e) (iii), (e) (iv), (e) (v), (e)( vi) and (e) (vii)).

 

(c) The curriculum comprises core, elective and specialisation modules. The approved compulsory modules are those listed in table PBHL-a below, and the approved elective modules those listed in table PBHL-b. Approved specialisation modules are listed in Tables PBHL -c to PBHL-e With the approval of Academic Affairs Board, a candidate may include elective modules with a total credit value not exceeding 48, which are not included in table PBHL-b and have been passed at this or another tertiary institution.

(d) Not every elective module listed in Tables PBHL-b, PBHL-c, PBHL-d or PBHL-e will necessarily be offered every year. If there is insufficient interest in a particular module in a particular semester, the School may, with the approval of the Board of the Faculty, withdraw that module for the semester in question. The interests of students shall be taken into account when deciding on such withdrawal of a module.

(e) The module Introduction to Public Health (PBHL831) is offered as a zero-credit core module

(f) The module Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Health (OCEH8G1) is offered as a zero-credit module within the Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Occupational Hygiene specialist streams.

(g) Students who achieve 64 course-work credits, including Health Measurement (descriptive), may be awarded a University Certificate in Public Health.

(h) Students who achieve 128 course-work credits, including Health Measurement (descriptive), may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health. (i) If the MPH is obtained with specialisation in a particular field then the research project must be in that field and supervised by an expert or experts in that field.

(j) The structures of the curricula for the streams will be as follows:

(i) For the MPH with specialisation in Occupational Hygiene

 

– The 3 core course-work modules of 16 credits each in Table PBHL-a

– 48 credits from special course- work as indicated in Table OCEH b

– A research project and dissertation in the field of occupational hygiene, 96 credits.

(ii) For the MPH with specialisation in Occupational and Environmental Medicine

 

– The 3 core course-work modules of 16 credits each in Table PBHL-a

– 48 credits from special course- work as indicated in Table OCEH-c

– A research project and dissertation in the field of occupational for environmental medicine, 96 credits.

FAMP 6.4 Recognition of credits gained prior to registration for the degree.

 

a. With the approval of the Board, a candidate may be exempted from and given credit for modules with a total credit value not exceeding 48, which form part of the coursework requirements of the Master of Public Health degree and which have been previously passed within the last 5 years by the candidate whilst registered for non-degree purposes or for another qualification;

b. Approved specialisation modules are listed in Tables PBHL-c to PBHL-j With the approval of Board, a candidate may include elective modules with a total credit value not exceeding 24, which are not included in table PBHL-b and have been passed at this or another tertiary institution.

FAMP 6.5 Assessment (HS45 applies)

 

For a coursework module, group and individual assignments together shall contribute 50% to the final mark and a written examination the remaining 50%. The written examination for a module shall be taken at the end of the semester in which the module is taken. The research project shall be examined in a dissertation, which shall demonstrate acquaintance with methods of research in the chosen field and with relevant published research literature.

FAMP 6. 6 Failed modules

 

With the permission of the Board, a candidate who has failed a core or specified specialist module shall be permitted to repeat such module or, if the module in question is not a core or specialist module, to select an alternative module to complete the degree.

FAMP 6.7 Award of degree

 

(a) Candidates shall be required to pass all necessary coursework modules with a mark of at least 50% and the dissertation shall be required to be of a standard worthy of a pass.

Note:Progression, degree cum and summa cum laudes shall be dealt with in line with General university rules (CR9,10,17 ) Declaration in line with College rule HS41.

Table PBL-a: MPH Core Modules (2008)

 

Credits

Module codes

Introduction to Public Health

0

PBHL831

Health Measurement (Descriptive)

16

PBHL8J1

Health Measurement (Analytic)

16

PBHL8H1

Research Methods and Bioethics

16

PBHL8X1

Research Project (Master of Public Health)

96

PBHL8__

Table OCEH-b: Specialist modules in Occupational Hygiene

 

Credits

Module codes

Evaluation of occupational hazards

16

OCEH8C1

Introductory principles of occupational hygiene

16

OCEH8H1

Introduction to occupational and environmental health(compulsory)

0

OCEH8G1

Control of occupational hazards

8

OCEH8B1

Recognition of Occupational Hazards

8

OCEH8R1

Table OCEH-c: Specialist modules in Occupational and Environmental Medicine

 

Credits

Module codes

Principles of Toxicology

16

OCEH801

Introductory principles of occupational hygiene

16

OCEH8H1

Introduction to occupational and environmental health(compulsory)

0

OCEH8G1

Occupational and environmental diseases

8

OCEH8J1

Occupational and environmental respiratory disorders

8

OCEH8K1