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School of Health Systems and Public Health

Welcome to the
School of Health Systems and Public Health

The SHSPH provides opportunities for advanced education, research, and consultancy in the many fields of public health. Our programmes are designed for individuals and organisations whose work impacts on health.

  • 2015 Applications for BSc (Hons) Environmental and Occupational Health - Occupational Hygiene (10244022) and Environmental Health (10244023), options  now open until 26 November 2014 [ More information ]
  • Other applications for 2015 now closed
  • 2014 Timetable - Version 9 : Keep in mind that the timetable can change at any time. You should regularly check on the SHSPH website  to ensure you are using the correct version.
  • 2015 Timetable - Final 003
  • SHSPH Info Pack for prospective students, 2015
  • Handbook for Post Graduate Studies (PG Book) -  860 Kb

 Important Notice


The academic staff at the SHSPH are currently supervising many postgraduate students and have reached their supervisory capacity. Therefore the following tracks will not accept any further PhD proposals during the period May 2014 - April 2015:
  • Environmental and Occupational track: PhD (Community Health) and/or PhD (Environmental Health)
  • Disease control track: PhD (Public Health)
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics track: PhD (Epidemiology)
  • The Health Policy and Management track and the Health Promotion track will each consider one PhD proposal during the period May 2014 - April 2015, i.e. PhD (Health Systems) or PhD (Public Health)

     

 

News

Dawie Roodt emphasises the key role played by universities in economic growth in South Africa - 18/11/2014
As part of the Informatics/Gijima lecture series presented at the University of Pretoria, Dawie Roodt, Director and Chief Economist of the Efficient Group, spoke about how he views the next ten years from an economist’s perspective. As a nationally renowned economist who specialises in government finance and monetary policy he focused on the importance of private property rights and also referred to how humankind has evolved over time.
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Energetics gives new insight into the decline of cheetahs - 18/11/2014
An acclaimed international study looking into new reasons behind the dwindling numbers of cheetah in southern Africa had its inception at the University of Pretoria. Before this study, it was commonly thought that cheetah numbers were declining partly as a result of larger predators stealing their prey, thus lessening the availability of food and forcing them to expend more energy in search of food. However, a recent study offers new insight into why cheetahs may become vulnerable with regard to their energy levels, which could affect their general health and well-being and result in their ultimate decline.
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Pioneering publication by UP academic - 18/11/2014
Prof Alois Mlambo, Head of the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, recently launched his latest book, which was well received by academics, critics and readers. Entitled A history of Zimbabwe, the book is the first concise, single-volume history of Zimbabwe and provides an accessible and comprehensive synthesis of that country’s lived experience from the pre-colonial and colonial periods to recent times in independent Zimbabwe.
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Theology researchers recognised by the National Research Foundation - 14/11/2014
Prof Hans van Oort’s NRF A-rating was recently renewed for the next five years, while Prof Etienne de Villiers received a C2-rating from the NRF. This brings the Faculty of Theology's rated scholars to 16 – one A, one B, 13 Cs and one Y.
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UP researcher finds ways to improve the well-being of wildlife - 07/11/2014
Although wild animals have been captured and chemically immobilised for years (by using a form of anaesthesia induced by drugs in a dart), very little is known about the short- and long-term consequences of capture and the effects of immobilising drugs on wild animals. Dr Leith Meyer, Veterinary Sciences Pharmacology researcher at the University of Pretoria, is committed to finding solutions to improve the well-being of wild animals. The results of his research will help wildlife veterinarians and other conservation practitioners to ensure that the best methods of capture are practised and optimal immobilising drug cocktails and treatments are used.
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Giving the defenceless a voice in court - 06/11/2014
Crimes committed against people with developmental and other disabilities are similar in scope to crimes committed against women, children and the elderly, and yet the victimisation of people with disabilities remains largely unaddressed. This can be ascribed to their being perceived as voiceless and invisible members of society – a perception that makes them attractive targets for their perpetrators because they often believe that their victims will not be able to testify against them in court. Three large-scale research studies are currently under way at the University of Pretoria (UP) to change this situation.
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Dr Johan van Zyl named Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year - 05/11/2014
Dr Johan van Zyl, former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria and one of the University’s most distinguished alumni, was named Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year at a ceremony at the Sandton Convention Centre on Tuesday night, 28 October. The Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year award is a prestigious accolade bestowed on recipients voted for by executives of the top 100 companies of the previous year.
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