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School of Health Systems and Public Health

The Baccalaureus Scientiae Honours (Bsc Hons) with specialisation Biostatistics (Public Health)

This honours programme is a postgraduate-level programme in quantitative techniques for the health sciences that is presented in conjunction with the School of Health Systems and Public Health and the Department of Statistics at the University of Pretoria. Teaching and supervision responsibilities are shared: Statistics courses will be offered at the Department of Statistics at the main campus, and Public Health courses will be offered at the SHSPH.
 
The honours programme is a one-year, full-time programme. Students with a three-year BSc degree can apply for admission, and should be able to complete their honours study in one academic year on a full-time basis.

Requirements for admission

 A candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree deemed acceptable by the Head of Department for the proposed field of study or an equivalent qualification deemed acceptable by the Senate of the University for the proposed field of study [extract from M8 (a)]. 
 
Applicants who have a bachelor's degree in disciplines that do not include mathematical statistics at the undergraduate level will be required to take and pass four Mathematical Statistics courses at the 300-level of the University of Pretoria, Department of Statistics:
  • (WST 311) Multivariate Analysis 311 18 credits).
  • (WST 312) Stochastic Processes 312 (18 credits).
  • WST321 Time Series Analysis 321 (18 credits).
  • (WST322) Actuarial Statistics 322 (18 credits).

Curriculum: BSc Hons

 

Code Module Title Credits
Compulsory modules  
KGW 700  
 
BOS 770 Principles of Biostatistics
10
HME 770 Introduction to Health Measurement
5
PHM 770* Learning in Public Health
5
RAL 780 Applied Regression Analysis
10
Seminar 1 Multivariate Methods
5
Seminar 2 Time Series Analysis
5
Seminar 3 Econometrics
5
Seminar 4 Applied Regression Analysis
5
  Research Report
20
  Examinations
20
  Subtotal
90
Electives students to complete two from the list  
EKT 713 Econometrics
10
MVA 710 Multivariate Methods I
5
MVA 720 Multivariate Methods 2
5
TRA 720 Time Series Analysis
10
TNM 800 Applied Research Methods
n/a
BSK 701** Biostatistics
n/a
  Total credits
105

* Includes the attendance of a library-user course.

** The attendance of the Faculty required BSK 701 would be waived for students who specialise in Biostatistics.
 
Programme Coordinator: Vacant