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Masters of Public Health (NQF 9) - E-learning



Massive health problems face African populations. There is a huge need to build capacity to study the causes of and apply evidence-based solutions for these problems. However, there is a lack of affordable and accessible educational opportunities for committed health workers to build their capacity in this area.

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The healthcare sector is one of the few industries where experts expect a substantial increase in the number of jobs. A Masters of Public Health degree holds the promise of job security and exciting, new employment opportunities and the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s access to good health.

To respond to this need the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) presents a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree that is a three-year on-line part-time qualification accredited with the South African Council of Higher Education and registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The Master’s degree is aimed at equipping health practitioners from a variety of disciplines, with key public health competencies and collaborative strategies to address and mitigate population-level risk factors contributing to the global and national burden of disease.

FPD’s online Masters of Public Health degree will provide you with access to an internationally expert authored curriculum to build your practical knowledge and develop a wholistic body of knowledge and skills around public health. This will enable you to monitor and diagnose the health concerns of entire communities and promote healthy practices and behaviours to ensure that populations stay healthy.

Empower yourself with a registered, online qualification and some of the best public health learning and decision-making tools available.

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Who Should Enrol

If a public health perspective is critical to your current role or would be beneficial in your aspirant role. If you want the knowledge and skills to put public health principles into effect in a variety of settings including research, practice, policy and at the interface of applied research.

  • Individuals interested in different aspects of health-related research and/or service delivery
  • Health professional and healthcare managers wanting to broaden their skills into the areas of public health
  • Non-health professional graduates who are interested in entering the field of public health or to strengthen their work in the area

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

  • This qualification may be achieved in part through the recognition of prior learning.
  • The maximum portion of the Master’s degree that can be obtained by means of RPL is 50% of the credits of the full qualification.
  • The assessment processes involved with the application of RPL at FPD are the same as those followed for awarding credits in the formal Master’s degree programme.

Curriculum Content

The curriculum is designed to support the learner to acquire the following throughout the Masters:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the foundation sciences of Public Health, including knowledge of major public health problems faced in developing countries.
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the methods for assessing disease burden, causation, and methods of prevention through population health research methods.
  • Demonstrate in-depth critical awareness of how knowledge gained through the course can be applied to plan improvements to the health of populations in developing countries.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding that allows the application of an evidence base to the practice of public health.
  • Critically evaluate information that is required for the practice of public health.
  • Synthesise prior learning in exploring or addressing an important public health issue facing his/her community and in application to his/her professional practice.


  • 18 months full time
  • Three years part time programme and up to 5 years to complete part time

Time Required

  • 25 hours per week required full time to complete
  • 8 to 10 hours per week required part time to complete


On passing eight modules and the mini dissertation, the successful candidate will be awarded with a Master degree in Public Health (NQF Level 9).

SAQA ID: 117086


R 46 964.00 including vat

Payment Prerequisite Fees
Module 1 Prior to commencing R11 741.00
Module 2 On completion of module 1 (entry / compulsory) R11 741.00
Progress On completion of module 4 R11 741.00
Final On submission of dissertation R11 741.00