Call for a Masters degree program with Stellenbosch University, Division of Health systems and Public Health


The Division of Health Systems and Public Health in the Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Health Systems. This is a two-year part time programme, primarily offered online with some face-to-face engagements (depending on COVID-related restrictions, this training may be delivered via an online platform and students will not be expected to travel to Cape Town). The goal of the programme is to develop the participant’s knowledge, skills and practices in the field of health systems strengthening and research, and public health. The programme is designed to accommodate practitioners who work full-time, from a range of backgrounds including but not limited to social work, medicine, nursing, economics, health economics, public health, health service management, policy making and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The training aims to build the research capacity and leadership of the participants in their work, while contributing to knowledge generation in Africa. The MPhil Health Systems programme is differentiated into two streams or tracks, allowing for a focused approach to Health Systems (HS) and Health Economic Evaluation (HEE). The purpose of the HEE track is to equip participants with skills to understand and evaluate the comparative costs and benefits of health system policies, strategies, and interventions to manage uncertainty and inform policy and decision-making using an evidence-based approach.


• A qualification at NQF 8 according to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is a required. If you are an international student, you must obtain SAQA certificate for qualifications from non-South African institutions. • You must demonstrate the necessary academic ability and equivalent professional experience in health systems and or public health. • Mathematics at National Senior Certificate (NSC) level, computer literacy and fluency in written and spoken English. • A minimum of 3-5 years experience in health systems or public health. For more information and application process contact Tracey Pietersen at or apply online at

Closing dates for applicants are the 31 August 2022 for international applications and 30 September 2022 for national applications.

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