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.

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 MastersofPublicHealthdegreewill 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.

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

Entry Requirements

  • A relevant NQF Level 8 qualification (Bachelors, Honour or Postgraduate Diploma)
    • FPD may consider participants without an NQF level 8 but 10 or more years of experience in Public Health
  • Participants must be sufficiently fluent in English and computer literate to successfully complete assignments and participate meaningfully in discussions and working groups.
  • Proof of competency, in a form of a completion certificate, with online learning at a postgraduate level. Completing an online master’s degree takes a specific type of academic rigor and as such we need to establish that this educational format is the best format for you. Proof of competency with this level of e-learning is required for full admission to this course through submitting proof of completion of post-graduate online course with a duration of six months.

Note: Should you not have this prior experience with online learning you will be provisionally enrolled  on the course with final registration being subject to the successful completion of two of the course modules namely:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology

These two modules will count towards the credits required to completing the qualification. Should the participant be unable to successfully complete these two modules the provisional registration will be withdrawn.


Learning Outcomes

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.

Course Content


  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics

Additional compulsory modules:

  • Any two additional modules from Group 2 (Public Health Problems).


Choose any four of the modules from the two groups.


(Any of these modules other than the two chosen as core modules)

  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Health promotion
  • Evaluation of interventions
  • Health economics
  • Inequalities and social determinants of health
  • Public health concepts for policy makers


(Any of these modules other than  the  four  chosen as core modules) Communicable disease (Transmission, surveillance & control)

  • Disaster management and emergency planning
  • Global mental health
  • Public Health aspects of HIV/AIDS
  • Injury prevention
  • Maternal mortality
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Preventing child mortality


The assessment processes for the MPH qualification uses both formative and summative assessments for assessing each of learning outcomes. Each module includes course work and the formative assessments are performed through:

  • Discussion forum postings where tutors provide feedback on whether the student-related their comment to the resources provided, used evidence, provided references, and whether this was a substantial contribution to the discussion.
  • Short questions

  • Case studies

  • Online tests

  • Online assignments

Learners are required to demonstrate the application and integration of all the modules of the MPH through the planning, execution, and reporting of a research project. The summative assessment of the Research Module is in the form of a mini dissertation.

Course Duration


  • Two years 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

Course Fee

Total fees cost for up to three years to complete: R46 964.00 including vat Payment terms available as follows:

Payment Pre-requisite Fees
Module 1 Prior to commencing R12 475.00
Module 2 On completion of module 1 (entry/compulsory)   R12 475.00
Progress On completion of module 4   R12 475.00
Final On submission of dissertation   R12 475.00


Extended year of study:

  • Fourth year of study: reregistration fee applicable of R6 613.00
  • Fifth year of study: reregistration fee applicable of R7 653


Intake date

Intake 2: 16 January 2023

Applications close: 30 November 2022

Enrolment process

Applicants will follow these easy steps on their path to enrolment, please contact us for the relevant forms:

Step 1: Apply for enrolment

You will be required to complete and submit and application form for enrolment, together with supporting documents, please note there is a non-refundable R 300.00 application fee. Please note that by signing the Application Form and submitting the supporting documents you indicate that you understand that, should your qualification(s) be found to be misrepresented or from a degree mill, then your name will be included in the Register of Misrepresented Qualifications and Providers operating outside of the South African NQF (RMQP). You will also not receive the qualification.

The following supporting documents need to be submitted:

  • Certified copies of qualification/s (including academic record)
  • Certified copy of RSA Identification document or passport.
  • Proof of payment of the application fee.

Once you have submitted your application, along with all supporting documentation, you will receive correspondence from FPD regarding the outcome of your application.


Step 2: Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) / Credit Accumulation & Transfer (CAT)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants aiming to enter the FPD proposed programme may already be working in the public health context and/or have gained knowledge as a result of learning in the workplace and in other settings. If this applies to you, you can apply for RPL by providing testimonials/reference letter from previous or current employers. The testimonials/reference letter must include the number of years worked and your responsibilities/duties. 

Credit Accumulation & Transfer (CAT)

Students who have previously successfully completed relevant modules, courses or programmes at FPD or another institution and who wish to have such modules, courses or programmes recognised by FPD should apply for CAT. 

The following supporting documentation is required to be submitted:

  • Certified transcript(s) of training from a previous educational institution
  •  Assessment results or any relevant documentation that supports the credit claim 

You will receive correspondence from FPD regarding the outcome of the CAT.


Step 3: Registration and Payment

Successful applicants will also receive an invoice from FPD, in order to make payment. Kindly refer to the course fee section for more information.

Once proof of payment has been received, you will receive an acknowledgment letter with a link for you to register on the FPD Student Portal.


Kindly contact Mrs Bontle Mogakane at for the above application and enrolment forms.


For more information or to register, please contact:

School of Public Health


Tel: 012 110 4080/ 087 821 1109

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