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BACHELOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Bachelor of Public Health for 2024

Why study Bachelor of Public Health?

The IIE Bachelor of Public Health is a multidisciplinary and flexible degree that provides students with the opportunity to learn and apply key principles of Public Health leading to a wide range of careers. On completion of the degree future opportunities include application for studies in related fields including for example the Honours in Public Health and the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health.

Collaborations, placements and internships expose you to a variety of local and international staff, students and stakeholders, and mean you gain a global perspective on public health. We also take advantage of local opportunities for collaboration between IIE MSA and partners within the South African community.

In the first year, students will investigate the biological basis of health and disease, health and social care systems and global health. In the second year students will learn for example how to analyse patterns of health and disease. Fieldwork in the third year provides a broad exposure to the public health field that underpin an understanding of health and illness prevention in both individuals and populations.

Successful completion of this programme leads to an IIE qualification.

Career Opportunities

Job market growth in the health, local government, and workplace and education sectors continues unabated. There is a strong demand for multi-skilled programme managers and for prevention promotion workers, particularly to work with vulnerable groups and ageing populations.

Government directions for health programmes in most African countries are now geared for jobs in community settings rather than hospitals, to deal with rising rates of chronic conditions and disease, as the shift from hospital to community based programmes continues. Government and non-government organisations are constantly in need of health policy analysts and policy makers especially as health, social and other policy sectors are expected to develop partnerships and cross-sector partnerships and policies (i.e. transport and health, environments and health).

Careers in the public, private, or non-profit sectors might include:

  • Disease prevention and control
  • Biostatistics (at entry level)
  • Community health work
  • Education and teaching (Health Promotion)
  • Epidemiology (at entry level)
  • Health administration
  • Health awareness, policy and promotion
  • Nutrition, dietetics and exercise
  • Public health project management (including planning, monitoring and evaluation)
  • Research
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Bachelor of Public Health Degree Duration

3 years full-time

Bachelor of Public Health Degree Accreditation

Accredited by the CHE. Registration: NQF Level 7, SAQA ID 91996

Discuss your study options with a Student Advisor
Bachelor of Public Health Intake

First Semester (February)

Attendances

On-campus at IIE MSA : full-time

Bachelor of Public Health Course code

BPH0701

Bachelor of Public Health Professional recognition

IIE MSA Graduates are eligible to join the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA).

This programme is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of South Africa.







Bachelor of Public Health Entry requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC)
Bachelor pass with English (50%)

National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V))
Bachelor pass with English (50%)

Senior Certificate (SC)
Endorsement with English (50%)

Senior Certificate (Amended) (SC(a))
Bachelor pass with English (50%)

Alternate Admission
NSC: (English 40%-49%). If achieved 50% min in final Grade 11 results. Should the English requirement not be met at NSC Grade 12, then entrance may be granted if the English requirement is met based on the Grade 11 final mark.

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of publication, however, these may change.

Applications

More information can be found by visiting How to apply

Bachelor of Public Health Entry requirements

International entry requirements

International Students

An USAf Exemption Certificate is required meeting the minimum of 50% for English OR requisite English test e.g. TOEFL, IELS.

A cognate Higher Certificate OR cognate 240 credit Diploma OR an Advanced Certificate OR 360 credit Diploma or Degree may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies.

If discipline not cognate at least 20% of credits must be academic literacy or numeracy related.

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of publication, however, these may change.

Applications

More information can be found by visiting How to apply

What is a Bachelor of Public Health?

The Bachelor of Public Health is a multidisciplinary, flexible degree that provides students with the opportunity to learn key principles in public health, and health programmes and policy leading to a wide range of careers. It also provides a pathway to postgraduate (pre-med) clinical programmes (for example medicine, social work, nursing and allied health) as well as to honours and postgraduate studies in public health.

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