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Bachelor of Public Health Honours

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

This programme aims for students to develop critical and analytic skills as applied to contemporary global public
health and health science studies and research. It provides students with advanced knowledge in specific areas of
public health and health science from a global context. The programme develops students’ ability to do research
in the public health science domain. This entails the writing of a research proposal, applying suitable research
methods, data collection and analysis techniques, to report findings, to draw conclusions and to make
recommendations.
The outcomes for this qualification are aligned with the skills demands and the provision of a sound theoretical base.
 Students who have successfully completed the programme will be able to:

  • Critically examine contemporary public health issues within a global context.
  • Critically review the scientific literature relevant to their discipline.
  • Describe the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a research project.
  • Develop a proposal for a research project and apply for ethics committee approval.
  • Execute and analyse a research project, or a set of studies.
  • Write up scientific work in a report suitable for publication. 

What is this Degree’s accreditation status?

The IIE Bachelor of Public Health Honours (BPH(Hons)) is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is
registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a
120-credit qualification on level 8 (SAQA ID: 93589).

Who is the Bachelor of Public Health Honours degree aimed at?

The aim of the course is to advance students’ knowledge and competencies in the main areas of their chosen field of
specialisation. The curriculum covers a wide scope of scholastic activities and integrates theoretical knowledge,
research competencies and applied skills relevant to the specialisation field. By exposing learners to the latest
trends in the theory, research and practice in these domains, the programme enhances their abilities to conceptualise
and analyse critically various aspects of the specialisation field in a multicultural context. An integral part of the
programme is the completion of a research project which will equip students with the necessary skills to conduct
research and to present and disseminate findings.

How is this Honours’ degree structured at The IIE MSA?

The IIE Bachelor of Public Health Honours degree (BPH(Hons)) is a one-year degree. The academic year runs from
February to November. The modules are delivered on a full-time basis with lectures and tutorials being scheduled
during the day from Monday to Friday. 

Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is reviewed annually thus changes may
occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit level
outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive an updated programme curriculum on an annual
basis.

What about timetables?

The IIE Bachelor of Public Health Honours can be completed in 1-year full-time, or 2-years on a part-time basis. The
academic year runs from February to November.

As far as possible timetabling is designed to accommodate student needs, but timetables remain subject to change
throughout the year. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that timetable structures will remain the same during the
course of your studies. Class attendance is compulsory.

What must I pass in order to graduate?

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%)
for each module of the programme and have met all other requirements.

How long do I have to complete this qualification? 

Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete this qualification if you are registered full time.

With what qualification will I graduate?

You will graduate with The IIE Bachelor of Public Health Honours degree (SAQA ID: 93589).

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue once I have completed this Bachelor’s degree?

As well as providing career opportunities in health promotion and policy and public health sciences, the Bachelor of
Public Health (Honours) provides a pathway to postgraduate programmes and higher research degrees.

Would it be possible to study further and obtain a postgraduate qualification once I have completed The IIE Bachelor
of Social Science Honours degree?

The IIE Bachelor of Public Health Honours degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is
registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at
level 8 – the same level as other equivalent honours degree at both private and public South African institutes of
higher education.  The opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or Master’s degree at any
South African university or higher education institution exists subject to meeting their specific programme entrance
criteria.

It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.

Call the IIE MSA campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors.
Tel: +27 11 950 4009 or email enquiries@iiemsa.co.za    

Disclaimer:  Please note that this fact sheet is accurate at the time of publication.  The Independent
Institute of Education (The IIE) reserves the right to alter any of the content prior to commencement of registration
due to changes in regulation, policy, market requirements or any other valid reason.