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Master of Public Health (Community Eye Health track, MPHCEH)


What is the aim of the programme?      

The aim of the MPH(CEH) is to enable participants to undertake appropriate clinical and operational research that might inform the planning and management of eye care programmes.  It does NOT provide a clinical training in ophthalmology.

Who is the programme intended for?   

The MPH(CEH) is intended for people working in prevention of blindness programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. These may include national eye care coordinators, district eye care programme managers, and clinical professionals with interest in community eye health research.

What are the entry requirements for the programme?  

The minimum requirements of the programme include an undergraduate four-year degree in health sciences, social sciences, or business management, or an equivalent university qualification.  Recognition of prior learning is also considered, in line with the University of Cape Town’s policies.  Proficiency in English and mathematics, as well as basic computer literacy is essential.  At least two years’ experience working in community eye health is also required.

What is the duration and what are the dates?   

12 – 24 months

First semester: Usually from the second week of February to the second week of June

Second semester: Usually from the second week of July to the second week of November.

What is the structure of the programme?           

The first 12 months are spent in Cape Town as a fulltime student, when 10 prescribed courses should be completed. During the second 6 – 12 months the research and dissertation should be completed, usually in the student’s work environment.   However, students can structure their coursework schedule according to their preference.

How do I apply?

What is the closing dates?

30 September (South African applicants)

31 July (non-South African applicants)

How can I get more information about this programme?

Send email to, or telephone +27-21-4066039 to request specific information about the MPHCEH or visit for information about the School of Public Health and Family Medicine and for general information about studying at the University of Cape Town.

How do I apply? 

Only online application accepted!

Apply online by logging in to, and follow the links on the Applications tab, or clicking on and selecting “Apply online” on the right hand side of the screen. By browsing through the menu options, you may find answers to many of the questions you may have.

You may also request further information by sending an email to,
and copying to or fax to +27-21- 4066621.


Community Eye Health Institute, Division of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town
Private Bag 3, RONDEBOSCH 7700, Republic of South Africa
Tel (+27)21-406 6039 Fax (+27)21-406 6621