Summer School


Begun in 1992, the School of Public Health’s (SOPH) annual Summer and Winter Schools have provided learning opportunities for close to 12,000 participants from South Africa and other African countries, making this probably the largest continuing education programmes in public health in Africa.The courses are delivered by the staff of the SOPH and guest lecturers from local and international institutions using interactive and participatory methodologies. Courses Offered During Winter, and Summer Schools.    

Summer School Programmes are aimed at our Postgraduate students only at this stage. These short courses provide introductory blocks for the core study modules in the postgraduate qualifications, as well as a general orientation to academic study, distance learning and information literacy. 

Since students in the SOPH qualifications undertake their studies at a distance, we encourage those who can afford the time, accommodation and travel expenses to attend and take advantage of the opportunity for participatory learning, interacting with colleagues in the field and debate. Courses continue to make use of interactive, problem-based learning methodologies. 

Students find demonstrable value in attending these teaching blocks, and many have noted that their attendance had a significant contribution to their success, and so we encourage students to attend whenever they can, even if it just once in their student career.  

Students are entitled to attend any number of short courses which relate to their studies, at no extra charge. In general, where students have chosen short courses for their Elective component, this would not usually be more than two courses in any given year – or qualification, for that matter.  

Please note however that you will be responsible for your own travel, meals and accommodation arrangements and costs. During the Summer School, we cannot provide any accommodation at the UWC hostels, and so students must see to their own accommodation.  

South African students should ask their district or sub-district managers to talk to the Human Resources Department (the Skills Development Facilitator) as early as possible to find out whether funding may be available from the Skills Development Fund for your accommodation and travel costs. You need to make such requests well in advance and it could assist you with the costs of attending short courses or with your academic programme fees.   

NOTE: These are offered only to students registered in the Postgraduate Programme in Public Health at the School of Public Health. 

With the support of the Postgraduate Throughput Project (PET), the UWC Writing Centre and the UWC Library, we are increasing the number of academic skills workshops as they have been well received by previous students. These are some of the workshops that will be offered in the period after 17h00 daily. 

  •  Managing distance learning
  •  Using computers efficiently for academic purposes
  •  Reading strategies for postgraduate studies
  •  Using the UWC library, using databases and searching efficiently for readings on the Internet, and in the UWC library holdings
  •  Writing a literature review

By the end of the period, students should feel confident of their writing and reading skills, as well as their ability to access electronic resources. 

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