July 2012Department of Public HealthMPH APPLICATION AND APPROVAL PROCEDUREThere are two parallelprocesses involved in enrolling in the MPH programme.The first, for admission to the programme,is an internal Department process toassess your eligibility and to approve the proposed topic of study for yourdissertation or thesis. The second is the registration process with theUniversity.This involves registration, payment of fees and course approval. Both must becompleted to successfully enrol in the programme.The first step is to make sure that you are eligible for the programme once yourfinal marks from the DPH programme are available. This is usually at the endof November for students completing at the end of semester 2, or at the end ofJune for students completing at the end of semester 1. Students who havecompleted the DPH programme and who have attained a good B grade average(overall 73% or better) for their four DPH papers are eligible to apply. At thisstage students should explore possible dissertation/thesis topics informallywith a potential supervisor/s. You may have identified a potential supervisorduring your DPH studies, or if not you should approach either the Head ofDepartment Richard Edwards, the DPH convenor Diana Sarfati, or MichaelKeall, Postgraduate Academic Committee Chairperson for advice aboutpossible supervisors in the Department. Please arrange a meeting withpotential supervisors or Richard or Diana through Mary Anderson the PostgradAdministrator, [email protected]or phone 918 6040. This shouldoccur as soon as possible after receiving your marks, and preferably in theprevious semester to the intended application.1.Departmental approval:Students need to obtain Departmental approval to be admitted to the Mastersprogramme. This includes approval of proposed research topic, researchmethods and supervision arrangements. This occurs at the Department ofPublic Health’s Postgraduate Academic meeting which is held once a month,usually on the first Friday of the month, except for the December meetingwhich will be at the end of the second week to allow for consideration ofdissertation applications. The requirements for the Departmental approval process are as follows:A project outline should be prepared by the student(in consultation withpotential supervisors wherever possible) – see below for more details. Thisshould be about 1 page in length. In addition, the supervisorshould prepare aDepartmental Masters Programme application form (see attached). Theapplication form, together with the project outline, should be sent to the
July 2012Postgraduate Administrator (Mary Anderson) who will ensure that this isconsidered at the next Academic Meeting (supervisor to attend if possible).