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 Winter School


The University of the Western Cape School of Public Health is proud to present the 39th short course school in a series of Winter and Summer Schools held at UWC since 1992. These courses expose health and health-related workers to the latest thinking in Public Health and enable them to discuss and exchange ideas on improved planning and implementation of Primary Health Care in the changing environment of the developing world. To date, some 12,000 participants, mainly nurses and middle level managers have attended these courses, from all over South Africa and many other African countries. As many of these courses are also used as the teaching blocks of the UWC Master of Public Health degree, the highest academic and practical standards are maintained.

The cost of courses is kept to an absolute minimum, to allow for the fullest participation.


Note: Most of the courses are accredited for Continuing Professional Development for doctors, dentists and dieticians. Information on the number of points allocated to each course is indicated on the individual course outline.

To whom are Winter School courses open?

Courses are open to students registered in the SOPH Postgraduate Programme, health workers from the health and social services and the general public. Over the years, at least 12 000 participants, mainly nurses and middle level managers from all over South Africa and from many other African countries, have attended these professional development courses. Many participants have been sent by a health authority, an important indication that the services place value on our training courses. 

What is offered?

Most courses are one week long to allow busy health workers to receive continuing education with minimal disruption of their services. The success of these courses lies in their relevance as shown by the fact that many students come back to our Winter School regularly. Selection of subjects reflects the main public health priorities. This year we are offering courses covering a wide range of management, programme development and policy and planning issues.

To get an overview of the kinds of courses offered, and booking arrangements, please view the 2017 Winter School Brochure. Click on the link to download the 2017 Winter School Application Form.


For further enquiries 


For Attention: Bridget Basson

School of Public Health

University of the Western Cape

Private Bag X17, BELLVILLE 7535

Phone: +27 21 959 2809 / 2536

Fax: +27 21 959 2872



Comments from Participants

Click here to watch former participants' testimonies

All short courses are regularly evaluated, and the participants’ comments taken into account when planning further sessions
“ Good amount of variety in presenters and tasks assigned.”


“ It opens our mind in understanding of concepts and principles and helps to change our attitude to public health."
 “ What I liked was the practical learning process.”

“What I liked was the fact that I came to the course without any research knowledge or experience and I can surely say I leave with so much!” 

  “It was student-centred, informative and refreshed my memory about issues which affect us daily.”

 “What I liked most was the diversity of the group - I learnt a lot from the other members and their different working fields and that’s where things about the course were put in perspective.”

“ The convenor always made sure that everyone understood.”

“All presentations were of a high standard; they were relevant to my work.”


To secure your place in the interesting course of programmes, book by 30th April, 2017. Late applications will be subject to R500 penalty per course.



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