Master of Public Health in the Field of Social and Behaviour Change Communication - University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Some key elements of the University of the Witwatersrand's Master of Public Health in the Field of Social and Behaviour Change Communication

  1. Seek to build skills needed to design programmes and interventions to address determinants of health and disease at multiple levels.
  2. Uses a block-release format, which enables part-time students to maintain jobs while also studying.
  3. Five field-specific courses - for example: Planning and Implementing Social and Behaviour Change Communication Programmes; and, Communication, Media and Society
  4. Seven core courses - for example Health and Society - covers the social determinants of health and Research protocol module - leads students through the design of their own research protocol.
  5. Active practitioners, such as Soul City are directly involved in teaching.
  6. There are 18 faculty publications at the core of the course including, for example -  Christofides N.J., Nieuwoudt S, Usdin S, Goldstein S, Fonn S. A South African university-practitioner partnership to strengthen capacity in social and behaviour change communication. Glob Health Action. 2013;6:19300; and, Usdin, S. Christofides, N. “Children can’t wait” Social Mobilization to Secure Children’s Rights to Social Security, in The Handbook of Global Health Communication edited by Obregon, R. & Waisbord, S. 2012, Wiley-Blackwell: Malden, Massachusetts.

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Background Note: Working with one of our Partners, Temple University, we have been summarising a range of academic institutions' programmes on communication and media (for) development, social and behavioural change. There has been a previous focus on the University of the West Indies' Masters in Communication for Social and Behaviour Change and Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria's Masters Degreee in Development Communication