MPhil in Public Mental Health

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A key gap in current mental health professional training in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa is an orientation to public mental health. This means an orientation to the mental health needs of populations, and the policies, laws and services that are required to meet those needs.

The training offered by the Centre provides clinicians, health service managers, policy makers and NGO workers with crucial skills to enable them to plan and evaluate the services that they deliver and manage; lobby effectively for mental health; take on leadership roles in the strengthening of mental health systems; and conduct research in various aspects of public mental health in Africa.

Mental health is frequently marginalised in decision making for health service resources, partly because mental health professionals lack the skills and information to plan services, advocate for appropriate resource allocation, and conduct research. The training offered by the Centre would enable them to take on these crucial responsibilities.

MPhil in Public Mental Health 2017 intake

To apply for the upcoming intake of the MPhil in Public Mental Health please submit all relevant documents by the closing date as explained in the application forms below:

The completed application forms, together with all the required supporting documents, must be submitted electronically as a PDF file to Songelwa Mobo at on or before 31 August 2016.

Please note:

This year, we are offering a number of African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI) Fellowships. AMARI is a mental health research capacity building grant funded through the Wellcome Trust’s Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) programme. The overall goal of AMARI is to build an Africa-led network of mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) researchers in Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, who are equipped to lead high quality mental health research programmes that meet the needs of their countries. In order to meet its aim of building capacity, AMARI is offering 5 Fellowships to candidates from AMARI countries to complete the MPhil in Public Mental Health in 2017. One MPhil fellowship is guaranteed for one successful Malawian candidate and another is guaranteed for one successful candidate from Zimbabwe. The remaining three MPhils are open to applicants from all AMARI countries. All successful fellows will be registered at the University of Cape Town.

For any queries relating to the MPhil programme please contact: Dr. Katherine Sorsdahl (