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Table 3 Programmatic description

From: Building capacity in Clinical Epidemiology in Africa: experiences from Masters programmes

Name of Institution University of Cape Town Makerere University University of Pretoria Stellenbosch University University of Zimbabwe
Academic Department/Division/School/Centre where programme is situated School of Public Health and Family Medicine Department of Medicine The School of Health Systems and Public Health Community Health Division and Centre for Evidence-based Health Care Department of Community Medicine
Name of programme Master of Public Health (Clinical Research track) Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology Masters in Clinical Epidemiology
Year when programme started MPH started in 1999. Clinical Epidemiology track started 2012 and incorporated into Epidemiology track 2014. 2000 2004 2008 1994
Credit/equivalent value of the programme 180 credits
1 credit = 10 hours
64 credit units (CU)
1 CU = 15 contact hours
180 credits
1 credit = 10 hours
180 credits
1 credit = 10 hours
180 credits
1 credit = 10 weighted hours
Fulltime or part-time Fulltime or part-time Fulltime Part-time Part-time Part-time
Minimum duration of programme 1.5 to 2 years fulltime or
3 to 4 years part-time
2 years 2 years 2 years 3 years
Structured modules credit value 120 credits 55 CU 80 credits 120 credits 1400 weighted hours
Number of modules Compulsory: 7
Elective: 3
Compulsory: 19 Fundamental: 3
Compulsory: 6
Elective: 3
Compulsory: 8
Elective: 2
Compulsory: 8
Type of offering Contact (face:face)
All modules are contact for a half week block (14–16 h) plus 8 or 9 sessions of 2 h spread throughout the semester
Contact (face:face)
All modules are contact as lectures or classes
Contact (face:face)
Contact lectures and individual computer-based tutorials and exercises, group work, assignments and self-study
Blended (face:face and online)
Combination of contact lectures, e-learning using online learning platform, self-study (reading, formal and projects)
Blended (face:face and online)
Distance learning with residential contact components twice per year (January and June)
Assessment Formative assessments (50%) and summative assessments (50%) Formative assessment (40%) and summative assessment (60%) Formative assessments and summative assessments Formative assessments (50%) and summative assessments (50%) Formative assessment (25%) and summative assessment (75%) in year 1; only formative assessments in year 2
Research project credit value 60 credits 9 CU (4 CU for research proposal + 5 CU for dissertation) 100 credits 60 credits 400 weighted hours
Format Research project resulting in 1 publishable peer reviewed paper Dissertation Research project resulting in 1 publishable peer reviewed paper Research project resulting in 1 publishable peer reviewed paper Dissertation
Number of graduates (as at October 2014) 4 104 31 40 10 – 12 per year