MASTERS DEGREES: Advanced Learning in International Health Research Ethics

The South African Research Ethics Training Initiative, SARETI, is a joint project by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Pretoria, faculty from Johns Hopkins University, and the Fogarty International Center of the US National Institutes of Health to offer advanced learning in bioethics and health research ethics. The programme is aimed at scientists, health professionals, members of ethics review committees, public health personnel, social scientists, philosophers, ethicists, health journalists, lawyers, and other professionals whose work impacts on health.

SARETI is an African programme in health ethics that offers modular, academic and practical learning. Trainees develop the expertise required to ensure that health research in Africa has the welfare of individuals and of communities as its primary focus. SARETI’’s educational programmes vary from Masters programmes (MPH, MPhil, and M Soc Sci with majors in health research ethics),  to 3-6 month Fellowships for senior professionals, to one-week intensive short courses.

SARETI announces the availability of scholarships that offer full financial support for up to four Masters degree trainees in 2007. These scholarships are available to professionals involved in health ethics and health research and who are resident in Africa. (Scholarships for the short course Fellowships / non-degree programme are not available for 2007, but self-funded students are welcome to apply for these programmes).

Applications for the 2007 Masters programme (which starts on 20th January 2007 in Pretoria) are invited. The closing date for applications is 15th November 2006. For further information and application forms, see SARETI’’s website: or contact:

Ms Joyce Jakavula, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, PO Box 667, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa; Tel: +27 12 319 2427; Fax: +27 12 323 2788; Email:


Ms Debbie Marais, School of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal; Private Bag XO1; Scottsville 3209; Pietermaritzburg; South Africa; Tel: +27-33-260-6162; Fax: +27-33-260-5809; E-mail: