The College of Public Health Medicine: CPHM (CMSA)

The College of Public Health Medicine (CPHM) is the examining body for medical specialists in Public Health Medicine and Occupational Medicine. It has over 200 fellows distributed throughout South Africa working to strengthen the health system and improve population health. In the public sector, this includes the National Department of Health, National Institute for Occupational Health, provincial departments of health, and at district level. Our Fellows are also employed by universities, non-governmental organisations, and in the private sector.

The work of the CPHM Council is divided amongst five subcommittees. There are Curriculum and Assessment Practices subcommittees for each of our qualifications – FCPHM(SA), FCPHM(SA) Occupational Medicine, and the Higher Diploma in Medical Management. A Membership and Career Pathing Subcommittee is responsible for a number of member activities within CPHM including the annual Pholela Lecture that focuses on health systems strengthening, quarterly national ward rounds, and the CPHM Newsletter. An Advocacy Subcommittee is responsible for driving public health advocacy within CPHM.

While CPHM’s primary focus remains examination, it has sought to make an active contribution beyond this. Examples include the release of technical guidance documents during the COVID-19 pandemic, and collaborating in the development of the World Health Organisation Roadmap for the Public Health and Emergency Workforce. 

Dr Saiendhra Vasudevan Moodley
Prof Noncayana Tracey Dawn Naledi
Secretary & Senator


Guidelines for Presidents and Secretaries of Constituent Colleges


ENGLISH, Rene Glynnis
MOSAM, Atiya
PETERS, Shrikant Maurice
NTATAMALA, Itumeleng Mmoko Theophelus (DOM)

Dr Saiendhra Vasudevan Moodley


Dr Saiendhra Moodley is the current President of the College of Public Health Medicine (CPHM) (October 2020 to present) and member of Council of CPHM (October 2017 to present).

Dr Moodley serves on the Senate of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa and its Examinations & Credentials Committee. He has served as convenor, moderator and examiner for FCPHM(SA) examinations.

Dr Moodley is a public health medicine specialist and a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Behaviour and Health Management Sciences, School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria. He has a broad range of health systems experience having worked at the Office of Health Standards Compliance, in the Department of Public Health Medicine at Steve Biko Academic Hospital/University of Pretoria, and in the Provincial Department of Health in the Western Cape.

He has been the convenor of the public health medicine registrar training programme at the University of Pretoria from October 2010 to January 2013 and from June 2019 to December 2022. Dr Moodley has previously served as a member of the Executive (Board of Directors) of the Public Health Association of South Africa and as its Vice-President and President. In addition to his medical degree and specialist qualifications, Dr Moodley holds postgraduate diplomas in mental health, tropical medicine & health, and health systems management. His research focus areas are public mental health and human resources for health and is currently in the final stages of his PhD which focuses on mental health task sharing involving clinical associates.