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Nursing Science



The Department of Nursing Science was established in 1979 and made history on the 1st of February 1981 by introducing the undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Nursing Degree (BCur) for black post-matriculants.

Currently the Nursing Department is continuing with the current approved legacy nursing programmes whilst simultaneously embarking on the accreditation process in order to be ready to offer the new Under-Graduate degree and Advanced Diploma in Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing in 2020 as directed by the South African Nursing Council.


To be a leading Nursing Science Department striving to epitomizing excellence in preparing students for the world of work (scholarly, public and private sector) in various contexts addressing the needs of communities through innovative ideas


The Nursing Science Department is dedicated to the training and education of competent health care professionals through excellence in teaching, learning, research and community engagement in order to serve the health needs of our changing society


It is the belief of the Nursing Science Department at Sefako Makgatho University of Health Sciences that the product of the basic learner program in nursing leading to the registration as a nurse (General, Psychiatry and Community) and Midwife should, through community based education, guided by accompaniment and a culture sensitive approach, develop a scientific body of knowledge that will enable him/her to implement the nursing process skilfully while caring for patients, clients, their families and the community holistically.

Scientific knowledge: The body of evidence based scientific knowledge encompasses the preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative care in all age groups throughout the entire lifespan.

Facilitator: The department beliefs that the person charged with the guidance of students, must through continuing education, keep abreast with contemporary health and education issues affecting health care and higher education in relation to the social economic, political and cultural changes in the community.

Learner: A learner-centered approach is adopted. Guidance should be based on specific and cross-field outcomes for adult learning for excellence in nursing.

Process: The Department beliefs that an integrated adult learning approach will provide the learner with the optimal opportunity to develop the required competencies and professionalism, and that learning can take place under a variety of conditions, e.g. simulation. The department beliefs that a learner must have ample exposure to real life situations including technology developments and web-based learning.

The department beliefs that the curriculum must be relevant to the needs of the community at all levels in all settings within the primary healthcare context. Self-directed learning is embraced and promoted.


The Department research areas focus on:

  • Women and Child Health
  • Gender-Related Violence
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Unplanned Pregnancies/Reproductive Health
  • Maternal and Peri-natal Mortality


  • Reinuetswe School for Intellectually Challenged Children.
  • Charles Mamogale School Health Project.
  • Ikageng Institute
  • Mothwa Old Age Home.
  • Itireleng School for the Blind


  • Upla University; Norway
  • Lovisenberg Hooghagen Skolen Oslo; Norway
  • Zanzibar Project; Haukeland University Hospital, Norway.
  • School of health Sciences, Jonkoping University, Sweden


  • Garankuwa College of Nursing,
  • Limpopo College of Nursing,
  • Mpumalanga College of Nursing

Academic Staff

Name Position Qualifications Specializations Tel. Extension Email
Mokoena, JD Associate-Prof


Acting (HoD)

B Cur (I et A); M Cur; PhD; Assessor; Moderator Ethics & Professional Practices; Qualitative Research Methodology. 4664/4439
Sengane, MLM Associate-Prof M Cur; D Cur; Assessor; Moderator Advanced Midwifery & Neonatal Nursing Science; Qualitative Research Methodology; Social Related Issues. 4664/4474
Tlapu, MM Snr. Lecturer, (PhD) B Cur (I et A); B Cur Hons Psych; M Cur; MBA; PhD Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Science; Business Administration 4305/3513
Chetty, D Snr. Lecturer

(D Cur)

M Cur: D Cur; Assessor, Moderator. Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Science; Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methodology. 4305/5724
Madumo, MM Snr. Lecturer


B Cur Hons; M Cur; PhD; Assessor; Moderator Occupational Health Nursing Science; Community Nursing Science; Qualitative Research Methodology; Model Construction. 4305/5724
Uys, BY Snr Lecturer



M Cur; PhD; Assessor;


Nursing Education; Medical Surgical Nursing Science; Evidence Based Curricula; Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methodology. 4305/3078
Malesela JM Senior Lecturer M Cur, D Cur, Assessor, Moderator Advanced Midwifery & Neonatal Nursing Science; Qualitative Research, Ophthalmic Nursing Science, Infection Control. 4305/3745
Black, MJ Senior Lecturer B Cur (I et A), M Cur,

D Litt et Phil

Pediatric Nursing Science; Community Nursing Science, Nursing Education 4305/4761
Randa, MB Lecturer B Cur (I et A); MPH, B Tech OHN; Assessor, Moderator Medical Surgical Nursing Science; Public Health; Occupational Health Nursing. 4305/3751
Mkhonto, FM Lecturer B Cur (I et A); M Cur Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Science. Qualitative Research Methodology; Community Engagement. 4305/4478
Ntsoele, MMN Lecturer M Cur; Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical Nursing Science; Medical Surgical Nursing; Quantitative Research Methodology. 4305/3039
Motswasele, LK Lecturer B Cur (I et A), B Tech OHN, M Cur Occupational Health Nursing Science; Community Nursing Science. 4305/3757
Khosa, KP (Mr.) Lecturer B Cur (I et A), M Cur Health Service Management 4305/5915
Contractual Appointments
Selaledi, BM Lecturer B Cur (I et A), M Cur Curriculum Development; Advanced Community Nursing Science; Quantitative Research Methodology; Immunization; HIV & AIDS. 4305/5913
Madalane, LD Snr. Lecturer


B Cur (I et A); M Cur; PhD; Assessor;


Nursing Education; Qualitative Research Methodology; Model Construction; Community Engagement; Curriculum Development. 4305/5983
CTG Appointments
Phiri, LM Lecturer M Cur; Medical Surgical Nursing Science Medical Surgical Nursing; Trauma Nursing. 4664/3750
Nkhwashu, TE Senior Skills Facilitator B Cur (I et A), M Cur, PhD Indigenous Health Care; African Philosophy; Community Health Nursing Science, Clinical Nursing Science. 4305/3755
Mahlangu, ME Lecturer B Cur (I et A), MPH Public Health; Community Engagement 4664/3750
Mbokazi, CA Lecturer M Cur Clinical Nursing Science; Midwifery 4305/3748
Thobakgale, EM Lecturer M Cur Community Nursing Science; Psychiatric Nursing Science; Community Engagement. 4305/3750
Mudau, TS Lecturer M Cur Midwifery; Clinical Nursing Science; Health Service Management. 4305/3755
Ndlovu, PP Lecturer B Cur (I et A), B Cur Hons, M Cur, MPA Clinical Nursing Science; Public Health 4305/3748
Moloko, SM Lecturer B Cur (Ed. and Admin.), MPH Public Health; Clinical Nursing Science 4305/4477
Mokoena, AG Lecturer M Cur Public Health;

Psychiatric Nursing Science

Chabedi, A Lecturer M Cur Psychiatric Nursing Science; HIV/AIDS; Occupational Health 4305/3755


Admission Requirements

Applicants require the following minimum Admission Point Score (APS )

Subject Points
Life Sciences 4
Mathematics 4
Physical Sciences 4
Language of Learning 4
Life Orientation 3
2 Additional Subjects 3
Total Points 26

Undergraduate Programmes


Degree: Bachelor of Nursing Science and Art

The B Cur/BNSA is a degree programme leading to registration as a Nurse (general, psychiatric, community) and midwife in accordance with R425. The BCUR/BNSA curriculum consists of both theory which is taught in the classroom and clinical practice which is done in an approved hospital/clinic depending on the level of study.  A clinical schedule, to which students must adhere, is compiled in collaboration with the approved institutions. The duration of the degree programme is four (4) academic years. The curriculum consists of the Nursing and Midwifery courses and the relevant clinical practice, pharmacology, biological and social sciences.

Duration: Full time, 4 year programme in accordance with the South African Nursing Council (SANC).

Postgraduate Programmes


The course is a post-registration degree program presented in modules with clinical and non-clinical pathways in line with the South African Council R212.  Non-clinical pathways include Nursing Education, and Nursing Management. Clinical pathways include Community Health Nursing Science, Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Science, Medical and Surgical Nursing Science, Child Nursing, Occupational Health Nursing Science, Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment, Treatment and Care, Psychiatric Nursing Science: NOTE:  All pathway subjects will be registerable with the SA Nursing Council for additional qualification. Relevant practical work is done during university vacation and if necessary, over weekends


The Diploma in Occupational Health Nursing is offered by the Department of Nursing Science and Environmental and Occupational Health in Public Health.


The programme shall be comprised of two core subjects namely Research Methodology and Nursing Dynamics. At least two papers should be chosen from the following electives: Nursing Education, Health Services Administration, Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Science, Advanced Community Health Nursing Science, Advanced Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Science, Advanced Medical and Surgical Nursing.

800 Hours of appropriate and/or prescribed practica in an approved post for a clinical B Cur Honours degree

Presentation: The course can be presented on a part-time or full-time basis

The major course shall be selected in collaboration with the head of the Department and in relation to the degree and qualifications held by the student.


M Cur

The M Cur programme for both clinical and non-clinical courses shall consist of course work and a minor dissertation.  Students who have completed an honours degree and have fully or partly complied with the requirement for course work shall be exempted accordingly, and can proceed with the research aspect of the Masters degree.  This will be a minor dissertation.

Students who do not wish to undertake coursework can register for a Masters degree by research and submit a full dissertation.

All students registered for M Cur regardless of focus must register for:
MCDS801          Dissertation
BARE801          Research Methodology

Electives for all students pursuing a clinical or non-clinical Masters degree by course work must be on a major subject of the basic degree or completed coursework for the Honours degree

Duration: Minimum 2 years; Maximum 4 years for all students


Doctoral degree studies are by research only.

Duration: No longer than five years

Note:  Except where otherwise stated, the General Rules for postgraduate studies shall apply to the honours degree


Head:  Prof E.J. van Aswegen


Department of Nursing Science

PO Box 142



Tel:  012 521 4305/4664

Fax:  012 521 3820

Secretary: Ms Kgomotso Malebye




Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy (OT) is a profession that helps people to function independently in whatever they do. Helping people of all age groups to perform ordinary, everyday activities is very important when people are ill, injured or live with a disability. OT helps them to regain skills or to develop new ones so that they can live a meaningful life again. In OT the whole person is important. This means that physical, social and mental factors are taken into consideration.

Training of Occupational Therapy students at MEDUNSA started in 1976 as a three (3) year diploma course. This course was converted to a four (4) year degree course in 1981.   The B. Occ. Ther Degree course is a fulltime four (4) year course. The goal of the Department is to train Occupational Therapy students that will be competent to deliver a service which is in line with the Comprehensive Primary Health Care Approach.

During training students are exposed to different communities, provinces and a diversity of clients. Students are at the end of training equipped to:

  • function in any situation, at all three levels of health care (community, district hospital and tertiary institutions)
  • assist the masses and not only individuals
  • identify and circumscribe specific areas in which an effective contribution can be made
  • initiate and setup structures and systems to implement, manage and sustain programmes
  • meet the requirements of both present and future through the ongoing development of professional competency

Be aware of government policies and relevant legislation to guide practise.

Academic Staff

Name Extension Email
Prof T.A. Ramukumba 4495
Ms R.A. Lesunyane 4020
Ms S.J.S Pitout 4019
Ms S. Moosa-Tayob 3824
Ms M. Rabambi 4573
Ms M.K. Hlongwane 4134
Ms M.M. Magane 4572
Ms M.A. Tshitamba 4134
Ms M.R. Motimele 4572

 Undergraduate programme

 1. Occupational Therapy

This is a basic four year (4) undergraduate programme which upon completion a graduate can register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as an occupational therapist.

Admission requirements:

Follow link to the School Calendar.

Postgraduate Programmes

  1. Occupational Therapy

Applicants must be in possession of a B. Occ Ther Degree and be registered as an occupational therapist with the HPCSA.

 PhD Occupational Therapy

Applicants must be in possession of a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy  

Head:  Prof T.A. Ramukumba



Department of Occupational Therapy
PO Box 158

Tel: 012 521 4133/4495

Fax: 012 521 5730

Secretary:  Ms Quintella Maselela



A health sciences profession that assess, treat and prevent human movement disorders, restoring normal function or minimising dysfunction and pain in adults and children with physical impairment, to enable them to achieve the highest possible level of independence in their lives; preventing recurring injuries and disability in the workplace, at home, or during recreational activities and promoting community health for all age groups using exercises and other physical modalities.

The scope of practice involves interaction with other health professionals, families, care givers and communities. Physiotherapy also involves health education extending from the patient and care-givers to groups, such as health care workers in the community, industrial workers, school learners and teachers.

Our mission is educating students to provide high quality professional Physiotherapy health care to individuals, families, communities and population

  • Develop and implement evidence based health care practise that will empower  students to perform quality research in Physiotherapy
  • Develop a culture that will foster lifelong learning and scholarship
  • Collaborate and communicate in holistic inter-professional education, research and clinical practice that will benefit the community and contribute to body of knowledge the health professions
  • Produce a cadre of physiotherapists with transformative leadership capacity to analyse, identify and address the health needs of the individual, family, community and population
  • Create an environment that supports /foster innovation and harness the power of new technologies to address the health needs of the communication

Academic Staff

Name Extension Email
Prof M.E.D Maleka 4050
Prof C.A. Eksteen 4539
Dr B.F. Mtshali 4048
Mr M.D. Tshabalala 5824
Ms M. Cochrane 4485
Ms A. Human 4047
Ms R.D. Nkuna 5943
Ms F.M. Kotsokoane 5805
Mr D. Themba 5803
Ms K. Raphokwane 3847
Ms N.A. Sobantu 4328
Ms I. Mabena 5828

Undergraduate Programme:

BSc Physiotherapy

The degree is a basic four year (4) undergraduate programme which upon completion a graduate register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a physiotherapist.

Admission requirements:

Follow link to the School Calendar.

Postgraduate Programmes:

Master of Science in Physiotherapy

A Master’s degree can obtained either by coursework or research.

Applicants must be in possession of a BSc Physiotherapy Degree and be registered as a physiotherapist with the HPCSA.

PhD Physiotherapy

Applicants must be in possession of a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy

 Head:  Prof M.E.D Maleka



Department of Physiotherapy

P O Box 239


Secretary:  Ms Sannie Manale
Tel: (012) 521 4050/5828
Fax 🙁 012) 521 5684


Public Health


The Department of Public Health, formerly known as the “National School of Public Health” is one of the first few Schools to offer Public Health qualifications in the country and in Africa as a whole. The School was established in the year 1998 as collaboration between the then Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA), the University of George Washington in the USA and Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.

The Department of Public Health offers all its programmes and modules online to accommodate working health professionals in the SADC region. The teaching platform is provided by Embanet Firstclass, a Canadian-based company that hosts, maintains and supports the school’s computer network. Online teaching forms a significant aspect of the programme (80%) and is based on the principle of continuous learning.

Online teaching places heavy emphasis on student interactions with the course facilitators and fellow classmates. Compulsory face to face teaching takes place during Summer and Winter schools which are two weeks on-campus blocks at the beginning of each semester for the Master of Public Health program and one week on campus block for the Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health.

During the Summer and Winter school face to face blocks, students are introduced to:

  • The online teaching platform through laboratory sessions.
  • The discipline and content of Public Health.
  • Introduction of modules for the forthcoming semester.
  • Laboratory sessions for biostatistics and epidemiology
  • Introduction to research methods which includes a process of identifying and refining the students’ research projects
  • Lab sessions for qualitative and quantitative data analysis

It is the only department in SMU which offers post-graduate programme offering qualifications from higher certificate to doctoral degrees in Public Health. There are plans to grow the Department by introducing other sub-departments such as Reproductive Health, Health Economics and Public Health Practice in the near future.

Public Health Disciplines within the Department of Public Health

Globally, Public Health operates under disciplines, each of which focusses on a specific area of Public Health teaching and research. At SMU, these disciplines are organized as follows:

Sub Departments Head Members of staff
Social and Behavioural Health Sciences (SBHS) Prof Kebogile Mokwena Dr. Lucy Fernandes

Ms Busi Ntuli

Dr. Perpetua Modjadji

Health Systems Management and Policy (HSMP) Dr. Henry Van der Heever


Ms Thembi Khoza

Mr. Athol Kleinhans

Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) Prof Sphiwe Madiba Dr Paul Chelule

Mr Modikwe Rammopo

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Prof Gustav Malangu Prof Mathilda Mokgatle

Mr. Mabina Mogale

Ms Mampedi Huma

Research program of the Department

The Department of Public Health is one of the most research active departments at SMU and the research program is determined by the individual independent research niche areas of the individual academic staff, as well as the rich diversity of the students. The research niche area has enabled the Department to attract research grants from outside of the University. These research areas are also maximally utilised for student training and support. The journal publication trend of the Department is also high.

Currently, the main active research niche areas include the following:

Research area Principal Investigator/s Funder
1.     Nyaope and other substances of abuse Prof Kebogile Mokwena South African Medical Research Council
2.     Postnatal Depression Prof Kebogile Mokwena South African Medical Research Council
3.     Screening for Metabolic Syndrome Prof Kebogile Mokwena SMU
4.     STI prevention and Control Mathilda Mokgatle and Sphiwe Madiba National Research Foundation
5.     HIV disclosure and Stigma Professors Sphiwe Madiba and Mathilda Mokgatle National Research Foundation
6.     STI prevention and Control Professors Mathilda Mokgatle and Sphiwe Madiba Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR)

Community Engagement Programme

Due to its rich research and service programs, the Department also boasts of a variety of community engagement programs and activities, in which staff are engaged in a variety of programs that are targeted at benefitting a variety of community groups. These community engagements include participating in programs in schools, churches, correctional services etc.

Academic Staff

Name Position Qualifications Tel. Extension Email
*Mokwena KE Prof/HOD MSc Physiotherapy (MEDUNSA). Ed.D. (University of South Carolina) 4613
Malangu N Associate Prof BPharm, MSc. Med (MEDUNSA), PhD (UL), DSc. Med (UL) 3816
Madiba ES Professor BA Cur, BA Cur (Hons), MPH, DrPH (MEDUNSA) 3093
Chelule PK Associate Prof HDip, Med.Tech, MSc. Med, PhD (UKZN) 3330
Mokgatle MM Associate Prof BRad, BRad (Hons), MPH (MEDUNSA) PhD, (UJ) 4177
Van der Heever H Senior lecturer BA (Hons) (UFS), MPH (MEDUNSA), DLitt et Phil (UNISA) 3726 hendry.van der
Ntuli-Ngcobo BE Senior lecturer MSW, MPH (MEDUNSA), DrPH (SMU) 5033
Fernandes L Senior lecturer ND Med Lab Tech (Microbiol), ND Med Lab Tech (Immonology), N Higher Dip (Micro), MSc.Med (Microbiol), MPH (MEDUNSA), DrPH (SMU) 5031
Rammopo M Lecturer MPH (MEDUNSA) 3855
Mogale M Lecturer MPH (MEDUNSA) 3664
Huma M Lecturer MPH (MEDUNSA) 3055
Kleinhans A Lecturer BA (UJ), BA (Hons) (UNISA), MSc. Global Health (UM) 3983
Khoza T Lecturer B Occ ther(MEDUNSA), MPH (UL)
Modjadji SEP Lecturer BSc. (Med. Sci.) (UNIN) MSc (Med. Sci.) (UL), PhD (UL) 3664


For all academic programmes offered in the school, please see the school calendar by following this link:

Contact Details:

Ms Maphuti Shitlhane
012 521 4613/4618


Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology


What are Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology? Basically these professions deal with human communication, swallowing and hearing and any abnormality or pathology associated with it. Communication is a very unique and specialized human ability because through communication we as humans are allowed to exchange ideas and information and this exchange can occur in different formats, by means of speaking, writing or through the use of a common system of signs or behavior. An individual’s hearing ability or his awareness and perception of sound, is also of the utmost importance for successful communication between individuals and we also play a role in maintaining this part of the communication process.

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University’s main function is to provide high quality training to future speech-language pathologists and audiologists. This training will necessitate not only theoretical lectures on a variety of communication and hearing disorders but also practical training under supervision of a qualified speech-language therapist and/or audiologist (therapy to clients). The practical component of the course also assist the Department to provide necessary services to the community and practical training therefore take place in a variety of contexts such as mainstream schools, schools for learners with special needs, old age homes, private practices, hospitals as well as the Departmental Speech-, Language- and Hearing Clinic.

Building on our theoretical knowledge regarding communication, swallowing and hearing disorders, relying on our practical experience regarding these disorders and through the identification of needs and limitations concerning communication, swallowing and hearing disorders, the staff of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology endeavour to conduct research relevant to the unique South African context as well as the international community.

Through the three pillars of education, community development and research the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University aims to fulfil the vision of this university with its long tradition of empowerment and be a benchmark University providing health care education through addressing the needs of the individual, the family, the community and the population.

Academic Staff

Name Position Qualifications Tel. Extension Email
Marguerite de Jongh Senior Lecturer PhD (2017 SMU) 3090
Sandra du Plessis Head of Department DPhil Communication Pathology


Katerina Ehlert Lecturer M Communication Pathology 3844
Carmen Milton Senior Lecturer Dr PH 3843
Mikateko Ndhambi Lecturer MM in Public and Development Management 3089
Mari Viviers Part-Time Lecturer DPhil Communication Pathology 3842
Anna-Marie Wium Associate Professor D Phil Communication Pathology


Post Graduate Diploma in Research and Bio-Medical ethics

Samantha Govender Lecturer M Communication Pathology 3283
Anneli Lloyd-Jones Part-Time Lecturer M Communication Pathology 3842
Anel Louw Lecturer M Communication Pathology
Vuledzani Madima Lecturer MA AAC (Augmentative and Alternative communication)
Azeemah Mahomed Part-Time Lecturer B Speech and Hearing Therapy 3842
Celeste Coetzer Part – time Lecturer M Communication Pathology 3842
Precious Maluleke Part- time Lecturer M Communication Pathology 3842

Undergraduate Programme:

 Bachelor in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology degree is a basic four (4) year undergraduate programme.  Upon completion, a graduate register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a speech-language therapist and audiologist.

Admission requirements:

Applicants require the following minimum Admission Point Score (APS)

Subject Points
Life Sciences 4
Mathematics 4
Physical Sciences 4
Language of Learning 4
Life Orientation 3
2 Additional Subjects 3
Total Points 25

Contact Details:

Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
P.O. Box 195
Tel: +27 12 521 3842/3601
Fax: +27 12 521 4776