Human Nutrition & Dietetics
The Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics is one of the leading departments, offering training in the field of Dietetics and Nutrition. It was established in 1974 as the first department to offer training in Dietetics using English as the medium of instruction, and therefore has become nationally and internationally recognized as an outstanding nutrition and dietetics department. It has always focused on the empowerment of formally disadvantage learners with a particular emphasis on community-based initiatives to solving the nutrition challenges in Africa.
The Department strives to be a leading provider of people- oriented and right-based dietetic training programme; which produces leaders distinct in their ability to serve the people of Africa.
The Department of Human Nutrition is committed to the facilitation of learning, education and training of competent dieticians through excellence in teaching, learning, research and community engagement in order to meet nutritional challenges and needs of our ever changing society.
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BSc Dietetics is a basic four year (4) undergraduate programme and one year community service which upon completion a graduate can register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as an Independent Practicing Dietitian.
Follow link to the School Calendar.
MSc in Dietetics
The MSc is by research only. To be admitted into the masters’ programme the applicant must have completed a four year basic degree in Dietetics or an equivalent thereof, in addition to having completed the additional one year community service. All Masters students are required to be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as an Independent Practicing Dietitian. Foreign students will be admitted on the provision that they meet the Admission and Selection requirements of the university, and are prepared to pay the full tuition and residence fee at the rate provided for foreign students in the Fees Brochure. Foreign students must apply for SAQA evaluation of their qualifications in addition to having met the requirements as stipulated by the Professional Board for Dietetics of the Health Professions Council of South Africa in order to practice in South Africa as a Dietitian.
PhD in Dietetics
To be admitted into the PhD programme the applicant must have completed a Masters Degree in Dietetics or an equivalent thereof. All PhD students are required to be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as an Independent Practicing Dietitian. The PhD study is by research only. Foreign students will be admitted on the provision that they meet the Admission and Selection requirements of the university, and are prepared to pay the full tuition and residence fee at the rate provided for foreign students in the Fees Brochure. Foreign students must apply for SAQA evaluation of their qualifications in addition to having met the requirements of the Professional Board for Dietetics of the Health Professions Council of South Africa in order to practice in South Africa as a Dietitian.
|Head: Prof F.J. Veldman
Department of Human Nutrition & Dietetics
PO Box 177
Tel: 012 521 4187
Fax: 012 521 4776
Secretary: Ms Tjodwapi Tshephe
The Nursing Science Department is one of the biggest departments in the School of Health Care Sciences. The Department was established in 1979 and became the first in South Africa to provide the BCUR programme for young black matriculants wishing to study the basic nursing programme at university level to become registered nurses. The Department has contributed immensely towards the health care of society by producing graduate nurses of a high calibre.
To be a leading Nursing Science Department striving to epitomize 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 the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University that the product of the basic learner program in nursing leading to the registration as a nurse (General, Psychiatric, Community) and a 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, families and the community holistically.
Scientific knowledge: The body of evidence based scientific knowledge which encompasses the preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative care in all age groups throughout the entire lifespan.
Facilitator: The department believes 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-centred approach is adopted. Guidance should be based on specific and cross-field outcomes for adult learning for excellence in nursing.
Process: The Department believes 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 believes that a learner must have maximum exposure to real life situations including technology and web-based learning. The department believes that the curriculum must be relevant to the needs of the community at all levels in all settings within the primary health care context. Self-directed learning is embraced and promoted.
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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).
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
DIPLOMA IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSING
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.
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:
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 (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.
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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.
Follow link to the School Calendar.
- 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
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
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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.
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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.
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
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) and 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 courses online to accommodate working health professionals in the SADC region. The teaching platform is provided by Embanet Firstclass, a Canadian-based company that host, 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 school 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 of public health.
- Semester courses.
- Laboratory sessions for biostatistics and epidemiology
- Introduction to research methods
- 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
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Our academic programs range from postgraduate diploma to a doctorate in public health.
Currently, three programmes are running:
- Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (PGDPH, 1 year course)
- Master of Public Health (MPH, 2 year course)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (PhD, 4 year course)
- Doctor of Public Health ( DPH, 4 year course)
There are currently 4 sub-departments:
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Environmental and Occupational Health
- Health systems and Policy.
Each sub-department is led by a Head of Department.
Sub-department of Social and Behavioural Sciences
The sub-department prepares students to get an understanding the influence of individual, group and cultural factors on the health of populations as well as on the ways in which these factors influence the development and organization of public health programs and service delivery in communities. Students learn to distinguish the relative effectiveness of different public health interventions, utilizing appropriate principles and methods from social and behavioural sciences that address behaviour of individuals, groups and communities. They learn how to design a strategy for developing and/or improving a community-based public health program to reduce the prevalence of particular risk behaviours. They learn to develop a data management plan for assessing the need for a program, relate the relevance of evaluation or research findings for implementing a program, and develop mechanisms to monitor and evaluate community intervention programs for their effectiveness and quality
Sub-department of Epidemiology
The sub-department prepares students to understand the distribution and risk factors for public health problems in the community. Students become familiar with the range of epidemiologic practice, including surveillance, etiologic investigation, and the evaluation of preventive interventions. They learn to define, compute and interpret fundamental epidemiologic measures, explain the principles and the strengths and weaknesses of epidemiologic study designs, know how to apply the fundamental techniques for selection of study populations, have experience with techniques for collecting data and evaluating quality of data, demonstrate basic skills for managing computer-based data, and demonstrate the ability to interpret and present the results of epidemiological research.
Sub-department of Biostatistics
The sub-department prepares students to serve as biostatistics researchers and as vital collaborators in public health projects, providing expertise on the use of statistics in analysis of public health data. Students acquire a foundation of knowledge in the core areas of statistical science, develop skills in defining a problem and determining the variables that are relevant to solving a public health problem, understand the appropriate use of data, the integrity of data sets, and how data can be used in analyzing public health issues. Currently attached to the Department of Epidemiology.
The sub department prepares students for rewarding professional careers in academia, governmental health agencies, research institutions, and industry. Students have the opportunity to take part in basic and applied research programs that utilize current techniques in the biological, physical, and medical sciences to address environmental and occupational health problems that impact public health. Areas of research training and focus include environmental and occupational health, and environmental epidemiology
Sub-department of Health Systems, Management, Policy and Administration
The sub-department prepares students to manage public health and healthcare programs. They learn to articulate alternative models of management/organizational functioning, how these might bear on defining and resolving problems, and understand the uses of organizational research methods in existing organizations. Graduates are able to utilize communication as a tool for developing participation and motivation among organizational members, as well as performing such core leadership tasks as directing, mentoring, facilitating and brokering. They are able to state options for change, provide theoretical rationale and identify barriers to change, and develop mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating programs for their effectiveness and quality.
| Head: Prof K.E. Mokwena
Department of Public Health
PO Box 215
Tel: 012 521 4618/4618
Fax: 012 521 3314
Secretary: Ms Maphuti Shitlhane
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
What is Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology? Basically this profession deals 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.
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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.
Follow link to the School Calendar.
|Head: Prof S du Plessis
Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
Tel: +27 12 521 3842/3601
Secretary: Ms Betty Difeto