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Public Health Research

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 Professors 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)