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Public Health Pharmacy and Management

Overview

Public Health Pharmacy is a rapidly developing field of pharmacy in South Africa with the involvement of pharmacists in public health. The importance and relevance of this field of pharmacy is underscored by the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI) in South Africa. There is a need for pharmacists with the necessary skills and expertise to implement public health standards and management principles in the delivery of pharmaceutical services to enhance the health and well-being of the population of the country. Public health pharmacy is also in line with current local and international efforts to stop the increase of chronic non-communicable diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate training for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Training for pharmacists is aimed at developing the role of the pharmacist in public health, including micro- and macro-level activities. Micro-level activities focus on individual health promotion and disease prevention services, while macro-level activities comprise population-wide approaches, including policy formulation, planning and management functions. Our core research fields include all aspects of the rational use of medicines, health systems and policies, vaccination as an important pillar of antimicrobial stewardship, HIV/AIDS, and non-communicable disease management. With our academic programmes and research we aim to strengthen primary healthcare services, improve public health, and contribute towards reaching the sustainable development goal of good health and well-being.

Motto

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.” Margaret Mead

Vision

Quality training of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to lead in innovation and management for improved public health outcomes.

Mission

Through collective training and innovation to:

  • improve the management of health services through commitment, knowledge sharing and capacity building within the communities
  • enhance the health and well-being of a whole population and stop the increase of chronic non-communicable diseases
  • implement public health standards and management principles in the delivery of pharmaceutical services to promote the optimal, safe, and cost-effective use of medicines