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Health Sciences


The Faculty was established in 1985 with the introduction of MBChB programme. At this time, the Department of Nursing, which was operating under the Faculty of Economic Sciences, was relocated.

The Faculty of Health Sciences has its headquarters at Mthatha Campus. Its academic health service complex is spread throughout the Eastern Cape Province including Mthatha, East London Hospital, Port Elizabeth, about 15 district hospitals mainly in the North Eastern Region of the Eastern Cape and seven community health centres.

The teaching platform is further enhanced by the establishment of Health Resource Centres at Mthatha, East London, Port Elizabeth and Komani which creates an academic environment throughout the Eastern Cape Province so that students are taught by joint staff who have access to library and internet facilities. It enables the functions of an academic institution to be fulfilled adequately.
 The Faculty has three areas of specialisation:

– Medicine
– Nursing
– Allied Health Professions.

The research niche areas are:

Basic Sciences: Human Nutrition, Medicinal Plants & Traditional Medicine
Clinical Sciences: Clinical Epidemiology, Chronic Diseases including Tuberculosis, Asthma, Cardiac Diseases, & HIV/Aids from Health Promotion and Prevention including HIV Vaccine Testing to Monitoring and Evaluation of HIV/Aids Management including ARVs
Public Health: Burden of Disease, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Health Systems Research & Health Informatics

Medical Education: Problem-based Education, Community-based Education & Service-Learning.
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