The Faculty of Health Sciences will be the leader in Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Community-Based Education (CBE) and Community Partnerships in Africa, in order to improve the quality of life of all the people served.


The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to excellence in Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Community-Based Education (CBE) and social responsiveness through the integration of community service into its learning programmes that involve innovative teaching and research, with special emphasis on Primary Health Care (PHC), and sustainable rural development in partnership with communities and service providers.


  • Academic freedom in teaching and learning, research and community service.
  • Quality management and integrity in teaching and learning, research and community service.
  • Equity in all activities of the faculty, be it in student matters, staff matters, patient care and community service in general.
  • Democratic governance at all levels of management.
  • Student access for success in all programmes within the faculty.
  • Staff development and leadership capacity for all faculty staff.
  • Batho pele principles of good character, respect and humility in our daily activities.
  • Cost effectiveness in handling institutional resources at all times.
  • Relevance to the needs of those we serve, especially students and the community.

Areas of Research and NICHE Specialties

The Faculty of Health Sciences has recruited Research Champions at the level of Research Professors and Research Associate Professors in order to build a research culture and enhance research productivity and publications in this Faculty. The Research NICHE areas are:

1. Basic Sciences

  • Human Nutrition
  • Medicinal Plants & Traditional Medicine

2. 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

3. Public Health

  • The Burden of Disease
  • Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Health Systems Research
  • Health Informatics

4. Medical Education

  • Problem-based Education
  • Community-based Education
  • Service-Learning

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