The Faculty of Health Sciences is recognized nationally and internationally as an outstanding institution in terms of its education of health professionals, its research and its clinical service. Furthermore, it is an institution with a tradition of excellence and a proud history. A great health sciences institution, however, never rests comfortably on its past successes. A great health sciences institution does more than make history – it makes the future. The Faculty management is deeply committed and this has been translated into an action agenda which recognises the need for constant innovation and is dedicated to meet the health sciences challenges: those not yet conquered and those not yet known.
Students learn to make a life, make a living and make a difference. Graduates become community leaders that are distinct in their ability to think, communicate and contribute.
Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences has a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches.
The Phelophepa Health Train brings health and hope to thousands of rural South Africans in need of access to health care facilities. Annually, approximately 1 200 final year healthcare students from leading academic institutions all over South Africa practice on-board Phelophepa Health Train to gain invaluable practical experience for two weeks at a time.
Department of Health, Gauteng, in partnership with GSK and the dental schools in Gauteng province launched the GSK Mobile Dental Units and celebrated World Oral Health day on the 20th March 2014 at Diepsloot Community Hall, ward 95.
In the 70 years that The Department of Surgery at University of Pretoria has been in existence it has produced internationally sought after general medical doctors and generalist surgeons. The new focus of the department is to develop specialised specialist surgeons and academic clinician scientists while retaining its excellence in training general medical doctors and generalist surgeons.
Prof Tiaan de Jager, Deputy Dean: Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control, is an expert on the effect of the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment in Africa. It was on account of this expertise that he was invited by the German Federal Government Environment Protection Agency and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to address them on the effect of pharmaceuticals on the environment in Africa.