Welcome to the Faculty of Health Sciences. The faculty is recognised nationally and internationally as an outstanding institution for the training of health care workers, research and clinical service.
The Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) in the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health has been working in several different ways in an effort to address the devasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in South Africa for mothers and their children. Although this segment of the population appears relatively protected from disease related to COVID infection, they are particularly vulnerable to the adverse social, economic and psychological consequences of the pandemic.
Around 250 student volunteers from the Faculty of Health Sciences are assisting with the province’s response to the pandemic. Meet the Head Coordinator of the COVID-19 Volunteer initiatives and President of the UCT Surgical Society, Savannah Verhage (5th Year MBChB).
News last week that AIDS-related deaths in South Africa are on a downward trajectory since the early 2000s is a victory for the country and proves that antiretroviral (ARV) treatment is powerful and effective, said the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Linda-Gail Bekker.
“A burgeoning epidemic of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) threatens to derail global control efforts [of the disease],” and countries like South Africa must shift gear to actively search out drug-sensitive and drug-resistant cases, renowned researcher Professor Keertan Dheda wrote in a recent paper published in the leading medical journal Nature Medicine.
Established over 100 years ago in 1912, the Faculty is the oldest medical school in sub-Saharan Africa, and the top-rated on the continent. With a stellar reputation in education and research we were ranked 48th in the 2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
The Faculty of Health Sciences research enterprise aims to advance and encourage excellent research, in the context of the vision and mission of the Faculty and of the University of Cape Town. We lead high-quality research programmes, train future research leaders, and provide advice and counsel to health organisations around the world.
Mission and vision
To be "an outstanding teaching and research Faculty, educating for life and addressing the challenges facing our society. Within this, we recognize our historical context and our location in Africa, and strive to play an active developmental role in the cultural, economic, political, scientific and social environment of South Africa and the African continent".
Health equity is vital for an inclusive and just society. Competent and compassionate health practitioners and scientists are important agents for the achievement of this goal. Join our Faculty of Health Sciences for an education based on reflective relationships amongst students, staff and communities. All of these relationships help us to understand and address the social determinants of health and well-being amidst the complexities of the 21st century. Associate Professor Lionel Green-Thompson Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences