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 results of the PredART trial have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers from UCT and the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Belgium) have shown that a four-week course of moderate dose prednisone reduced the risk of tuberculosis-associated immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (TB-IRIS) by 30% in HIV-positive patients.
It’s a baffling and avoidable heart condition that until now has gone mostly undiagnosed because it’s detected too late. Peripartum cardiomyopathy, triggered by a hormone that’s released when breastfeeding starts, affects as many as one in a thousand young mothers and 25% of them will die – unnecessarily. Carte Blanche tells the story of pioneering medical research by Groote Schuur doctors who have discovered a simple and inexpensive treatment.
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".
It takes hard work and dedication to become a competent caring health practitioner and scientist, but the rewards are tremendous. If you are passionate about positively impacting the health and life of others, then UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences is the place for you. Professor Bongani Mayosi Late Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences