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.
One of the most remarkable public health successes of the last decade in southern Africa has been the reduction in the number of babies born with HIV. This was achieved through the provision of antiretroviral therapy to pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV. For example, the number of new HIV infections in children in South Africa has come down from a peak of 70 000 in 2003 to 13 000 in 2017.
The Faculty of Health Sciences, under leadership of the Primary Health Care Directorate, and in collaboration with the WCG - Saldanha Bay Health Sub-district, hosted an Open Day at the Vredenburg Hospital on 26 July 2018. This was the second year that this event was held to showcase Health Science professions to G11 and G12 learners in the area.
This year’s 134 long-service awardees for 15, 25, 35 and 45 years have a collective 2 460 years of service and represent a storehouse of institutional memory. Leading the pack with 45 years is Robert Samuels, a senior laboratory assistant in the Department of Integrative Biomedical Sciences.
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