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 Students Health and Welfare Centres Organisation’s (SHAWCO) 750 km health tour to celebrate the organisation’s 75th anniversary was an unforgettable experience for the volunteers – and the communities they treated.
An innovative new clinical trial has shown that revaccinating at-risk teenagers with the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine they first got as babies could significantly drive down the threat of these youngsters becoming carriers of TB infection.
The University of Cape Town’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) will be pivotal in a new international drug discovery programme aimed at financing not only the identification of new drug candidates to combat diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis, but also the development of African scientists.
Fourth-year medical students Banele Mhlongo and Vuma Mthembu are developing an app that they are hoping will improve the lives of deaf patients using healthcare facilities – and their understanding of common diseases.
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 Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences