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.
Home to some of the world’s best designers, engineers and clinicians, South Africa has the potential to make its mark as a central health innovation hub in the global south. This is the view of Sudesh Sivarasu, associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT), who believes that – using Frugal Biodesign – developing nations can solve their own healthcare challenges.
Uyinene Mrwetyana, a first-year UCT student, went missing on Saturday, 24 August. A desperate yet hopeful search ensued in the days that followed. But then, on Monday, 2 September, the worst news was confirmed: Nene was found murdered. Immediately, the university community commenced a period of mourning in Nene's honour. This included prayer circles, night vigils, protest action and a memorial.
UCT Professor Nonhlanhla Khumalo, head of the Division of Dermatology in the Department of Medicine, will direct a new research unit dedicated to understanding and managing skin scarring. Its focus will be keloid scarring, a type of raised scarring that can form when scar tissue grows excessively and that is most common among Africans.
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