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 University of Cape Town’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D), the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) have committed funding for the discovery of new drugs for diseases endemic to Africa over the next two years.
This historic decision marks the first time that Rheumatic Fever (RF) and Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) have been recognised as global health priorities on the world stage. Representing South Africa at the event was the newly-elected President of Reach, A/Prof Liesl Zuhlke from Red Cross Childrens Hospital and WHF President-elect Prof Karen Sliwa, director of the Hatter Institute.
Drawing on his research and policy engagement work over the past two decades, Professor Crick Lund presented a compelling case for investing in population mental health during his inaugural lecture in the New Learning Centre on 23 May.
Professor Jock McCulloch, who died from asbestos cancer (mesothelioma) on 18 January this year, not only distinguished himself with his research on the impact and machinations of the asbestos industry, but was also “a great friend of the people and especially the workers of South Africa”.
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