College of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences trains Audiologists, Biokineticists, Dental Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Optometrists, Oral Hygienists, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists and Speech Therapists, alleviating scarce skills and addressing vacancy rates, particularly within the public health sector. As the sole provider of Health Sciences professional education and training in KwaZulu-Natal, all programmes are well subscribed with the student body comprised of students from the whole of South Africa as well as southern and central Africa. The programmes in the Faculty of Health Sciences aim to train Health Science professionals to play preventative, promotive, supportive, curative and rehabilitative roles in the public and private sectors. The degrees allow for specialisation and are three to four years in duration. All Health Sciences programmes except Nursing are offered on the Westville campus. Nursing is offered on the Howard College campus.

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The Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine


The Faculty offers a course leading to the registerable basic medical qualification, the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB). The two degrees are taken concurrently. The course is composed of a number of modules distributed over five years, with the last two years consisting of clinical modules. The undergraduate medical training programme combines traditional taught modules with integrated student- centred, self-directed and problem-based modules as well as clinical rotations. Starting early in the programme candidates will be exposed to clinical situations. All medical undergraduate education will be administered and directed by the School of Undergraduate Medical Education in accordance with the training requirements laid down by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) for the degree of MBChB.



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