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The School of Health Sciences is one of the eight Schools comprising four departments and one centre. The school offers both professional and academic programmes in CESM categories 04, 09 and 18, in diverse disciplines at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Its geographic location is of strategic importance for the training of Health professionals who are proactive and culture sensitive practitioners capable of meeting the health needs of rural communities locally and regionally.
The School of Health Sciences was established in 1986 comprising Department of Nursing and Education and Public Health offering a variety of post-basic nursing programmes namely, Nursing education and nursing administration. The school started growing by introducing other departments as follows: Advanced Nursing Science in 1998, Nutrition in 2000, and Psychology which has existed for many years under the School of Human and Social Sciences and incorporated into the School in 2002. The Center for Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science is an additional unit, established in 2001 and started its programmes in 2002.

The growing need for education in the country and province, growth in students’ population, and curriculum diversity, support the view to explore and identify the type of health professionals needed to serve in the rural primary health care settings particularly where UNIVEN is situated. On the fight against shortage of health practitioners including medical and paramedical in the Republic of South Africa (RSA), the school’s vision for the future is the establishment of allied Health medical department to cater for the needs of the rural communities in offering the qualifications that are career focused and in line with the mandate of a comprehensive university. There is a need for the school to be responsive to the national strategic goals to increase health professionals such as nurses; psychologists; physiotherapists; pharmacy; radiographers; dentists and occupational health therapists etc.

The table below provides the direction of the school in terms of academic and professional qualification growth

Table 1 School of Health Sciences Differentiation

QUALIFICATION SHORTTERM/LONGTERM CERTIFICATE DIPLOMA BACHELOR
Physiotherapy Short term to pick up pierces and re-introduce the programme (2012)    
Diploma/Degree in Radiography Short term (2014)  
Pharmacy
B Pham

Diploma short term 2013 /bachelor long term  
Diploma in Dental care Short term (2014)    
Bio Medical Technology Long term 2015    
Medicine Long term 2018    
Speech language Pathology and Audiology Short term (2013)    
Occupational therapist Long term 2016    
Diploma in Community Nutrition Short term (2013)    
Diploma in Environmental Health Short term (2013)    
Bachelor of clinical Associates Long term (2014)    

Vision
To be a leading provider of quality community based primary health care focused education for rural and regional development.

Mission
The school is committed to developing quality health professionals through problem based, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, underpinned by community engagement and research.

Values

  1. Quality and excellence: Strive to the highest standards as benchmarked and evaluated by peers.
  2. Accountability: Commitment to good and responsible use of human, fiscal and physical resources entrusted to us to deliver on and be answerable to our mandate.
  3. Transparency: Openness to public scrutiny on our actions, processes and use of our resources.
  4. Integrity: Consistently espousing and practicing honesty, truth and freedom in all we do.
  5. Respect: Treating all stakeholders with civility and dignity.
  6. Diversity: Recognition that diversity and excellence are mutually inclusive, enhancing our teaching, scholarship and community engagement.
  7. Social responsibility and community engagement: Contributing to the best extent possible, to the intellectual, social and economic well-being of the communities we serve.
  8. Ubuntu: We create a caring and supporting environment where we take care of one another.