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
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
To be a leading provider of quality community based primary health care focused
education for rural and regional development.
The school is committed to developing quality health professionals through problem
based, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, underpinned by community engagement
- Quality and excellence: Strive to the highest standards
as benchmarked and evaluated by peers.
- 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.
- Transparency: Openness to public scrutiny on our actions,
processes and use of our resources.
- Integrity: Consistently espousing and practicing honesty,
truth and freedom in all we do.
- Respect: Treating all stakeholders with civility and dignity.
- Diversity: Recognition that diversity and excellence are
mutually inclusive, enhancing our teaching, scholarship and community engagement.
- Social responsibility and community engagement: Contributing
to the best extent possible, to the intellectual, social and economic well-being
of the communities we serve.
- Ubuntu: We create a caring and supporting environment
where we take care of one another.