School of Health Sciences

Welcome to the School of Health Sciences


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.

Dean’s Name: Prof. Lunic Base Khoza
Qualifications: B Cur (Nursing Education and Community Health Nursing)
Hons B Cur (Nursing Education)
Mcur (Nursing Education)
Dlitt et Phil)
Diploma Nursing Education
Certificate in Nursing Management
Certificate in Advanced Programme in Strategic
Human Resource Management

About Dean of School of Health Sciences

Base Khoza is appointed as a Professor at the University of Venda. She is currently serving as Dean of the School of Health Sciences She obtained her first degree B Cur in 1986, Honours B Cur in 1988, Masters Curationis in 1990 and Dlitt et Phil in 1996, all with UNISA. She is in possession of Advanced Diploma in Strategic Human Resource Management certificate completed with UNISA. She worked as a nursing tutor and manager of a nursing school at Letaba Hospital for 10 years and as a nursing service manager for 5 years. In 1995 she was appointed as lecturer by University of the North (University of Limpopo) and served 6 years of employment. As a lecturer she was interested in teaching Ethos and Professional practice, General nursing science, Research, Nursing Education and Nursing Management Dynamics. Her research focus areas are as follows: Competence of newly qualification nurses; Organizational Cultures, its impact on Newly Qualified Nurses; Problems affecting learning by first year nursing students, Health risks behaviours; the adolescent and HIV/AIDS and TB. She is a member of South African Committee of Health Science Deans (SACOHD)). She is Chair of Higher Education HIV/AIDS coordinating Committee of HEAIDS programme at the University of Venda.

Base Khoza is a C3 rated researcher by the National Research Foundation in 2012. As an established researcher she provided leadership in various projects such as:
A grant by SANPAD as project Leader of the research topic entitled “Assessment of knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and health factor practices related to tuberculosis among people in the rural communities of Limpopo Province, South Africa (2007-2009 circle). It was a collaborative research between UNIVEN, Limpopo University, UNISA, Department of Health Limpopo Province and the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. As capacity building strategy five students were awarded bursaries 2 PhDs and 3 Masters Degree on study topics related to TB. She received Ms. Finnie Ramona an International Doctoral student in the project from the University of Texas, USA in 2008. The international student has completed her degree and awarded in June 2009. She established partnerships with Prof Bart van den Borne, the co-leader in the SANPAD project from the Netherlands, Prof Patricia Mullen and Prof Kay Bartholomew both from the University of Texas, USA who mentored her and other project team on programme development research.
A second grant for 2011-2012 by SANPAD as project leader of the research topic entitled “Developing a strategy for the implementation of an adapted Directly Observed Treatment (DOT) Programme for Tuberculosis in Limpopo”. It is a collaborative research of the University of Venda, Limpopo University, Department of Health and Social Development, Limpopo Province and the University of Maastricht, in the Netherlands. Two students have been awarded bursaries to pursue PhD studies with UNIVEN.
She was Sub-contracted by CSIR and Centre for Disease Control South Africa to conduct a baseline assessment on TB infection control in 46 PHC facilities of Mopani District, Limpopo.
She supervised and graduated 20 Masters and 6 PhD students since 2003 to date. She received awards 2008; 2009, 2010 and 2011 in excellence in research, active researcher and researcher who attracted R500, 000.00 and above by UNIVEN.

Undergraduate Degrees and Diplomas:

Name Duration
Diploma in Nursing Science (Bridging Course 2 years
Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing 1 year
BCur nursing Science (R425) 4 years
BCur Praxis Extensa (Post basic with 3 options) 3 years
BSC Nutrition 4 years
BSc Biokinetics 4 years
BSc recreation and Leisure studies 4 years
BSc Sports Science 4 years
Psych (Trauma Counselling) 4 years

Post graduate Degrees and Diplomas:

Name Duration
BCur Honours (with 3 options) 1 year
OPTIONS- Nursing Education, Nursing Administration
and Honours in community Health.
Magister Curationis 2 years
BSC Honours Community Nutrition 1 year
MSC Public Nutrition 2 years
Master of Public Health 2 years
BA (Hons) Psychology: 1 year
PhD Health in Generic stream 3 years
Prof LB Khoza
Dean School of Health

 Tel: +27 15 962 8114


Office: School of Health Building

Babra Netshiombo
Executive Secretary

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Office: School of Health Building

Contact the School of Health

Tel: +27 15 962 8510 / 8114


Office: School of Health Sciences
Private Bag x5050

Last updated: February 20, 2017 at 8:43 am
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