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Pretoria, Gauteng

Preparing top healthcare professionals for the future

The Medical University of Southern Africa has made
a significant contribution in the education of health
care professionals in Southern Africa.

The Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) has made a significant contribution in the education of healthcare professionals, medical doctors, dentists, allied health professionals, nurses, veterinarians and scientists in Southern Africa and in addressing racial inequities in healthcare training. More than half of all African medical doctors and dentists in Southern Africa were trained at MEDUNSA.

Founded in 1976, MEDUNSA’s mission is to ‘empower the educationally disadvantaged by providing excellent community-orientated education, training and research in the health and related sciences and by promoting services at all levels of healthcare in the community’.

The Campus is situated 30 kilometres outside Pretoria and adjoins the George Mukhari Academic Hospital (formerly Ga-Rankuwa Hospital).

These include: Sciences Dentistry Medicine (including Allied and Nursing Sciences, the School of Pharmacy) National School of Public Health.

Entrance Requirements
The minimum requirement for admission is a matriculation exemption certificate with a pass in mathematics and physical science.

Approximately 3 000 students are accommodated in 11 residences on campus and there are four residences in Pretoria and one in Polokwane.

Facilities and services
There is an extensive inter-library loan system, and a range of sports facilities and students are assisted by the Student Representative Council and several other councils. The International Students Desk assists international students. The Financial Aid Bureau administers funds for indigent but academically deserving students.

The International Office serves as a focal point to assist all international students and provides, among others, arrival, accommodation and orientation information and advice, as well as cultural, social and sport activities.

Elective students come to MEDUNSA from countries such as Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands and many full-time international students come from as far afield as Europe and from all over Africa.

National School of Public Health (NSPH)
The National School of Public Health (NSPH) at MEDUNSA was established in 1997 and today has postgraduate students from the public and private healthcare sectors and from more than 25 countries around the world. The NSPH is committed to the improvement of health of South Africans through education, research and strategic intervention in public health. It comprises five departments: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health, Health Systems Management and Policy, and Social and Behavioural Health Sciences. Specialised programmes include: Master of Public Health (MPH), Dr of Public Health (DrPH), Postgraduate Diploma in the Management of HIV/AIDS in the World of Work, and a Fellowship Programme focusing on HIV/AIDS in the southern African Region.

Strategic alliances and collaborative relationships of NSPH
The NSPH has developed research programmes focusing on the major problems of South Africa. It has an expanding network of strategic alliances within South Africa as well as with academic centres of excellence in Africa, the United States and Europe.

MEDUNSA has seven niche research areas, each responsive to community health needs and productive in terms of continually producing and trialling vaccines. These are HIV/AIDS in the population; bio-organic and natural products; sexually transmitted diseases; the environmental reservoirs of diarrhoeal diseases; the inorganic composition of dentine environmentally induced variations; radiation dosimetry; and infection control at health care institutions. MEDUNSA recently founded its eighth research niche area: Indigenous Knowledge System (IKS), funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF). New and alternate ‘medicines’ and/or medicinal plants from the local communities are subjected to intensive scientific ‘gaze’ to determine their efficacy.

Research output in 2002 at MEDUNSA
Sixty five articles published in accredited and subsidy-earning journals; 58 articles published in non-SAPSE journals; 83 papers presented at international conferences; researchers were keynote speakers at nine international events; 68 internationally collaborative research projects; 479 registered research projects in progress; 10 research outputs reported as books or chapters; 100 research exchange visits overseas; 106 papers presented at conferences; academics served as editors for 19 research journals.

Medical University of Southern Africa
Vice-chancellor and Principal: Prof M F Ramashala
Head International Relations: Dr N Themba Mosia
Tel: +27(0)12 521 4054
Fax: +27(0)12 521 5902

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