School of Health Sciences

Optometry Team Wins Intervarsity Debate Contest

UKZN Optometry students won the Annual Specsavers Optometry Intervarsity Debate competition, scoring individual and discipline prizes, including cash, equipment for the optometry clinic, and sponsorship for the final year ball! The Discipline’s academic leader, Dr Urvashni Nirghin, congratulated the students and their lecturer/leader Ms Lungile Buthelezi on the national victory....
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Top Biokinetics Student

Ms Leah Jamie Sim was named UKZN’s Top Biokinetics Honours student and Best Overall Achiever. Sim is passionate about sport, and learnt the importance and value of rehabilitation through individualised exercise programmes while playing at provincial level. She aims to work as a Biokineticist so as to improve other people’s lives....
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Research Investigates Intimate Partner Violence Against HIV Positive Women

Dr Felix Apiribu was awarded a PhD in Nursing for his research on Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence against HIV Positive Women Following Status Disclosure: A Phenomenological Study in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Supervised by Professors Busisiwe Ncama and Sinegugu Evidence Duma, the study explored and described men’s perpetration...
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First Class Bachelor of Physiotherapy Awarded Posthumously

Ms Charlotte Dube will graduate with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy despite being tragically killed in a violent taxi incident on 10 April 2021, a month before her graduation ceremony. Staff from the Discipline of Physiotherapy paid an emotional tribute to Dube - who was to be awarded her degree first...
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CHS Welcomes New Dean and Head of School of Health Sciences

Click here for isiZulu version Professor Khathutshelo Percy Mashige is the new Dean and Head of the School of Health Sciences at UKZN. ‘I am proud and ecstatic,’ said Mashige. ‘I felt I was in with a chance of being appointed but was a bit anxious and apprehensive about it.’...
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Welcome to The School of Health Sciences

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I welcome you to the School of Health Sciences Website. I am sure that the website will allow us to proudly share our excellence in teaching, research and community endeavors with the outside world.

The School of Health Sciences is made up of the following eight disciplines:

Speech Language TherapyOccupational Therapy
Pharmaceutical SciencesBiokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences (BELS)


The School of Health Sciences offers a wide range of academic programmes that qualify competent health professionals in the above disciplines. We are committed to ensuring that our graduates leave as caring and responsible health professionals. Our curricula and teaching methods and approaches are being continuously updated to make sure that we keep up with the new advances of a rapidly changing world, especially in health profession education.

The school of Health Sciences has managed to place itself in a leading position in terms of undergraduate and postgraduate throughput and research productivity – All of which would have never been achievable without the hard work of our dedicated and passionate staff members who work tirelessly to make the school a better place for students and colleagues.

I invite you all to browse our website for more information and updates on the school, and please try to link it up in your signature for more exposure with the outside community.

All the best.

Prof Khathutshelo Percy Mashige

Dean and Head of the school of Health Sciences.


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