School of Health Sciences

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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Bels Gym Supervisor Wins Gold

UKZN’s Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences (Bels) gym supervisor, Ms Zamile Nduli was crowned a wellness fitness champion at an IFBB LIVING Legends at the Station Urban Event in Durban. This qualified her for an invitation to Arnold Classic Africa 2021 – Multiple Sport Festival, Art and Lifestyle Expo, scheduled...
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Visual Function in NIPLHIV Study Earns Optometrist a Doctorate

Optometry academic, Dr Alvin Munsamy, graduated with a doctoral degree for his study titled: The Impact of Structural Retinal Changes on Visual Function in Non-Immunocompromised People Living with HIV (NIPLHIV). The novel study highlights the importance of monitoring the eye structure and vision of NIPLHIV, which is an often neglected...
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UKZN Lecturer Develops a Paediatric Vision Screening Tool

Optometry lecturer, Dr Naimah Ebrahim Khan’s PhD study focused on the development of a paediatric vision screening tool. Supervised by Professor Rekha Hansraj, Ebrahim Khan developed a software programme, Basic Ocular Ngane Assessment (BONA) that can be used by non-optometrists to conduct vision screening in primary schools. ‘BONA is comprehensive...
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PhD in Sport Science graduate, Dr Adula Fikreyesus. Ethiopian Higher Football League Assessed in Doctoral Study

Dr Adula Fikreyesus’ study on Monitoring Training, Recovery and Performance in the Ethiopian Higher Football League earned him a PhD in Sport Science. Supervised by Professor Johan van Heerden, the study found that ‘the lack of an appropriately structured periodisation plan was illustrated by a poorly synchronised balance between training...
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Speech Language Pathology Student Excels

‘To graduate as one of the top students in your class, is an honour. I cannot thank my family, friends and educators enough,’ said an elated Ms Amy Roseanne Russell who was one of the top students in Speech Language Pathology. She also scooped the School of Health Science's awards...
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Top Audiology Student Receives Two Awards

‘I feel honoured as well as blessed. The endless hours of studying, tears, laughter and support from my friends and family have paid off,’ said top Audiology student, Ms Aaminah Peer who also received the School of Health Science's top Academic and Clinical skills awards. ‘My class of 2019 was...
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PhD for UKZN HAND Investigators

Drs Sipho Mdanda and Sphamandla Ntshangase graduated from UKZN’s Catalysis and Peptide Research Unit (CPRU) with doctoral degrees for their studies investigating anti-retroviral drug’s (ARVs) penetration of the central nervous system (CNS) for the treatment of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). Currently employed as postdoctoral fellows, the graduates were supervised by...
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Exclusion of Clofazimine is a Barrier to Access

‘Tuberculosis (TB) is a public health crisis despite being curable, and claims approximately 4 000 lives globally every day,’ noted Dr Nirupa Misra who graduated with a PhD in Pharmacy. Supervised by Professors Panjasaram Naidoo and Nesri Padayatchi, Misra conducted a two-phase study focusing on access and evaluating dose-weight interactions on...
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Optometrist Graduates with a PhD

Dr Okenwa-Vincent Emmanuel was awarded a PhD in Optometry for his study on Health-related quality of life and utility for uncorrected refractive errors (URE) amongst school going adolescents of Kakamega County in Kenya. Supervised by Professor Peter Clarke-Farr and Dr Jyotikumarie Naidoo, the cross-sectional study involved secondary school adolescents aged from 13 to...
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Top of the Class for Bachelor of Sport Science Graduate

This accomplishment was not expected, but I am honoured because I worked hard and tried to improve each year,’ said Mrs Casey Lee van den Berg after she graduated with a Bachelor of Sport Science Honours (Biokinetics). She also received her Discipline’s two awards, the Academic and Clinical Trophies. ‘I...
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Master’s Degree for Study on Dentistry Students’ Perceptions of Antimicrobials

Ms Jaynitha Gangiah, an academic in the Discipline of Dentistry, graduated with a Master’s degree in Dentistry for her study that was motivated by the fact that in South Africa prescribing antimicrobials for dental use by dental practitioners (including dental therapists) is not standardised. Gangiah’s study was titled: Perceptions and...
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Eco-friendly Methods for Peptide-based Drugs

Dr Othman Al Musaimi’s PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry presents various new strategies to synthesise solid-phase peptides (SPPs) through greener, more carbon-friendly methods. It was supervised by Professors Beatriz G de la Torre and Fernando Albericio. ‘I identified several eco-friendly alternatives. In addition, in collaboration with a company in the United...
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Sport Science PhD focuses on Physical Activity among People with Disabilities

Dr Getachew Basha’s research study on Physical Activity Participation among People with Disability in Ethiopia revealed poor understanding and participation in adapted physical activity among Ethiopians with limb and vision impairment. Supervised by Professor Johan van Heerden, the study concluded that, while social engagement was a strong motivator, inaccessible built...
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Model of Care for the Rehabilitation of CLHIV Earns UKZN Staff Member a Doctoral Degree

At the age of 14, Dr Stacy Maddocks-Lawler decided to pursue a career in Physiotherapy after being inspired by her late mum the night before she passed away, to consider this health profession. Many years later, the mother of three who lectures Physiotherapy at UKZN, has graduated with a doctoral...
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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 M Soliman

Dean and Head of the school of Health Sciences.


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