Academic Leader: Teaching and Learning

Prof Shenuka Singh

Academic Leader: Teaching and Learning
Tel: +27 (0)31 260 4287



Research Interests

Health systems development, oral health policy development and analysis

Full Professor

Deputy Chair – Biomedical Research Ethics Committee – UKZN



Prof Shenuka Singh is a Professor in the Discipline of Dentistry with a doctoral degree (PhD) in the field of Dental Public Health. She is an appointed member of the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) in South Africa (2020-2022) and she chaired the Norms and Standards Committee within NHREC in 2019. Prof Singh is currently a Deputy Chair for the Biomedical Research Ethics Committee at UKZN (2020-2022) and a member of the Human Sciences Research Council’s Research Ethics Committee (2019-2021). She was the appointed Research Ethics Chair for the Council for Science and Industry Research in South Africa (CSIR REC R&D: 2015-2018) and the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee at UKZN (2014-2018). As part of her ongoing engagement with research ethics, she conducted a number of training workshops at various institutions in South Africa such as UKZN, DUT, MANCOSA, South African Medical Council and University of Zululand.

She is actively involved in research and postgraduate supervision, and has presented papers in local and international conferences (including invitations as keynote speaker). She was awarded an excellence award for her contribution to dental public health by the Venus International Association in Chennai in June 2019. Prof Singh was a recipient of the 2018 College of Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Award (in the category: Outstanding Contribution to Teaching) and was also awarded the UKZN Certificate of Excellence in Teaching (2018).

ResearchGate Profile

List of Publications

Journal Publications
#YearAuthors, title, journal, volume, pages
1.         2021Ramson K, Singh S. Orthodontic status and treatment need of 13 to 15 year-old children in Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa: An epidemiology study using the Dental Aesthetic Index (DAI). SADJ. 2021; 76(1): 414-421
2.         2021Singh S, Moodley K. Stakeholder perspectives on the ethico-legal dimensions of biobanking in South Africa. BMC Med Ethics. 2021
3.         2021

Singh S, Cadigan RJ, Moodley K. Challenges to biobanking in LMICs during COVID-19: time to reconceptualise research ethics guidance for

pandemics and public health emergencies? J Med Ethics 2021;0:1–6. doi:10.1136/ medethics-2020-106858

4.         2021

Singh S Public Oral Health Care During COVID-19: Time for Reflection and Action. Front. Med. 2021, 8: 610450.doi: 10.3389/fmed.2021.610450:


5.         2021Balwant S, Singh S. Voluntary Counselling and Testing for HIV in the dental setting: Knowledge, attitudes and practices of oral health care workers in eThekwini district, KwaZulu-Natal. SADJ. 2021, 76(1):6-11
6.         2021Naidoo LS, Onwubu SC. Murugan N. Singh S Examining the effect of exposure time on the erosive potential of sour candy SADJ. 2021. Accepted for publication
7.         2020

Bauluck-Nujoo BS, Singh S. Oral health care for patients undergoing therapy for head and neck cancer in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – A qualitative study.  SADJ August 2020, 75(7): 353 – 361


8.         2020Obasa AE, Singh S, Chivunze E, Burgess T, Masiye F, Mtande T, Ochieng J, Chalwe V, Mokgatla B, Rennie S, Moodley K. Comparative strategic approaches to COVID-19 in Africa: Balancing public interest with civil liberties. S Afr Med J. Published online 12 August 2020.
9.         2020Naidoo LS, Onwubu SC, Murugan N, Pruessner K., Singh SEvaluating the erosive effect of sour candy on human teeth. Journal of Dentistry and Oral Hygiene. 2020;12(2): 27-34
10.2020Onwubu SC, Mdluli PS, Singh S. Nyembe S. Thakur M. Evaluating the Abrasivity of a Nanosized Eggshell–Titanium Dioxide on Tooth Enamel Using Atomic Force Microscopy. European Journal of Dentistry 2020. DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1714172
11.2020Deulkar S. Singh S. Tiwari D. Isolation of selected aerobic bacterial pathogens from the dental environmental surfaces after the use of disinfectants: A case study at a public dental clinic, in KwaZulu-Natal. SADJ. 2020; 75(5):241-245.
12.2020Radebe M, Singh S. Investigating dental caries rates amongst sentenced prisoners in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. SADJ April 2020, 75(3): 137 -141
13.2020Naidoo, M., Singh, S. A Dental Communication Board as an Oral Care Tool for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord 50, 3831–3843 (2020).

Moodley I, Singh S. Assessment consolidates undergraduate students’ learning of community-based education. African Journal of Health Professions Education, 2020, 12(1): 27-35.


15.2019Thema KL, Singh S. Conceptual framework to guide oral health services in Limpopo Province. Journal of Health SA Gesondheid. 2019. 24(0): 1-6
16.2019Onwubu SC, Mdluli PS, Singh S. Obiora CC. The application of the logistic equation model to predict the remineralization characteristics of desensitizing paste. International Journal of Dentistry 2019. Article ID 7528154: 1-8
17.2019Onwubu SC, Mdluli PS, Singh S, Vishal Bharuth V, Makgobole MU.  Evaluation of the Occluding Characteristics of Nanosized Eggshell/Titanium Dioxide with or without Saliva. Eur J Dent 2019;13:547–555

Onwubu SC, Mdluli PS, Singh S. Ngombane Y, Madikizela LM, Characterization and in vitro Evaluation of An Acid resistant Nanosized Dental Eggshell-Titanium dioxide Material. Advanced Powder Technology 2019. 30: 766–773

Impact Factor: 2.943.


Onwubu SC, Mdluli PS, Singh S. Tlapana T. A novel application of nano eggshell/titanium dioxide composite on occluding dentine tubules: In vitro study. Brazilian Oral Research. 2019;33:e016: 1-10.

Impact Factor 1,223

20.2019Onwubu SC, Mdluli PS, Singh S. V. Baruth. Remineralization Potential of a Modified Eggshell–Titanium Composite-Scanning Electron Microscope Study. European Journal of Dentistry. 2019. 13(02): 187-192

Onwubu SC, Mdluli PS, Singh S. Evaluating the buffering and acid-resistant properties of eggshell–titanium dioxide composite against erosive acids. Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials 2019 March: 1-7. DOI: 10.1177/2280800018809914.

Impact Factor: 1.397

22.2018Radebe M, Singh S. Oral health status of the sentenced offenders in KwaZulu-Natal province. SADJ 2018; 73(8):514-519.

Naidoo M, Singh S. The Oral health status of children with autism Spectrum disorder in KwaZulu-Nata, South Africa. BMC Oral Health 2018, 18:165: 1-9.

Impact Factor: 1.949

24.2018Onwubu SC, Mdluli PS, Singh S, Bharuth V. An in vitro examination on the effectiveness of commercial toothpastes in the prevention of tooth decay, using eggshell as a substitute for human tooth material. SADJ 2018; 73(7): 445-450.
25.2018Onwubu SC, Mdluli PS, Singh S. The Effectiveness of Nanomaterials in the Management of Dentine Hypersensitivity-A Review. Journal of Clinical Review and Case Reports. 2018, 3(8): 1-5

Onwubu SC, Mdluli PS, Singh S. The effect of colloidal silica and diamond suspension on the surface roughness of automatically finished heat-polymerize acrylic resins. The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. 2018, 120(3): 485e1-485e5

Impact Factor: 2.201


Onwubu SC, Mdluli PS, Singh S. Nyembe S, Thakur R. Corrigendum to “an in situ evaluation of the protective effect of nano eggshell/titanium dioxide against erosive acids”. International Journal of Dentistry 2019, Article ID 4216415: 1-8.

Impact Factor: 2.44

28.2018Moodley I, Singh S Exploring Community-Based Training Opportunities for Dental Therapy Students in Non-Governmental and Private Sectors in KwaZulu-Natal. African Journal of Health Professions Education 2018, 10(3):176-182.
29.2018Moodley I, Singh S. Strengths and challenges of community-based clinical training as viewed by academics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. African Journal of Health Professions Education 2018, 10(2): 129-135.

Moodley I, Singh S. Community-Based Education: Experiences of Undergraduate dental therapy students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Journal: International Journal of Dental Hygiene. 2018, 6: 362-371.

Impact Factor: 1.38.

31.2018Kerr J, Singh S. Nursing students’ attitudes and practices of oral health self-care. African Journal for Physical Activity and Health Sciences (AJPHES). 2018, 24(2):143-155.
32.2018Moodley I, Singh S. Creating opportunities for interprofessional, community-based education for undergraduate dental students within the School of Health Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa: Academics’ perspectives. African Journal of Health Professions Education 2018, 10(1):19-25.
33.2017Dookie S, Singh S, Myburgh NG. The impact of Primary Health Care philosophy on district oral health service delivery in KwaZulu-Natal. Journal of African Population studies 2017, 31(2): 3683-3693.
34.2017Thema KL, Singh S. Oral health service delivery in Limpopo Province. SADJ 2017 72(7): 310-314
35.2017Singh S, Pottapinjara S. Dental undergraduate students’ knowledge, attitudes and practices in oral health self-care: A survey from a university in South Africa. African Journal of Health Professions Education, 2017, 9(2): 83-87.
36.2017Thema KL, Singh S. Epidemiological profile of patients utilizing public oral health services in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Southern African Journal of PHC and Family Medicine 2017, 9(1): 1-5.
37.2017Reddy M, Singh S. The promotion of oral health within Health Promoting Schools in KwaZulu-Natal. South African Journal of Child Health2017;11(1):16-20. DOI:10.7196/SAJCH.2017.v11i1.1132

S. Singh. Can undergraduate student learning in prevention influence oral health self-care practices? – a report from a South African University. Int J Dent Hygiene 2017, 15:e100-e112.

Impact Factor: 1.38.


Moodley K, Singh S. “It’s all about trust”: reflections of researchers on the complexity and controversy surrounding biobanking in South Africa. BMC Medical Ethics. 2016, 17:57. DOI 10.1186/s12910-016-0140-2.

Impact factor: 1.969.


Jorma I. Virtanen, Essi Pellikka, Shenuka Singh, Eeva Widström. The professional role of a dental hygienist in Finland. Int J Dent Hygiene 14, 2016: 231–238. DOI:  10.1111/idh.12166

Impact Factor: 1.38.

41.2016BG Nair, S Singh. Parental perspectives on self-care practices and dental sealants as preventive measures for dental caries. SADJ May, 2016;71(4):156-160
42.2016S. SinghD R Wassenaar. Contextualising the role of the gatekeeper in social science research. Afr J BL, 2016;9(1):42-46. DOI:7196/SAJBL.465
43.2015Reddy M, Singh S. Dental Caries status in six-year-old children at Health Promoting Schools in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. SADJ October, 2015;70(9):396-401
44.2015Reddy M, Singh S. Viability in delivering oral health promotion activities within the Health Promoting Schools Initiative in KwaZulu-Natal. S Afr J Child Health, 2015;9(3):93-97. DOI:10.7196/SAJCH.7944

S Singh. Informed Consent in Community Based oral Health Research. JFOS. November, 2014;32(1):15-21. Website:



KL Thema; S Singh. Integrated primary oral health services in South Africa: The role of the PHC nurse in providing oral health examination and education. African J Primary Health Care & Family Medicine, 2013;5(1). Website:



S Singh. Evidence in Oral Health Promotion – Implications for Oral Health Planning. American Journal of Public Health, 2012;102(9): e15-e18

Impact Factor: 4.13


S Dookie, S Singh. Primary health care services at district level in South Africa: a critique of the primary health care approach. BMC Family Practice, 2012;13 (67):1-4

Impact Factor: 2.032.

49.2011S Singh. Dental Caries Rates in South Africa: Implications for Oral Health Planning. Epidemiology and Infection Control, 2011;26(4):259-261.
50.2011S Singh. School based Sealant Programme: Report and AssessmentSADJ, 2011;66:384-388.

S. Singh, NG Myburgh; R Lalloo. Policy Analysis of Oral Health Promotion in South Africa. Global Health Promotion, 2010;1757-9759 [Vol. 17(1)]:16-24

Impact Factor: 0.522.


Chapters in Books
#YearAuthors, title, publisher details, pages
1.2021Onwubu SC, Mdluli PS, Singh S, Thakur S, Mkhize C. Chapter 29: Cytotoxicity of bionanocomposites in the treatment of dentine hypersensitivity. Bionanocomposites in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. Elsevier-Woodhead Publishing, UK. 2021. 10.1016/B978-0-12-821280-6.00020-9
2.2019Onwubu SC, Mdluli PS, Singh S. Alginates in evolution of restorative dentistry. In: Alginates-Food Industry and Biomedical Application. Publishers: Wiley-Scrivener Publishing LLC, USA. 2019: 125-140.
3.2019Onwubu SC, Mdluli PS, Singh S. The application of mechanochemistry in composite preparation. In Composites for Environmental EngineeringWiley-Scrivener Publishing LLC, USA. 2019.

S Singh. Oral Health Promotion – A guide from Policy to Practice. In Public Health – Policy and Practices. Editors: SK Paul, F Li. Publishers Empire Books International. 2018: 46-62