UNIVEN Medicine

UNIVEN Medicine, 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.


Undergraduate Degrees and Diplomas:

Diploma in Nursing Science (Bridging Course2 years
Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing1 year
BCur nursing Science (R425)4 years
BCur Praxis Extensa (Post basic with 3 options)3 years
BSC Nutrition4 years
BSc Biokinetics4 years
BSc recreation and Leisure studies4 years
BSc Sports Science4 years
Psych (Trauma Counselling)4 years

Post graduate Degrees and Diplomas:

BCur Honours (with 3 options)1 year
OPTIONS- Nursing Education, Nursing Administration
and Honours in community Health.
Magister Curationis2 years
BSC Honours Community Nutrition1 year
MSC Public Nutrition (Course Work)1 year
MSC Public Nutrition (Research)1 year
Master of Public Health1 year
BA (Hons) Psychology:1 year
PhD Health in Generic stream3 years
PhD Public Health Nutrition2 years
Career opportunities

Pre-medical courses are also offered. Candidates are subject to selection
tests by Human Sciences Research Council. Professional nurse in private & public sector, midwife
& psychiatric nurse, Registered Counselor, Biokinetisist, Certified leisure professional, Recreation
and Sport Science specialist.