UP Health Sciences

UP Health Sciences

UP Health Sciences, The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria is recognized nationally and internationally as an outstanding institution in terms of its education of health professionals, its research and its clinical service. Furthermore, it is an institution with a tradition of excellence and a proud history.
A great health sciences institution, however, never rests comfortably on its past successes. A great health sciences institution does more than make history – it makes the future. The Faculty of Health Sciences management is deeply committed and this has been translated into an action agenda which recognises the need for constant innovation and is dedicated to meet the health sciences challenges that South African society faces: those not yet conquered and those not yet known.
Students learn to make a life, make a living and make a difference. Graduates become community leaders that are distinct in their ability to think, communicate and contribute.
Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences has a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches.
Prospective students who wish to pursue a career in health sciences are encouraged to take a look at the available academic programmes or send e-mail for questions or queries to healthapplications@up.ac.za.

Message from the Dean

The Faculty of Health Sciences continues to exemplify and build on the University of Pretoria’s vision of being a leading research intensive university in Africa: it is recognised internationally for its quality, relevance and impact, as well as for creating knowledge,  developing people and making a difference locally and globally.
The Faculty is home to 5500 undergraduate and 1500 postgraduate students, including medical and dental fellowship training in more than 40 disciplines. Students are trained by 600 academic staff members located in four Schools, namely Dentistry, Health care Sciences, Health Systems and Public Health and Medicine. Training is in partnership with the Gauteng Health Department in Steve Biko, Kalafong and Weskoppies Hospitals and Mpumalanga’s Witbank Hospital and its community.
After a call from the Minister of Health in 2013, the Faculty responded by increasing its medical student intake by 60 to meet the national need for more doctors.   To accommodate this increase and to enlarge the learning platform, the Faculty is expanding its facilities and working towards Thembisa and Mamelodi becoming academic hospitals. The Faculty is highly regarded for the quality and excellence of its teaching and learning and its student support systems, evidenced by high standards and throughput rates.
The Faculty’s research output has grown, in response to the need for research that is relevant to the improvement of health and health care and advancing medicine in South Africa, Africa and globally.  The diverse research focus areas are reflected on our research pages, as is our research support system.  The number of PhD graduates, postdoctoral fellows and research grants has grown substantially and we are an institution of choice for those committed to being serious health science researchers.
The teaching, learning and research responsibilities of the Faculty are complemented by bringing highly specialised health care to the needy, who would otherwise have had no access thereto.  It is indeed a privilege to have so many top scientists on the Faculty’s staff who are committed to seeing to these needs and to teaching the next generation of professionals, especially when the lure of private practice and international opportunities is so strong.

We are proud to play a leading role in the various health professions, exemplified by staff members serving on ministerial committees and professional and statutory bodies. The President of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the College of Medicine of South Africa the Chair of the Federation of University Nursing Deans of South Africa and the Chairperson of the Board of the Medical Research Council are all UP staff.

Office of the Dean

The Faculty operates on a strong school model supported by an Office of the Dean. The Dean’s role includes strategic leadership, coherence, quality and standards, mobilisation of resources, effective stakeholder relationships and, most critically, alignment with and delivery on the UP strategic plan.
The Faculty comprises of 43 Departments in four Schools: Medicine, Dentistry, Health Care Sciences and Health Systems and Public Health the latter being a postgraduate School.

Welcome to the Faculty Libraries for Health Sciences

The Health Sciences Libraries’ goal is to support teaching & learning and research activities of students and staff of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria.
Medical Library
Faculty of Health Sciences
HW Snyman North Building
Bophelo Road 31
Tel.: +27 12 356 3193/3194/3195
Fax: +27 12 356 3197
E-mail: kabelo.nzima@up.ac.za
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 07:00 – 20:00
Tuesday: 08:30 – 20:00
Friday: 07:00 – 19:00
Saturday: 08:30 – 17:00
BMS/Dentistry Library
Basic Medical Sciences Building
Bophelo Road 9
Tel.: +27 12 319 2905
Fax: +27 12 323 8243
E-mail: myleen.oosthuizen@up.ac.za
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 07:00 – 17:00
Tuesday: 08:30 – 17:00
Friday: 07:00 – 16:00
Saturday: Closed
Klinikala Library
Klinikala Building
Klipspringer Road
Postal Address
Klinikala Library
University of Pretoria
PO Box 12411
Tel.: +27 12 373 1031
Fax: +27 12 373 1039
E-mail: asia.matlala@up.ac.za
Witbank Library
Witbank Hospital
c/o President & Coert Steynberg Avenue
Postal Address
Witbank Library
Witbank Hospital
Private Bag X7206
Tel.: +27 12 653 2342
Fax: +27 12 653 2342
E-mail: riki.duplessis@up.ac.za
Weskoppies Library
Tel.: +27 12 354 2298/1440
Fax: +27 12 329 1343
E-mail: leonora.wydeman@up.ac.za


Department lists

Below is a list of departments in the Faculty grouped according the School.  Click on the relevant list to access the School website.


Contact Us

What’s a University without the option to enquire about different faculties? We have an open door policy for all UP students. If you have any questions, feel free to speak to our staff members who will be more than willing to answer any questions of uncertainty that you may have. Whether you’re enquiring about an assignment, a particular module or whether you’re looking for advice on your chosen career, speak to us and we’ll help you where we can.

University of Pretoria
cnr Lynnwood Road and Roper Street
South Africa
Postal address:
University of Pretoria
Private bag X20
Hatfield 0028
South Africa


Faculty Enquiries
Economic and Management Sciences  Ignatius Dire  +27 (0)12 420 5278 ignatious.dire@up.ac.za
Alta Erasmus +27 (0) 12 420 3062 alta.erasmus@up.ac.za
Education Faculty of Education Client Services:  Vida Moses +27 (0)12 420 5596  vida.moses@up.ac.za
Undergraduate: Thandi Mngomezulu  +27 (0)12 420 5615 thandi.mngomezulu@up.ac.za or Hannie de Weerd +27 (0)12 420 5644 hannie.deweerd@up.ac.za
Postgraduate: Bronwynne Swarts +27 (0)12420 5679 bronwynne.swarts@up.ac.za or Pulane Tau +27 (0)12 420 2725 pulane.tau@up.ac.za,
Distance Education: Rita Venter +27 (0)12420 5589 rita.venter@up.ac.za or Lorinda Theart +27 (0)12 420 4426 lorinda.theart@up.ac.za
Engineering, Built Environment and IT
Undergraduate applications and admissions:
Ms Jenny van Rooyen
012 4205166
Ms Samantha Adams
012 4202450
Undergraduate and Honours:
Ms E Willemse
012 4202724
School of Information Technology
Ms P Ngwenya
012 4204186
School for the Built Environment
Mr R Mashiloane
012 4203656
School of Engineering
Ms MPM Motlhamme
012 4205299
Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Ms L Rix
012 4206625
Mechanical Engineering
Ms N Potgieter
012 4202987
Industrial and Metallurgical Engineering
Ms TMM Motsei
012 4206520
Chemical and Mining Engineering
Mr MJ Makhasa
012 4202142
Civil Engineering
Mr K Nkanyana
012 4206735
Honours and Honours applications
Ms SL Mgiba
012 4205316
Masters and Doctoral:
School of Information Technology
Civil Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering
Ms Dawn Taljaard
012 4204095
Graduate School of Technology Management
Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Mr Refentse Ramatong
012 4203011
Chemical Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Enineering
Mining Engineering
Construction Economics
Town and Regional Planning
Ms Stefanie Steenberg
012 4205315


Gordon Institute of Business Science
+27 (0)11 771 4000 info@gibs.co.za
Health Sciences General Enquiries:  Mientjie Esterhuizen +27 (0)12 356 3064 mientjie.esterhuizen@up.ac.za
Undergraduate: Celisa Anthony +27 (0)12 356 3057 celisa.anthony@up.ac.za
Postgraduate: Annette Welman +27 (0)12 356 3057 annette.welman@up.ac.za
Undergraduate admissions: ntsiki.dhlamini@up.ac.za (012 420 5039)
Undergraduate general enquiries: ernika.monyeki@up.ac.za (012 420 5241)
Postgraduate admissions: jean.pretorius@up.ac.za (012 420 6909)
Postgraduate general enquiries: janine.white@up.ac.za (012 420 2206)


Law LLB applications and admissions +27 (0)12 420 4265 Helen.vanTonder@up.ac.za
LLB adminstration enquiries +27 (0)12 420 5982 Andrew.Bosega@up.ac.za
LLM applications +27 (0)12 420 2737 rina.deetlefs@up.ac.za
LLD applications +27 (0)12 420 4267 klaas.ntuli@up.ac.za
Centre for Human Rights +27 (0)12 420 3810 Carole.Viljoen@up.ac.za
Centre for Child Law +27 (0)12 420 4502 Pontso.Phahlane@up.ac.za
ICLA +27 (0)12 420 6217 Pumeza.Matwa@up.ac.za
Law Clinic +27(0)12 420 4155 Francina.Ngidi@up.ac.za
Enterprises at University of Pretoria Law School Short Course +27 (0)12 434 2500 lawschool@enterprises.up.ac.za
Natural and Agricultural Sciences Undergraduate: Martha Tshoke  +27 (0)12 420 2073 Nas@up.ac.za
Postgraduate: Cathy Barnard +27 (0)12 420 4127  cathy.barnard@up.ac.za
Theology Undergraduate: Trone Stander  +27 (0)12 420 2040 trone.stander@up.ac.za
Postgraduate: Doris Mokgokolo +27 (0)12 420 2700 doris.mokgokolo@up.ac.za
Veterinary Science Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH)
All-hours telephone number: 0861 00 VETS (8387)
General Enquiries:  Dikeledi Letsoala +27 (0)12 529 8000 dikeledi.letsoala@up.ac.za or Fozia Shabbir +27 (0)12 529 8132 fozia.shabbir@up.ac.za
Undergraduate: Henriette van der Watt +27 (0)12 529 8193 hvdwt@up.ac.za
Postgraduate: Leonie Johnson +27 (0)12 529 8375 leonie.johnson@up.ac.za