School of Health Sciences
|Faculty Of Health Sciences
Professor Nonceba Mbambo-Kekana
The location of the School and the environment within which it operates, offers the students from other areas in the country an opportunity to appreciate the health and other needs of the people in rural settings. The School:
School of Health Sciences Nursing
Welcome to the Department of Nursing Science at University of Limpopo. Department of Nursing Science is one of the departments in School of Healthcare Sciences. The department consists of highly qualified staff members that produce independent Professional nurses, Midwives, Community and Psychiatric nurses. The department strives in ensuring quality healthcare services by producing qualified nurses.
Studying a four years undergraduate degree will equip you to be an independent skilled professional nurse that can assist in improving the health status of the community, and reduce high morbidity and mortality rate. During the undergraduate program, you will be professionally socialized into becoming a skilled, knowledgeable and independant nurse practitioner. Candidates who successfully complete the program will register with the South African Nursing Council as a Professional Nurses and Midwifes. You will automatically be placed in the hospitals and clinics upon completion of the degree.
Qualified candidates can further get employed in the following areas:
- Occupational industries such as mines, schools e.t.c
- Nursing schools
The department offers both undergraduate (B.Nurs) and postgraduate nursing qualifications (PHC, M.Nurs & PhD). Check the admission criteria to assist you about the application process. All programs offered by the department are recognized by the South African Nursing Council for registration and, are registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
Department of Nursing Sciences
The Department of Nursing Science is offering the following programmes:
Nursing Admission Requirement for undergraduate and postgraduate
Undergraduate Degree (honours inclined) B.NURS
National Senior Certificate with bachelor endorsement from the following subjects:
Total minimum credit of 26
Masters of Nursing
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Nursing Contacts details
University of Limpopo Department of Nursing Science
New R-block First Floor
Private Bag x 1106 Sovenga 0727
Mrs MA Kgatle
Tel : 015 268 2384/2385/3173
Fax : 015 268 3080
School of Health Sciences Human Nutrition
Welcome to the Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. The Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics was established in 1988 and produces dietitians that register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
The department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics strives to advance indigenous Nutrition knowledge system thereby providing solutions for Africa
The department of Human Nutrition strives to be an academic resource centre for learning, research, skills development and training learners to become competent health professionals to address the nutritional needs of the community through a multidisciplinary and entrepreneurial approach at local, provincial, national and international levels to ensure optimal nutrition.
Rationale of the qualification
The department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics strives for excellence in providing Nutrition solutions for Africa with an indigenous knowledge and clinical focus.
Purpose of qualification
The purpose of Human Nutrition Department is to train Dieticians who are competent leaders in advancing indigenous Nutrition knowledge system, to respond to local, national and international needs in an innovative, ethical and professional manor.
HM Career Opportunities
|Hospitals||Planning diets for patients and/or staff and conducting counselling sessions|
|Private practice and consultancies||A dietitian may choose to open their own practice and consult with patients and clients.|
|Industry||Food processing companies and chain stores employ a resident or consultant Dietitian.
Pharmaceutical companies manufacturing nutritional products employ dietitians as medical representatives.
|Education and Research Organizations||Universities and research institutes employ dietitians to teach and conduct research.|
|Organizations concerned with nutrition and health information||Dietitian will update education material and disseminate the information through various media.|
|Institutions (old age homes, places of safety, hospitals or correctional facilities) with catering facilities.||Dietitians will plan for the feeding of staff, residents, patients and inmates.|
HN Admission Requirements
1.1.1 Students shall be admitted to the B. Nutrition Department provided they have passed the following Matriculation subjects with at least an E (F) symbol on the standard (higher) grade:
1.1.3 Extended degree programme (EDP) applicants must have passed all the subjects and have scored 60% in each subject. Admission is subject to space availability
1.1.4 Students transferring from other degrees with similar modules within the University must have passed all modules. Admission is subject to space availability.
1.1.5 Students transferring from other institutions of higher learning offering a similar degree must have passed all the modules/courses. Admission is subject to space availability
School of Health Sciences
|Acting Director Mr Letsoalo KJ, B Optom (UNIN), Oc.Diag.Cert (UKZN)
Principal Admin Officer Ms Mathye FK
Administrative Officer Ms Rangoanasha SG
Senior Secretary Ms Mudarika T
Acting Head of Department
Ms DA Rabodiba, B Nutrition (UNIN), DIP. Human Resources Management (DAMELIN)
Mrs MM Bopape, BSc Dietetics (MEDUNSA), M Nutrition (UNIN)
Ms SS Howard, Human Ecology (UWC), HDE (UWC), MSc Food Science (Manchester UK)
Ms SHM Makuse, B Nutrition (UNIN) MSc Public Nutrition (UNIVEN)
Ms ME Rapetsoa, B Nutrition (UNIN) MSc Public Nutrition UNIVEN)
Mrs CM Mothapo, National Dip. Food Service Management (TNG) B. Nutrition (UL)
Mr S Masoga, B.Nutrition (UNIN)
Ms DMR Tleane, National Dip Food Service Management (Vaal TECH) B.Tech (Food Service)
Mr MS Makwela, B.Nutrition (UNIN)
Mrs MA Mahlatjie, B.Nutrition (UNIN)
Mrs MM Mogale, National Dip Food Services Management (TNG)
Ms PG Mashala
School of Health Sciences Health Promotion Unit
About the programme:
This unit was established in 2000.The primary aim was to train healthcare workers in Public health issues, which include health promotion, epidemiology and health systems management and assist them in developing research skills. Since its inception, Public Health unit has produced a number of graduates, and still strive to contribute to the body of knowledge through publications.
A program aimed on preparing professionals to play leadership roles in the management, improvement and evaluation of health and the health care systems.
- By developing a comprehensive understanding of health, of the health care system, of public health problems, and measures that can be taken to address those problems and to promote and maintain health.
- Develop specialist expertise in at least one major area within the field of public health and play a leadership role in public health.
- Promote equity in health.
HPU Contact Details
|Prof L Skaal||+27 (0) 82 8134509 or +27 (0) 15 268 4113
Email:Linda.Skaal@ul.ac.za or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Ms Makofane Maria (Secretary)||+27(0) 15 268 4614
|HPU Admission Requirement
School of Health Sciences Optometry
It one of the departments in the School of Health Care Sciences under the Faculty of Health Sciences in the University of Limpopo. The department has over 40 years of existence and is the first Optometry department in the country to offer a degree programme in Optometry. It was found in 1975 under the then University of the North.
Optometry Contact Details
Tel: 015 268 2799
Fax: 015 268 2705
|Acting Head of Department:||Mr PMW Nkoana|
|Clinic Coordinators:||Ms CML Segwati|
|Mr J Mulungwa|
|Clinical training supervisors:||Ms ND Ntsoane|
|Ms E Maribeng|
|Ms M Makhafola|
|Ms L Landela|
|Administrative Assistant:||Ms TM Chipi|
|Surname &initials||Office line||Office number||Emails|
Mr PMW Nkoana
|Prof SD Mathebula||2219||0016||Solani.email@example.com|
|Ms AL Tsotetsi||2213/6093||0013||Tsotetsi.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms G Mamabolo||2219||0011||Gloria.email@example.com|
|Mr J Ramaja||3547||0018||Joas.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms PG Mathladisa||2288||0006||Phuti.email@example.com|
|Ms L Melwa||2211||1004||Irene.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms CML Segwati||4615||0005||Lerato.email@example.com|
|Mr J Mulungwa||3720||0014||Justice.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|MS M CHIPI||2799||0018||Thoko.email@example.com|
|MS A RASEBOYA||3222||0007||Adolphina.firstname.lastname@example.org|
School of Health Sciences
Optometry About the Programme
|The department offers the following:-
All departmental offerings are accredited by the relevant bodies.
School of Health Sciences Medical Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences [B.Sc. (Med. Sci.)] is a 4-year degree designed for students who wish to follow a career in medical research or laboratory scientists. And furthermore, the degree will enable students to meet the needs of Medical Scientists who are capable of working in both the public and private health sectors as health professionals in line with our mission “dedicated to train and develop medical scientists of a national and international standard and provide them with suitable scientific knowledge and skills through teaching, learning, active research and community engagement to meet the needs of our society.
The primary objectives for the programme is to provide a broad theoretical and practical background in the field of Medical Sciences, enable students to carry out independent medical research and to train as medical laboratory scientist.
Subsequent to completion of a bachelor, students can continue to postgraduate studies: Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Specialization on the following fields; Chemical Pathology, Haematology, Immunology, Human Genetics and Medical Microbiology, start at fourth level of B.Sc. (Med Sci.) throughout to postgraduate studies. Admission criteria of the University apply.
Medical Science Career Opportunities
|A wide range of employment opportunities are available to medical biological scientists. These include, but not limited to:
|Medical Science Contact Details
Tel: 015 268 3362
School of Health Sciences Pharmacy
Pharmacy About the programme
|The degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy: (BPharm)
The BPharm degree of University of Limpopo (Turfloop Campus), is approved and registered with South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) for purposes of conferring a qualification in Pharmacy in terms of Regulations to the Pharmacy Act (Act 53 of 1974). After four years of University training the student has to undergo an internship of twelve months in an acceptable environment and one year’s community service.
This Act charges and empowers the Pharmacy Council with the responsibility of controlling the education of pharmacists. To this end, the Pharmacy Council requires all students registering for BPharm II at any University to register with the Pharmacy Council as pharmacy students and Pharmacist’s Assistants. The Pharmacy Council furthermore regularly inspects the institutions training pharmacists. It also prescribes by regulation the minimum curriculum for the B Pharm degree. The Pharmacy Council also approves of the syllabus at each training institution. All changes to the rules and syllabus have to be submitted to the Pharmacy Council for their approval. Through the above measures the South African Pharmacy Councils endeavors to maintain and control the level of competence of people entering the Pharmacy profession.
BPharm students are required to have basic knowledge in mathematics, physical science, chemistry and life sciences.
2.1 Year one of the BPharm programme
This year is designed to provide students with the basic skills they will need for the whole programme, as well as to prepare them for their professional lives. It includes an introduction to basic scientific principles and covers the principles and practice of biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics, which are essential for an understanding of drug action and dosage form design.
Rational of first year programme
First year programme introduces the student to the profession of pharmacy. It covers the development of pharmacy since the emergence of scientific medicine. It includes the position of pharmacy in the delivery of health care by exploring major issues such as political, legal and ethical issues affecting the practice of the profession. It emphasizes the requirements, responsibilities and attitudes that are essential for success as a professional and examines the various career pathways and roles of the pharmacists.
Students will also be introduced to development of medicine by scientifically studying organic, inorganic and physical chemistry of chemicals to provide an understanding of chemical structures, physicochemical properties and behaviour of drugs at the molecular level. Types of calculations required for compounding of medications, including conversions of different units of measurement are also included.
The course also covers various classes of compounds like alkanes, alkyl halides, alkenes, cyclic aliphatic, aromatic and heterocyclic compounds; stereochemistry and its applications to the activities of pharmaceuticals; chemical reactions of various functional groups; concepts of acidity and alkalinity, solubility, partition coefficient and chemical kinetics; and the use of different classes of inorganic compounds in pharmaceutical/ medicinal applications. Laboratory experiments are designed to illustrate the applications of these concepts in the analysis of pharmaceuticals.
Biopharmaceutics will provide students with an understanding of the relationship between physical, chemical and biological principles as they apply to drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and factors that influence the bioavailability of administered drugs. Pharmaceutical aspects of microbiology, will give students the understanding of the nature and use of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents, and the types and use of antiseptics, disinfectants and preservatives. The course includes a study of microorganisms and the clinical infections they cause; theoretical and practical aspects of active and passive immunization against infectious diseases; classification or range of antimicrobial agents; sterilization methods preventing contamination of pharmaceutical products.
Finally, students will also be expected to practice effective communication skills to function effectively as individuals in public, small group and face-to-face interactions with fellow students and persons seeking health care. They will be expected to communicate effectively in writing across a range of forms necessary to the health profession. This will be achieved while practicing basic skills relevant to pharmaceutical Care such as interviewing a patient, conducting health assessment skills, advising patient about their medication dosage, administration and dosage and conduct public awareness programmes in the community. All modules will be assessed by continuous assessment methods, including written examinations, seminars on selected topics, group presentations, and a final written examination. All modules in the first year are shown in the table below.
2.2 Year two of the BPharm programme
This study year covers the basic principles in clinical pharmacy and pharmacology by considering important organs in the body and the rational of medicine use in treating the diseases associated with the type of organ involved. The students are also introduced to industrial pharmacy which includes experiential learning in pharmaceutical industry/environment.
Rational of second year:
The basic principles of pharmacology give foundation as a basis for clinical pharmacy and the students are introduced into systems such as nutrition and gastroenterology, cardiovascular pharmacy, respiratory, and topical (ear and eye). The industrial Pharmacy will provide the students with an overview knowledge of all aspects of drug development process from discovery to the marketplace that include, manufacturing, testing, regulatory affairs, marketing, sale of pharmaceuticals, storage and distribution. Students will have an opportunity to learn about regulatory and compliance issues as related to drug discovery, development and registration.
The curriculum also includes standard operating procedures, safety and quality within pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, warehousing and pharmacy. Furthermore, the programme provide the students with knowledge and skills in the science of compounding medications applying the appropriate good manufacturing and quality control practices within a hospital or community setting ensuring that sterile products are prepared and delivered in a non-contaminated environment.
Finally, the students complete the program with hands –on practical experience within different setting from manufacturing plant as part of their experiential learning where they are required to perform identifiable tasks and projects on compliance, standard operating procedures on drug requisition, storage and handling. All modules in the second year are shown in the table below.
2.3 Year three of the BPharm programme
Rational for academic year three
The third year introduces students to clinical pharmacy. Each module content is system based divided into a number of interdisciplinary blocks. Each clinical module is organized according to basic science (anatomy, physiology); major disease processes (pathology and pathophysiology), diagnosis and therapeutic options, pharmaceutical care plan and health promotions and drug management. This is planned and taught in a coordinated fashion, in each module a student will be introduced to pharmacy practice experience; this will involve interactions with health care pharmacists, and actual clinical cases within the institutional settings, under appropriate supervision. Clinical skills will be interfaced with didactic course work that provides an introduction to the profession, and continue in a progressive manner leading to entry into the advanced pharmacy practice experiences in fourth year. All modules in the third year are shown in the table below.
Programmes, Diplomas and Certificates
• Bachelor of Pharmacy ( B.PHARM )
• The Degree of Masters of Pharmacy ( M.PHARM )
School of Health Sciences
|Pharmacy Contact Details
Pharmacy Career Opportunities
|Pharmacy has been shown to be one of the most diverse professions in the health care industry. Pharmacists can choose employment in any one of the four main sectors including community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, industrial pharmacy and academia.
Academia and research pharmacy