School of Health Sciences

 School of Health Sciences

Faculty Of Health Sciences

Professor Nonceba Mbambo-Kekana
Welcome to the website of the School of Health Sciences (SHS) at the Faculty of Health Sciences – University of Limpopo (UL). SHS is one of the five Schools in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The School is situated at the Turfloop Campus of the University of Limpopo.
The School offers five undergraduate programmes and two postgraduate programmes. All the undergraduate programmes within the School are of professional qualifications which are accredited by their professional bodies. The students from these programmes graduate with an Honours status, which means that they can continue their studies by registering for a Master’s degree. The final year of the qualification therefore has a substantial component of research which gives the students the foundation for further research.

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:

  • Trains competent health care professionals and scientists through teaching strategies that cater for learning needs of our students who are mainly from rural areas around the university and beyond
  • Engages the communities around it through community-based training of the students which in turn render some service to the communities.

 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:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • 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:

  • Bachelor of Nursing Science – Duration four years
  • Master of Nursing – Duration two years
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science – Duration four years
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDPHC) – Duration one year

Nursing Admission Requirement for undergraduate and postgraduate

Undergraduate Degree (honours inclined) B.NURS
Duration of study:  Minimum 4years Maximum 5years
Admission Criteria:

National Senior Certificate with bachelor endorsement from the following subjects:

  • English level 4
  • Mathematics level 4
  • Physical Science level 5
  • Life Science level 5
  • Two additional subjects: Home language at level 4
  • History, Geography, Agriculture, Accounting, or other subjects at level 4

Total minimum credit of 26

  • A candidate may be admitted to the department by recognition of prior learning.
  • The selected candidate will be required to register with South African Nursing Council that will enable him/her to practice as a student nurse in the hospitals and clinics.

Training Process
All registered students will be subjected to teaching and learning process in the department. The process can be lecturing, individual learning, Group discussion/learning, Role-playing, Simulations and Case studies in hospitals, clinics, occupational centers (mines, old age homes, disability centers) and clinics. The students will be allocated to the above experiential learning centers so that they gain experience and more knowledge, and accumulate practical hours as required by South Africa Nursing Council.

Career Opportunities
Completion to the above degree enables one to work in the Hospitals (Public and Private), Clinics, Nursing Schools and Occupational industries anywhere in South Africa.  The person has an opportunity to persue Master`s studies in any higher educational institution both national and international.

Postgraduate qualifications
Postgraduate qualifications of Department of Nursing Science include Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Healthcare (PHC), Masters of Nursing (MNURS) and Doctoral Philosophy in Nursing (PhD).

Admission Criteria:
Diploma in Primary Healthcare (PHC)
Duration of the study: Minimum 12 months

  • Honors degree at NQF level 8, with overall credits of 60%
  • Registered with South African Nursing Council as a professional nurse,
  • Minimum two years working in either in the hospitals or clinics or occupational industries

Masters of Nursing
Duration of the study: Minimum 2 Max 4years

  • Honors degree at NQF level 8 with a minimum credits of 60%
  • Minimum two years of working experience in either the hospitals or clinics or occupational industries
  • Advance Postgraduate Diploma at NQF level 8
  • Or by Recognition of prior learning that relates to research projects (Individual proof will be needed).

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Duration of study: Minimum 3 years, Max 5years

  • Master`s degree in Nursing at NQF level 9 with a minimum credits of 60%
  • Minimum 5 years of working experience in either the hospitals or clinics or occupational industries.

Training Process
All postgraduate students will be subjected to a two weeks induction workshop immediately after registration. A postgraduate student in PHC will be engaged in course work of four courses in a semester. PHC student are also expected to write mini-dissertation in order to complete their studies. Masters and PhD students do not have coursework and will do full dissertation to complete their postgraduate studies.

Career opportunities
Obtaining a postgraduate degree provides an opportunity to work in public health sectors as directors, managers, or and career in higher educational training institutions and research organisations such as Medical Research Council.

 Nursing Contacts details

Physical Address
University of Limpopo 
Department of Nursing Science
New R-block First Floor
Private Bag x 1106

Contact Person
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.

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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:

(a)          Mathematics.
(b)          Biology and / or
(c)          Physical Science
1.1.2 The new National Senior Certificate requirements:


Rating codes



Life sciences




Physical Sciences


Language of learning / English


Additional two Subjects


Total Points


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

HM Contacts

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

Human Nutrition
Acting Head of Department
Ms DA Rabodiba, B Nutrition (UNIN), DIP. Human Resources Management (DAMELIN)

Senior Lecturers
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)

Laboratory Assistant
Mrs MM Mogale, National Dip Food Services Management (TNG)

Departmental Secretary
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.

Mission Statement

  • 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 or
Ms Makofane Maria (Secretary) +27(0) 15 268 4614
HPU Admission Requirement

  • Four years Bachelor’s Degree or
  • Three years Bachelor’s Degree plus Honours or
  • B Tech with Post Graduate Diploma (verify with SAQA for Diploma equivalent)
  • Minimum two years working experience
  • Copies of:
    1. Academic record
    2. Identity document
    3. Highest qualification
    4. Curriculum vitae
    5. Motivational letter from applicant
    6. Motivational letters from employer.

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

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
Acting hod-
Mr PMW Nkoana
2954 1005
Prof SD Mathebula 2219 0016
Ms AL Tsotetsi 2213/6093 0013
Ms G Mamabolo 2219 0011
Mr J Ramaja 3547 0018
Ms PG Mathladisa 2288 0006
Ms L Melwa 2211 1004
Ms CML Segwati 4615 0005
Mr J Mulungwa 3720 0014
MS M CHIPI 2799 0018
MS A RASEBOYA 3222 0007

School of Health Sciences

Optometry About the Programme

The department offers the following:-

  • Undergraduate:               Four years Bachelor of Optometry (B.Optom) degree programme
  • Postgraduate:                   Two years Master of Optometry (M.Optom) degree
          • Three years Doctor of Optometry (D.Optom) degree
  • Continuous Professional development activities
        • Ocular Diagnostics for Optometry certificate (offered as a postgraduate certificate)

All departmental offerings are accredited by the relevant bodies.

  • The Bachelor of Optometry programme is a four year full time degree.
  • The training programme constitute a 3 year theory and practicals modules and an additional year of clinical rotations and research projects based at the hospitals, Phelophepa and other training sites. This is a design of the curriculum implemented from 2012.
  • Additional rules that govern the clinical practice are found in the departmental clinic guidelines pamphlet and will be strictly adhered to.
  • Work Opportunities:
    • Graduates may work in public and private institutions as optometrists and any other related positions
    • Graduates may opt to open and own private practices
    • Other opportunities may include academia and research.


  • The Master of Optometry is offered over 2 years minimum on full time basis.
  • The programme is a full research programme where a full dissertation has to be submitted upon completion.
  • There are various optometry niche areas in Optometry that a prospective student can advance.
  • Students may opt to further their studies in the following speciality areas of study:-
    • Paediatric Optometry
    • Binocular Vision
    • Low Vision and Rehabilitation Optometry
    • Contact Lenses
    • Clinical Optometry
  • The Doctor of Optometry programme is offered over 3 years minimum on a full time basis.
  • The programme is a full research programme where a full dissertation has to be submitted upon completion.
  • There are various optometry niche areas in Optometry that a prospective student can advance.

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:

Government sector:

  • Lecturer at Universities.
  • Researcher in research institutions such as Medical Research Council (MRC), Human Science Research Council (HSRC) etc.
  • Research Administrator at National and Provincial Departments of Health
  • Medical Scientist at Public Laboratories, e.g. NHLS, CSIR.

Private Sector:

  • Clinical Research associate at Pharmaceutical laboratories (research).
  • Sales representative for pharmaceutical and Medical laboratory supplies companies
  • Medical scientist in private diagnostic laboratories
Medical Science Contact Details

Postal Address:
Department of Medical Sciences, Public Health and Health Promotion
Medical Sciences Unit
Office No 2028,
Q-Block 2nd Floor
University of Limpopo
P/Bag X1106
Sovenga 0727

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.

  1. The curriculum

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.

Module name Module code
Introduction To Pharmacy MPRM011
From Atoms To Medicines MPAT011
Microorganisms, Man And Medicines MMIC012
Pharmacokinetics And Pharmacodynamics MPBP012
English For Health Sciences HEHS010

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.

Module name Module code
Cardiovascular Pharmacy MPCA021
Nutrition And Gastroenterology MPCB021
Respiratory System, Ear And Eye MPCC021
Industrial Pharmacy Practice MPCA022
Industrial Pharmacy Practice-Based Learning MPCB022
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing MPCC022

 2.3      Year three of the BPharm programme
In this year there is continued integration of pharmaceutical, pharmacy practice and clinical aspects of the 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

Prof PH Demana, Head of Department of Pharmacy
Office No 1005, 0-Block Building
Tel: 015 268 4060
Fax: 015 2682523

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.

Community Pharmacy
A pharmacist in this sector is required to dispense medicines, provide essential clinical services such as screening of glucose and cholesterol levels to patients.  It also entails giving advice to patients on general and specific health matters.   Community pharmacy also has to be run as a business, and pharmacists require management and marketing skills.  This therefore requires both business skills, and the capacity to serve the local community in health matters.

Hospital Pharmacy
A pharmacist working in the hospital sector is involved in dispensing of medicines, bandages and surgical instruments to outpatients and patients in hospital, but also in administrative management.   A pharmacist will also give advice to patients on general and specific health matters.    It is indeed an opportunity for a pharmacist to work as part of a healthcare team advising doctors and nurses on optimal drug therapy for patients.

Industrial pharmacy
A pharmacist in industry is responsible for the research and development of drugs, and manufacturing of medicines.  Pharmaceutical companies require pharmacists to supervise medicine manufacture to ensure quality, safety and efficacy of such medicinal products.  Pharmacists amongst other roles therefore play an important role in production, quality assurance and quality control, clinical trials, pharmacovigilance, and registration of medicinal products with regulatory authorities in South Africa and the world.

Academia and research pharmacy
Pharmacists in academia are involved in teaching and research to produce the next generation of pharmacists and contribute to advancement of scientific knowledge.

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