Deans Message

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Fort Hare. The vision of the Faculty of Health Sciences is to be a vibrant, competent, committed and be a globally recognized faculty through the provision of excellence in teaching, learning, research and community engagement. The outstanding programs in the faculty provide students the opportunity to explore basic and applied sciences and health care careers. The academic staff are student-focused and dedicated to providing high quality educational experiences that expand student's knowledge beyond the classroom into practical occupations that spur lifelong learning and a spirit of inquiry and reflection.


With the National Department of Health's move to health reform evidenced by re­engineering Primary Health Care; the environment, and the ever-growing need to understand the world around us, the time could not be better to explore a career in the health science's fields. These are areas of strong and consistent demand in the nation's workforce with outstanding opportunities.Students who choose Nursing, Rehabilitative Studies, Public Health, Human Movement and Natural Sciences courses can pursue careers in public and private hospitals, private laboratories and research facilities as academics and can open their own private practices. Our High Fidelity Simulation Laboratories are in the process of restructuring. Students in the health profession programs graduate with knowledge and skills for careers in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, private practice and health care organisations. The programs in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Audiology, Speech and Language Therapy, Pharmacy and Human Movement provide truly transformational experiences for all of our students.

Our dedicated faculty, cutting edge educational technology, active learning classrooms and innovative curricula at basic and post basic levels using Problem Based Learning, Case Based Teaching and Community Based Education methodologies and these incorporate real world experiences. These methodologies position the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Fort Hare in place for the students to gain an education that will provide a future that defines and enriches their lives.

The faculty of Health Sciences has grown from a small academic initiative to a diverse multi-disciplinary faculty with a national and international reputation. Its research output has increased from national to international accredited journals. As you navigate through the various program pages, please take a look at our Faculty of Health Sciences and videos that highlights learning opportunities within both local and global communities. I hope you will be excited about what you see and will pursue your interests by contacting us with any questions you may have. Best wishes as you explore extraordinary possibilities for your future. I hope to meet you on campus.