Welcome to the School of Nursing  and Public Health

The School of Nursing and Public Health (SONPH), headed by Professor Busi Ncama, arose from a grouping of the Public Health disciplines derived from the former Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine (Faculty of Medicine) and the old School of Nursing derived from the Faculty of Health Sciences. The newly formulated School of Nursing & Public Health consists of 7 disciplines, 1 from the Faculty of Health Sciences and 6 from the Faculty of Medicine. The disciplines within this School also contribute to the MBChB programme. 
 
The following disciplines are located within the School:
Behavioural Medicine
Family Medicine
Nursing
Rural Health
Occupational & Environmental Health
Public health and the Programme of Biostatistics and Medical Ethics and Law
Telemedicine & Telehealth

Traditional and Integrative Medicine is incorporated into the discipline of Occupational and environmental health and it currently functions as a National Research Foundation (NRF) chair with academic offerings.
 
With a history deeply embedded in community health and its related fields, the newly established school of Nursing and Public Health has a focus on primary health care principles. Five programmes of Community Health enhance the process: the Centre of Occupational and Environmental Health, the Centre of Health Management, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Economics and the Health Outcomes Research Unit and the Programme of Medical Ethics. 
 
A grant from SANPAD – The SA-Netherlands Programme for Alternative Development – focuses on youth empowerment through inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration among SA and Dutch partners at Maastricht University. The Africa Centre, located at Mtubatuba and funded by the Wellcome Trust, is one of the first satellite academic training sites for Public Heath, and is making a significant contribution to the Public Health sector of the African continent. The thrust is to understand population and health dynamics in the developing world. It provides a forum for African and international scientists to conduct research, develop local capacity and identify strategies to tackle and overcome the health challenges of the Sub- Saharan region. To date, the Centre has created Africa’s most comprehensive Demographic Surveillance System, established a successful antiretroviral drug treatment programme for local people living with HIV/AIDS, and carried out clinical trials in a range of areas of critical importance to health in developing countries. An additional area of research investigates and assesses African systems of medicine including 
 
The discipline of Nursing is recognized for its innovative educational programmes, its research activities, its extensive work in Africa, and its international network of scholars. UKZN Discipline of Nursing is a designated World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Community Problem Solving in Nursing and Midwifery and a Joanna Briggs Institute Collaborating Centre for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery Practice. There are five (5) major focus areas of research within Nursing, viz. HIV/AIDS care and stigma; psycho-social rehabilitation; community health promotion; innovative teaching and learning; critical care and trauma management. Currently, there are 3 NRF rated scholars in nursing, with one having attained a B rating.
 
Curriculum developments and nursing education consultancy has been ongoing between the School and Health educational institutions which have included the United Arab Emirates, Rwanda, Eritrea, Niger, Lesotho, Swaziland, Burundi and two east African countries - Tanzania and Kenya. Nursing enjoys good working relationships with other international partners with whom Memoranda Of Understanding have been signed for collaboration such as Horschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences, in Germany, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the School of Health and Social Care, Jyväskylä Polytechnic (Jypoly) in Finland, University of Tromso in Norway  and many other institutions.
 School of Nursing and Public Health


The School of Nursing and Public Health (SONPH), headed by Professor Busi Ncama, arose from a grouping of the Public Health disciplines derived from the former Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine (Faculty of Medicine) and the old School of Nursing derived from the Faculty of Health Sciences. The newly formulated School of Nursing & Public Health consists of 7 disciplines, 1 from the Faculty of Health Sciences and 6 from the Faculty of Medicine. The disciplines within this School also contribute to the MBChB programme. 

Traditional and Integrative Medicine is incorporated into the discipline of Occupational and environmental health and it currently functions as a National Research Foundation (NRF) chair with academic offerings.
 
With a history deeply embedded in community health and its related fields, the newly established school of Nursing and Public Health has a focus on primary health care principles. Five programmes of Community Health enhance the process: the Centre of Occupational and Environmental Health, the Centre of Health Management, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Economics and the Health Outcomes Research Unit and the Programme of Medical Ethics. 
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Disciplines/Thematic Group

Nursing Public Health Occupational &
 Environmental Health
Behavioural Medicine Centre for Rural Health Telemedicine & Telehealth
Family Medicine
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Nursing Management         031 260 1471

Community Nursing           031 260 1431

Primary Health Care           031 260 3149

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