Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

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Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Former names
Motto Knowledge for Quality Health Services
Established 1 January 2015
Chancellor Miss Edna Molewa
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Chris de Beer
Students approx. 4000
Location Ga-Rankuwa (next to Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital) Tshwane, Gauteng Province, South Africa
25°37′8″S 28°1′22″E / 25.61889°S 28.02278°E / -25.61889; 28.02278Coordinates: 25°37′8″S 28°1′22″E / 25.61889°S 28.02278°E / -25.61889; 28.02278
Colours Orange, Blue, White

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) is a university in Pretoria North, Gauteng Province, South Africa.[1] It was formed on 1 January 2015. Previously it was known as Medical University of South Africa (MEDUNSA).[2] It is named after South African ANC leader Sefako Makgatho.[3]


The seat of the University is located at Ga-Rankuwa.[4] The name change from MEDUNSA to Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) was one of the causes of the riots in August 2014.[5] The launch on 14 April 2015 was attended by President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande, with the President delivering the keynote address.


Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) (incl. ECP)

Master of Medicine – MMed (in various specialisations)

Doctor of Medicine (MD in General Surgery)

Phd (in various specialisations)

School of Oral Health[edit]

Bachelor of Dental Sciences (BDS)

Master of Dentistry (MDent) (various specialisations)

PhD in Dentistry

Bachelor of Dental Therapy (BDT)

Bachelor of Oral Hygiene (BOH)

School of Nursing[edit]

Baccalaureus Curationis (BCur) (I et A)

Bachelor of Nursing Science Honours (in various specialisations)

Master of Nursing Science (in various specialisations)

PhD in Nursing Science

Diploma in Occupational Health Nursing

Advanced Diploma in Occupational Health Nursing

School of Pharmacy[edit]

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Master of Pharmacy

PhD in Pharmacy

Postgraduate Diploma (Hospital Pharmacy Management)

School of Dietetics and Nutrition[edit]

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

School of Occupational Therapy[edit]

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

School of Pathology and Pre-Clinical Sciences[edit]

Bachelor of Science:

Majoring in:

Chemistry | Computer Science | Physiology | Psychology | Biology | Biochemistry | Physics | Mathematics and Applied Mathematics | Statistics

Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) 4 years

Bachelor of Science Honours

Masters of Science



  • Interim Campus Head: Prof. Tshepo Gugushe
  • Interim Council:
    • Prof. Olive Shisana (Chairperson)
    • Prof. A. M. Segone
    • Dr. N. Simelela
    • Paul Slack
    • Sizo Mchunu


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