Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

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Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Sefako Makgatho Logo 2018.svg
Former names
MottoKnowledge for Quality Health Services
TypePublic University
Established1 January 2015
ChancellorDr Zweli Mkhize
Vice-ChancellorProf. Chris de Beer
Studentsapprox. 6300
Ga-Rankuwa (next to Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital) Tshwane
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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
ColoursOrange, 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) and later as a campus of the University of Limpopo.[2] It is named after South African ANC leader Sefako Makgatho.[3]. Since its name-change, students have colloquially referred to the institution using the acronym of its current name ("SMU") in a similar fashion to manner in which they used the acronym "MEDUNSA" to refer to the institution prior to the change of name.


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] From 2005 to 2015, the University was a campus of the University of Limpopo, but it was separated following a review of the merger.[6] 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.

Degree programmes[edit]

The following degree programmes are offered:[7]

School of Medicine[edit]

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

Master of Medicine – MMed (in various specialisations)

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSc Clinical Psychology)

Doctor of Medicine (MD in General Surgery)

Phd (in various specialisations)

Bachelor of Diagnostic Radiography (BRad Diag)

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 Pharmacy[edit]

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Master of Pharmacy

PhD in Pharmacy

Postgraduate Diploma (Hospital Pharmacy Management)

School of Health Care Sciences[edit]

Department of Nursing Sciences[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 Sciences

Diploma in Occupational Health Nursing

Advanced Diploma in Occupational Health Nursing

Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics[edit]

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

Masters of Science in Dietetics

PhD in Dietetics

Department of Occupational Therapy[edit]

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Masters of Occupational Therapy


Department of Physiotherapy[edit]

Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy

Master in Physiotherapy(in various specialisation)


School of Science and Technology[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



    • Judge NM Mavundla - Former Chairperson
    • Ms MM Rambauli - Chairperson
    • Prof Ayo-Yusuf - The Vice-Chancellor (acting) (Section 18(1)(a))
    • Dr J Mabelebele - Registrar
    • Linda Rojie - President of Convocation
    • Ernest Sambo - Convocation


    • Linda Rojie - President
    • Mogomotsi Poppy Mmamolefe- Vice-President
    • Sixishe Camagwini Khanya - Secretary
    • Ernest Sambo - Additional Member to Council
    • Sepirwa Edward Kgabo - Additional Member
    • Dr Mbhodi Langanani- Additional Member


  1. ^ "Medunsa to be split from University of Limpopo". Business Day Live.
  2. ^ "SA: Sefako University to incorporate Medunsa Campus".
  3. ^ " South Africa: Minister Blade Nzimande Launches Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, 14 Apr".
  4. ^ SAPA. "SABC News - Gauteng to open new university in 201517 May 2014".
  5. ^ "Medunsa students receive death threats". The Citizen.
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