Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

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Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Former names
MottoKnowledge for Quality Health Services
TypePublic University
Established1 January 2015
ChancellorDr Zweli Mkhize
Vice-ChancellorProf. Peter Mbati
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


  • Judge NM Mavundla - Former Chairperson
  • Ms MM Rambauli - Chairperson
  • Prof Peter Mbati - Vice-Chancellor
  • 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
  • Sepirwa Edward Kgabo
  • Dr Mbhodi Langanani

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) is a university in Pretoria North, Gauteng Province, South Africa.[1] Its current incarnation 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 Medical University of South Africa (MEDUNSA) was established in 1976 to provide medical education to black students, who were restricted from attending most medical schools in South Africa by the Apartheid government,[4] with a few exceptions at segregated non-white-only medical schools.[5][6]

The seat of the University is located at Ga-Rankuwa.[7] The name change from MEDUNSA to Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) was one of the causes of the riots in August 2014.[8] From 2005 to 2015, the University was a campus of the University of Limpopo, but it was separated following a review of the merger.[9] 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:[10]

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 (BPharm)

Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)

PhD in Pharmacy (PharmD)

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

PhD in Occupational Therapy

Department of Physiotherapy[edit]

Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy

Master of science in Physiotherapy(in various specialization)

PhD in Physiotherapy

Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology[edit]

Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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



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  2. ^ "SA: Sefako University to incorporate Medunsa Campus". Archived from the original on 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2015-04-10.
  3. ^ " South Africa: Minister Blade Nzimande Launches Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, 14 Apr". Archived from the original on 2015-04-14. Retrieved 2015-04-10.
  4. ^ ":University of Limpopo:". Archived from the original on 2021-02-14. Retrieved 2021-02-17.
  5. ^ Digby, Anne (2013). "Black Doctors and Discrimination under South Africa's Apartheid Regime". Medical History. 57 (2): 269–290. doi:10.1017/mdh.2012.106. PMC 3867842. PMID 24070349.
  6. ^ Bhana, Surendra; Vahed, Goolam (January 2011). "'Colours Do Not Mix': Segregated Classes at the University of Natal, 1936–1959". Journal of Natal and Zulu History. 29 (1): 66–100. doi:10.1080/02590123.2011.11964165. hdl:10413/8121. S2CID 142593969.
  7. ^ SAPA. "SABC News - Gauteng to open new university in 201517 May 2014". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Medunsa students receive death threats". The Citizen. Archived from the original on 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2015-04-10.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2018-05-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-01-10. Retrieved 2016-11-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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