Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

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Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Faculty of Health Sciences Excellence through Relevance

Faculty of Health Sciences

Walter Sisulu University (WSU) is a new comprehensive university, forned by the 2005 merge of the University of Transkei, Eastern Cape Technikon and Border Technikon. Strategically located within the Eastern Cape Province, WSU straddles the urban and rural divide of this region. The Faculty of Health Sciences is regarded as the flagship of the university, with a focus on rural health. The Faculty has programmes in Medicine, Nursing, Health Promotion, Clinical Associates and Social Work, all with a strong emphasis on Problem-Based Learning and Community-Based Education.

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There is a strong partnership between the Faculty, the community and the Eastern Cape Department of Health. We have gained global recognition as a leader in Socially Accountable Health Professions Education. The Faculty of Health Sciences is headquartered at Mthatha Campus, with an Academic Health Service Complex spread throughout the Eastern Cape Province. This includes Mthatha Hospital Complex, East London Hospital Complex, Port Elizabeth Hospital Complex, 15 District Hospitals and 7 Community Health Centres. The teaching Platform is further enhanced by the establishment of Health Resource Centres at Mthatha, East London, Port Elizabeth and Queenstown.



The Faculty of Health Sciences will be the leader in Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Community-Based Education (CBE) and Community Partnerships in Africa, in order to

improve the quality of life of all the people served.



The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to excellence in Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Community-Based Education (CBE) and social responsiveness through the integration

of community service into its learning programmes that involve innovative teaching and research, with special emphasis on Primary Health Care (PHC), and sustainable rural development in partnership with communities and service providers.

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