The Department is actively involved in teaching and training of health care professionals, service delivery through the National Laboratory Services (NHLS) and collaborates with national and international researchers in conducting ground breaking research on pertinent issues like HIV/AIDS prevention strategies.
The Department teaches Medical Microbiology to undergraduate students in MBChB, BDS(dental), BCur, and BSc (Diet) degrees. It also offers post-graduate training to MMed, BSc (Med) Hons, MSc and PhD students (see below). The service laboratory renders diagnostic service to Dr George Mukhari Hospital and the satellite clinics as well as serving as a referral laboratory for Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. The service laboratory also offers practical training for student technologists in collaboration with Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and student technicians
The Department is well equipped with modern facilities and strong emphasis is placed on research. While interests and projects in the department cover a broad spectrum of subjects, research is mainly focussed on tuberculosis (TB), sexually transmitted infections (STIs), Hospital Infection Control and Prevention and HIV/AIDS prevention clinical trials. There are 2 clinical research units which have been established in the department namely Setshaba Research Centre (SRC) for microbicide research and Medunsa Clinical Research Unit (MeCRU), which in addition to conducting other clinical trials, focuses on HIV vaccines.
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