Community Health



The Department of Community Health plays a vital role providing consultation services to health professionals, Departments of Health and various organisations.

The main Department of Community Health is based at MEDUNSA with a satellite department, established in 1996, situated at the Polokwane / Mankweng campus in Polokwane, Limpopo Province.

The two departments and campuses closely co-operate in the delivery of services, teaching and research.


Detail of courses:
The primary core function of the Department of Community Health, is the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate medical students in the discipline of public health medicine. 

It also provides service to Dr George Mukhari hospital and the Province of Gauteng.  It conducts research in health related conditions and systems for health care delivery.
1.         Undergraduate Programme

The medical undergraduate curriculum in Community Health is part of the MBChB course.  Public health is a central theme in the undergraduate curriculum from the first year of study. The curriculum is continuously revised and updated to comply with the requirements of the South African National Qualifications Framework. Practical exposure to public health issues is gained through the Community Based Service Learning program of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The Curriculum covers the following fields:

  • Epidemiologic theory, biostatistics and health demography
  • Systematic epidemiology and control of health associated conditions
  • Health legislation
  • Occupational and environmental health
  • Public health administration
  • Management of comprehensive health services

2.         Master of Medicine in Community Health (MMED)
The MMed course provides training leading to registration as a specialist in Public Health Medicine.  The registrars have an option of writing the MMed examination THE University of Limpopo or the examination for admission to the Fellowship of the College of Public Health Medicine of South Africa [ FCPHM(SA)]. 

Registrar training consists of tutorials and seminars on academic days covering a wide range of topics in the syllabus.  Practical experience is gained via rotations in various health care sectors.


Rautenbach PGD:      Professor and Head
Petzer MEP:               Administrative Officer

Contact Details:
Department of Community Health, University of Limpopo, Medunsa Campus, P O Box 131, Medunsa, South Africa, 0204

Tel:   +27 (0)12 521-4257
         +27 (0)12 521-4350

Fax:  +27 (0)12 521-4399