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Research Themes

Research Themes

Seven research thematic areas have been identified for further expansion and consolidation in the FMHS. These are supported by the work a number of world-class researchers in a variety of departments, divisions, centres and units across the Faculty. The research themes are:

  • Infectious Diseases, especially TB and HIV/AIDS
  • Reproductive Health
  • Mental Health, especially psychiatric disorders
  • Non-Communicable Diseases, especially diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease
  • Public Health, especially health systems and evidence-based health care
  • Genetics
  • Injury, Trauma and Rehabilitation


Alignment of FMHS Main Research Themes with Government Health Strategies

The FMHS research themes fits into the priorities of the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) and the 12 Outcomes of the Government of South Africa, and specifically the outcome entitled "A long and healthy life for all South Africans".

 The priorities aim to address the quadruple burden of disease, the four groups of conditions that contribute most to morbidity and mortality in South Africa, namely:​

  • HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Maternal and child health
  • Non-communicable diseases (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases)
  • Violence, injuries and trauma