Faculty of Health Sciences
The faculty aims to cultivate in our student’s expertise as well as sensitivity, intelligence and an ability to think freely beyond their areas of study within the medical field.
The faculty seeks to pursue the following objectives:
- Exceptional reputation for training and developing the world’s finest competitive, knowledgeable and competent health sciences professionals including nursing sciences, medical laboratory sciences, pharmacy, radiography and other programme areas that may from time to time be deemed necessary on need
- To actively provide an informational, educational and consultative resource for the whole community
- High moral and ethical, open-minded with a positive attitude, responsible, highly motivated, self-confident, disciplined and independent.
- Value the community and the environment as well as sensitive to the dynamic disease patterns of ESwatini, the region and the globe.
- Ability to conduct meaningful research in respective thematic areas, that will improve diagnostic, management and curative aspects within the health sector
- Foster skills in critical thinking, creativity and innovativeness.
The Faculty of Health Sciences at the Eswatini Medical Christian University (EMCU) is recognized nationally and internationally as outstanding in terms of its education of health professionals, its research and clinical practice. It thrives to leave a footprint internationally for its quality, relevance and impact, as well as for creating knowledge, developing professionals who will make a difference in the health sector. It continues to exemplify and build on EMCU’s vision of achieving academic excellence through a vigorously taught curriculum and being a leading research-intensive university focused on the development of the competent workforce, essential for the health of all Swatis, the region and beyond. The faculty is a leading contributor in the provision of high-quality graduates in a number of the health sciences domains, allowing registration with the ESwatini Medical and Dental Council (EMDC) and ESwatini Nursing Council (ENC)
At its inception in 2013, the University was founded to produce best-trained professionals and experts in the field of Medicine and Health Sciences and Information Communications and Technology. Currently, the Faculty is home to 485 (60.8% of the total enrolment) undergraduates undertaking four (4) year degree programmes in the field of Nursing Science, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Pharmacy and Radiography. Out of these, 10 (1.3%) come from countries including Bangladesh, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The establishment of a medical school is at an advanced stage.
The Bachelor of Nursing Science focuses on medical and surgical nursing, midwifery and community health. Graduates who possess a Medical Laboratory Sciences degree to acquire the following majors; medical microbiology, clinical pathology, haematology, histopathology, blood transfusion and immunology and medical genetics as integrated key competencies. Radiographic techniques, radiation science, human anatomy and physiology and radiographic pathology majors are covered in great depth in the department of Radiography. Pharmacy majors include pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacy practice, pharmacognosy and pharmaceutical chemistry.
The faculty is playing an active role in meaningful partnerships between local Universities and universities in the region and beyond on areas of staff-student exchange programmes, practical placements and for the moderation of examination scripts. Experiential training is conducted in partnership with the ESwatini Ministry of Health where we enjoy placing our undergraduates in public and private hospital facilities around ESwatini on a rotational basis. We have an existing memorandum of understanding with Chungnam National University Hospital, South Korea where annually we place excelling Nursing students for practicums. The cohort for this year will depart on the 28th June 2019 for a period of six (6) weeks. Three Students from the department of pharmacy had an opportunity to be attached at Cadila Pharmaceuticals in the Republic of India, Gujarat State in 2016 for a period of four weeks.
Construction of additional new lecture halls and laboratories commenced in 2016. This improved the learning environment on campus. A total of 8 laboratories has been dedicated to the faculty; nursing science (one laboratory), medical laboratory sciences (two laboratories), pharmacy (three laboratories) and radiography (two laboratories) is in place. This greatly reduced congestion on the workstation for students during practicals. Purchasing of protective clothing, reagents and consumables has helped ascertain quality conduction of practicals in the laboratories.
The Faculty’s research output has grown, in response to the needs in accordance with the National Health research agenda for research that is relevant to the improvement of health and health care of ESwatini, Africa and globally. Some of the recent breaking studies have been conducted in the Faculty of Health Sciences included a retrospective assessment of drug prescription and usage pattern among pregnant women under antenatal care in Swaziland, the assessment of pharmaceutical equivalence and in vitro bioequivalence of four brands of commercially available nifedipine tablets in Swaziland and medical laboratory molecular methods for imatinib therapy evaluation in chronic myeloid leukaemia patients and other patients with variants chronic myeloid leukemia. The staff in the faculty has presented their research work locally and in the region. Ten students were selected to participate in the 2017 Eswatini National Health research conference, held at Ezulwini, in the Kingdom of Eswatini. A pharmacy student obtained the overall best oral presentation award for his research work entitled Quality Assessment of Nifedipine tablets obtained from the Central Medical Stores in Swaziland. There is a growing demand for partnering with industries and some non-governmental organisations especially in the development of human resources and various aspects of emerging methods of diagnosis and health research.
The teaching, learning and research responsibilities of the Faculty are complemented by bringing in highly competent staff across our programmes. It is indeed a privilege to have engaged so many top Scientists (Professionals) on course content development and review, lecturing and research who are committed to providing quality education to the next generation of professionals, especially when the lure of private practice and international opportunities are so strong.
By choosing to study health sciences at EMCU, you will receive a quality education and excellence, while also undertaking relevant research that aims to make a difference in the medical field, both locally and globally.
Patrick Mlungisi Msibi
Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences