Four pillars

The Faculty of Health Sciences renders a quality healthcare service to the diverse health care needs in South Africa, taking into consideration the four pillars of:

  • teaching and learning
  • research
  • community service
  • service delivery 

Focus of teaching and training

Participation in various professional and national organizations as well as the faculty's contribution to research has shifted the focus of teaching and training from a purely professional base to a combined effort between:

  • profession and
  • education

Jan Toerien Museum

The sixth South African medical school opened its doors on 6 June 1969 at the University of the Free State (UFS), Bloemfontein, South Africa. Prof Jan Toerien was appointed as the first head of the Department of Anatomy in 1971. In 1977 the Anatomy museum was named after him and is known today as the Jan Toerien Museum.

The museum boasts an array of embalmed specimens, osteology material and plastinated specimens for the use as study aids for students and faculty. Plastination of specimens is a relatively new and unique teaching aid that has the durability of anatomical models and exhibits accurate anatomical structures whilst also showing the variation found in all biological specimens. The following field-specific training in Anatomy and Cell Morphology is currently offered: 
applied and comparative anatomy, biological anthropology, embryology and

Inauguration of the nursing academic and research space

Nars2bThe School of Nursing was privileged to add an academic and research space with a distinctive design to its existing facilities at Benediktus Kok building, University of the Free State.

The facility, designed by Mr Sandy Stevenson (architect) and constructed under close supervision by Mr Natie Botes, was inaugurated on the 27th October 2014.

The School of Nursing’s aim was to provide academic staff and students in the School and the Faculty of Health Sciences, with a facility that could easily be converted to suit innovative teaching and learning strategies and the numerous academic and research activities.

The School of Nursing would like to acknowledge Prof Nicky Morgan (Vice Rector: Operations), Ms Maureen Khati and Mr Nico Jansen van Rensburg (Physical Planning), for supporting this venture.

Bio + Kinetics = Life + Movement = Life Through Movement

PilatesThe Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences have launched their new undergraduate programme in Biokinetics. 

A professional degree in Biokinetics has been approved and applications for the degree B Biokenetics are now open.

Students provide key nutrition services

Fourth-year students from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics visited Phase 7 as part of their community nutrition module. Students provide key nutrition services in these areas in order to promote the nutritional status and health of targeted community members.


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