Established at the University of the Free State (UFS) in 1993, the Centre for Health Systems Research and Development (CHSR&D) stems from a rich tradition of research and training in medical sociology and sociology of health.

We generate and disseminate scientific knowledge on health and health systems—including policies, strategies, practices, and priority programmes—and use this knowledge to promote health systems strengthening.

We also develop capacity for health systems analysis and strengthening via implementation science and postgraduate research training.

Our work is led by a multidisciplinary approach to research design and implementation. We have proven expertise in a range of key methodological approaches: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods.

Our main focus areas are:

  • Studies of public health systems, policies, strategies and operational functioning
  • Human resources for health and occupational health
  • Health communication
  • Priority programmes:
    • Tuberculosis (TB)
    • HIV and AIDS
    • COVID-19
    • TB-HIV-COVID-19 co-epidemic
    • Sexual and reproductive health


Bridget Smit
T: +27 51 401 2993


T: +27 51 401 2240 or

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Neliswa Emeni-Tientcheu: +27 51 401 2536
Phyllis Masilo: +27 51 401 9683

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