Prof Michelle Engelbrecht
Associate Professor
Centre for Health Systems Research and Development
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Short CV

Michelle Engelbrecht joined the Centre for Health Systems Research &Development as a junior researcher in 1997. She completed her PhD (Interdisciplinary: Sociology and Psychology) in 2005 and was promoted to senior researcher in 2008. In 2015, she was promoted to Deputy Director of the Centre. In December 2017 she was awarded C3 NRF rating.

She has a keen interest in health systems research focusing on TB and HIVAIDS with emphasis on the social/psychosocial aspects of these diseases as they affect both patients and healthcare workers, as well as the responses of communities and government to this co-epidemic.

She has participate in more than 40 research projects across South Africa and has taken a leading role in several of these projects.  Most noteworthy is a randomised control trial (RCT) aimed at developing and testing an intervention to reduce HIV- and TB-stigma among healthcare workers (in collaboration with the University of Antwerp). Michelle was also the South African co-ordinator for a series of projects undertaken together with researchers from the University of British Columbia (Canada), which were related to the occupational health of healthcare workers with a specific focus on TB and HIV.

While her main focus is on research, she is also involved in postgraduate mentoring and supervision – focusing on social aspects of HIV/AIDS and HIV-TB.

Publications (Short List)

Zinatsa F, Engelbrecht M, Janse van Rensburg A, Kigozi G. 2018. Voices from the frontline: barriers and strategies to improve tuberculosis infection control in primary health care facilities in South Africa. BMC Health Services Research, 18:269.

Janse van Rensburg A, Petersen I, Wouters E, Engelbrecht M, Kigozi G, Fourie P, van Rensburg D, Bracke P. 2018. State and non-state mental health service collaboration in a South African district: a mixed methods study.  Health Policy and Planning, 1–12 doi: 10.1093/heapol/czy017.

Kigozi G, Engelbrecht M, Heunis C & Janse van Rensburg A. 2018. Household contact non-attendance of clinical evaluation for tuberculosis: a pilot study in a high burden district in South Africa. BMC Infectious Diseases, 18:106.

Engelbrecht MC, Kigozi G, Janse van Rensburg AP & Van Rensburg HCJ. 2018. Tuberculosis infection control practices in a high-burden metro in South Africa: A perpetual bane for efficient primary health care service delivery. African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine, 10(1) a1628. DOI: 10.4102/phcfm.vl10il.1628.

Masquillier C, Wouters E, Sommerland N, Rau A, Engelbrecht M, Kigozi G & Janse van Rensburg A. 2018. Fighting stigma, promoting care: a study on the use of occupationally-based HIV services in the Free State Province of South Africa, AIDS Care, DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2018.1468010

Kigozi NG, Heunis JC, Engelbrecht C, Janse van Rensburg AP, van Rensburg HCJ. 2017.Tuberculosis knowledge, attitudes and practices of patients at primary health care facilities in a South African metropolitan: research towards improved health education. BMC Public Health, 17:795.

Sommerland N, Wouters E, Masquillier C, Engelbrecht M, Kigozi G, Uebel K, Janse van Rensburg A, Rau A. 2017. Stigma as a barrier to the use of occupational health units for tuberculosis services in South Africa. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 21 (Supplement 1): S75-S80(6). DOI:

Wouters E, Masquillier C, Sommerland N, Engelbrecht M, Van Rensburg AJ, Kigozi G, Rau A.  2017. Measuring HIV- and TB-related stigma among health care workers in South Africa: a validation and reliability study. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 21 (11): S19-S25. DOI: 16.0749

Engelbrecht MC, Kigozi NG, Chikobvu P, Botha S, van Rensburg HCJ. 2017. Unsuccessful TB treatment outcomes with a focus on HIV co-infected cases: a cross sectional retrospective record review in a high-burdened province of South Africa. BMC Health Services Research, 17:470. DOI 10.1186/s12913-017-2406-x

Liautaud A, Adu PA, Yassi A, Zungu M, Spiegel JM, Rawat A, Bryce EA, Engelbrecht MC. 2017. Strengthening HIV and Tuberculosis Prevention Capacity among South African Healthcare Workers: A mixed methods study of a collaborative occupational health program. Safety and Health at Work, doi: 10.1016/

 O’Hara LM, Yassi A, Bryce EA, Janse van Rensburg A, Engelbrecht MC, Zungu M, Nophale LE, FitzGerald JM. 2017. Infection control and tuberculosis in health care workers: an assessment of 28 hospitals in South Africa. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 21(3): 320-326(7).


Engelbrecht MC, Janse van Rensburg A, Kigozi G, van Rensburg HCJ. 2016. Factors associated with good TB infection control practices among primary healthcare workers in the Free State Province, South Africa. BMC Infectious Diseases ,16:633. doi: 10.1186/s12879. ttps://

Wouters E, Rau A, Engelbrecht M, Uebel K, Siegel J, Masquillier C, Kigozi G, Sommerland N, Yassi A. 2016. The Development and Piloting of Parallel Scales Measuring External and Internal HIV and Tuberculosis Stigma Among Healthcare Workers in the Free State Province, South Africa. Clinical Infectious Diseases,  15(62 Suppl 3) :S244-54. doi: 10.1093/cid/civ1185. 

Janse van Rensburg AP, Engelbrecht MC, Yassi A, Nophale LE, Bryce E and Spiegel JM. 2016. Selected features of nurses’ occupational health and safety practice in three Free State provincial public hospitals. Occupational Health Southern Africa, 22(2): 8-14.

Engelbrecht MC, Yassi A, Spiegel JM, Van Rensburg AJ, O’Hara LM, Bryce EA, Nophale LE & Rau A. 2015. Tuberculosis and blood-borne infectious diseases: Workplace conditions and practices of healthcare workers at three public hospitals in the Free State. Southern African Journal of Infectious Diseases, 30(1): 23-28.

Siegel J, Yassi A, Rau A, Buxton JA, Wouters, Engelbrecht MC, Uebel K, Nophale LE. 2015. Workplace interventions to reduce HIV and TB stigma among health care workers – Where do we go from here? Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2015.1021365.

Khan R, Yassi A, Engelbrecht MC, Nophale LE, Van Rensburg AJ, Spiegel J. 2015. Barriers HIV counselling and testing uptake by health care workers in three public hospitals in Free State Province, South Africa. Aids Care. Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 27(2): 198-205 (DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2014.951308).

Yassi A, O’Hara LM, Engelbrecht MC, Uebel K, Nophale LE, Bryce EA, Buxton JA, Siegel J & Spiegel JM.  2014. Considerations and Dilemmas in Preparing a Randomized Population Health Intervention Trial: Lessons from a South African-Canadian Partnership to Improve HIV and Tuberculosis Prevention and Care for Health workers. Global Health Action 7: 23594. (

Van Rensburg HJC & Engelbrecht M. 2014. Africans, Health of. In William C. Cockerham, Robert Dingwall, and Stella Quah (eds.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Area(s) of Interest

Health systems research - Provision of information to improve the functioning of the primary health care system and ultimately improve health status, specifically for the TB (treatment and care of TB patients, TB infection control and TB information system), HIV/AIDS (treatment and care of HIV/AIDS patients, particularly in terms of antiretroviral treatment) and reproductive health care (PMTCT) programmes.

TB and HIV/AIDS integration - TB and HIV/AIDS programme-integration – particularly HIV testing of TB patients and TB-HIV/AIDS programme management.

Occupational health - The health and well-being of health care workers. In terms of the health of health workers, the focus is on improving health care workers access to HIV and TB prevention, treatment and care. The well-being of health workers focuses on psycho-social aspects of health including burnout and job satisfaction

Courses Presented

Postgraduate courses and research supervision

Master`s of Health Systems Studies



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