Research @ AUTHeR 

The Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) conducts multidisciplinary-, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research to offer realistic solutions to real-life health and wellbeing challenges. Researchers are empowered to draw upon the concepts and methods of other disciplines to create new solutions to complex health issues. Although positioned within the Faculty of Health Sciences, AUTHeR functions across disciplinary boundaries and is an ideal research environment when complex research problems cannot be solved within one discipline only. In addition, AUTHeR is known for community-based participatory action research, community engagement, integration, and a holistic research approach.

Research in AUTHeR has a multi-dimensional real-life impact on society. AUTHeR’s research focuses on health promotion, wellbeing activation, and sustainable community engagement and development. These areas are synchronised with the strategic priorities of the broader South African health arena. All the programmes and projects delivered through AUTHeR are mapped according to 5 dimensions of holistic health (physical health; psychosocial wellbeing; consumer interest and wellbeing; ethics; and environmental and economic factors).