Virtual tours - Research and Innovation


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Explore Research and Innovation activities in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The Faculty of Health Sciences strives to make its impact on and relevance in health indispensable.
The Faculty aims to train health practitioners, researchers and scientists through relevant and excellent teaching/learning and research, focused on:
•    ethical and social accountability;
•    transformational leadership;
•    mono-, multu and transdisciplinary collaboration; and
•    sustainable development goals


Take a virtual tour to discover the world-class facilities and research our faculty offers. 
Each tour will provide an overview of everything you need to know about the research area.

Research Centres of Excellence


The vision of the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) is to be nationally and internationally recognised for excellence in cardiovascular research. The team aims to achieve this by driving research excellence in hypertension prevention, implementing existing and new scientific knowledge through community engagement, and to have an impact on public health.


The Centre of Excellence for Nutrition’s (CEN) focus is determined by the prevailing nutritional problems in South Africa, the rest of Africa and globally.
The group’s vision is to be the leaders in developing scholars in Nutrition in Africa. Our research approach “from molecules to society” enables us to contribute on all levels of nutrition-related health outcomes.


The Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacen™) is a research entity with a clear focus: “We set the trend for cutting edge Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation”.

Research Unit


The Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) conducts multidisciplinary-, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research in an effort to offer realistic solutions to real-life health and well-being challenges.


Research Focus Area


Occupational Hygiene and Health Research Initiative (OHHRI).

OHHRI promotes worker health by preventing the development of occupational disease through promotion of workplaces that are not detrimental to the health of workers.


Community Psychosocial Research (COMPRES).

The vision of the research focus area, is to conduct scientific and evidence-based research of high quality within community psychosocial wellness in appropriate South African contexts with the aim to prevent pathology and to improve psychosocial well-being.


Quality in Nursing and Midwifery (NuMIQ) is a research focus area within the Faculty of Health Sciences of the North-West University. The focus of NuMIQ's research is placed on themes aimed at improving the quality of nursing and midwifery through research to promote excellence in teaching-learning, clinical practice, community engagement, innovation and leadership.


Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation (PhASRec).

PhASRec strives to contribute, through appropriate research and community engagement, to a more physically active, healthy and winning nation.

Research Niche Area


The Medicine Usage in South Africa (MUSA) aims to improve the appropriate use of medication in Southern Africa through high-quality research and postgraduate training.

Lifestyle Diseases

Lifestyle Diseases Research is aimed at the prevention and reduction of impairments, disability and premature death from chronic non-communicable conditions, mental disorders and violence through community centred and Inter-professional care approaches, and psychosocial interventions.


Implementation of Expertise


The DSI/NWU Preclinical Drug Development Platform (PCDDP) functions as a preclinical testing platform for local and international research institutions and companies involved in development of pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, and phytomedicines. The PCDDP therefore conducts preclinical research for industry and academia.


The Centre for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Services (CPBS)
is service-orientated and seeks to address the pharmaceutical and biomedical needs of national and international communities.



The Centre for Human Health Performance (CHHP) is a team of multidisciplinary experts in health and human performance. At their core is their ability to take their leading scientific expertise and apply it with excellence to all their diverse services, clients and students in the fields of Psychology and Wellbing, Biokinetics and Sport Science.



Centre for Health Professions Education (CHPE) promotes innovative and quality teaching and learning in the Faculty of Health Sciences.