Working to Advance Health Equity in Africa


Developing African academics to approach health challenges in Africa

The aim of our PhD programme is to produce expertly qualified graduates to advise or to be part of influential policy-making or programme implementing entities in Africa.

Students work in an interdisciplinary environment where real issues, rather than the nuances of debates within specific academic disciplines, take priority in the formation and execution of research questions and strategies. They focus their research on practical challenges, facing a range of different governments and publicly oriented agencies. In addition to developing their academic expertise, students learn how to communicate their findings and analysis effectively so as to have real impact on governments.

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PhD Students Present Research to International Audience in Sweden

Four doctoral students at recently participated in an intensive programme of workshops and seminars on qualitative research methods at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg (UG) in Sweden.

The trip was made possible through a bilateral National Research Foundation-STINT capacity-building research grant involving HEARD, University of KwaZulu-Natal and UG. The collaboration supports programmatic research and development activities, including student and staff exchanges, aimed at the implementation of joint research projects focussed on health systems and HIV research in Eastern and Southern Africa. Read more >