Welcome to the School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences
In the past, Physiology had its own department, and Home Economics (Consumer Sciences) had its own department together with Dietetics (Nutrition). In November 1998 the two departments were merged to form the School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences.
A number of undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes were compiled on the basis of identified needs in society in order to give students the best career opportunities:
Physiology: For a BSc degree, Physiology can be taken as major together with another major (e.g. Biochemistry, Nutrition or Zoology) with a view to careers in the fields of health and the environment. Students can specialise in Cardiovascular Physiology or in Occupational Hygiene up to PhD level.
Nutrition: Two professional BSc degrees, namely in Dietetics as well as the new Nutrition programme, are presented. There is also a general BSc programme with Nutrition combined with subjects like Psychology, Physiology and Human Movement Science. Postgraduate qualifications in Nutrition and Dietetics can be obtained up to PhD level.
Consumer Sciences: On undergraduate level a three-year BSc degree in Consumer Sciences can be obtained, and it can be followed with postgraduate studies up to PhD level.
Physiology: The focus area Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) is a young but dynamic group specialising in Cardiovascular Physiology, and has already gained wide recognition. Occupational hygiene forms a part of the Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR), which trains people who study working conditions in the industry in order to improve the health and productivity of the worker.
Nutrition: The Centre of Excellence for Nutrition (CEN) exists in the subject group Nutrition. It is a very dynamic and successful research group and receives wide international recognition in many areas in the research on nutrition.
Consumer Sciences: The subject group also forms part of AUTHeR, and specialises in consumer behaviour with the aim of educating the South African consumer to make optimum buying choices.