The Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences was created in 2013. It coordinates the School’s teaching and research capacity in the social and behavioural sciences. This is a disciplinary area that is increasingly recognised as a critical element in fulfilling public health’s broader mission within the School, the Faculty, and by the public health community at large.
The social and behavioural sciences are critical components of any holistic approach to public health research, teaching and training, as well as community engagement and knowledge dissemination. For research, the social science perspective can offer insight into the “why” questions in public heath. Teaching and training in the social sciences offers students and professionals a diverse range of skills that can be applied in varied contexts. The social sciences also provide well-established methods for engaging with communities and disseminating research findings that help to communicate the meaning of public health issues and concepts for people within their contexts.
The primary goal of the Division is to strengthen and coordinate the social and behavioural science research and teaching in the School. The role of the social and behavioural sciences in the field of public health is increasingly valued as part of a complex, people-centered approach to tackling the multifaceted challenges in public health.
To learn more about the work we do, please look at our Welcome Booklet which outlines our research projects, our core teaching areas as well as introduces you to our team.
School of Public Health and Family Medicine
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town