UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

Oral Health Sciences

Our History

The Faculty of Dentistry was formed in 1926 out of the Faculty of Medicine. From January 1, 1997 the two faculties were amalgamated once more as the Faculty of Health Sciences. The old dental faculty is now the School of Oral Health Science, an equal partner with the other schools in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The School of Oral Health Sciences resides within the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and is a joint member of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Gauteng Department of Health. Being one of few oral health training institutes in South Africa, the school prides itself in graduating world class dental professionals every year

Our Mission

The Wits Oral Health Centre endeavours to promote oral health through South Africa’s diverse population by training undergraduate dentists and oral hygienists as well as post graduate dental specialists.  The centre offers affordable health care to all individuals at any age. Dental care is provided by our undergraduate students who are under the close supervision of our experienced faculty members. The Postgraduate programs allow patients the opportunity of acquiring specialist care, including advanced oral rehabilitative procedure such as facial reconstruction, etc.

The school strives to be at the forefront of cutting edge research aimed at improving behavioral and clinical oral health through research programs at both undergraduate level as well as postgraduate and faculty levels.

Objectives of the school include identifying prospective oral health individuals from our diverse population, equipping these individuals with the highest standards of teaching; incorporating knowledge, technology and skills; to ensure graduate competence. A clear vision of the school is to inculcate core values in every graduating individual which gives them a strong purpose to respect all individuals, aim for excellence, serve the community and continue the pursuit of knowledge.