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About the School

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.

The School admits a total of 47 students annually into its undergraduate programmes, accomodating 32 dental students for the Bachelor of Dental Science undergraduate degree and 15 students for the Bachelor of Oral Health Science programme.

Undergraduate teaching is carried out at the Wits Oral Health Centre which houses a Dental Graduate Auditorium, a multi-purpose skills laboratory, a prosthodontic laboratory, an in-house dental laboratory, a fully equipped radiology department 60 undergraduate dental chairs and 20 postgraduate consultation rooms. The Bachelor of Dental Science programme commences with Anatomy and Physiology in the first year among the Operative and Prosthodontic preclinical techniques courses. Students are introduced into the clinics in the third year of study when patient treatment is performed under close supervision. Learning takes place at student ratios of 1:5 to afford students the opportunity to gain maximum exposure to the supervisors who guide and assist them as they hone their skills to become skilled clinicians.

Community Engagement

The Community Oral Health Outreach Program (COHOP) continues to represent Wits University by providing oral health services, teaching, and research amongst the Johannesburg Metro population. The dental services offered by COHOP are in line with the Primary Oral Health Care Package endorsed by the World Health Organisation and the Gauteng Department of Health.

The services and activities are extended to deprived, underserved communities within the inner-city areas. The program utilises two Mobile Dental trucks that cover Early Developmental Centres, Special Needs Schools, Primary Schools, HIV/AIDS institutions and government subsidised retirement villages. Successful planning and implementation of programmes have been due to combined efforts of the Registrars, Dental Therapists, and Oral Hygienists in the School. COHOP makes an invaluable contribution towards making oral health care accessible to many underserved and needy members of our population.

Co-ordinator: Dr Mpho Molete

Tel: (011)717-2630
Email: Mpho.Molete@wits.ac.za

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