University of Namibia : School of Nursing and Public Health

University of Namibia : School of Nursing and Public Health


In November 1985 the university component of the then Academy of South West Africa was officially designated an autonomous university.

The new university did not have a department of nursing science with which the Windhoek and Oshakati Nursing Colleges could be associated. It was consequently resolved to establish a Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences in the university and this faculty assumed responsibility for the professional training of nurses and midwives, both in Windhoek and at Oshakati after 01 January 1986.

The School of Nursing and Public Health had several name changes over a period of years since its foundation in 1986. The first change was when the new University Act (No. 18 1992) was passed and the University of Namibia came into being on the 1st of September 1992. During this time the School of Nursing and Public Health was known as the Department of Nursing, and only become known as School of Nursing and Public Health in 2010.

The School of Nursing and Public Health currently provides undergraduate (preregistration) courses in nursing at the Windhoek and Oshakati campuses. An undergraduate (preregistration) course in diagnostic radiography is also presented at the Windhoek campus. In addition, post graduate courses are provided in nursing and Public Health, but only at the Windhoek campus.


Put quite simply, it’s the best! At UNAM we have qualified and competent health professionals and educators who teach our students. UNAM nursing and radiography degrees are highly regarded in the region. Studying health professions at UNAM is a significant investment you can make for your future.

In the UNAM School of Nursing and Public Health, we care about our students. We use well-formulated and extensive academic curricula. Progress of students is closely monitored, and they can approach their lecturers for advice at any time.

5 Good Reasons to study nursing at UNAM:

  • UNAM students are exposed to cutting edge nursing science and radiography from the best health professionals in the country
  • Excellent research and teaching go hand in hand
  • UNAM offers a wide range of carefully planned study options
  • UNAM degrees are internationally recognized

UNAM offers a wide choice of exciting curricula namely:

  • Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Radiography (Diagnostic) (Honours)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Pharmacotherapy
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Midwifery Science
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Critical Care
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing (Trauma)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Operating Room Nursing
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Instruction
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion, Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment

Your future

New medical developments are constantly occurring at breakneck speed. Competencies and their demands shift rapidly with these changes and so do the job markets. Many new experiences and knowledge will be gained during the course of your working life. Hence it is very important that when you embark on your tertiary education, you choose a course of study which will:

  • Nurture your own talents and interests
  • Build intellect, critical skills and problem-solving ability
  • Equip you with a broad range of skills

Only such a foundation will equip you with skills for life, and flexibility to continue to grow, to learn and to adapt to the certain changes in the health facilities. We have designed the health science programmes at UNAM with this in mind.


Health professions are more than just about knowing a whole range of facts – health training will give you:

  • The ability to think systematically
  • The skill to ask the right questions
  • The ability to solve a wide range of problems
  • The ability to make decisions based on critical evaluation of evidence
  • Good computer skills
  • Effective communication
  • Critical thinking skills

The result? A multi-skilled health professional-graduate equipped to face the future!

From civilian clothing to nurse’s/radiographer’s uniform (and everything in between)

A health science degree opens up a whole range of exciting career possibilities. Not all nurses or radiographers end up working in hospitals and clinics, although that is where some of the most exciting and health care takes place. You will find nurses and radiographers in classrooms, working in mines, airports, government, NGOs and in the private sector, in management positions or working as consultants, strategic planning… the list continues!

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