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 Prof. Josè Frantz

Position: Vice-Chancellor - Research and Innovation
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Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD(PT) (Western Cape)
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Biography

 Prof J Frantz has been appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research and Innovation as from 1 April 2017.


Professor José Frantz joined the University of the Western Cape in 1996 as a lecturer and is currently Professor in the Department of Physiotherapy. She obtained her doctoral degree in 2005 from the Department of Physiotherapy, University of the Western Cape and, at the time, was the first black female researcher to obtain a PhD from this department. Frantz headed the department for 3 years and is currently the Deputy Dean of Research in the Facuty of Community and Health Sciences.

Frantz’s research focus is in the area of prevention of chronic diseases of lifestyle in young people through appropriate health education. Her PhD focused on this area by identifying the causes of physical inactivity in young people and the risk factors present in a specific cohort of young people in the Western Cape. Currently, she is involved in implementing and evaluating the effects of a health education programme relating to risk factors for chronic diseases of lifestyle in schools in the Western Cape as part of the Life Orientation curriculum. Her teaching focuses on postgraduate research methods and evidence based practice. . Frantz is currently the editor of the South African Journal of Physiotherapy,  the Journal of Community and Health Sciences and co-editor for the African Journal of Health Professions Education. She is also a C-rated NRF researcher.

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