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 Prof. Rina Swart

Position: Professor and Senior Lecturer
Department: Faculty of Community and Health Sciences
Faculty: Faculty of Community and Health
Qualifications: BSc (Hons)(Dietetics), Dipl Hospital Dietetics(Stellenbosch), MPhil (Public Health), PhD (Public Health)(Western Cape)
Tel: 021 959 2852
Fax: 021 959 2755


 Rina Swart is a registered dietitian as well as a registered nutritionist with the HPCSA. She completed a BSc (Dietetics), a Diploma in Hospital Dietetics and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Stellenbosch and holds a MPhil and PhD (2005) in Public Health from the University of the Western Cape. Her dissertation was titled “The impact of internal migration and related factors on the nutrient intake and anthropometric status of children 1-9 years in South Africa”.

Her research interests focuses on the prevention of malnutrition through nutrition programs and the evaluation of these programs with emphasis on micro-nutrients, food supplementation, and nutrition / health education and promotion.


Lombardo C, Swart R & Visser ME.  2012.  The nutritional status of patients with tuberculosis in comparison with tuberculosis-free contacts in Delft, Western Cape.  South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition 25(4):
Ighumbor E, Sanders, Puoane T, Tsolekile L, Swartz C, Purdy C, Swart R,Durao S & Hawkes C. (2012)  "Big Food," the Consumer Food Environment, Health and the Policy Response in South Africa. PLoS Medicine 9(7):e1001253
Marianne E Visser, MPhil; Michael C Stead; Gerhard Walzl; Rob Warren; Michael Schomaker; Harleen MS Grewal; Elizabeth C Swart; Gary Maartens.  (2012) Baseline Predictors of Sputum Culture Conversion in Pulmonary Tuberculosis: Importance of Cavities, Smoking, Time to Detection and W-Beijing Genotype.  PLoS ONE 7(1): e29588.
Durao S, Ehrlich R, Swart EC.  Nutritional status of children in the Western Cape. Submitted to Public Health Nutrition.  November 2011.
Chigutsa E, Visser ME, Swart EC , Denti P , Pushpakom S, Egan D, Holford NHG, Smith PJ, Maartens G, Owen A, McIlleron H.  (2011). The SLCO1B1 rs4149032 polymorphism which is common amongst Africans identifies patients who should receive increased doses of rifampicin.  Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ASM) 55(9): 4122-4127
Kruger HS, Steyn NP, Swart EC, Maunder E, Nel JH, Moeng L, Labadarios DL. (2012). Overweight among children decreased, but obesity prevalence remains high among South African women.  Public Health Nutrition 15(4), 594–599  doi:10.1017/S136898001100262X Published online October 2011
Visser ME, Grewal HMS, Swart EC, Dahnsay MA, Walzl G, Swanevelder S, Lombard C, Maartens G.  2011. Vitamin A and zinc supplementation and treatment outcome in pulmonary tuberculosis: a randomised controlled trial.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 93(1):93-100.
Ogboko B, Fisher D and Swart R. Levels of lead and cadmium in hair and saliva of school children in Ceres district, South Africa. AJFAND online 2009, 9(3):948-962.
Labadarios D, Swart R, Maunder EMW, Kruger HS, Gericke GJ, Kuzwayo PMN, Ntsie PR, Steyn NP, Schloss I, Dhansay MA, Jooste P, Dannhauser A, Nel JH, Molete D & Kotze TJvW.  2008.  Executive summary of the National Food Consumption Survey Fortification Baseline (NFCS_FB_1) South Africa, 2005.  S Afr J Clin Nutr 2008; 21(3) (Suppl):245-300.




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