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Lifestyle diseases are the biggest killers of modern man. The main causes of human mortality are respiratory disease, diarrhoea, cardiovascular disease, cancer and infectious diseases relating to reproduction. The impact of westernization, urbanization and the mass media have drastically changed the lifestyles of the African people with sometimes devastating results on their health. Science has always played a prominent role in the elucidation of the underlying biological mechanisms involved in disease.

The theme of health and life style has been successfully woven into the fabric of the undergraduate Medical Bioscience programme. This programme strives to address the important role which basic science and research plays in the promotion andunderstanding of health and quality of life. The postgraduate Medical BioScience Programme continues this theme by addressing questions, via the methodology of science,concerning the underlying biological mechanisms contributing to issues of lifestyle and health.

This programme is unique in that it combines the expertise of the Physiologist, Anatomist and Medical Microbiologist to explore the scientific basis of the mechanisms contributing to disease and health. Currently, no other South African institution, tertiary or other, is known to offer a similar programme.

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