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The Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health (ASELPH) strengthens the impact of future health education in South Africa






South African faculty members from UP and UFH work closely with their counterparts from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, USA.  This collaboration ensures that the academic content of the ASELPH programme is world-class and relevant to the South African context.  

Since inception the ASELPH programme has helped to build teaching and research capacity, adopted new pedagogical approaches for adult learning and developed an e-learning infrastructure to support executive education. 

ASELPH faculty members include:

  • Prof Eric Buch, University of Pretoria – Prof Eric Buch has held various senior academic positions including Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pretoria.  He was formerly Health Adviser for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, DDG for Health Care in Gauteng, served as General Secretary of the National Progressive Primary Health Care Network and co-founded the Wits Rural Health Services Development Unit.
  • Prof Stephen Hendricks, University of Pretoria – Prof Stephen Hendricks is the Programme Manager for ASELPH at the University of Pretoria.  His experience includes serving as a Professor of Public Health at the Medical University of South Africa (MEDUNSA), Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Human Resources in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Department of Health and Acting Director General for the South African Management Development Institute (SAMDI).  
  • Dr Leena Thomas, University of Pretoria – Dr Leena Thomas is a Principal Specialist in Public Health Medicine in Gauteng.  She has over 20 years of experience and holds a doctorate in Public Health Medicine and a diploma in Occupational Health.  Dr Thomas is directly involved in the re-engineering of primary health care and sits on a ministerial task team working on reviewing health science training and tertiary services in South Africa.
  • Prof Noddy Jinabhai, University of Fort Hare – Prof Noddy Jinabhai has spent over 30 years as an academic, researcher and public health specialist at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. He is an expert in public health policy, systems development, management and leadership. As an academic he has been awarded life membership of the College of Public Health Medicine of the College of Medicine in South Africa.
  • Dr Thomas Bossert, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – Dr Tom Bossert is a senior lecturer in Global Health Policy and director of the International Health Systems Program of the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.  He has worked around the world for organisations including USAID, DfID, the World Bank, WHO and the Inter-American Development Bank. His specialities include health reform, decentralisation, social capital, policy analysis and organisational and institutional analysis.
  • Prof Eunice Seekoe, University of Fort Hare – Prof Eunice Seekoe is the Head of the School of Health Sciences as the University of Fort Hare.  She has held various management positions in public health, has been the recipient of scholarship awards from the Human Sciences Research Council, the National Research Foundation and the Medical Research Council and has collaborated with over five international universities.  Her specialities include mentoring for sustainable rural public health and evaluation of health policies and health facilities.
  • Prof Daniel Goon, University of Fort Hare – Prof Daniel Goon is a profile researcher with extensive experience in epidemiology, kinathoropometry and health-related fitness testing and exercise.  He has published more than 100 articles in national and international journals and has over 10 years of teaching and research.