Welcome Message from the CRH Director

Professor Inge Petersen

Welcome to the Centre for Rural Health (CRH). We are based within the School of Nursing and Public Health in the College of Health Sciences.

Building on a strong foundation to develop and improve healthcare in rural communities, the CRH strives to be a Centre of Excellence to improve the health and well-being of people living in all under-served areas. To this end the CRH engages in interdisciplinary implementation science research in collaboration with strategic partners to strengthen health systems and services in South Africa within the framework of learning health systems.

Our focus areas include:

  • Health systems strengthening:
    Focusing on innovation and service delivery improvement within resource constraints and extending to improving governance, participation and universal access.
  • Human Resources for Health (HRH):
    Focusing on pre-service health professions education and in-service workforce preparedness, including the necessary organizational support and human resource management to meet the needs of the under-served, and changing demands placed on the health care system by the changing disease profile towards chronic care.
  • Health and social justice:
    Extending the focus to social determinants of health such as poverty, hunger and food security, illiteracy, social equity and development, migration and eco-health.


To be at the forefront of innovative knowledge production and human capital development that promotes learning health systems in resource-scarce contexts.

Health systems strengthening

Human Resources for Health

Health and
social justice

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