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Prof. Uta Lehmann

MA, PHD (Hannover)

Professor / SOPH Director
E: ulehmann@uwc.ac.za

Uta Lehmann is a social scientist by training and has worked in public health and health personnel education for 30 years.

She joined the SOPH in 1999, and has been its director from 2009 to 2012, and again since 2017. Her interests and expertise lie in health policy and systems research, human resource development, and qualitative research. Her research projects have included a focus on understanding how  relationships, power and politics impact on how health systems function, and exploring ways to support the voice and capacity of frontline providers and community health workers. She has led capacity strengthening initiatives for human resources development with sister institutions in other African countries and with international partners. She works extensively with the WHO and is the co-ordinator of the WHO Collaborating Centre for research and training in human resources for health.

In the news


Organizational change and everyday health system resilience: Lessons from Cape Town, South Africa

This paper reports a study from Cape Town, South Africa, that tested an existing framework of everyday health system resilience (EHSR) in examining how a local health system responded to the chronic stress of large-scale organizational change.

Webinar: Universal Health Coverage in India: Critical Areas of Policy Reforms and Research for Better CHW Engagement

Oxfam Policy Management hosted a webinar on ‘Universal Health Coverage in India: Critical Areas of Policy Reforms and Research for Better CHW Engagement’ on 15 July 2021.

Publication: Beth Engelbrecht

Policy Adoption and the Implementation Woes of the Intersectoral Prioritizing people and rapid learning in times of crisis: A virtual learning initiative to support health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Publication: Ida Okeyo

Policy Adoption and the Implementation Woes of the Intersectoral First 1000 Days of Childhood Initiative, In the Western Cape Province of South Africa

Public Health Needs Leaders With Heart – Public Health Leader Juanita O. Arendse Receives Jakes Gerwel Award 2020

“South Africa’s public health system faces a number of challenges – and we need leaders to solve them, not just managers. That’s one of the lessons COVID-19 has helped drive home – and it’s one we all need to learn.”

What lessons to draw from COVID-19 in Cape Town?

As public health researchers and educators in a city currently experiencing a seemingly runaway COVID-19 epidemic, we are increasingly being approached to provide our ‘expert’ opinion on the reasons for this.

Reflections on COVID-19 from a health systems perspective: Digest 1 & 2 & 3

In order to support the COVID response across the country, we thought there might be some value in sharing some of the many, many, many blogs and short pieces that present COVID-related experiences that are less well publicized in the mainstream global media.

Statement on COVID-19

In light of the accelerating Corona/COVID-19 crisis, and the announcements made by the president on 15 March

SOPH Statement on COVID-19

In light of the accelerating Corona/COVID-19 crisis, and the announcements made by the president on 15 March

Winter School 2020 temporarily suspended

After careful consideration we have had to decide to suspend this year’s winter school programme.

Hundreds turned out to UWC’s SOPH to pay tribute to the late David Sanders

Hundreds turned out to UWC’s School of Public Health to pay tribute to the late David Sanders

Tribute to David Sanders from Uta Lehmann

Since news of David Sanders’ sudden and untimely death broke on Saturday morning the tributes, messages and condolences via emails, whatsapp, phone calls, Facebook and Twitter have not stopped pouring in.

Statement on Xenophobic attacks

We, the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape, condemn the physical and verbal attacks on our foreign sisters and brothers from Africa in the strongest possible terms.

Guide on building public health capacity through a short course professional development programme

The School of Public Health (SOPH) has been hosting continuing professional development short course programmes since its inception in 1992.

Invitation to the launch of a breastfeeding room in the SOPH, UWC

Prof Uta Lehmann, Director: School of Public Health and Prof Ernie Kunneke, HOD: Department of Dietetics and Nutrition cordially invite you to the launch of a dedicated breastfeeding room for UWC staff, students and visitors to our main campus.