Feb 2014 – present

of the


Distinguished Professor
of Public Health
& Medical Anthropology,
School of Public Health


University of the Witwatersrand (WITS)

– Est. 1896 as South African School of Mines
– Located in Johannesburg
– 30,000 students

School of Public Health

– One of seven schools in the Faculty of Health Sciences
– Multidisciplinary research and teaching programs
– Strengths in epidemiology and biostatistics, health policy and health systems research, demography and population research, social sciences and behavioural change communication.


Lenore took up an appointment at Wits in February 2014, and plays a primary role in supporting and mentoring postdoctoral research fellows, and in supervising PhD and Masters students. In her research she is especially interesting in the complex health problems facing South Africa and the region. She and a number of postdoctoral fellows are working on Technologies of Equity, Access and Health Outcomes, using a broad definition of technology to explore decisions around health and medical care, public health interventions, the structure of health services, diagnosis and care, and the implications of this in relation to social justice. Her current research project in Johannesburg concerns antimicrobial resistance, prescribing practices, and antibiotic use.

Lenore was Hillel Friedland Senior Fellow at Wits in 2008. During the fellowship, she collaborated with Wits colleagues to develop a PhD program within the school, and concurrently, to develop CARTA (Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa). Lenore continues to be actively involved in CARTA, and in supporting the supervisory and research skills of academics throughout Africa.

Master of Arts

Since 2015 Lenore has been teaching a course entitled Medical Anthropology in a Global World. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted in South Africa, other countries and elsewhere, we explore and analyse health, healing, and illness in relation to inequality and structural vulnerability, biosociality and identity, agency and power.


This research-enmeshed celebration of water, from 10-21 September 2018, included a 10-day interactive display of art installations, engineering and scientific displays, seminars and discussions, highlighting water on the continental divide.