Professor Laetitia Rispel

Laetitia Rispel is Professor of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and holds a South African Department of Science and Technology/ National Research Foundation Research Chair, entitled Research on the Health Workforce for Equity and Quality. In January 2017, she completed her five-year term as Head (Dean) of the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Laetitia has published extensively on different aspects of health policy and the transformation of the South African health system.


Laetitia has extensive and wide-ranging experience of research, teaching, and health leadership in different settings. She serves as a board member of the Telkom Foundation, and the Tekano Institute for Health Equity, and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Public Health Policy. Professor Rispel has won several national and international awards, including the South African Shoprite/Checkers/SABC2 woman of the year award in the health category (2003); International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society (2013); Gauteng branch of the South African Medical Association award in the allied category (2013); Wits University vice-chancellor’s academic citizenship award (2014); Academy of Science of South Africa membership award (2015). In May 2016, she was elected as vice-president/ president elect of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, the first African woman in the 50 year history of the organisation to achieve this honour