Staff Profiles

Dr. Patience N. Erick

Patience Erick

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Public Health

Environmental Health

Senior Lecturer

Location: Block 246 Office A208
Phone: +267 355 5401
Email Dr. Patience N. Erick

PhD (Environmental & Occupational Health) - University of Newcastle, Australia

Master of Science (Occupational Health) - University of Birmingham, UK

Baccalaureus Technologiae (Environmental Health) - Nelson Mandela University, RSA

National Diploma (Environmental Health) - Nelson Mandela, RSA

Patience Erick is an Occupational Health and Safety Lecturer with more than 10 years of teaching experience in UB. Dr Erick is currently substantive Head of the Department of Environmental Health and Acting Head of School of Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Patience serves in a number of committees in UB and outside UB and is a member of a number of professional bodies/associations.  She possess excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills and the ability to develop and maintain mutually beneficial internal and external relationships and recently collaborated with colleagues from different faculties and submitted an EDCTP Grant Application as a Co-Principal Investigator. She enjoys being part of, as well as leading, motivating and training, a successful and productive team, and also thrives in a challenging working environments.

Occupational Hygiene, Health & Safety

Issues of Occupational Health Nursing

Environmental Health Seminars

Research Project in Environmental Health

Musculoskeletal disorders 

Post traumatic stress disorder 

Children's environmental health 

Masters Degree

Veronicah Matlhale (2019). Workplace violence: Experiences of nurses at a psychiatric mental hospital in Botswana

Boingotlo Hlabano (2019). Secondary traumatic stress among emergency care nurses in referral hospitals in Botswana.

Keatlaretse Alinah Chijoro (2019). Assessment of Psychosocial Hazards among Health care workers in Mental Health Hospitals: A Case of SPH

Erick, P. (2020). Botswana: country report on children’s environmental health. 35(1), 9. DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2019-0092

Mbongwe, B., Moinami, J., Masupe, T., Tapera, R., Molefe, T., Erick, P., . . . Massele, A. (2020). Nature and sources of poisoning in patients admitted to a referral hospital in Gaborone, Botswana; findings and implications. Hospital Practice, 1-8.

Erick, P. N., Ditsala, U., Tapera, R., & Mbongwe, B. (2019). Self-Reported Fatigue among construction workers in Gaborone, Botswana. African Journal of Environmental Health Sciences, 6(Nov), 85-97.

Mbongwe, B., Mphahudi, P., Tapera, R., & Erick, P. (2018). The prevalence of oral conditions and tobacco use among dental patients at princess Marina Mental Clinic, Botswana. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 16(1). DOI:

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