Dr Stephen Knight

Dr Stephen Knight


Dr Stephen Knight



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 Howard College

Research Interests

 Infectious Disease control and epidemiology


Senior Lecturer and Principal Specialist in Public Health Medicine 


Dr Stephen Knight is a Public Health Medicine Physician and Senior lecturer, in the Discipline of Public Health Medicine, School of Nursing in Public Health, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal. After graduating from the University of Witwatersrand (BSc (Med); MB,BCh 1976) he worked for 10 years as a clinician and hospital manager in a rural settings in KwaZulu-Natal (Charles Johnson Hospital, Nqutu & Bethesda Hospital, Ubombo), during which time he completed diplomas in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Public Health and Primary Healthcare Education at Wits.  His specialist training as a public health medicine physician (FCPHM (SA) 1993) was completed in Durban after which he was appointed as the Medical Director, Amatikulu Primary Health Training Centre, Nyoni and Public Health Medicine Physician, Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital, Durban. He was seconded to the medical school in 1998 to develop the Master of Public Health programme and became a senior lecturer in the department in 2003.

His academic interests include epidemiology and infectious disease control, climate and health and public health education. He is an executive member of the Public Health Association of South Africa and the College of Public Health Medicine (SA).

Researchgate Profile

List of Publications

  1. Singh U, Lutchmanariyan R, Wright JK, Knight SE, Jackson S, Langmark J, Voslo D, Rodda NH. Microbial quality of drinking water from groundtanks and tankers at sources and point-of-use in eThekwini Municipality, South Africa, and its relationship to health outcomes. Water SA 2013;39(5):663-674. doi: 10.4314/wsa.v39i5.11
  2. Naidoo N, Knight SE. Martin LJ. Conspicuous by its absence: Domestic violence intervention in South African pre-hospital emergency care. African Safety Promotion Journal, 2013;11(2):78-92
  3. Nadesan-Reddy N, Knight SE, The effect of traffic calming on pedestrian injuries and motor vehicle collisions in two areas of the eThekwini Municipality: A before-and-after study. South African Medical Journal 2013;103(9):621-625. doi:10.7196/SAMJ.7024.
  4. Charles H Vaughan-Williams, Jaishree Raman, Eric Raswiswi, Etienne Immelman, Holger Reichel, Kelly Gate and Steve Knight. Assessment of the therapeutic efficacy of artemether-lumefantrine in the treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in northern KwaZulu-Natal: an observational cohort study. Malaria Journal 2012;11:434- doi:10.1186/1475-2875-11-434
  5. Sunpath H, Edwin C, Chelin N, Nadesan S, Maharaj R, Moosa Y, Smeaton L, Court R, Knight SE, Gwyther E, Murphy R. Operationalizing early antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected in-patients with opportunistic infections including tuberculosis The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 2012;16(7):917-923
  6. Chetty T, Knight SE, Giddy J, Crankshaw T, Butler L, Newell M-L A retrospective study of Human Immunodeficiency Virus transmission, mortality and loss to follow-up among infants in the first 18 months of life in a prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme in an urban hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. BMC Pediatrics 2012, 12:146. doi:10.1186/1471-2431-12-146
  7. Kendon M, Knight SE, Ross A. Timing of Antiretroviral therapy initiation in Tuberculosis and Human immunodeficiency virus coinfected patients: Outcomes of treatment in an urban hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. South African Medical Journal 2012;102(12):931-935. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.5574
  8. Ghuman S, Meyer-Weitz, A, Knight SE. Prevalence patterns and predictors of alcohol use and abuse among Secondary School students in a southern KwaZulu-Natal District, South Africa: Demographic factors and influence of parents and peers  South African Family Practice Journal S Afr Fam Pract 2012;54(2):132-138
  9. Ndwandwe ZSI, Mahomed S, Lutge E, SE Knight SE. Factors affecting nonadherence to tuberculosis treatment in Umgungundlovu district in 2010. South African Epidemiology and Infection 2014 (June);562: