Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
Muhimbili University, or to give it its proper official title, Muhimbili University
of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) has been around in its current guise only for
a couple of years. It came into existence in its present form in 2007. However, the
history of this major medical education institution in Tanzania goes back a few decades.
After independence, the new government was acutely aware that education had been
largely neglected by the colonial powers and there was a severe shortage of indigenous
experts in virtually every area including health. It scrambled to establish institutes
of higher learning and in 1963, less than two years after independence, the Dar es
salaam School of Medicine was established at Muhimbili Hospital in Dar es salaam,
this being the largest referral hospital in the country. Five years later, this was
converted to a constituent faculty of the University College of Dar es salaam (of
the University of East Africa). This status remained unchanged after the Colleges
of the University of East Africa devolved into independent Universities in 1971.
The process of establishing Muhimbili University started in 1991 when the faculty
was upgraded to a College of the University of Dar es Salaam. In the year 2000, it
was re-named the Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences, allied to the now
re-named Muhimbili National Hospital. The evolution into full autonomy was completed
in 2007 when it became Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. The main
campus remains at Muhimbili, next door to the Muhimbili National Hospital which acts
as its teaching hospital.
There are currently two campuses which are:
· Main campus at Muhimbili in the immediate outskirts of the city of Dar es Salaam
· Mloganzila campus located 25 kilometres (15 miles) from the city centre. This is
not yet fully functional.
The Bagamoyo teaching unit is another long established facility in the outskirts
of Bagamoyo Town about 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Dar es Salaam city centre.
This is used for ancillary college work
There is an ambitious plan to build a new teaching hospital at the Mloganzila campus,
with construction planned to commence in 2010.
Educational Programmes at MUHAS
There are a total of five schools as well as two institutes making up the university.
The schools are:
· Public Health and Social Sciences
All these schools offer undergraduate and postgraduate diploma and degree programmes
in their respective areas.
The two institutes are for:
· Allied Health Sciences
· Traditional Medicine
Student Enrolment at MUHAS
Muhimbili University is the only public owned and the largest and medical university
in Tanzania. Over 70% of senior medical practitioners in the country would have had
part or their entire training at the college.
Over the last decade there has been a steady expansion of student enrolment and as
of 2007/08 student numbers in all programmes stood at just over 2200 with over 90%
of them being undergraduates. The enrolment in Postgraduate Programmes is therefore
still quite low. In the same year, there were 168 Postgraduate students. Academic
and research staff at the University stood at 316.
Most students at Muhimbili University are Tanzanians with other students coming from
neighbouring countries of the SADC region.
The Chancellor of the University is retired Tanzanian President Mr Ali Mwinyi and
the Vice-Chancellor is Professor Kisali Pallangyo
End of the long sweat, blood and tears journey for these young graduands. Taking
the Hippocratic oath at Muhimbili University