School of Medicine

The School of Medicine started as the Dar es Salaam School of Medicine in 1963 with initial intake of eight students.  In 1968, the school was upgraded to a Faculty of Medicine of the Dar es Salaam University College, which was a constituent College of the University of East Africa.

In 1970, the University of East Africa ceased to exist and the Dar es Salaam University College became the University of Dar es Salaam, whereby the Faculty of Medicine became one of its units.  In 1977, following the creation of Muhimbili Medical Centre (MMC), the Faculty of Medicine administratively merged with Muhimbili Hospital. Subsequently, in 1991, the Faculty of Medicine was upgraded to a College and its name changed to Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS), consisting of four Faculties (Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Nursing) and five institutes (Public Health, Traditional Medicine, Primary Health Care and Continuing Medical Education, Development Studies and Allied Health Sciences). In 2003, after MMC ceased to exist, MUCHS and Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) became autonomous and the Faculty of Medicine was changed to the School of Medicine (SoM). Beginning January 2007, the SoM is one of the units under the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). This followed the upgrading of MUCHS into MUHAS following the signing of the charter establishing the University on 28th March 2007 by H.E. the President of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Mission Statement
The mission of the School is to provide in Tanzania a place of learning, education and research in Health Sciences and through these provide service of a quality required and expected of a University Institution of the highest standard.

Objectives of the School of Medicine
  • To produce medical graduates with knowledge and skills in the field of Medicine at undergraduate, postgraduate and super specialty levels.
  • To provide consultancy services to government, Non-Governmental Organizations, other institutions and individuals.
  • To provide continuing medical education to health workers
To carry out research in order to advance medical knowledge and science for the benefit of human welfare.


The School has well-established collaborative links, with international institutions, which can further be expanded. Currently the school has the following links:
  1. Reference center for WHO on diabetes
  2. Collaborative research with WHO on TB
  3. Collaborative research with Sida/ SAREC, UNAIDS, EU and other agencies on HIV/AIDS
  4. Collaborative research in fracture treatment with AO synthesis
  5. Collaborative research with the University of Liverpool on the origins of mankind
  6. Joint research activities with Dartmouth Medical Center on TB and HIV, and Harvard School of Public Health, USA on different aspects of HIV, TB And nutrition
  7. University of California and San Francisco (UCSF) {still in the making} on health professionals’ education.
There are also a number of other collaborations and exchanges in Faculty and Students as exemplified by the collaborations with institutions such as the Harvard School of Public Health, Karolinska Institute, Umea University, Uppsala University, Mie University, and the University College London and Sanfrancisco (UCSF).

 Visit the School of Medicine website for more information.


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