A brief history of MUHAS
The Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) is a successor to the Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS), which was a constituent College of the University of Dar es Salaam. MUCHS was established by an Act of Parliament, Act No 9 of 1991, when the then Faculty of Medicine was upgraded to a College. The Faculty of Medicine originated from the Dar es Salaam School of Medicine, which was established in 1963 by the Ministry of Health with the primary aim of training clinical health staff. In 1968, the Dar es Salaam School of Medicine was upgraded to a Faculty of Medicine of the Dar es Salaam University College of the University of East Africa. In 1976 the Faculty of Medicine was incorporated into Muhimbili Hospital to form the Muhimbili Medical Centre (MMC).
In 1991, the Faculty of Medicine was upgraded to a constituent College of the University of Dar es Salaam, with the aim of nurturing it to a full-fledged university. In 2000 the Government by Act of Parliament disestablished MMC and created two closely linked but autonomous public institutions; namely MUCHS and the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH).
Over the years MUCHS made significant achievements in terms of increased student enrollment and development of several new academic programmes. The Parliament Act No 9 of 1991 that established MUCHS was repealed in 2005. Subsequently, in the year 2007, MUHAS was established by Article 1 of the Charter of Incorporation, in line with the recommendations of the Tanzania Commission of Universities.
The objects of the University are the advancement of knowledge, diffusion and extension of technology and learning, the provision of higher education and research and, so far as is consistent with those objects, the nurturing of the intellectual, aesthetic, social and moral growth of the students at the University.
MUHAS has two campuses; Muhimbili Campus and Mloganzila Campus. Muhimbili Campus is situated in Ilala Municipality, in Upanga along United Nations Road.
Mloganzila Campus is still new and in the process of development and it occupies 3,800 acres and is located 3 km off Dar es Salaam-Morogoro highway, 25 km from Dar es Salaam.
MUHAS has other facilities including the Bagamoyo Teaching Unit at Bagamoyo district This facility was established for the purpose of facilitating students during field studies. The centre has a total area of 46,085.7 square metres which has been developed by construction of residential houses, classroom, laboratory,hostel and canteen.
MUHAS has a range of programmes in basic, clinical and allied health sciences. These programmes are taught in the five Schools and one academic Institute of the University. An abbreviated description of the programmes is presented in the prospectus under the respective academic units and detailed in the individual programme documents available in the Schools and Academic Institutes.
The office of Vice Chancellor Academics, Research and Consultancy coordinates teaching of all academic programmes. The Directorate of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) and Library Services provide crosscutting support to all University units in information, communication and technology and information management.
Highlights on Facts and Figures About Muhas
MUHAS has 2,695 registered students (19 PhD, 404 Postgraduate, 1,437 Undergraduate and 835 diploma students) as of September 2010. Female students compose (32.5%) of the total population. Up to 500 students graduate from the University annually.
The University has a total of 604 staff (241 academic staff, 106 technical staff, 257 administrative and support staff.)
Academic and Support Units
The University has 15 academic and support units (5 Schools, 2 Institutes and 8 Directorates)
University Administration Structure
SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE UNIVERSITY
- Chancellor - Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences
- Chairman of the University Council
- Vice Chancellor - Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences
- Deputy Vice Chancellor - Academic, Research and Consultancy
- Deputy Vice Chancellor - Planning, Finance and Administration,
- Postgraduate Studies
- Undergraduate Studies
- Continuing Education and Professional Development
- Research and Publications
- Planning and Development – Muhimbili Campus
- Planning and Development – Mloganzila Campus
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- Library Services
DEANS OF SCHOOLS
- School of Dentistry
- School of Medicine
- School of Nursing
- School of Pharmacy
- School of Public Health and Social Sciences
DIRECTORS OF INSTITUTES
- Allied Health Sciences
- Traditional Medicine
- Dean of Students
Links & Networking
MUHAS has always had links with various partners locally and internationally. The links involve international organizations in which collaborative research and consultancies are prominent. Other links include universities, with whom collaborations involve activities such as collaborative research, student and staff exchange, exchange of external examiners and joint (Sandwich) training programmes. As an indication of MUHAS’s increasing significance and standing in the international platform, the number of international links has been growing at a faster rate than the local ones.
On the other hands, in making sure the human resources for health challenge is tackled MUHAS collaborates with other friendly institutions/organizations from around the world for support to enable the University to train enough health care work force. In this photo the US Secretary of Health and Human Services Madam Kathleen Sebelius is receiving a MUHAS scarf as a present when she visited the University.
The University therefore strives to maintain and strengthen these links and makes concerted effort to promote international, regional and local links. See the current MUHAS research links and collaborations.