A brief history of MUHAS

1963-1967 Dar es Salaam Medical School
1968-1969 Faculty of Medicine, Dar es Salaam University College of the University of East Africa
1970-1990 Faculty of Medicine, University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM)
1976-1990 Faculty of Medicine incorporated in Muhimbili Medical Centre
1991-2006 Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS), constituent college of UDSM
2007-Todate Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (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 The Parliament Act No 9 of 1991 that established MUCHS was repealed in 2005.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.


Financial Statements

MUHAS Statement of Income and Expenditure for 2012/13 Financial Year

This Statement of Income and Expenditure reviews the budget performance for the financial year 2012/2013. It covers the period from 01st July 2012 to 30th June 2013. In the year under review, funds for Personnel Emolument (PE), Other Charges (OC) and Capital Development (CD) were disbursed with shortfalls. Funds for rent assistance were also received with shortfalls.
MUHAS Audited Report on the Financial Statements

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  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 other non research collaborations.

Highlights on Facts and Figures about MUHAS

Academic Programs
The University continues to lead the park in the country through the provision of a wide range of academic programmes and the best academic staff profiles in the field of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania. High priority is given to quality programmes development, delivery and students outcomes. Currently, the University offers 87 academic programmes, which include 10 Diploma programmes, 14 Undergraduate programmes and 63 Postgraduate programmes.

MUHAS has 3,532 registered students (29 PhD, 662 Postgraduate, 3,172 Undergraduate students) for the academic year 2015/2016. Up to 743 students graduate from the University annually.

The University has a total of 648 staff  (306 academic staff : 174 males and 114 (39.6%) female) and 342 (Administrative and Technical Staff - 196 male and 140 (41.7%) female). The overall female proportion of University staff was therefore 40.7%.

Academic and Support Units
The University has 19 academic and support units (5 Schools, 2 Institutes and 12 Directorates)

MUHAS Management Team

The Top Management
 1.  Vice Chancellor Prof. Ephata Kaaya
2.  Deputy Vice Chancellor - Academics, Research and Consultancy Prof. Eligius Lyamuya
3.  Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor - Planning, Finance and Administration Prof. Apollinary Kamuhabwa
4.  Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor - Hospital Services  Prof. Said Aboud

The Deans and Directors

1. Dean, School of Medicine Prof. Sylvia Kaaya
2. Dean, School of Dentistry Dr. Elison Simon
3. Dean, School of Pharmacy Prof. Godeliver Kagashe
4. Dean, School of Public Health and Social Sciences Prof. David Urassa
5. Dean, School of Nursing Dr. Edith Tarimo
6.  Dean of Students  Dr. Tumaini Nyamuhanga
7.  Director, Undergraduate Education  Prof. Mainen Moshi
8. Director, Postgraduate Studies Prof. Andrea Pembe
9. Director, Research and Publications Prof. Said Aboud
10. Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development Dr. Doreen Mloka
11. Director, Library Services Prof. Edda Lwoga
12. Director, Planning and Development, Mloganzila Campus Prof. Apollinary Kamuhabwa
13. Director, Planning and Development, Muhimbili Campus Dr. Elia Mmbaga
14. Director, Information and Communication Technology Dr. Felix Sukums
15 Director, Human Resource Management and Administration Mr. Amos L. Nnko
16 Director, Quality Assurance Dr. Germana Leyna
17 Director, Finance Mr. Abdallah Mwaduga
18 Director, Estates Mr. Erick Kyejo
19 Director, Institute of Traditional Medicine Dr. Esther Innocent
20 Director, Institute of Allied Health Sciences Mr. Lalison Ndolele

Short Courses

Data Management and Statistical Analysis Course Using STATA/SPSS
Starting date: 28th November - 2nd December 2016,
Venue: NIMR, Dar Es Salaam. Download the Advert

PhD Supervision Course
Starting date:
21st – 22nd November 2016,
Venue: MUHAS, Dar Es Salaam. Download the Advert

Ethics Teacher Training Course
Starting date: 12th to 16th December, 2016,
Venue: MUHAS, Dar es Salaam. Download the Advert

Research News

Iron Deficiency and Anaemia in Heart Failure

A novel study from MUHAS has provided information from Tanzania that shows that iron deficiency (ID) and anaemia (low amount of red blood cells in the body) are common and harmful in individuals with heart failure (HF). Read More!

Research Links and Collaborations

Library Services

The University Library  is the largest national collection of health/medical resources materials. Its main function is to provide Library documentation services to support health/ medical services, research and teaching at the University.Read More!


The Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences offer elective periods of study to Medical, Nursing, and Dental students in their clinical years for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programsRead More! 

ICT Services

The University provides ICT services to academic staff, students, researchers and administrative staff. These services include e-mail services, internet services, telephone services, ICT training services, consultancy services,. 
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Kalenga Guest House
The MUHAS Kalenga Guest House (KGH) is a comfortable and safe place for researchers, faculty, fellows and residents located along Kalenga Street plot No 490, Upanga area.
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