School of Public Health and Social Science

The School of Public Health and Social Sciences (SPHSS) is one of five schools that make up Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS); the others being Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing. The School was created through the amalgamation of the former Institute of Public Health, the Institute of Developmental Studies and the institute of Primary Health Care and Continuing Education in accordance with the collective promotion of these departments to university status.
The Institute of Public Health however dates back to July 1991 when it was established after the then faculty of medicine was upgraded into a college. Currently the SPHSS has six departments: Behavioural Sciences; Community Health; Developmental Studies; Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Parasitology and Medical Entomology; and Environmental and Occupational Health.

Vision Statement

To become a centre of excellence in the field of Public Health both at home in Tanzania, East Africa, and beyond.

Mission Statement

To improve the health of people in Tanzania through teaching, research, consultancy and public health services using public health principles. All these elements also aim at addressing the core functions of the University: training of human resources for health in both formal and continuing education as well as using professional development approaches; conducting research relevant to solving community health problems; and providing technical assistance in various public health disciplines to partners, collaborators, ministries and implementers of public health interventions. The School realizes that collaborative work with various stakeholders and partners is fundamental to achieving these noble objectives.

The School has a total of 47 members of staff 24 of these having acquired PhDs from various re-known Universities across the world thus bringing home a wealth of skills, experience and competences to share with stakeholders especially students. The School has a wealth of experience in conducting research and community service activities within Tanzania and beyond and collaborates with a number of partner Universities, Governments, Research Institutions and not least the communities we serve.

The school members of academic staff teach across the University in cross cutting subjects, and the School is host to one undergraduate and seven postgraduate programmes with a total of 71 undergraduate and 145 postgraduate students. Summaries of the current programmes are presented hereunder. One new undergraduate Programme namely BSc Health Psychology and five new Master Programmes namely MSc Monitoring and Evaluation, MSc Health Promotion, MSc Biostatistics, MA International Health and Gender Studies, and MSc Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety are planned in the near future.



School of Nursing

The School of Nursing evolved from the Faculty of Nursing that was established with the birth of Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences in 1991 under the ACT No. 10 (1) C. of 1991. The Faculty of Nursing emerged from the Nursing Education Department which was responsible for the three schools of nursing at the by then Muhimbili Medical Centre i.e.; School of Nurse Teachers, School of Nursing and the School of Public Health Nursing. The department was accorded academic status in 1988 under the Faculty of Medicine to be responsible for running the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSc. N) programme. The Faculty comprised of three departments; namely Department of Clinical Nursing, Department of Community Health Nursing and the Department of Nursing Management.

The Faculty operated from 1991-2003 when the School of Nursing was established as a result of the University of Dar Es Salaam Academic Audit recommendation of 1998. The School has plans of clustering all nursing programmes (degree and diploma) at MUHAS.

The School has three departments, which include:

  • Department of Clinical Nursing,
  • Community Health Nursing and
  • Nursing Management.

These departments have been approved in principle and are headed by coordinators.

School of Pharmacy

This institution was established in July 1974 as Department of Pharmacy in Faculty of Medicine with assistance of a grant from British council. Since then we have been producing quality pharmacists who are now the backbone of the Health care system in Tanzania and a few neighbouring countries.

The Faculty of Pharmacy, which was established in July 1991, is an offspring of the Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences created within the Faculty of Medicine to run the pharmacy undergraduate course. The course itself was established in 1974.

The school is housed in a single two-story building. The Dean, assisted by three heads is responsible for all academic and administrative activities in the faculty. There are four departments in the school namely the department of

  • Medicinal Chemistry,
  • Pharmacognosy,
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology and
  • Pharmaceutics,

The latter having two units, Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutics. The department of Pharmaceutical microbiology is, administratively, under the Head of the Department of Pharmaceutics.

Mission of our school is to train Pharmacists to run the pharmaceutical services in the country, to carry out research and to offer consultancy service in the field.

The academic staff situation has greatly improved since the beginning of the course. Almost all academic staff are Tanzanians, eleven of whom are Ph.D. holders, ten with Masters degrees and two on Ph.D. programs. In 1992 the school introduced a Masters program in each department. In addition, plans are underway to introduce a continuing education course for pharmacists in the country. This will not only increase efficiency in the profession but also keep the professionals up-to-date.

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.


School of Dentistry

 “To direct and guide students and the general public in attaining quality of life through quality oral and other related health research, training, education and public service”.

“To become a centre for revolutionizing oral health in Tanzania and in the African region”.


  • To produce graduates in oral health sciences for oral health care systems.
  • To train specialists and scientists in oral health and related disciplines.
  • To train allied oral health personnel
  • To carry out research in oral health and related sciences
  • To provide continuing professional education in oral health.
  • To provide specialized oral health services to patients and the community.
  • To provide consultancy and advisory services to the government, general public and international agencies in the field of oral health
  • To review programmes and introduce new programmes as required.



The Dean is the overall in-charge of administration and academic programs, and works in close collaboration with the three heads of departments and Head of the Dental Department of the Muhimbili National Hospital, who is responsible for day to day clinical activities in dentistry.

The process of ensuring the smooth running of the key functions of the school: teaching, research and services to patients and community at large is mainly driven by a democratic process achieved through the existing and functional School Board (the highest organ that oversees the daily activities of the School), and the Dental Building Clinical Services Committee that constitute MNH heads of firm and School of Dentistry heads of department. 
Three committees assist the School Board namely: Year Conveners’ Committee, Research and Publications Committee, and Curriculum Development committee.
The School has three Departments namely 1) Oral Surgery & Oral Pathology with three units (oral surgery, oral medicine and oral pathology, 2) Preventive & Community Dentistry has three units (preventive & community dentistry, paedodontics and orthodontics), and 3) Restorative Dentistry has four distinct units (cariology/operative dentistry, prosthodontics, dental biomaterials and periodontology).
The clinical area is arranged on three floors, each with a varying number of dental treatment chairs. Other teaching facilities within the school include a fully equipped Phantom Head Laboratory as well as a Dental technology laboratory. The various classrooms are spaced and comfortable and are equipped with audio-visual equipment.


The school rendered services to the public include all levels of the oral health service structure.
Besides curative services in oral and maxillo-facial surgery, conservative dentistry, endodontics, prosthetics, periodontology, paediatric dentistry and orthodontics, preventive services also prevail.
In addition, the school has potential to conduct seminars for continuing education, short courses, workshops conferences, consultancy and contracted research in the field of oral health for the consumers within and outside Tanzania.

We provide all the specialist expertise needed for specific dental treatment methods. We are an excellent choice for anyone who requires a second opinion.
In certain cases patients may not be eligible for treatment within the educational frame-work; however, they will have the option of being referred to a specialized department.

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