Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences

MUHIMBILI UNIVERSITY of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) has its roots in the Dar es Salaam School of Medicine that was established in 1963. Between 1968 and 2007, the institution went through various structural and functional changes. In 1991, the then faculty of medicine at the University of Dar es Salaam was upgraded to a constituent college, and in January 2007, the college transformed into a fully-fledged university (MUHAS).

MUHAS has five schools, two institutes and seven directorates. Enrolment stands at 2 211 students who in 2008/09 were involved in ten diploma, 13 undergraduate and 48 postgraduate programmes. The schools are those of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health and Social Sciences. There are two institutes: one for Allied Health Sciences and the other for Traditional Medicine. The directorates are Undergraduate Education, Postgraduate Studies, Research and Publication, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Information and Communication Technology, Library Services and the Directorate of Planning and Development. Currently the university is located in downtown Dar es Salaam adjacent to the Muhimbili National Hospital.

Recently, MUHAS has acquired 1 539 hectares of prime land 25 kilometres from the city centre to establish a second campus attached to a new university teaching hospital. Construction is expected to start early in 2010.

MUHAS is the only public university in Tanzania offering degree programmes in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, environmental health sciences and public health, and contributes 70 percent of university-educated human resources for the country’s health services.

In the implementation of its core functions of teaching, research and service to the public, the university has maintained and developed local and international links involving student and faculty exchange, faculty development, continuing education and professional development, as well as joint research activities. MUHAS has 25 major links and
72 research projects and programmes.

Facts and Figures at a Glance1

Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences enrolled 2,212 students in the 2007/2008 academic year, all of whom were full-time students. Given the specialized focus of the institution, all students were enrolled in the Health Sciences Field of Study, broken down as follows:

Table 1: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences - Summary of Enrolment Numbers (Actual data, 2007/8)


Number of students enrolled per level of study

Major Field of Study

Total Number of Students (Headcount)

Under- graduate degree/ diploma Post-graduate degree/ diploma Masters Degree Doctoral Degree
Health Sciences 2,212 2,044 0 168 0
TOTALS 2,212 2,044 0 168 0

Source: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science questionnaire response

Table 2: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science: Academic and Research staff (Estimate data, 2007)2

Major Field Of Study

Total Number (headcount)

Health Sciences 316

Source: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science questionnaire response



[1] All data presented in this section is headcount data.
[2] Still to be verified, as total disagrees with main total.