The Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) is an independent public university located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It was previously known as the Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS) of the University of Dar es Salaam. Over the years MUCHS made significant achievements in terms of increased student enrolment and development of several new academic programmes. Eventually, it became imperative that MUCHS should be its own institution to better focus resources and efforts on its mission.
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. It currently enrols more than 2,000 students, the majority of them undergraduates. There are 400 graduate students, approximately. Its motto, “Elimu, Tiba, Utafiti”, is Swahili for “Medicine, Education, and Research.” It offers programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Public Health, Laboratory and Allied Sciences.
The goals 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 a range of programs in basic, clinical and allied health sciences. These programs are taught in five schools and one research institute. The taught programs impart practical skills to students and to support the graduates create their own jobs and health care enterprises. In addition, MUHAS is also involved in community medicine rotations where students spend part of their practical work in public health care facilities.
MUHAS’ newer facilities are proof of an effort to move closer to the surrounding communities. The Mloganzila campus is still in development. Located, 20 km outside of the big city, Mloganzila campus brings high quality medical education to less developed areas. In addition, the development of the Bagamoyo Teaching Unit has improved opportunities to carry out fieldwork for academic and engagement activities.