College Profile

Where we Come from

Makerere University College of Health Sciences was established in 1924 known as Makerere University Medical School, till 2007 when it became Makerere University’s premier constituent College. It is the oldest medical training University unit in East Africa; having been in the business of training medical and health professionals for over 80 years. This history has earned it the enviable position of ‘crème la crème’ in Uganda and the East and Central African region.

In 2008 Makerere University began a major institutional change that led to the creation of Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) as the University’s first constituent college.  This was an exploration of unchartered waters in the history of university governance in Uganda. MakCHS has experienced both exciting and challenging times but has set a pace for itself and the future is very promising.

Where we are Located

We are located on Mulago Hill within the Mulago National Referral and Teaching Hospital complex, Northeast of Kampala. The clinical teaching disciplines of the College of Health Sciences are currently integrated with Mulago Hospital.

 

Our Schools

The Makerere University College of Health Sciences is made up of four schools and over 40 units. The schools are;

  • The School of Medicine
  • The School of Health Sciences
  • The School of Public Health
  • The School of Biomedical Sciences

The Institutes and Centres under Makerere University College of Health Sciences include;

  • Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)
  • Child Health and Development Centre (CHDC)
  • Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA)
  • Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care

Management

The College of Health Sciences Management is as follows:
Principal: Professor Nelson Sewankambo

Deputy Principal: Professor Celestino Obua

Dean School of Medicine: Professor Harriet Mayanja – Kizza

Dean School of Health Sciences: Dr. Isaac Okullo 
Dean School of Public Health: Associate Professor William Bazeyo

Dean School of Biomedical Sciences: Associate Professor Charles Ibingira 

 

Our Vision

A leading and transformational institution for academic excellence and innovation in health sciences in Africa

 

Our Mission

To improve the health of the people of Uganda through innovative teaching, research and provision of services responsive to societal needs

 

Our Values

  • Innovativeness and Adaptability to Change
  • Social Accountability
  • Diversity
  • Excellence and Quality
  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Professionalism

 

Our Core Functions

The College of Health sciences delivers within the mandate of Makerere University; teaching and learning, research and innovations and service to community.

 

Teaching and Learning

In this area of strategic focus, the College runs several Undergraduate and Post-graduate Programs. We also run several short courses tailored to address specific needs of people working in the health sector.  For more information about all out current programs please click the lick http://chs.mak.ac.ug/content/academics-0

 

Research and Innovations

The College of Health Sciences is a leader in health research in the East African region; working with both academic and other partners, both local and international. In a bid to conduct research that addresses actual needs of the Ugandan population, the College of Health Sciences went through a process to set its research priorities. These will form the core of the research work carried out at the College, although others areas are also considered.
Below is a table that shows the College’s five top priority areas of research.

Research area

Public health
benefit

Feasibility

Relative
Cost

Average
Score

Infectious and communicable diseases (including HIV, TB and malaria)

15

8.8

4.6

9.5

Maternal, Adolescent and Child health, sexual and reproductive health including behavioral research

13.8

8.8

5.5

9.4

Health systems

13.5

7.8

5.9

9.1

Professionalism, health professional education, ethics and medico-legal

11.6

7.4

8

9.0

Non-communicable diseases including mental health

11.1

8.0

4.6

7.9

 

Service to Community

The College’s Service to Community activities are conducted both as independently planned as well as, as part of research and teaching programs. These activities range from activities done by students under the Community Based Education Research and Services; medication and health education provided as part of a research project.
Independently planned community service activities and projects range from a few days (medical/surgical camps) to several years (community health service projects).

Service in the community

 

Teaching and Learning Methods
Our teaching and Learning methods seek to develop balanced professionals who will achieve personal as well as professional fulfillment at University, at work and in society at large. 
Our strong emphasis on self-directed study and research encourages individuals to maximize their potential, become problem solvers
We aim to build confident, pragmatic professionals, and to develop communication and leadership skills in our students who emerge as articulate young health professionals ready to contribute widely to the global community.

Our Teaching and Learning Facilities
The College of Health Sciences has several facilities; physical, technological and human, that facilitate top-notch teaching, learning and research for the students as well as faculty. These include libraries and book banks, computer and internet hubs, laboratories, seminar and lecture rooms, specialised equipment, content experts and Mulago Hospital.

Teaching and Leaning

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