Welcome to the Makerere University College of Health Sciences

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 an enviable position 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.


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

About MakCHS

Our history, present, and future.

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Our schools and available programs.


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.

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).

Teaching and Learning

The College runs several Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Internship Programs. We also run several short courses tailored to address the specific needs of people working in the health sector. Find more information on our current programs here.

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 the actual needs of the Ugandan population, the College of Health Sciences went through a process to set its research priorities. These form the core of the research work carried out at the College, although others areas are also considered.