Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) started in 1963 as a Dar es Salaam School of Medicine with an enrolment of 10 students in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme. Since then, the institution has grown step-wise through Faculty of Medicine of the Dar es Salaam University College of the University of East Africa (1968), constituent College of the University of Dar es Salaam (1991) and finally into a full-fledged University i.e. MUHAS (2007). To date, MUHAS has 5 academic Schools (Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing and Public Health and Social Sciences) and 2 Institutes (Traditional Medicine and Allied Health Sciences) capable of enrolment of over 4,000 students, with the goal to increase enrolment to 15,000 students by the year 2024 following ongoing expansion at the new 3,800-acres Mloganzila campus. Besides the Schools and Institutes, the University has 11 academic and administrative Directorates (Postgraduate Studies, Research and Publications, Information Communication Technology, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Library Services, Undergraduate Education, Planning and Investment, Quality Assurance, Finance, Estates, and Human Resource Management and Administration). The university has more than 700 employees, 50% are females.
MUHAS is the largest public university for medicine and health related sciences contributing to over 70% of annual health workers output in Tanzania. Currently, the University runs a total of 91 academic programmes which include 10 diploma, 13 undergraduate and 70 postgraduate programmes, among these are Master of Science by Research and PhD programmes currently with 52 students. Currently, the University operates a total of 118 sponsored research projects in collaboration with partner institutions or organizations, including NIH (20 projects), USAID/CDC (3 projects), Sida (2 projects), EU (3 projects), NORAD (2 projects) and the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH: 2 projects). Other projects are sponsored by individual collaborating universities, implementing partners and other funding agencies. MUHAS collaborate with Uppsala and Karolinska Institute and Uppsala Universities in areas of reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, Malaria and neglected tropical diseases, Injuries and non-communicable diseases. Research results emanating from research by MUHAS staff formulates policy reforms in the country. Being the leading medical, biomedical and nursing training institution, all cluster members work directly in training and mentoring of younger professionals.
The Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) cluster is among 10 research clusters in the university. The cluster consists of researchers from different departments including obstetrics & gynaecology, Community Health Nursing, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Community health, and Developmental studies. The researchers are working in the areas of clinical, health system, service delivery, applied and implementation research. Most of the researchers have PhDs and are actively involved in training researchers with collaboration from other Universities in Sweden, Norway and Japan. The cluster work with maternal and newborn electronic database hosted by Muhimbili National Hospital, which is the university teaching hospital.