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Brief History

The School of Public Health and Social Sciences (SPHSS) is one of five schools within Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). The School came into being after the amalgamation of the former Institute of Public Health, the Institute of Developmental Studies and the Institute of Primary Health Care and Continuing Education. The Institute of Public Health however dates back to July 1991 when it was established after the then faculty of medicine was upgraded into a college. Currently the SPHSS has six departments: Behavioural Sciences; Community Health; Development Studies; Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Parasitology and Medical Entomology; and Environmental and Occupational Health.

The School has a more than 47 members of staff 24 of these having acquired PhDs from various re-known Universities across the world thus bringing home a wealth of skills, experience and competences to share with stakeholders especially students. The School has a wealth of experience in conducting research and community service activities within Tanzania and beyond and collaborates with a number of partner Universities, Governments, and Research Institutions and not least the communities we serve.

The school members of academic staff teach across the University in cross cutting subjects, and the School is host to one undergraduate and seven postgraduate programmes with a total of 71 undergraduate and 145 postgraduate students. Summaries of the current programmes are presented hereunder. New undergraduate Programmes namely BSc Health Psychology and five new Master Programmes namely MSc Monitoring and Evaluation, MSc Health Promotion, MSc Biostatistics, MA International Health and Gender Studies, and MSc Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety are planned in the near future.

Vision, Mission & Functions


The vision of the Muhimbili School of Public Health and Social Sciences is to become a centre of excellence in the field of Public Health both at home in Tanzania, East Africa, and beyond.  All these elements also aim at addressing


The mission of SPHSS is to improve the health of people in Tanzania through teaching, research, consultancy and public health services using public health principles.

Functions of the School

The core functions of the University:

  1. Training of human resources for health in both formal and continuing education as well as using professional development approaches;
  2. Conducting research relevant to solving community health problems;
  3. Providing technical assistance in various public health disciplines to partners, collaborators, ministries and implementers of public health interventions. The School realizes that collaborative work with various stakeholders and partners is fundamental to achieving these noble objectives.

Our Values

While conducting its daily research and development activities, the School shall uphold the following values as its guiding pillars:

  •  Integrity:
  • Social responsibility:
  • Excellence:
  • Transparency:
  • Teamwork:

Our Goals

To improve the health of people in Tanzania through teaching, research, consultancy and public health services using public health principles for the attainment of school, staff and University development.

Contact US

P.O. Box 65015
Dar es Salaam
Tel: Direct: +255 22 2153371, Tel : +255 22 2150302-6 (Ext. 1281 Dean, 1282 OMS)
Fax: +255-22-2150465