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Bioethics and Health Professionalism




1.0    Background
The Department of Bioethics and Health Professionalism (DBE) is located in the School of Public Health and Social Sciences (SPHSS).  The Department is developed for the advancement of bioethics at the University, throughout Tanzania and the East Africa region.

The Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) have been offering bioethics core courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students since 2004. These are essentially cross-cutting core courses coordinated by the Department of Bioethics and Health Professionalism.

Vision of the Department
To be a National, Regional and International Centre for excellence in the teaching, research and consultancy services in Bioethics. 

Mission of the Department
The mission of the department is to provide outstanding tertiary education across the spectrum of Bioethics, through its academic programs, research, and consultancy with the aim of improving ethical care in research, clinic, and public health

2.0    Activities

2.1 Teaching: The DBE faculty in collaborate with faculty from other Departments, Schools, Institutes and adjunct/visiting faculty will teach bioethics courses including Master of Bioethics (MBE), Bioethics for Postgraduates (EE 600) and Health Professionalism (PF 100 -300) program. The Department is responsible for the administration and coordination of all academic activities in Bioethics at the University level

2.2 Research: Post-graduate students in the Department will engage in various research activities under the supervision of academic staff members. Also, through PhD programs, the faculty will be involved in independent research on major bioethics issues facing the country, the region and globe. Students and staff research will have major impact on department research output. Research collaborations with our partners will continue via joint grant applications, this will be a major source of income and sustainability for the department.

2.3 Consultancies and Public Engagement: The Department is the resource for bioethics consultant services within and outside the country. Potential sources of consultancies services are health higher learning institutions, research institution, and National regulatory boards like National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), Tanzania food and Drugs Authority (TFDA), Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and Human Rights organization.

The Department will organize public conferences where current bioethical themes will be discussed and government officials will be invited and ultimately policy decision will be influenced. Faculty, staff and students will be involved in seminar groups, forums, and task force meetings to discuss and research cutting-edge ethical issues, to prepare publications, organize symposia and regional meetings and develop special continuing education courses and opportunities.

2.4 Outreach: The DBE faculty will be engaged in outreach activates to enable them to share Bioethics experiences and knowledge with other stakeholders.

3.0 Programmes

Postgraduate programme
Master of Bioethics (MBE) is a four semester programme that aims to train and produce a postgraduate with wide range of skills to deal with ethical dilemmas and offer solution(s) based on ethical framework.

Entry criteria
a)    Graduates from any recognized university with at least GPA of 2.7.
b)    Mid-careers: for instance, lawyers, administrators, social workers, veterinarians, researchers, industrialist, regulators and other professionals engaged in health associated fields with at least GPA of 2.7.




Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.

The Department of Environmental and OccupationalHealth started in July 2008 from the Department of Community Health. The Department focuses on training, research and consultancies in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, all with the aim of improving the quality of the environment in which human being live and work. Currently with 11 academic staff members (3 Senior Lecturers, 3Lecturer and 5 Assistant Lecturers). The Department aims at producing experts who will work towards reducing Environmental and Occupational Health risks, thus promoting health and reducing burden of diseases and injuries.


Department Of Parasitology And Medical Entomology.

The Department of Parasitology and Medical Entomology was first established under the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Dar es Salaam in 1970 as one of the departments in the Division of Community Medicine.  The department was divided into two units: the main department was located in the Faculty of Medicine campus while the Service Unit was located in the Central Pathology Laboratory of the then Muhimbili Referral Hospital.


Department Of Development Studies.

The Department of Development Studies (DS) is one of the five departments within the School of Public Health and Social Sciences (SPHSS) of Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). There are ten members of academic staff including; 1 Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer, 3 Lecturers and 3 Assistant Lecturers and 2 Tutorial Assistant. Six (6) of them having acquired PhDs from various re-known Universities across the world thus bringing home a wealth of skills,


Department Of Behavioral Sciences

Who are we?

Behavioural Sciences Department is one of the departments forming the School of Public Health and Social Sciences. It has been in existence since 1980s as part of the Community Health Department. The department has a rich mix of academic and technical staff members with backgrounds and experiences in various public health fields including medical sociology, medical psychology, medical anthropology, medical communication and health economics, providing a great resource for the department’s input into teaching, research and service provision in fulfilling university mission and vision.

 What do we do?

The department is mainly engaged in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in various academic programs including Public Health, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Environmental Health Sciences. The department’s vision is to expand the department to have Medical Sociology, Health Psychology, Health Anthropology, Health Economics, Health Law and Learning Disability Services units by 2025.

 Programs and courses we offer

The department runs two postgraduate programs:

  • Master of Science in Behaviour Change (MSc. BC)
  • Master of Science Behavioural Change Communication for Health (MSc. BCC)

And two short courses:

  • Strategic Planning for Behaviour Change and
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Introduction to qualitative data analysis using NVIVO

 Members of the department are also involved in running several university-wide short courses.

 Departmental Research Agenda

Major research foci for the department include reproductive health; social and behavioural aspects of diseases; HIV and key populations; human rights and health;migration and health; health economics and financing; and human resource for health. Members are currently involved in the following research projects;

  • ‘Improving access to sexual and reproductive health services in men who have sex with men in Tanzania and Malawi: Developing an acceptable and effective intervention for them with them.’  Funded by DFID, NORAD and SIDA through EHPSA.  This is a two and a half year project starting 2016.
  • ‘Access to health services for key populations in Tanzania’.  This is a 5 year project funded by DANIDA from 2016.
  • Measuring stigma and discrimination in health facilities in Morogoro region.




Department Of Epidemiology And Biostatistics.

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics contributes to the vision of the University through teaching, research and consultancy. Currently, the department has two professors, four senior lecturers, four lecturers and one computer technician.

Training: Epidemiology and Biostatistics are core subjects taught to all undergraduate and postgraduate students at the university. The department also hosts two postgraduate programmes at the University in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare: Master of Science in Applied Epidemiology; and Master of Science in Epidemiology and Laboratory Management.


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