Staff Profile1


The Dean, School of Public Health and Social Sciences, MUHAS. Dr. Rose Mpembeni is a Lecturer specializing in Medical Statistics working with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.Her main areas of research include Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Family Planning. She has also done extensive work on maternal referrals and referral compliance. She has worked as a consultant with a large number of agencies including FCI, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, GTZ and ECSA-HC. (Tel. +255 784 394636.Email: or

Prof. Urassa is a Public Health Physician and an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health. Prior to this position he was an Associate Dean in the same School and also the acting Head, Department of Community Health. Currently, he is also the Deputy Chancellor-PFA. Prof. Urassa has served as PI and Co-Investigator in several research and Evaluation projects including UNICEF- Violence against Children in Tanzania, MUHAS- John Hopkins – M&E for Maternal health Program in Morogoro as well as a Consultancy services for UNFPA, GIZ, MOHSW,etc. He has authored and Co-authored several research publications in peer reviewed journals in PubMed and other local journals. His experience includes teaching, Quality improvement, Non-communicable diseases, quality aspect of maternal & newborn child health, program planning, monitoring and evaluation as well as management, leadership and governance.

Prof. Leshabari is an Associate Professor in Health Psychology and has been in the university since 1978.  He served as Director of the then Institute of Public health for six years and the Dean of the School of Public Health and Social Sciences for three years.  Before becoming Director of the Institute of Public Health, Prof. Leshabari was the Head of the Department for six years.  He has also held various leadership positions in Tanzania and East Africa including the President of the East African Public Health Association and the Chairman of the Public Health Association of Tanzania.  He is the current Chairman of the Board of the Regional Center for Quality of Health Care in Eastern Africa. Prof. Leshabari has been involved in various research activities and published widely.  His key areas of research interest include adolescent sexuality, HIV and key populations, motivation and health human resources and psychosocial factors associated with health and illness. (Email: or

Prof. A.D.Kiwara has more than twenty years research in Primary Health Care, Social Protection, Health Systems (financing, reform), Employment (child labour, women employment), HIV/AIDS, Needs Assessment, Structural Adjustment Programs and  Globalisation. He has consulted for the World Bank, WHO, UNICEF, KFW, DANIDA, SIDA, UNDP and many other organizations. His work has been published in international and peer review journals. He has co-authored  one book entitled: Economic Adjustment Policies and Health Care in Tanzania, and written a chapter in two books entitled: Health Insurance for the Informal Sector, in the United Republic of Tanzania and Health Care Services in Mwalimu’s Legacy in Tanzania. His main areas of interest include: Health care financing focusing on prepayment, health insurance schemes performances, HIV/AIDS in marginalised communities, Environment, Development policies and health, human resources for health and the epidemiological transition.

Prof.Japhet Killewo, a Professor in Epidemiology, is the most senior academic member of staff in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He has participated in the design and implementation of different health and epidemiological interventions; the most famous one being the 20-year age Kagera AIDS Research Project from 1987. He headed the Reproductive Health Programme of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) from 1999 to 2003. He is currently the PI to the Morogoro Evaluation Project since 2011. He has published more than 70 papers in different peer-reviewed journals and mademore than 30oral or poster presentations in international as well as local conferences. He has also contributed to, edited and published a variety of books. Professor Killewo’s academic interests include environmental sanitation, poverty and health, reproductive health, communicable disease control, epidemiological study designs, and monitoring and evaluation of public health programs. Professor Killewo has held different administrative and managerial posts in the department and this University over the years. He is an active member of the Tanzania Public Health Association (TPHA) and honorary member of the Japan anti-Tuberculosis Association (Email:

 Prof. Charles Kihamia is a Professor of Parasitology and Medical Entomology in the Department of Parasitology/Medical Entomology. Professor Kihamia has published extensively in different peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and has contributed to several books on the management and effects of treatment for various parasites. He has a great reputation for promoting understandings on the control of schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths especially among school-age children. Professor Kihamia has held different administrative and managerial posts in the Department of Parasitology/Medical Entomology and in the University as a whole. Among Professor Kihamia’s current research activities include Malaria Management at Primary Health Care and Operational Research on the Control of Schistosomiasis and Soil-transmitted Helminths (STH) through the School Health Programme in Tanzania. (Email:

Dr Mamuya is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Dealing with Public Health, Environmental Health, Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene, Disaster management and leadership in disaster resilience. He is a Principal Investigator of the Norhed/Norad project  Titled “Reduction of Burden of Injuries and disease and occupational exposure through capacity  building in Low income countries” in collaboration with University of Bergen and University of Addis Ababa. His competences also include being a technical person in Environmental health with activities in water supply and sanitation assignments, waste water treatments and household water treatments options and environmental health impact assessments. His expertise in Occupational hygiene captured in identification and characterizing of different hazards exposures, measuring health effects of exposure, industrial hygiene, and risk assessments. He designed and conducted epidemiological study on nutritional status of underfive children, Diarrhea diseases, respiratory health and injuries and accidents. He also conducted rapid need assessment of elderly refugee in Ngara camps (Lumasi, Lukole and Benako camps). He is a researcher and supervisor in Millennium Promise project on Respiratory health and dust in Southern African region funded by Michigan University, US. Has published 20 scientific articles in international peer review,

Dr. Kessy is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Community Health. She initially worked with the Muhimbili Medical Centre as a Medical Officer. She has provided several consultancy services to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, UNFPA, AMREF and Family Care International in several baseline assessment and programme evaluations. She has authored and co-authored various publications in peer reviewed journals, presented papers in different conferences and produced a number of consultancy reports. Dr. Kessy’s main research interests are in the areas of HIV/AIDS and other STI/STDs, adolescent reproductive health, maternal and child health, human nutrition, and other general public health issues. (Email:;

Dr.Deodatus Kakoko is a Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology at the Behavioral Sciences Department. Dr. Kakoko has a Diploma in Education from Korogwe Teachers’ college as well as a Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts in Applied Social Psychology (MA ASP) of the University of Dar es Salaam. He was awarded Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) of the University of Bergen, Norway. Some of his areas of teaching and research are health promotion and education, behavioral aspects of health service utilization, gender, sexuality and reproductive health. He has 20 Peer Reviewed Publications in areas of HIV/AIDS, maternal and neonatal health, malaria as well as one book chapter. Together with other responsibilities, Dr. Kakoko was appointed the Dean of Students for the 2011 -2014 triennium.

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