Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS)

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About us

The College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) under Makerere University was established in 1924, initially as the Faculty of Medicine, by the Government of Uganda. MakCHS offers medical, dental, nursing, public health, biomedical, and allied health sciences training, research and health services.

MakCHS is located at Mulago Hill within the Mulago National Referral and Teaching Hospital complex in Kampala, Uganda.


A leading and transformational institution for academic excellence and innovation in health sciences in Africa.


To improve the health of the people of Uganda through innovative teaching, research and provision of services responsive to societal needs.

Research Capacity and Excellence

The Makerere University College of Health Sciences is made up of four schools and over 40 units.

The schools include:

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Public Health

School of Biomedical Sciences

The Institutes and Centres under Makerere University College of Health Sciences include:

  • Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)
  • Child Health and Development Centre (CHDC)
  • Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA)
  • Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care

Key Research Partnerships and Collaborations:

  • Infectious Disease Research Collaboration
  • Makerere University-John Hopkins University Research Collaboration
  • Makerere University Walter Reed Project
  • Tobacco Control

Research ethics review and regulations

Each of the four schools has a Research Ethics Committee (REC). Research applications are first reviewed by the respective RECs before final approval by the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST), and the Office of the President for the Republic of Uganda.

Research involving drugs and medical devices require further clearance by the National Drug Authority.

Foreign researchers need a research permit from UNCST.