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Overview & History

UCSF’s partnership with Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) began in 2005. At the time, MUHAS was planning to become a university of health sciences – with a vision to educate Tanzania’s health professionals to serve the health needs of their people. UCSF was setting up Global Health Sciences to support its vision of educating health professionals and scientists to advance health in the United States and worldwide. We agreed that, through partnership, we could transition both our institutions to contribute to global health, and address the acute shortage of health professionals in Africa.

The institutional partnership between MUHAS and UCSF is reciprocal at its core. It differs from more traditional project- or department-based academic partnerships in that it is based on the hypothesis that it is more cost-effective to build institution-wide capacity. While the primary goal is to support MUHAS to expand its capacity to supply the health professionals that Tanzania so urgently requires, the partnership also strengthens UCSF’s capacity to contribute to global health and the global workforce crisis.

Public University of Health Sciences in Tanzania Health Sciences campus of the public University of California
Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Social Sciences and two institutes Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, a Graduate Division, and many institutes
Approx 215 faculty Approx 2400
Approx 2,283 diploma/degree and 404 postgraduate students Approx 2,940 degree students, 1,620 residents,1,030 postdocs


UCSF Partnership Director

MUHAS Partnership Director

  • Ephata Kaaya, MD, PhD


Senior Advisor

  • Haile Debas, Director, UC Global Health Institute


  • Steven Kayser, Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Helen Loeser, Professor, School of Medicine
  • Peter Loomer, Professor, School of Dentistry
  • Judy Martin-Holland, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, School of Nursing
  • Susan Masters, Associate Dean of Curriculum, School of Medicine
  • Patricia O’Sullivan, Director, Educational Research and Faculty Development
  • Dorothy Perry, Associate Dean for Education and Admissions, School of Dentistry
  • Carmen Portillo, Chair, Dept. of Community Health Systems, School of Nursing
  • Kevin Souza, Assistant Dean for Medical Education, School of Medicine
  • Sharon Youmans, Associate Dean for Diversity, School of Pharmacy
  • Robert Baron, Associate Dean for Graduate and Continuing Medical Education, School of Medicine

Residents exchange

  • Reena Gupta, Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Medicine
  • Sharad Jain, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine

ICAD modeling tool

  • Alex Goodell, Analyst, Global Health Sciences
  • James G. Kahn, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, PRL Institute for Health Policy Studies

Research collaboration in cancer

  • Bob Hiatt, Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine
  • Katherine Van Loon, Fellow, School of Medicine

Research administration

  • Georgina Lopez Administrative & Finance Manager, Global Health Sciences
  • Charles Smukler, Director, Administration, Finance and Operations, Global Health Sciences