Before its conversion into a Medical College in 1997, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) had been offering postgraduate courses for MSc degree in Urology for surgeons holding the MMed degree in Surgery. The Medical Centre, too, had been offering training opportunities for MMed candidates from Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences in the form of attachment to various Departments at KCMC, especially in the Departments of Ophthalmology, Surgery, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. With its elevation to an University College status, the Medical College will, in addition to the MSc in Urology, offer postgraduate programmes in other specialties - both biomedical and clinical sciences. The Directorate of Postgraduate Studies co-ordinates all postgraduate studies and related research activities of the Medical College.
The main function of the Directorate of Postgraduate Studies is to coordinate all matters related to provision of higher education beyond the first degree. Specifically, it deals with marketing for post-graduate programmes, processing student admissions, managing examination results and disposal of candidates, facilitation of student research, formulation and processing of new post-graduate programmes, coordination of curriculum reviews and other related functions.
Aim of the Postgraduate Studies
Postgraduate training at KCMU College is designed for highly qualified medical practitioners and other allied health personnel who are strongly motivated towards a career in Medical Sciences and academic medicine.
Graduates in these courses are expected to augment the national need for high level man power requirements which will in turn improve the roles expected of consultant hospitals in teaching, service and research.
Aims and objectives:
- To encourage a multidisciplinary approach to the problems of public health and to train professionals who will be better able to cope with the continuing process of change and who will act as leaders in initiating and developing these changes.
- To provide MPH level training to physicians (e.g. RMOs, DMOs), senior nurses and allied health professionals in Tanzania and other countries, to enable them to implement action orientated intervention programmes, particularly in disease control.
- To enable students to acquire basic skills over the wide range of disciplines in public health, to appreciate the contributions made by the different disciplines and to develop the ability to work with multidisciplinary teams.
- To equip students with management skills to enable them to cope with change and to act as leaders for this change.
- To develop an understanding of factors affecting health, delivery of health care, and formation of health policy.
- To enable students to carry out critical evaluation of published material and to develop the ability to interpret and apply this information in the context of public health practice.
- To enable students to carry out critical evaluation of published material and to develop ability to interpret and apply this information in the context of public health practice.
KCMU College has developed the curriculum alongside faculty members from School of Public Health, Nottingham, UK, Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Ministry of Health, Tanzania and other Public Health colleagues from Tanzania and Europe.
The curriculum at KCMU College contains three sections:
- Course work (modules)
- Research project preparation
- Dissertation write up
The course is composed of 15 modules with a total of 48 credits. The modules are grouped into three clusters of related topics. Two modules “Refugee health and disaster management” will run concurrently with “Disability and occupational health” as optional modules
A candidate who fulfils the above conditions shall be awarded the degree of Master of Public Health (MPH) of Tumaini University, KCMU College.
Admission requirements into the program is available from the admission page.
The MMed Programme is designed for qualified medical practitioners who are strongly motivated towards a specialist career in Medical Sciences and Academic Medicine. The Programme requires four years of study and leads to the Degree of Master of Medicine (MMed).
Those who graduate in these courses will be expected to augment the national need for specialists in medical disciplines, which will improve the roles expected of Tanzanian Consultant Hospitals in teaching, service and research.
MMED degree Programmes:
The residency training programme of clinical studies will include research and the presentation of a dissertation on a topic relevant to the specialty and approved by the University.
The following four-year Master of Medicine (MMed) Degree Programmes are offered:
- Internal Medicine
- General Surgery
- Paediatrics and Child Health
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Diagnostic Radiology
- Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Anatomical Pathology
General Admission Requirements:
Candidates should have an MD Degree from a recognised University.
Candidates should submit internship Certifi-cate.
Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae
Candidate should submit references from three referees with their corrected Addresses
In semester one all MMed candidates whatever the specialty will be full time engaged in 4 Basic Sciences modules (modules 1-4) from beginning of the Academic Year in October until the middle of the month of February the following year.
From the middle of February, candidates will be in their respective specialty departments.
From March to July the candidates will be in the respective departments belonging to their specialty. In this period there will be another three Basic Sciences modules specific for the discipline (modules 5, 6 and 7).
Semesters 3 and 4
Semester 3 and 4 of year 2: main emphasis is on learning and experiencing the specialty of training, and on rotations through different sub-specialties of the specialty. Also she/he takes part in the academic activities of the department (Journal Club, case presentations, protocol meetings, post-mortem meetings, etc). Apart from that, the candidate has to identify a topic for research and prepare a research proposal, to be submitted in July in semester 4
Semester 5 and 6
Semesters 5 and 6 of year 3: in semester 5 data collection for the research has to take place and the data has to be analyzed and reported in a dissertation, to be submitted early July in semes-ter 6 for assessment.
Apart from the research work, the resident continues to be involved in clinical work (both caring for in- and out-patients, performing procedures, operations etc as appropriate to the specialty), as well as taking part in academic activities of the department
Semester 7 and 8
Semesters 7 and 8 in year 4: in this final year the resident works semi-independently under global supervision of the consultants, participating fully in all activities of the department and also teaching selected topics to undergraduates. At the end of semester 8 he/she sits for the Final University Examination.
Master of Science (MSc)
Master of Science (MSc) in Biochemistry
Master of Science (MSc) in Clinical Pharmacology
Master of Science (MSc) in Clinical Research
Master of Science (MSc) in Epidemiology and Applied Biostatistics
Master of Science (MSc) in Health Management, Planning and Financing (planned for 2012-2013)
Master of Science (MSc) in Health Personnel Education (planned for 2012-2013)
Master of Science (MSc) in Medical Microbiology, Immunology with Molecular Biology
Master of Science (MSc) in Medical Parasitology and Entomology
Master of Science (MSc) in Urology