The Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) is one of the leading Public Health education and research institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. The School has as its vision to be a "Centre of excellence, providing leadership in Public Health. The School has 3 basic core functions of teaching, research and community service. The School's faculty produces an average of 25 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals per year. MakSPH has five departments of a) Health Policy, Planning and Management, b) Epidemiology and Biostatistics, c) Disease Control and Environmental Health, and d) Community Health and Behavioral Sciences and d) a Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care (RCQHC), with a regional mandate to support improvement in quality of health care. MakSPH is part of the schools that form the College of Health Sciences.
In addition to its primary mandate of capacity building and research in Public Health, it collaborates with the Ugandan Ministry of Health (MOH), district, municipal councils, local governments, international agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in supporting the planning, implementation and evaluation of health programs. Over the years, the particular focus of MakSPH activities has been on education and research in health planning and management, health systems, policy analysis in health, nutrition and population, epidemiology and control of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria, reproductive health, child health, emerging diseases, public health in complex emergencies and environmental health.
The school is involved in training at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Programs offered include; Bachelor of Environmental Health Science, Master of Public Health (Both Full time and Distance Learning), Master of Health Services Research, and Master of Public Health Nutrition. It also offers short term courses including Strategic Leadership for Health, Monitoring and Evaluation, Certificate in Health services Management, Health Systems Management and also runs a post graduate Fellowship in HIV/AIDS program funded by CDC. Currently MakSPH has more than 58 academic staff with PhDs and Masters Degrees.
MakSPH has got numerous long-standing capacity building and research collaborations with Universities including; Karolinska Institute, Columbia University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Wisconsin University Madison, Harvard School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Tulane University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Alberta, University of Western Cape, South Africa, University of Bergen, Norway. MakSPH also has experience in conducting policy-relevant action oriented community and population-based studies.
These include the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP), the Kayunga Cohort Development (CODE) study of the Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP), the Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa, Gates Grant for HIV and the Iganga and Mayuge Demographic Surveillance Site (DSS). Other studies conducted by the School cover areas of monitoring and evaluation, nutrition, environment, health systems, and human resources for health, with funding from DFID, COMIC Relief, WHO/TDR, CDC, DANIDA, among others ( www.musph.ac.ug )