Brief History

The School of Nursing (SON) was established in 1989 through collaboration between the Nursing Education Department of the then Muhimbili Medical Centre in Tanzania, and the Dalhousie University School of Nursing, in Canada. In 2007 when Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS) became a full fledge university i.e. the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), five schools were established one of them being the School of Nursing (SoN). Under MUCHS and later on MUHAS, the SoN remains one of the leading Schools which pioneered in the advancement of the nursing profession in East Africa.

The School runs five Bachelor of Science degree programmes including Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BScN - direct and equivalent truck), Bachelor of Science in Midwifery (BSc. Midwifery – direct and equivalent truck) and the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing Management (BScN Management - Equivalent truck). The School also runs two Master’s of Science degree programs in Critical care and mental health. In recent years the School started enrolling students at the doctoral level, a huge milestone in advancing the profession in Africa and the world at large.

Vision & Mission


The vision of the School of Nursing is to become a center of excellence in nursing education, research, consultancy and public services that respond to national, regional and global challenges.              

Mission statement:

The major function of the School is the provision of high quality nursing and midwifery related education, research and public services.

To achieve this, School of Nursing endeavors to do the following:

  1. To excel in knowledge and human resource capacity building in the nursing and midwifery professions without sacrificing the quality of care.
  2. To build distinctive characteristics and trademark of nursing and midwifery under the label of “Scientific professionalism” to be acquired through the prime principle of integration of research, teaching, services and consultancy at the immediate subject area.
  3. Further the image of nursing and midwifery professions by striving to make the School a centre of excellence for the creation of nursing and midwifery knowledge, skill development, effective entrepreneurship and formation of responsible attitude to the graduate nurses and midwives for the betterment of the society.

Our Values

Core values of the School:
1.    Student focus
2.    Team work
3.    Mutual respect
4.    Quality performance
5.    Constant innovation and improvement

Goals and Functions of the School

Goals of the School:

  1. To provide the country with university graduate nurse managers, nurses and midwives of sound knowledge in nursing and midwifery and other health related sciences in line with local and international needs.
  2. To provide the labour market with highly competent professionals in Nursing, Midwifery, Mental Health Nursing and Critical Care and Trauma Nursing that are able to contribute effectively to the development of a modern and prosperous society through clinical practice, administration, teaching and research.

Functions of the School:

The functions of the School are:-

  1. To conduct undergraduate and postgraduate nursing and midwifery degree programmes.
  2. To organize continuing education training program of varied duration in nursing and midwifery related issues.
  3. To perform research in nursing and midwifery to advance scientific nursing and midwifery knowledge and skills.
  4. To provide consultancy services to the government, non-governmental organizations and other institutions.
  5. To promote cooperation with other universities and institutions of similar interests.

Contact US

P.O. Box 65004, Dar es Salaam,
Direct Line: +255 22 2152467, Tel: +255 22 2150302-6 (Ext. 1213 Dean, Ext. 1214 OMS)