Global Health and International Partnerships
The University of Calgary is proud to congratulate the first graduating class of Masters in Public Health from our joint collaboration with Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences -Bugando (CUHAS-Bugando)!
During 2010-2011, 20 faculty members from the UofC travelled to Tanzania to collaborate with professors at CUHAS-Bugando to deliver that university's first Masters in Public Health Program. This jointly developed program meets an urgent need for post graduate training in public health in Tanzania. Eight members of the inaugural class graduated in November with the remaining class members expected to complete their degree requirements in early 2012. Dr. Jennifer Hatfield travelled to Tanzania to participate in the graduation ceremonies.
In 2011-2012, we expect to send approximately 20 faculty members to Tanzania to teach the second class. All faculty generously volunteer their time to participate in this partnership. In addition, we are pleased that two of the graduating members of the inaugural class have been hired by CUHAS-Bugando in order to build the long term capacity and sustainability of the program.
CUHAS-Bugando is a medical University in Northwestern Tanzania, one of only two institutions certified to train medical doctors outside of the capital. For a number of years, the department of Community Medicine at CUHAS-Bugando has been trying to develop a Masters in Public Health program. However, due to limited capacity and uncertain funding, these efforts had stalled. The leadership of CUHAS-Bugando invited the University of Calgary to assist in the development of the MPH program at Bugando. This collaboration is built on the trust of a long term partnership based on mutual respect and benefit to both institutions and has the goals of joint research and capacity building activities. Meetings through the fall of 2009 and spring 2010 helped refine respective roles and responsibilities for each institution. CUHAS-Bugando will have full responsibility for administration of the program.
Faculty from the U of C collaborated with CUHAS-Bugando faculty and staff to develop MPH curriculum modules, learning experiences, student evaluation and assessment tools. In addition a comprehensive MPH evaluation process will be designed and rolled out over the next five years. U of C faculty will play a central role in delivering the core curriculum and program evaluation in the first few years of the MPH program. As part of the collaboration, U of C faculty will train local faculty at CUHAS-Bugando in core curriculum material and gradually pass full teaching responsibilities to Tanzanian staff.
To learn more about CUHAS-Bugando, please visit: www.bugando.ac.tz.