The Transforming Health Professions Education in Tanzania Consortium under the Health Professional Education Partnership initiative (HEPI-THET) conducted a workshop for developing harmonized competency-based curricula for the degree programs in Nursing and Medicine as one of the major aims of the project.

This exercise took place from 24th February to 6th March 2020 and involved HEPI-THET consortium members from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo), the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

The workshop was officiated by MUHAS Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Academic, Research and Consultancy, Prof. Appolinary Kamuhabwa, and facilitated by Dr. Doreen Mloka from MUHAS and Prof. Judy Martin Holland from the University of California and San Francisco.

In his opening speech, the DVC-ARC welcomed all participants in this important workshop and said that MUHAS is in the process of reviewing all of its programs in addition to MD and Nursing programs which HEPI-THET Project has embarked on.

He hinted that in the tracer study that was conducted, it was observed that most of the graduates have knowledge but they lacked skills, therefore, emphasis should be put on innovating the best ways to impart skills to these graduates.

The main objective of this workshop was to develop a generic template for MD and Nursing Curricula as per the TCU template that the institutions will later adapt to develop their own curricula.   In this workshop, the participants were able to develop all learning outcomes for all the courses, develop essential skills lists for the two programs and also develop a matrix for the generic curriculum for Nursing and Medicine programs. Moreover, in this workshop MUHAS School of Pharmacy, Dentistry, Public Health, and Social Sciences were also assisted to revise their curricula.