Department of Physiology

Physiology is a biologic study of the basic functioning of the human body and organ-systems. Medical physiology in particular deals with the basic and pathophysiologic aspects of the human body in health and disease. Being one of the fundamental disciplines in medicine, the department of physiology is dedicated to teaching of physiology to both undergraduate and postgraduate students at MUHAS. We are also at the forefront of cutting-edge biomedical research and provide consultancy services in preventative care against metabolic diseases. In addition to teaching under-graduates across various degree programmes, The department offers a 2 year full-time Master’s of Science (MSc) program, aimed at training students in advanced biomedical physiology. This program incorporates course works as well as closely supervised thesis research involving the use of various physiologic techniques. Graduates from this program are fully competent in performing and interpreting physiologic tests and investigation, and are equipped to have successful careers in clinical care, academics and research in both private and public settings. The department has a total of seven faculty members, with five supporting staffs, including full-time laboratory technicians. The department houses a well-equipped exercise physiology facility that provides an excellent platform for research in the areas of cardiovascular and respiratory medicine. The department also utilizes it’s facilities to support various consultancy and outreach activities. In collaboration with other departments in and outside of MUHAS, our research portfolio has mainly focused on the following: Cardiovascular risk assessment and prevention; Spirometric evaluation of patients with heart disease; Occupational and environmental exposure and their effects in human health and Effects of exercise/physical activity in obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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P.O. Box 65001
Dar es Salaam
Tel: Direct: +255-22-2151680, Tel: +255 22 2150302-6 (Ext. 1008 Dean, 1276 OMS)
Fax: +255-022-2150465