The Director reports to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Research and Consultancy services and eventually to the Vice Chancellor, while all academic decisions are approved by the Senate Continuing Education and Professional Development Committee. Since the Directorate is undergoing transformation, the Clinical Skills Laboratory is yet to be established.

Vision Statement

To be a national and regional centre of excellence in provision of quality and sustainable Continuing Education and Professional Development in health and related disciplines.

Mission Statement

To provide quality, demand driven continuing education through facilitation, promotion and coordination for the health sector and beyond.


Functions of DCEPD

In pursuing effective coordination of CEPD programmes to improve skills and knowledge of MUHAS staffs and health workers in the country at large, the directorate executes the following functions:

  • Facilitate, co-ordinate and regulate MUHAS CEPD activities
  • Conduct demand-driven CEPD courses.
  • Oversee professional development of MUHAS staff for enhanced CEPD delivery.
  • Conduct regular market research and needs assessment of CEPD and effect appropriate interventions.
  • In collaboration with other directorates and units, develop, promote, strengthen and maintain effective and sustainable infrastructure and institutional capacity for CEPD at MUHAS.
  • Promote and market CEPD capacities of the University
  • Coordinate and regulate development of ICT based and distance education CEPD and other distance education programmes at MUHAS.
  • Establish CEPD relevant partnerships with other training institutions, businesses, NGOs, development partners, local and international organisations.
  • Promote the financial sustainability of CEPD activities in the University.
  • Develop and maintain an accreditation and certification scheme for CEPD activities.
About The Directorate of Continuing Education and professional Development (DCEPD)

The Directorate of Continuing Education and professional Development (DCEPD) is a unique unit committed to improve skills of health workforce in the Tanzania to meet the current needed level of health expertise through coordination and conduction of health related short training programmes. By partnering with the government, businesses, NGO’s, local and international medical institutions and donors, the unit stands as an important centre for health based continuing education courses in the country

 The Directorate was established in 2007 to address shortage of current skills and knowledge of MUHAS staff and Tanzania workforce at large. MUHAS, for while, has been the leading producer of health workforce of different cadres serving the country. With the increasing national population at a rate of 2.9% per annum and therefore increase in demand of health workforce in the country, MUHAS has been responding by continuously increasing enrollment in each cadre.

To produce competent graduates to combat evolving health challenges facing the population, students need to be taught through modern learning and teaching techniques by competent instructors with the updated skills and knowledge. MUHAS through the directorate is dedicated to achieve this objective by coordinating and providing training to orient both academic and supporting staffs on best teaching and researching practices as well as coordinating periodic curriculum reviews and producing competence based curriculum.

As the country’s demand for continuing education in health sector is high due to continuous changes in health applied technology, invention of new good practices in delivery of health services, new prevention and treatment methodologies for newly emerging diseases as well as changes in health policies, the directorate, has been successfully in training professionals in health sector working in different locations to serve the country. MUHAS is committed to take a huge part in reducing this demand by being the recognizable center in the country for coordinating the education. By working with different partners including the government, NGO’s, donors and other medical institutions, MUHAS through.

Objectives of DCEPD

The directorate is governed by the following objectives towards coordinating CEPD courses for all health workers in the country:

a) To coordinate, regulate and spearhead CEPD at MUHAS

b) To conduct comprehensive CEPD needs assessment in the health and related sectors.

c) To develop, strengthen and implement internal and external marketable CEPD programmes.

d) To develop and use effective national and international networks and partnerships to promote CEPD.

e) To embed CEPD activities and procedures within MUHAS set up. 

f) To develop an infrastructure, facilities and resources for the CEPD.