St. Joseph School of Medicine (SJSM)

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The St. Joseph School of Medicine (SJSM) is an academic unit in the St. Joseph College of Health and Allied Sciences (SJCHAS), which is a Constituent College of the St. Joseph University in Tanzania (SJUIT) located at Boko-Dovya, Kinondoni District in Dar es Salaam. The SJUIT is a fully accredited University which is run by the Catholic Missionaries, The Registered Trustees of Daughters of Mary Immaculate and Collaborators (DMI). It started back in 2003 as an institution registered under the ambit of the then National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) and was registered by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) and accredited in 2011. In 2014, responding to request from the Government of Tanzania to run Health and Allied Sciences programmes to help address a national need for increasing training opportunities in health and allied sciences fields and the concern for improving doctors’ training, the DMI acquired Santon Medical Care Limited (SMCL) and gave the facility to the St. Joseph University In Tanzania to establish a College of Health and Allied Sciences. In 2014, the University eventually established the St. Joseph College of Health and Allied Sciences and was granted a certificate of full registration by TCU in 2015 to start its operations, and was later on fully accredited by TCU in August 2022.

The School of Medicine is equipped with the facilities and staff needed to runs Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme. The first Doctor of Medicine students arrived at the College in October 2015. Teaching took place in the new Campus at Boko Dovya with procured modern facilities, and for teaching of clinical subjects, the College had MoU with the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) and Mwananyamala and Temeke referral hospitals whilst preparations for building the University’s teaching hospital progressed. There were 450 students in the first intake. The teaching faculty consisted of a mixture of local and foreign staff of professors and numerous lecturers with rich experience in subjects like Human Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pathology, Physiology, Psychiatry, Medicine and Community Medicine.




Mission & Vision


To be recognized as the best healthcare training institution in East Africa.


Capacity Building of the Nation and its Youth in Medical Sciences; to meet the Emerging Challenges happening in Medical Field, by imparting Quality Medical Education with Professional Ethics and Discipline; which contributes in making Tanzania a country that offers good health care.

Philosophy of School of Medicine

School’s philosophy is to inculcate Moral, Spiritual Professional and ethical values students in to heath and allied sciences and mold their personality, enriched with academic and service skills, which in turn instills the confidence to face global challenges. The School strives to ensure that its programmes deliver the necessary clinical, population health, communication, managerial, entrepreneurial and ICT knowledge, skills and competencies to enable the students develop a broad, integrated approach and become active participants in the health care and social wellbeing of their country. Curricula are carefully designed to provide a unique opportunity to disseminate knowledge that meets a wide range stakeholders’ expectations including professional bodies, employers and the society.