The Makerere University College of Health Sciences School of Public Health, is up to execute a $3m infrastructure expansion project. The project will entail construction of a 5-storey building that will house tutorial rooms, demonstration and innovation laboratories, auditoriums as well as space for research fellows, doctoral students and post-doctoral trainees among others. 

These facilitates, together with the pre-existing ones, will enable SPH to provide world class and modern training and skills impartation on public health professionals who will be capable of addressing the ever increasing magnitude and complexity of public health problems.


The goal is to raise three million US dollars ($3m) for expansion of the School of Public Health building.


Makerere University School of Public Health (SPH) is a leading public health institution in Uganda and within the East and Central Africa region. Founded in 1954 as a Department of Preventive Medicine, it became an Institute of Public Health in 1974 following which it was upgraded to a School of Public Health in 2007 under the College of Health Sciences. Details about MakSPH are shared on http://musph.ac.ug/.

Existing and future programs at MakSPH in fields such as Health Informatics, Monitoring and Evaluation, mHealth, and Innovations require appropriately designed and sufficient space, infrastructural settings and modern equipment. 

The Problem

Each passing day, public health challenges are increasing both in volume and complexity thereby demanding even more grounded public health professionals who can provide leadership in addressing major global health challenges. Such challenges include but are not limited to rapid population growth and urbanisation, climate change and environmental degradation, epidemics and pandemics of emerging and re-emerging pathogens and etiologic agents, internal displacements of people and refugee crises due to natural disasters and armed conflicts, and poor and constrained health systems. 

SPH therefore finds itself at the centre of this demand to produce appropriately trained and skilled human resource that can ably spearhead thorough, adequate and timely responses to the aforementioned health challenges. In addition, the School, as a public health academic institution is also expected to conduct state-of-art research and adduce evidence-based interventions for programmatic use in tackling health challenges. For example, in the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the School was requested by the African Union to provide over 200 Public Health Professionals to support the control of the epidemic in the shortest possible time.

Despite the School’s willingness and determination to respond positively to the communities’ demands, its ability to meet the need is severely constrained by the available infrastructure and resources, specifically labs, tutorial rooms and auditoriums. While the University has responded by increasing number of staff and student enrolment, there has not been a commensurate increase in space and equipment required for training, research, skills building and mentoring of future public health leaders.

Our Call to Action

SPH therefore is seeking to solicit support from all partners, stakeholders and well-wishers towards the expansion of the School of Public Health and the diversification of facilities that can support the type of training and research that will meet the challenges of our times.  The proposed infrastructure upgrade will also enable SPH to significantly contribute to meeting the sustainable development goals while mitigating the current health related challenges.   


The current space and infrastructural settings are insufficient to enable the School meet both the current and future demands for academics and innovations, research and development. In the last ten years, we have experienced an increase in the number of academic programmes coupled with doubling of the student enrolment.  This has led to the cumbersome and often unreliable borrowing of teaching space from other university units. Borrowing space is neither sustainable nor convenient.  

Although we have embraced more flexible means of program delivery through our distance education program, our predicted growth in research and teaching during the next ten years will result in doubling of the current student enrolment and increase in academic programs by almost half. The latter is necessary in order to align our graduates and trainees with the current global health challenges. New academic programs that have been designed and proposed to cater for the specialist needs of public health professionals include Master of Science (MSc) degrees in Environmental Health, Health Informatics and Monitoring and Evaluation, and PhD degrees in Health Services Research, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics.  We further expect an increase in demand for continuing professional development programmes in terms of fellowships and short courses.       

We strongly believe that it is essential that MakSPH’s ambitions and its future progress are not constrained by lack of space. There is therefore need to upgrade to match the increased student enrollment as well as cater for desired new innovations in teaching. We remain committed to equip our students with the necessary education and skills to make a significant contribution to the economy and society as a whole.


Proposed building structural summary

  • Five storeys building
  • Total area is 2,462m2
  • Total number of rooms is 56

Ø Ground floor: Reception, Parking, Canteen and Kitchen

Ø 1st Floor: Board room, lecture rooms, tutorial rooms

Ø 2nd Floor: Auditorium, laboratories s and tutorial rooms

Ø 3rd Floor: Library, laboratories and offices

Ø 4th Floor: Tutorial rooms, auditorium and laboratories

Ø 5th Floor: Tutorial rooms, auditorium laboratories and wellness centre


Proposed sources of funds 

A)   Internally generated funds

  • Makerere University main administration
    • Land
  • School of Public Health
    • Faculty
    • Alumni
    • Grants / Projects


B)    Externally generated funds 

o   In country organisations/agencies

o   International organisation/agencies


C)   Government of Uganda


Proposed methods of raising funds

  • Organisation donations 
  • Individual donations
  • Sale of coupons/tickets
  • Auctions
  • Functions (Dinners, walks/ marathon)

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Proposed Timelines

Ground Breaking is set for November 1st, 2017 Ceteris paribus (also when we realize 75% as money on the account)


This initiative was launched by the MakSPH Family on May 26th, 2017 at Makerere University School of Public Health Annex Kololo, Kampala Uganda. Access pictures highlighting this event here. 

Click HERE to view the Infrastructure Development committee


Contact Us

Dr. Christine Nalwadda Kayemba, BDS, MPH, PhD

Lecturer School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University

New Mulago Hill Road

P.O. Box 7072

Kampala Uganda

Telephone: +256 414 543872

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


The detailed Artistic Impression of the Building is accessible here

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