Faculty of Health Science at the University of Ghana: When the first group of students joined in 1962 to pursue courses leading to a medical degree, medical sciences were a part of the University of Ghana’s curriculum.
History Of Faculty Of Health Science UG Legon
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s administration in Ghana had plans to create a medical institution that would be entirely owned and operated by Ghanaians. In 1964, Professor C. O. Easmon was appointed as the Ghana Medical School’s first dean.
The Korle Bu Hospital, which also acted as a Teaching Hospital for the School’s clinical courses, housed this School in temporary buildings. The Ghana Medical School was renamed University of Ghana Medical School after it joined the University of Ghana in 1969. (UGMS).
The University of Ghana Medical School launched the creation of a dental school in 1974. While clinical programs were undertaken at the Universities of Lagos, Nigeria; Manchester, England; and London, United Kingdom, clinical courses were given at the Medical School. The clinical courses were entirely localized by 1992. As a result, the University appointed Dentistry as a faculty member. In 1997, the first group of dental surgeons with indigenous training graduated.
The Japanese government provided funding for the establishment of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in 1979. This Research Institute is located on a University of Ghana property that was set aside for a long-term medical school.
The School of Public Health was established in 1994 by UGMS and the Ministry of Health to provide graduate-level coursework leading to the award of the MPH, MPhil, and PhD degrees. Initially, this School was headquartered in the Department of Statistics and the Institute of Statistical, Social, and Economic Research at the University of Ghana. The Bill Gates Centre for Malaria Research and Control is being built on the site of the main university’s medical complex, which marks the beginning of the School’s permanent construction.
The School of Public Health is currently a full-fledged institution with programs leading to bachelor’s and doctoral degrees.
The School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS), now known as the School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences (SBAHS), was founded by the Ministry of Health in 1998 to provide graduate-level allied health professional training. This institution offers a variety of disciplines, including radiography, medical laboratory science, and physiotherapy.
In 1999, the Academic Board and the University Council adopted this idea. In the year 2001, this institution was established. The Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology, which had previously been financed by the Ministry of Health and established in 1994, was phased out with the creation of the School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences. The idea of founding a medical college was put out in 1994. Planning for the College lasted five (5) years.
The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, the School of Public Health, the University of Ghana Medicine School, the School of Allied Health Sciences, now known as the School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences (SBAHS), and the School of Nursing were to be combined to form a College of Medical Sciences. This proposal was approved by the University of Ghana Academic Board in 1997.
The University Council approved the College’s formation on December 11, 1999, but revised the name to COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES. The University of Ghana Statutes’ Schedule D, which created the University of Ghana Medical School, was altered to create the College.
In the University of Ghana, UG Legon, there are around 7 Schools and Institutions that fall under the College of Health Science.
- School of Nursing And Midwifery
- School of Biomedical Allied Health Sciences
- School of Public Health
- University of Ghana Dental School
- School of Pharmacy
- Noguchi Memorial Institute For Medical Research
- University of Ghana Medical School