Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health is a core department under the Kabale University School of Medicine and Kabale Regional Referral Hospital. The Department aspires to be a center of excellence in child health, training and research in the Great Lakes region and beyond through training of highly competent healthcare providers capable of providing quality and locally appropriate Paediatrics and Child Health services to patients and conducting relevant health interventions for the benefit of children and adolescents in Kabale and beyond.

Clinical services are mainly offered in the children’s ward of Kabale Regional Referral Hospital. The department is looking to, in the short term work with Kabale Regional Referral Hospital in developing special out-patient clinics and in the long term develop sub-speciality services in paediatric cardiology, neonatology, pulmonology, Gastro enterology, Hepatology, Endocrinology, oncology, nephrology and neurology, as well as expand existing neonatal services to include neonatal intensive care.

We also seek to work with sister Universities and Teaching hospitals in the region to create opportunities for elective placement for our students and research collaborations for our members of staff.

The department is currently running one program, the Master of Medicine in Paediatrics and Child Health.

The overall goal of the Master of Medicine in Paediatrics and Child Health program is to train competent specialists in the practice of Paediatrics and Child Health and research. The graduates should be able to manage and organize Paediatrics and Child Health services for communities with ability to mentor, train and supervise other health workers.
All graduate students must have three basic competence domains; knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to be professional doctors.

The aim of the programme of Paediatrics and Child Health is to produce competent Paediatricians able to:

  • Ethically practice the specialty with appropriate behavior towards colleagues and community
  • Recognize the health needs of special populations e.g neonates, children with special needs and adolescents.
  • Recognize and manage pathological states related to child health with adequate knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and microbiology
  • Know current/recent advances in the field of Paediatrics and Child Health and other related issues
  • Apply the principles of research methodology and epidemiology in clinical practice Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Mentor and teach medical and paramedical professionals
  • Organize and supervise health care services with adequate managerial skills
  • Advocate for child health and the welfare of children
  • Admission requirements

For any student to be admitted on this graduate program, he/she:

  • Must be a holder of MBChB or its equivalent from a recognized University
  • Should have passed MBChB or its equivalent with good grades or Cumulative Grade Point Average.
  • Should be proficient in English or provide a certificate of English proficiency if the language of instruction in the previous institution was not English.
  • Should have worked for at least two (2) years post internship

Course Duration
The Masters of Medicine in Pediatrics and Child Health is a three-year program. Each year is comprised of two semesters and one recess term except for year three which has only two semesters. The duration of each semester is 17 weeks; 15 weeks for teaching and learning and two weeks for examinations. The recess term lasts 10 weeks.