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The College of Health Sciences was established in 1996 at the former Dilla College of Teacher Education and Health Sciences (DCTEHS). It was moved to Hawassa with the existing structure in 2003, by then the college consists of two faculties namely medical and public health. The Medical Faculty had the following departments by then; Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, four major clinical departments (internal medicine, pediatrics and child health, surgery, gynecology and obstetrics) and preclinical departments and two undergraduate programs (Medicine and Medical Laboratory Technology). The Public Health Faculty by then was composed of three departments namely: Public health officer, Nursing and Environmental health.
The college has also a teaching referral hospital with 350 bed capacity, located 5 Kms south of Hawassa town with a lake side beautiful natural scenario. The hospital being the largest hospital in the South of Ethiopia, it serves more than 12 million people. In addition to the in-campus activities, there are also community-based industry villages where students work, conduct a research, learn (assess, diagnose, plan, intervene and evaluate) community health related problems.
The College of Medicine and Health Sciences was established by the amalgamation of the former Public and Medical Faculties including the university referral hospital in September 2009 by the business process reengineering undertaken in the university. Currently the college has three schools (Medicine, Public health and Environmental sciences, Nursing and Midwifery) and one department (Medical Laboratory Sciences) under its umbrella. The college currently has 203 academic staff working at different academic rank levels from Technical assistant to associate professor.
Hawassa University College of Medicine and Health Sciences currently host 1,732 undergraduate & graduate students. All physicians of the hospital are staff of School of Medicine and hence the role of school of medicine in the hospital service is very crucial. The Clinical services & students’ Practical training directorate, which is directly accountable to the college head, coordinates the hospital’s clinical services & practical trainings of the students in general.
The College has years of experience in collaborating with national and international institutions. At the moment, the college has collaboration with the JHU: TSHAE- technical and academic collaboration, WHO: capacity building collaboration, UNFPA: academic collaboration, with ACIPH: Academic and capacity building collaboration, with the Canada Saskatchewan University College of Nursing: academic collaboration, with CDC Ethiopia: capacity building, with University of Minnesota: research and capacity building , Engender Health Ethiopia: Capacity building, with Malaria Consortium-Ethiopia: Capacity building, ORBIS-Ethiopia: academic and capacity building, South Gwent Health Link: Training & Capacity Building, MEPI: Capacity building and Improving the quality of Medical Education, with SNNPR Health Bureau : academic, training and capacity building.