University of Cape Coast, Ghana

History of UCC 

The University of Cape Coast located within 500 metres of the Atlantic ocean. This makes it one of the rare sea front universities in the world. The university is located in the historic city of Cape Coast which is known to be one of the popular tourist destinations in West Africa to due to its historic sites, national park and beautiful and clean beaches. The city houses the Cape Coast Castle which was the seat of governance for Swedish, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch and the British colonial administrators. It was also the centre for the infamous transatlantic slave trade.

The University of Cape Coast is the topmost ranked University in Ghana and West Africa and it is 4th in Africa in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings ( The University of Cape Coast also ranks first globally for research influence.

We have several relevant undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes in the social sciences, arts and humanities, physical sciences, life sciences, formal sciences and education. The focus of our programmes is informed by the global trends in addressing complex challenges of today. Our University provides a serene environment for learning and recreation with facilities designed to ensure student’s comfort. Academic programmes in the university are organised in five Colleges; the College of Health and Allied Sciences, Distance Education, Humanities and Legal Studies, Agriculture and Natural Sciences and Educational Studies. Our World class Centres of Excellence provide the requisite support for multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary teaching and research.

Our programmes are designed for both short stay students and those seeking degree admissions. We have strong partners both in Ghana and on every continent. Our education, research and innovation partnerships are built on best practices, which ensure mutual benefits.

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College of Health and Allied Sciences  

The College of Health and Allied Sciences (CoHAS) is designed to link the mission of UCC to humanity and offer unprecedented opportunities to people with interest in health professions. The College runs more than 12 undergraduate, masters and doctoral health-related professional degree programmes. The College hosts the School of Medical Sciences (SMS), School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SoPPS), School of Nursing and Midwifery (SoNM) and the School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS). The teaching philosophy of the Schools links education to industry, knowledge to experience and theory to practice.  

The University of Cape Coast is among the top 3 universities in Africa in the subject, Clinical and Health Sciences. The University placed 151-175th out of 925 universities ranked globally for 2022 and CoHAS takes pride in this.

Institutional Support 

Through the Centre for International Education, the University offers the following support: 

  1. Orientation service   
  1. Airport pick up of fresh international students  
  1. Tour of UCC campus  
  1. Tour of Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle, and Kakum Canopy Walkway  
  1. Assistance in registration of courses 
  1. An Immigration Office at the University’s Centre for International Education – For processing student visas and resident permits     
  1. Halls of Residence
    1. 6 halls of residents
      1. 1 for males only
      1. 1 for females only
      1. 4 for both males and females
    1. Hostels
      1. UCC Alumni Hostel
      1. Superannuation Hostel 
      1. Student Representative Council (SRC) Hostel 
  2. Academic Programmes on Offer
    1. MPhil (Infection and Immunity)
    1. MPhil (Drug Discovery and Development)
    1. PhD (Drug Discovery and Development)


Ghana is a developing country that is faced with the challenge of providing quality healthcare for her populace. This has made quality healthcare available to only a small section of the population. In Ghana and the rest of the world, there are diseases or clinical conditions such as cancer and HIV-AIDS where available drugs have severe harmful side effects which limit their therapeutic benefits. Again, the menace of infectious diseases, drug resistance, emerging and re-emerging diseases have served as a strong motivation for the discovery of lead candidates and development of new drugs. 

A UNDP report published in 2007 indicates that the inadequate number of health facilities coupled with the few numbers of trained personnel at healthcare facilities has resulted in many Ghanaians resorting to a combination of traditional and orthodox medicines for treating diseases. According to the report, an estimated 80% of the Ghanaian population relies on herbal preparations for primary healthcare. Currently, there is a proliferation of herbal medicines on the Ghanaian market (both rural and urban markets) purported to treat various diseases, but efficacies and the toxicities of some these drugs have not been investigated. There is therefore the need to identify the active principles in these herbal products, develop them into new drugs and also determine their toxicities. 

The Department of Biomedical Sciences runs the MPhil/PhD programme in Drug Discovery and Development, which is one of the themes in Biomedical Sciences, following the current influx of medications (both herbal and allopathic) on the Ghanaian market. It is of relevance to Ghana that more investigations are conducted to ascertain the toxicity of these drugs as well as to discover new drugs with improved efficacy and less side effects. This programme is not run in any institution in Ghana. 


The main aim of the programme is to produce high calibre graduates with knowledge and skills to discover, synthesise new drugs, and assess the toxicological profile of new and existing drugs. 


The specific objectives are to equip students with: 

  1. the knowledge and skills required for the discovery and development of novel chemical and biological entities into drugs. 
  1. relevant skills to initiate and conduct research in the fields of drug discovery and development. 
  1. fundamental competencies in various aspects of drug discovery and development to function effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team. 
  1. entrepreneurial skills in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.  


Prospective graduates can look forward to thrilling careers in research and development in the pharmaceutical industries, research institutions, academic institutions, policy-making and regulatory agencies and in education. 



The Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Cape Coast, is not oblivious of the challenges infectious diseases present globally. While developed countries are concerned about re-emerging and emerging infectious diseases, developing countries like Ghana are rather concerned with battling HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, etc. Our ability to deal with the current burden of infectious diseases and also curtail the re-emergence and emergence of new infections heavily hinge on having a critical mass of knowledgeable and highly skilled biomedical and medical scientists in the field of infection and immunity. However, such calibre of human resource is currently ominously lacking in the West African sub-Region.  

The majority of existing postgraduate programmes had focused only on medical microbiology and a handful deal with immunology. Thus, graduates of these programmes may have deficiencies that make it difficult for them to develop into research leaders and accomplished academics in the vital area of infection and immunity. In response to this lack of adequate numbers of well-trained scientists in the area of infection and immunity, the MPhil programme was designed to equip candidates with the knowledge and skills needed for a career in teaching and research in medical microbiology and immunology. Thus, the curriculum for this programme expertly couples microbiology and immunology to present students with a holistic view of infectious diseases and immunity against pathogenic microbes. 



The main goal of the Infection and Immunity programme is to provide students with the knowledge and technical skills needed for successful careers in infectious diseases research.    


The specific objectives are to: 

  1. Provide students with sound theoretical, conceptual and technical knowledge base in medical microbiology and immunology. 
  1. Stimulate student to leverage their knowledge and skills to better understand and/or address the challenges of infectious diseases. 
  1. Provide students with a sound basis for a prospective terminal degree (PhD) in infection and immunity.        


The MPhil programme is designed to equip candidates with the knowledge and skills needed for a career in teaching and research in medical microbiology and immunology. Therefore, exciting career opportunities for prospective students include working in research institutions (fundamental research) as laboratory managers, researchers in hospitals, in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, policy-making organisations in science and healthcare, and in education. 

University of Cape Coast  

Partnering for Health Professional Training in African Universities (P4PHT-II) 

Institutional Details:

Acronym: UCC

Country: Ghana


Contact Person of UCC:                         

Name:  Prof. Dorcas Obiri-Yeboah

Telephone Number:+233244527387


Moi University, Kenya

Moi University was established in 1984 by an Act of Parliament (Moi University Act, 1984) as the second public university in Kenya. This was on the recommendation of a Presidential Working Party, chaired by Prof. Collins B. Mackay, which had collected views from Kenyans about the desirability of the same.  

The University was established with an intention of making it a science, technology and development oriented institution which would focus on problems of rural development in its training and research programmes. The first group of students, 83 in total, was admitted on October 1, 1984 through a transfer, from the Department of Forestry of the University of Nairobi, which formed the initial one faculty in 1984. This group was housed and taught at Kaptagat Hotel since the new campus location had no buildings. The University Act of 1984 was repealed and replaced by the Universities Act No. 42 of 2012, which is the one in current use. Under this Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology has considerable powers over the operations of both the public as well as private universities.

School of Dentistry                                      

Dental Health was part of the Department of Surgery and Traumatology in the then Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). Thereafter, an independent department was formed in 1996 and mandated to prepare the groundwork for the start of the School of Dentistry as it continued to participate in the teaching of Medical and Nursing students in the school. 
The School of Dentistry (SOD) is now a full-fledged school under the College of Health Sciences.   

School of Public Health              

The School of Public Health was established in October 1998 as the Institute of Public Health, initially to offer graduate training. The pioneer class of students, Master of Public Health (MPH) 

As a public health leader, the School bears unique responsibility for research that improves the health of populations and informs policy and programming for effective public health interventions. The goal of our academic programmes is to instill in our students values of lifelong learning, inquiry and public service. The corner stone of our outreach strategy is to engage communities, leaders, professionals and other stakeholders within and beyond the University as partners in the mission of public health.

School of Medicine                                    

Moi University School of Medicine (MUSOM )was established in 1988 as a Faculty of Health Sciences, with the first group of students being admitted in 1990. The Faculty of Health Sciences was divided into School of Public Health (SPH) and School of Medicine (SOM) in July 2005 in accordance with the University strategic plan of 2005-2015. The School was later to give birth to School of Dentistry (SOD), the School of Nursing (SON) and the recently established Institute of Biomedical Informatics (IBMI). 

The philosophy of the School entails training health professionals in the context of the community in which they will later practice. It encourages the student to acquire the important skills of self-directed learning, problem solving and effective communication. In addition, the School emphasizes not only curative, hospital-based Medicine, but also prevention of disease and promotion of good health through its community oriented approach. 

The Moi University School of Medicine hosts one of the largest research centers in the region, and our research output continues to inform policy and practice in Kenya and globally. Our researchers are at the cutting edge of research in HIV/AIDS, Child Health, Mental Health, and Chronic Disease Management, and we continuously engage in collaborative research with partners in other centers around the world. We welcome partnerships that will generate outcomes that will further knowledge and practice in the health professions, and industry collaborations are encouraged in order to provide the environment to demonstrate the effectiveness of our research.


The University does not have any of its own but an officer from the College of Health Sciences will assist to ensure the student gets a safe place of residence that is a walking distance to school. 

Makerere University, Uganda

Makerere University is the largest university in Uganda and one of the highest rated universities in sub-Saharan Africa, ranking 8th overall in Africa. The core activities of the University are Training, Research and Community Outreach. The University’s vision is: “To be a thought leader of knowledge generation for societal transformation and development”; and its mission is: “To provide transformative and innovative teaching, learning, research and services responsive to dynamic national and global needs”. It was first established as a technical school in 1922.  Over the years it has undergone many changes, rescently in 2011 Makerere University transformed into a collegiate system with 10 colleges. Each college is comprised of 2 or more schools of which the department is the smallest administrative unit. The institution boasts of over 4000 staff members, 1500 of them being academic staff,and twenty six percent of whom are female. The University currently has over 40,000 students admitted to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, nearly 10% of these are international students. The University is now gearing to become a majorly research led institution with more postgraduate than undergraduate admissions in the years to come. The university collaborates with several universities around the world, including being a member of the Association of African Universities and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)

The College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) is one of the colleges of Makerere University whose mission is to improve the health of the people of Uganda through innovative teaching, research and provision of services responsive to societal needs. The college comprises four schools namely; School of Health Sciences, School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health and School of Medicine. The schools offer diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses covering a broad range of disciplines and specialties. MakCHS has competent scientists to manage the project. Currently the college is supervising 36 PhD students and 215 Masters students solely and in collaboration with other Institutions of higher learning both locally and internationally.

Our role as a partner will entail: coordination and management of student and staff mobility within the node. This will include hosting two academic programmes proposed in the project, documentation and reporting on the project activities and outcomes to overall coordinator of the project, and to promote project activities for purposes of enhancing visibility

Linköping University, Sweden

Linköping University, LiU, conducts world-leading, boundary-crossing research in fields that include materials science, IT and hearing. In the same spirit, the university offers many innovative educational programmes, frequently with a clear professional focus and leading to qualification as, for example, doctors, teachers, economists and engineers.

LiU was granted university status in 1975 and today has 32,000 students and 4,000 employees. The students are
among the most desirable in the labour market and international rankings consistently place LiU as a leading global university.