Dar es Salaam: The U.S. Embassy in Tanzania presented certificates of completion yesterday (August 15, 2019) to 25 undergraduate students at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), following the completion of a new U.S. government-sponsored English language course for health professionals. Since June, the students have participated in a blended course of both online and face-to-face mentorship, which has been jointly developed by Georgia State University and MUHAS. The course is taught by MUHAS faculty and American English Language Fellow Tyler Theyerl, supplementing existing MUHAS’ communication skills courses. Following the pilot program, MUHAS will make the semester-length course available to all 600 undergraduate students, as well as other medical schools in Tanzania.

Speaking at the ceremony, Regional English Language Officer George M. Chinnery thanked the students for their role in developing a course that will benefit all Tanzanians, emphasizing the critical role of English in health care. “Improving public health is one of our U.S. Mission’s top priorities. Recognizing that English is the medium of instruction in Tanzania’s higher education, as well as the dominant language of scholarly journals and professional conferences, this English for Health Professionals course aims to prepare students not only for their studies at MUHAS, but also for their continued professional development.” Global Program Officer for the State Department’s E-Teacher Program, visiting Tanzania from Washington, D.C. to evaluate the course, added “We are honored to have partnered with MUHAS University on this pilot program and look forward to future iterations of the course and continued collaboration moving forward.”