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Makerere University – Kampala, Uganda

Northwestern University partners with Makerere University Medical School, located in Kampala, Uganda, and whose campus includes the Institute of Public Health, the Infectious Diseases Institute and Mulago Hospital, the largest hospital in Uganda. First- and fourth-year medical students are invited to apply to complete a rotation at Makerere, and there may also be opportunities for medical students to pursue research projects in global health.

  • Dates: M1s may visit during the summer only, while M3s and M4s may complete a rotation at various times during the year depending on their schedules
  • Length of rotation: Four weeks
  • Location: Kampala, Uganda
  • Language requirement: None
  • Student level: M1s, M3s, M4s, MPH students, residents, fellows
  • How to apply: Complete the online application
  • Rotation areas: M1s are required to divide their time between Mulago Hospital in Kampala and one of several district hospitals in rural areas outside of the capital and may gain clinical exposure in cardiology, family planning, pediatrics and family and community medicine rotations; M4s have additional rotations available, including infectious disease, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and oncology

Medical Education Exchange

Feinberg students have the opportunity to complete a medical rotation at Mulago hospital in addition to visiting at district hospitals within one day's drive from Kampala. Visiting medical students are able to observe chronic and infectious diseases and treatments that are not commonly seen in the U.S. Fourth-year students generally spend approximately five hours a day, five days a week in Mulago hospital. First-year students may visit Mulago hospital for a maximum of two weeks and are limited to cardiology, family planning and pediatrics rotations. They spend the remainder of their time participating in the community-based education and service (COBES) program at one of two district hospitals in Kayunga or Kawolo, Uganda, and work in teams with Ugandan medical students on various public health projects. M4s will have many more clinical rotations open to them. A maximum of six Feinberg students may visit Makerere University during any one rotation period. The dress code at the hospital calls for conservative attire.

Students may have the opportunity to join Ugandan medical students in Makerere's problem-based learning curriculum as well as participate in COBES, which allows students to exercise social responsibility through service while learning about health-seeking behaviors, the social and economic context of rural life, as well as the value of strategic partnerships and community participation. Under the supervision of faculty-linked tutor, medical students spend several weeks working in inter-professional teams and with community healthcare workers on a specific public health and/or health education projects based out of a district hospital in a rural setting.

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Space permitting, students may stay in the international students dormitory, Edge House, at Makerere University and at a student house near one of the district hospitals when outside of Kampala.


Students are required to pay the following fees (USD) to Makerere University for a four-week clinical rotation. These are estimates and are subject to change. Makerere University may charge additional fees depending on the specific hospital and program that hosts the student.

  • Housing: Approximately $700-$900, depending on length of stay and dorm
  • International student registration fee, coordination and transportation fees: $200-$350
  • COBES program (rural rotation): $150


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Ceppie Merry, MBBChBAO, adjunct professor at Feinberg and lecturer and clinical researcher at Makerere University, talks about doing a rotation in a developing country:

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