The research and training collaboration in Uganda provides diverse opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines from medical residents to undergraduate research trainees.


Current Projects

As part of the Global Health Leadership track, residents have the option to obtain international health experience at MUST.

This is a prospective cohort to describe clinical characteristics, predictors of poor outcomes both during hospitalization and at home, functional status and quality of life among patients aged 13years or more, consecutively admitted with acute decompensated heart failure in the cardiology unit of the Medical ward at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.

The purpose of this study is twofold. First, it will seek to evaluate biomass fuel exposure as an ESCC risk factor by comparing personal carbon monoxide exposure among ESCC patients to that of age and gender matched controls with normal esophageal epithelia. Second, it will seek to examine food preparation methods and dietary patterns as risk factors for ESCC in southwestern Uganda.

The objectives of this study are to assess the prevalence of various cardiovascular risk factors (hypertension, obesity, dyslipidemia, and diabetes mellitus) and to evaluate behavioral and socioeconomic determinants of cardiovascular risk factors by assessing diet, physical activity, smoking, alcohol use and socioeconomic status in older HIV positive and negative adults in Mbarara municipality, Southwestern Uganda.

This project is a community-based research project to explore sexual and reproductive health needs of very young adolescents, ages 10-14, in rural Uganda. 

In collboration with Epicentre Research Center, students use molecular techniques including PCR to identify various gene mutations that confer drug resistance to the malaria parasite. 



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Mbarara is a district in Western Uganda and located approximately 5 hours by car from Kampala and approximately 4 hours by car from Kigali, Rwanda.