When? Open all year round

The Department of Medical Microbiology based at Makerere University, College of Health Sciences   offers short course in Mycobacteriology which runs for two to six weeks depending on the interest of the applicant. The course is designed in different modules to meet the national and regional needs of laboratory personnel and scientists working on tuberculosis at different levels. Need assessment and consultation with Ministry of Health (Uganda), the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL) and other partners from the region was done before setting a training centre to cater for the gaps identified. The department of Microbiology has biosafety level 3 culture laboratory for practical, conducive training rooms and well trained facilitators, who are selected from faculty and other partners within the country.

Course Objectives
This training course aims at:

  • Equipping participants with skills and competencies aimed at bridging the knowledge gap usually not covered by College education, yet vital to tuberculosis control and infectious diseases at large
  • Equipping and introducing participants to new TB diagnostic methodologies especially those approved by World Health Organization (WHO)

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the acceptable biosafety measures  and proper design of Mycobacteriology laboratory
  • Describe quality assurance mechanism  in relation with Mycobacteriology laboratory
  • Describe specimen collection, transportation, processing, identification (including molecular methods) Drug Susceptibility Tests (DST), results interpretation  and reporting for mycobacteria
  • Describe and apply the concepts of  non commercial culture and DST methods for identification of Multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB, including DSTs for second line drugs
  • Have contributed to the realization of the College’s mission, which aims at  improving the health of Ugandans and beyond

Course Content
The course is organized into the following modules, some of which are compulsory while others are elective depending on the applicant’s need.

  • Biosafety
  • Introduction to Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP)
  • Instrumentation (e.g. BACTEC machines, GenXpert, etc)
  • Conventional TB diagnostics
  • Specimen processing, identification and Drug Susceptibility Testing
  • Microscopic Observation Drug Susceptibility Assay (MODS)
  • Nitrate Reductase Assay (NRA)
  • TB-Molecular Diagnostics including Line probe assays for MDR

Mode of delivery
Practical sessions: 60% of the time
Keynote Lectures: 30% of the time
Self Directed Learning: 5%
Mentorship: 5%

We also do follow up on our trainees upon request.
Trainees from other countries

How to apply
For Applications and inquiries, please contact Francis Mumbowa, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Geraldine Nalwadda, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 256-414-541830 (office) or 256-772-464328 (mobile)
Fax: 256-414-533033