Midwifery training program for the first time was opened here in Gondar in the former Gondar Public Health College and Training Center by the year 1959, starting by training nurse midwives for nine months. In 1986, a certificate level midwifery direct entry diploma program was opened. Since 1993, Midwifery run as an independent Department by training post basic Diploma program and in 1996 the department started enrolling direct diploma midwifery that was the first higher education program for the profession in the country.
Seven years after the direct Diploma program, the former department, the now School, continued opening post basic BSc program, and a year later; the direct BSc program in Midwifery was started. This effort, in addition to bringing enormous results and changes in the profession, it also made the former department, the now School, to be a pioneer in the college as well as in the country at large. By the year 2010, the former department, the now School, has launched new masters program in Clinical Midwifery which was the first by its kind in the country. As usual, the former Department, the now School, keep striving a lot to contribute its part in the advancement of the profession and as well as for the country through playing its own role in the improvement of maternal and neonatal health. Doing so and leading the way, in the year 2017, it has launched a new prototype PhD program in Midwifery and Women’s Health which is the first of its own not only in the country but also in the East Africa. Without a doubt, and undeniably, this makes the University of Gondar’s Department of Midwifery the “Pioneer Department of the Country Ever” regarding to Midwifery Education / Training.
On March, 2018 G.C, the Department of Midwifery was upgraded in to “School of Midwifery” by the University Senate by having three independent Departments;
- The Department of General Midwifery,
- Department of Clinical Midwifery and
- Department of Women’s and Family Health.
The School offers:-
- Two undergraduate degree in
- BSc in Generic Midwifery
- BSc in Post-Basic Midwifery
- One MSc postgraduate programs
- MSc in Clinical Midwifery
- One PhD programs in
- PhD in Midwifery and Women’s Health
Number of Students Currently Available
|No||Bach||No of students|
|1||4th Year Regular Undergraduate Students||130|
|2||3rd Year Regular Undergraduate Students||80|
|3||2nd Year Regular Undergraduate Students||65|
|4||1st Year Post-Basic Students||34|
|5||3rd Year Msc Students||18|
|6||2nd Year Msc Students||20|
|7||1st Year Msc Students||26|
|8||3rd Year PhD Students||03|
|9||1st Year PhD Students||01|
The School of Midwifery, so far, contributed up to 3000 Midwife graduates to the country.