We bring you the Top 5 Best Medical Schools in Ghana; but before unveiling them, we would love to take you a little bit back to the general Ghanaian mindset about the medical schools we have in the country…
Overtime, Ghanaians have grown to believe that their fatherland cannot and will never be able to afford standard and quality education for her medical students. This is why those who can afford it go to western countries to take medical courses.
On the other hand, those who could not afford to get the qualitative medical education abroad and feel that they will not make-do with the ones available in the local country, end up not taking up a career in medicine. This is really affecting the country as the gap between the doctor-patient ratio continue to widen as a result of lack of adequate number of professional doctors.
But with a critical analysis of the Ghanaian Medical sector, you will find out that it is not exactly the way Ghanaians think it is. Ghana has been doing a lot recently to see that Ghanaian Universities offering Medical courses are well equipped to meet the standard. Therefore, citizens who intend taking medicine related courses should rest assured that there are actually schools who have what it takes to give them the desired and expected education and training.
Best Medical Schools in Ghana – Top 5 Universities to Study Medicine
1. The University of Ghana Medical School, Accra
The University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) is the graduate Medical School of Ghana’s largest and Premier Public University, University of Ghana. It is also the largest and the Premier Medical School currently located at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra. The schools have churned out thousands of qualified doctors in the country whose service have been tremendously useful and indispensable in Ghana’s medical sector. It is currently the number one out of the best medical schools in Ghana.
2. The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology School of Medical Sciences, Kumasi
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is situated in Kumasi, a large town in the centre of Ghana. The medical school was established in 1975 and clinical teaching started at Komfo Anokye hospital in 1980. The first students graduated in 1982. It is the second public university established in the country as well as the second largest University in Ghana. The School has active undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that offer MPH and MSc degrees in health services planning and management, health education, and population and reproductive health.
3. The University for Development Studies School of Medicine, Tamale
The School of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University for Development Studies adopts the problem-based student-centered and community-oriented approach to medical education. Besides the training of medical doctors the SMHS produces Allied Health Personnel in the fields of Radiology, Laboratory Technology, and physiotherapy etc. to meet the needs of the country’s Health Delivery Sector.
4. The University of Cape Coast Medical School
The University of Cape Coast is another medical school every potential medical student should give a thought. The good thing her is that the population here is less compared to the University of Ghana. The students here also enjoy a level of subsidized tuition fees, courtesy of the government.
5. The University of Allied Health Sciences in Ho, Volta Region
The University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) is one of the youngest public universities in Ghana. It is located at Ho in the Volta Region of Ghana. Its operation started in September 2012, when the first batch of 154 students were admitted. It is very promising and commendable when it comes to the provision of both human and material resources to ensure proper training of the students.