Medicine & Nursing

Medicine mission

Future Doctors and Nurses must be fully equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide high standards of care.

But academic excellence alone does not make a good health care worker. our students must care for the whole person and not just the disease. each future patient must be treated as they would a family member.

Training must be adapted to the future working environment. Great care is taken to ensure our graduates are prepared for the particular needs and challenges for working in Somaliland.

Department of Medicine

The University of Burao Started training medical students in 2011. The great need for locally trained doctors is acknowledged by all in the region. The local medical community have been particularly supportive in teaching and mentoring their future colleagues.

The course is full-time and is held over 6 years. A wide range of teaching methods are used. special emphasis is put on serving people in their community.

Dr. Gavin Harloe McClintock


Head of Medical Department

Department of Nursing

The "Top-up" Nursing Degree course commenced in 2013. It is open to qualified Nurses and Midwives, most of whom are already serving their community. This course will better equip them to do their current jobs and enhance their academic qualifications to degree standard.

Classes are held every afternoon over a period of 2 years.

Dr. Farhan Omar Mose


Head of Nursing Department.

Current Health Needs

Africa has 25% of the global disease burden but only 1.3% of the world's health care workers. This continent-wide shortage of doctors and Nurses is particularly acute in Somaliland.

The recent civil war decimated both the health and education systems. The health needs here are colossal, as are the needs for locally-trained and well-equipped health care workers. Somaliland has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Much work needs to be done to prevent so much unneccesary suffering and premature death.

Graduates from our faculty will be instrumental in rebuilding Somaliland's health system.

Prof. Hassan Ismail Yusuf

MD, MPH, McomH

Dean of Medicine and Nursing