Teaching of major communicable diseases in Sudanese medical schools: a critical look

East Mediterr Health J. 2012 Mar;18(3):265-73. doi: 10.26719/2012.18.3.265.


This descriptive, cross-sectional study of Sudanese medical schools aimed to describe and analyse the proportion of their curricula currently allocated for teaching of communicable diseases and to assess the teaching methods and student assessment tools. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected from heads of departments and students in 20 of the 27 medical faculties and from ministry of health staff at federal and state levels. Curriculum designs ranged from traditional to innovative, community-oriented programmes. Problems regarding student evaluations were identified. Major limitations included shortages of staff, reference materials and teaching aids. Poor knowledge of students about different aspects of diseases endemic in Sudan was found. Recommendations include curriculum development, staff recruitment and training, and improvement of teaching and training of students.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Communicable Diseases / diagnosis
  • Communicable Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Communicable Diseases / therapy
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical / standards*
  • Education, Medical / trends
  • Educational Measurement / standards
  • Endemic Diseases*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Schools, Medical*
  • Sudan / epidemiology
  • Teaching / methods