School of Medicine

The Dean is the academic and administrative head of the school who has programmatic, managerial and fiscal responsibilities for the School.

Message From the Dean
Dr. Bowa, K
Prof. Bowa, K
Copperbelt University School of Medicine is only the second public Medical School in Zambia. It has the first Dental School in Zambia offering the Bachelors in Dental Surgery (BDS). It has a novel approach to medical and Dental Training based on the most current thinking on Medical training. The philosophy of the school is “Training Tomorrows Doctors Today”. Some of the concepts include systems based teaching in an integrated curriculum, early clinical exposure; problem based/team based approach and preventive health as a core subject.
The school opened on the 14th November 2011 and has enrolled 72 students in its first intake. Of these 46 are pursuing the MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program and 26 the BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery).We have a staff compliment of 24 staff, with a staff student ratio of 1:3. Well above the required level of 1:10.
We have lecturers of international renowned and broad international experience. The training is conducted in an environment rich in clinical and research material. The CBU SOM is located advantageously between the Ndola Central Hospital and the Tropical Disease Research centre within the Ndola Central Hospital. The hospital is the main referral Hospital in the North of the country with 1200 beds. The TDRC is the only medical research institute in Zambia.
The question is sometimes asked. Why should I choose to training at CBU SOM? The answer that I would give is that, there is no better place to train for modern medical practice than at CBU School of medicine.


Mission and Vision


The Mission of the CBU SOM is to produce Medical Doctors and Dentists who understand the health care context of the Zambian community, who will be able to convert their knowledge into solutions that will impact the care of the sick in Zambia. These Doctors will always be looking for opportunities to better their practice and be able to work on par with other Medical Doctors and Dentists trained in the region or in any developed country.

The Vision

The vision of the CBU SOM is to produce sufficient doctors and Dentist to meet the WHO recommendation of 1 doctor per 5000 population, 1:10,000 and one specialist per 10,000 populations, 1:300,000 respectively. Through this to improve the health indices in Zambia to the level obtaining in developed countries.


  • Academic Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Service to the community
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Continuous professional development
  • Innovation
  • Self and peer review

How to Apply

Students shall be admitted following advertisement for a period of at least 2 months in the national press. Admission shall be based on the following:

Admission requirements

  1.  A level qualifications at with a minimum of 5 Bs in English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics or its equivalent
  2. O levels students may be admitted to a pre-med course at the A level standard
  3. Direct entry students will be those with BSc in Natural Sciences with Biology and Chemistry majors. Students with credits and above will be preferred. Those in the medical quota of the school of natural sciences with B grades will also be admissible.
  4. A pass on a compulsory entry interview conducted by the school will be required.

History of the Copperbelt University School of Medicine

General Introduction

The Copperbelt University  School of Medicine (CBU SOM)  idea was conceived in 2009.The University of Zambia school of Medicine had been the single public Medical School in Zambia for over 43 years and had produced just over 1200.The incumbent  Dean of the UNZA School of Medicine, at the time, Prof Y F Mulla and the Minister of Health Hon Kapembwa Simbao agreed that the starting of a second Medical university be pursued as a urgent priority.The CBU agreed to provide governance of the School, while the Ndola Central Hospital & Arthur Davison s Childrens Hospital  were selected as the initial location of administrative offices and the clinical training site. The presence of the Biomedical School and the Tropical Diseases Research centre provided additional support for the research and basic science training components of the program.  In 2009 with the help WHO a consultant was invited to determine the feasibility of the project. The consultants evaluation indicated that this was a feasible project. In 2010 Cabinet of the Government of Zambia appointed a technical working group to oversee the commencement of the project. The committee proposed the setting up of  both the MBChB(Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery) and BDS(Bachelor of Dental Surgery) programs. In 2011 the committee through the Copperbelt University designated a Founding Dean, to commence the work of setting up the School with an opening date of mid 2011.

General Description

The CBU  School of Medicine is located at the Ndola Central hospital in Ndola, the administrative offices are on the 6th Floor with the Tropical Disease Centre while the student hostels are at the Biomedical School on the premises of Ndola central hospital.  Medical students are accommodated there, and pre-clinical as well as clinical teaching takes place in the area of the University hospital.

The Dean of the School of Medicine’s Office as well as the Clinical departments and the Department of  Research and Public Health  are located within the  Ndola University  Hospitals (NCH,Ndola Central Hospital and ADCH Arthur Davison Childrens Hospital),  which is a large specialist referral hospital with about 1148 beds.  The hospital is operated by the Ministry of health, with funding from the Government of the Republic of Zambia.  The Clinical department of the School are accommodated on the 6th floor of the Ndola Central Hospital, with the TDRC.  The departments of the hospital correspond with the academic departments of the School so that the Hospitals head clinical care is the Universities head of Clinical Science Department and   the hospital departmental head is the sectional head of the unit.  In the working relations between the School and the Ministry of Health, the tasks of the School seem to be threefold:  medical training, medical care and advancement of medical knowledge and research.  The tasks are being successfully undertaken by the staff of the CBU School of Medicine and the Ndola University  Hospitals.

Equally, appointment to the staff of the Medical School is done by the Joint Academic Appointment Committee on which both the Director of technical Services in the Ministry of Health and the Medical Superintendent  of the NCH and ADCH University   are members, to ensure that academic members of staff performing clinical duties possess qualifications acceptable both to the University  and to the Ministry of Health. The Copperbelt University through the University Council provides the definitive appointment upon recommendation of the appointments committee.