The University of Botswana was established on July 1st, 1982. Its campus consists of two former universities (UBLS and UBS). The University is closely involved in the national development process of Botswana. In this regard, its special functions are to engage in improving the quality and in expanding the quantity of the human resources needed for development, and to act as the repository of the collective knowledge and experience of the nation and the world. The first of these functions is fulfilled through the teaching programmes offered at the institution and affiliated institutions, leading to the award of degrees, diplomas and certificates. The second function is carried out individually and collectively by the staff and those of affiliated institutions, through the research and development, consultancies and information services they undertake.
The School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) is one of four Schools in the Faculty of Health Sciences and offers a diverse range of academic programmes in allied health sciences. It currently has one department, the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences (DMLS), and progress is underway to introduce a Department of Pharmacy. This will be followed by the introduction of Department of Rehabilitation Sciences.
The DMLS is a fairly young department that was established in 2008 to meet the increasing demand for higher level skills and complex testing in clinical laboratories. Initially, the programme trained holders of a diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology to degree level and subsequently developed fully fledged degree programmes in medical laboratory sciences including Cytotechnology and Histotechnology.