Department of Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science education holds the key in understanding health-related problems of people and forming effective strategy to address them with an organized healthcare delivery system in the nation. This stream holds immense scope for the professionals to play a pivotal role in alleviating the suffering of masses through sustainable healthcare system that will ensure timely and affordable treatment to the society.

Ethiopia started formal training in medical laboratory science in 1954 and it’s coming of age with countless professionals deployed all across. At AMU, Medical Laboratory Science Department came into being in September 2007 under the aegis of College of Medicine and Health Sciences with 52 students in 1st degree level in 2008.

Between 2010-12 two batches of 80 qualified professionals got graduated with BSc degrees, who are now rendering their services in different hospitals, health centers, research institutes and elsewhere. In 2012, the department started hosting new students followed by enrolment for evening program in 2015 and 2017, and in Master program (Medical Microbiology), college has five students. In future, it may launch advance degree and more Master programs in medical parasitology, infectious and tropical diseases.


The Department aims to offer quality education & training; conducting demand-driven research and rendering accessible community services


The Department aspires to be the leading training center in producing professionals equipped with in-depth knowledge and cutting-edge knowhow to perform  with sheer professionalism in diagnosing diseases, thus ensuring healthcare to community in Ethiopia by 2020.


To develop expertise that will contribute in national development by inculcating scientific temperament in aspiring Medical Laboratory experts with global repute thus providing diligent healthcare assistance.


Ø The qualified practitioners to work in higher, health, research institutions and industries

Ø Competent practitioners to meet clinical needs of people and health-related institutions

Ø Graduates must have managerial, supervisory and quality assurance skills

Ø Graduates must resolve community problems from health perspectives

Ø Competent practitioners must observe professional code of ethics

Students’ statistics





Regular program

Evening program

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Academic Programs:

Ø BSc in Medical Laboratory Science (regular/evening)

Ø MSc in Medical Microbiology

Departmental units:

1. Medical Microbiology

2. Medical Parasitology

3. Clinical Chemistry

4. Hematology

National collaborations with:

1. Ethiopia Public Health Institute

2. Federal Ministry of Health

3. Ethiopia Medical Laboratory Association

4. Ethiopia Public Health Laboratory Association

Research activities (Completed):

1. Etiology and profile of antimicrobial sensitivity of bacterial pathogens from adult patients with community-acquired  pneumonia in Arba Minch Hospital, South Ethiopia (PI: Belayneh R)

2. Predictors of smear- positive pulmonary tuberculosis in Gamo Gofa Zone, SNNPR (PI: Zerihun Z)

3. Malaria Transmission Pattern and Associated Risk Factors in Arba Minch University Technology Campus Students : A longitudinal Study (PI: Tsegaye T)

4. Sero-prevance and risk factors of Toxoplasma gondi and Hepatitis ‘B’ virus infection among pregnant women attending Antenatal Clinic in Arba Minch Hospital, SNNPR (PI: Tsegaye Y)

5. Prevalence of Malaria and Visceral leishmaniasis in Blood Donors and Assessment of Association Between abo blood Groups and Malaria Parsitaemia in Arba Minch Hospital, SNNPR (PI: Getaneh A)

6. Prevalence of soil-transmitted helminthes infection and its effects on nutritional status of school children in Chinch district, SNNPR (PI: Zerihun Z)

7. Bacterial, parasitic infections and associated risk factors among food handlers working in cafeterias of Arba Minch university, Ethiopia (PI: Mohammedaman M)

8. Drug resistance pattern of clinical isolates from adult patients with urinary tract infections in Arba Minch Hospital (PI: Tigist G)

9. STH-Malaria co-infection and its contribution to anemia among pregnant women attending ANC in Konso (PI: Tsegaye Y)

10. Prevalence and associated factors of anemia among pre-school children in AMH and HC (PI: Bekele G)

11. Intestinal helmet co-infection and associated risk factors among TB patients in GGZ (PI: Getaneh A)

12. In vitro anti-microbial activities of selected Ethiopia medicinal plants against human pathogenic bacterium & fungi (PI: Gemechu A)

13. In vitro antibacterial activity of honey against drug resistant clinical isolates from wound infection (PI: Mohammedaman M)

14. Prevalence, anti-biogram & virulence factors of S. aureus isolated from HIV positive patients & its susceptibility for some herbal medicines (PI: Aseer M)

Ongoing projects:

1. Assessment of Bacteriological and Parasitic contamination of vegetables produced and in local farms and markets in Arba Minch Town (PI: Getaneh A)

2. Microbial  etiology of diarrhea and associated factors among under-five children in Arba Minch and Arba Minch Zuria (Ashenafi A)

3. Effect of  school-based bed net distribution and malaria prevention education on malaria and anemia among school children in Kucha district: cluster randomized controlled trial (PI: Zerihun Z)

4. Gastrointestinal tract colonization rate of extended spectrum beta lactamase and carbapenemase producing enterobacterieceae and associated factors among patients at Arba Minch General Hospital, Arba Minch, Ethiopia, 2017 (PI: Addis A)

5. Trichomonas vaginalis infection: Magnitude and associated factors among pregnant women attending antenatal clinic in Arba Minch Hospital, South Ethiopia (PI: Tsegaye Y)

Community Service inputs:

1. Training of basic Microbiology technique for Medical Laboratory professionals from Arba Minch and surrounding area

2. Laboratory safety training for Medical Laboratory professionals from SNNPR

3. Malaria diagnostic and quality assurance among AMU Clinic and private clinic in Arba Minch town

4. Training laboratory diagnostic methods in parasitology survey with emphasis on soil-transmitted helminthes and schistosomiasis for medical laboratory professionals

5. Malaria diagnostic and quality assurance among Medical Laboratory Science students, AMU

Staff Profile:

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Mr Getaneh Alemu (MSc, Assit. Prof - Medical Parasitology)

Head of Department
College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Nech Sar Campus

Telephone: +251-922842776

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