The M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies is a collaborative network of academic institutions known for their educational and research excellence.

Founded in 2009 at the inaugural World Health Summit with 10 members, the M8 Alliance membership has since expanded to 17, including Makerere Univerisity as the only African University/Higher Education Institution represented. These members include

The 10 founding members

  •     Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
  •     Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA
  •     Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
  •     Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  •     Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  •     Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences / Peking Union Medical College, China
  •     Sorbonne Paris Cité, France
  •     Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation
  •     InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP)
  •     International Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC)

The 7 additional members through expansion

  •     London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
  •     Makerere University, Uganda
  •     University of Montreal, Canada
  •     University of São Paulo, Brazil
  •     National University of Singapore
  •     University of Geneva, Switzerland

The M8 Alliance membership is committed to improving global health and working with political and economic decision-makers to develop science-based solutions to health challenges worldwide.

Through the College of Health Sciences (CHS), Makerere University has distinguished herself as  the Centre of Excellence in health research in East and Central Africa. The College has achieved this through working with both local and international partners in the academia and other fields to conduct research in the priority areas of: Infectious and communicable diseases; Maternal, Adolescent and Child health, Sexual and Reproductive health, including behavioral research; Health systems; Professionalism, health professional education, ethics and medico-legal; and Non-communicable diseases including mental health.

As such, the College's dominant research areas by publication are; Infectious diseases, Public environmental occupational health, Immunology, Tropical Medicine and General Internal Medicine