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School of Public Health

Profile of the School

1. Aspirations and Commitments of the School

The School of Public Health is guided by the Mount Kenya University Vision, Mission, Values, Motto, Philosophy, Academic Character and Comparative Advantage.

Vision: To be a global centre of excellence in offering Public Health solutions.

Mission: To offer world class teaching, learning, research, innovation, and investments in Public Health for accelerated, equitable and sustainable individual, family, community, society, national, and global human health and prosperity. The School’s mission includes coaching, mentorship and counselling of students and staff to acquire state-of-the-art knowledge, skills and attitudes to be competent, marketable, and champions of public health and prosperity from womb to tomb and generation to generation in Eastern Africa, rest of Africa and beyond.

Values: Innovation, Integrity, Academic freedom, Equity and Competitiveness.

2.History and Comparative Advantage at School Level

Roots: The school of Public Health has evolved from the Department of public health and has become the most recent school to be established in Mount Kenya University in the year 2015. It has been nurtured through the School of Health Sciences which was one of the founding schools, the others being School of Pure and Applied Sciences and School of Applied Social Sciences, School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing and School of Clinical Medicine.

Innovation: The comparative advantage and added value of the School of Public Health is its practical and tailor-made customer-oriented innovative programmes. The School’s programmes are heavily weighted in preparation of students for the market in public and private sectors, nationally and also internationally.

The school has become part of the of Life-Cycle and Settings Approach whose goal is to ensure that all Mount Kenya University graduates and staff have life-time personal and professional knowledge, skills and attitudes for individual, family, target settings , community, society, national and global peace, security and prosperity. These competencies will produce all rounded ethical and value- and purpose-driven professionals able to scale the heights of education from local to global citizens who think globally and act locally to meet aspirations and commitments of families, individuals, communities, societies and nations.

Alignment: The School is aligned to sub-national and national human resource needs through collaborations with National Regulatory Authorities, responsible for indexing students while in training, and registration upon successful completion of the courses offered. Because of its roots and innovation, National Regulatory Authorities - e.g. Ministry of Health (MoH), Public Health Officers and Technicians Council (PHOTEC) and Kenya Nutritionists and Dietitician’s Institute (KNDI) – will now use the School of Public Health for their Board Examinations and staff to review curriculum and participate in Board Examinations. These alignments and comparative advantage of the School of Public Health, and uniqueness of its departments, ensure that graduates of the School are rapidly absorbed into the Public and Private Sectors and hold positions of influence, control and authority at sub-national, national and international levels.

Teaching Staff: The School of Public Health is keen on staff development through post-graduate training at Master’s and Doctorate levels, research, collaborations with other institutions and other knowledge and skills enhancing activities. Academic staff members are always advised, encouraged and facilitated, and where necessary mentored, to advance their careers.

Locations: Programmes offered by the School of Public Health in Kenya are offered in the Main Campus in Thika and Campuses in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kakamega, Eldoret, Kisii, Nkubu/Meru, Malindi, Lodwar, Lodwar, Kitale, Kabarnet, Kisumu, and Garissa. Outside Kenya, the programmes are offered in Kigali Campus in Rwanda and Hargeisa Campus in Somalilaland. The school has four departments

 Programs & the Course requirements

Name of the Programme   Minimum Requirements   Duration, Fee and Mode of Study 
   DEPARTMENT OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health(Ph.D) 

 

 

 A master degree in health-related discipline from a recognized university

 

 

 100,000/- Per Semester (parttime) Course takes four (6) Semesters

Master of Public Health (Options: Epidemiology and Disease Control; Disaster Management; Health Services Management; International Health and Development; Monitoring and Evaluation; Human Nutrition)

 

A holder of at least a relevant Bachelor degree with Second Class Honours, Upper Division or (a) at least Second Class Honours upper division or (b) Second Class Honours with lower division with at least 2 years relevant work experience. Relevant areas the following areas: Environmental Health; Environmental Studies; Water and Civil Engineering; Pharmacy; Nursing; Clinical Medicine; Biomedical Laboratory Technology; Biomedical Sciences; Public Health; Community Health; Nutrition, Dentistry and other biological science-related courses recognized by the University Senate.

70,000/- Per Semester (Regular/weeked)
55,000/- per semester (Virtual)
Course takes four (4) Semesters

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

MSc. Food Hygiene and Safety 

 

 

 

A holder of at least a relevant Bachelor degree with Second Class Honours, Upper Division or (a) at least Second Class Honours upper division or (b) Second Class Honours with lower division with at least 2 years relevant work experience. Relevant areas the following areas: Environmental Health; Laboratory Technology; Biomedical Sciences; Public Health; Community Health; Nutrition, and other biological science-related courses recognized by the University Senate.

70,000/- Per Semester (Weekend/regular)
Course takes four (4) Semesters

 

Master of Public Health Nutrition

 

 

 

 A holder of at least a relevant Bachelor degree with Second Class Honours, Upper Division or (a) at least Second Class Honours upper division or (b) Second Class Honours with lower division with at least 2 years relevant work experience. Relevant areas the following areas: Environmental Health; Community Health; Health Education, promotion and development Biomedical Sciences; Public Health; Community Health; Nutrition and Dietetics, Medicine and other biological science-related courses recognized by the University Senate.

70,000/- Per Semester (Weekend/regular)
Course takes four (4) Semesters

 

 

Bsc Environmental Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applicants must have obtained at least a minimum of a KCSE mean grade C+ and C+ in the following subject cluster either English/Kisw; Mathematics or Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Holders of health-related Diploma recognized by the University Senate;

or Holders of Diploma in Public Health Officer will be exempted from some course units;

(Mature entry: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Direct entry candidates will undertake regular mode of study and not eligible for part-time evening or weekend modes of study;

Upgrading holders of Certificate and then Diploma in Health-Related courses from a recognized institution will be eligible for part-time evening or weekend mode of study.)

65,000/- Per Semester
8 semesters course (full time). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diploma in Environmental Health

 

 

 (a) An applicant must have a mean grade of C plain, C plain in English and Biology, C in Mathematics and Biology or C – (minus) in any of the two Chemistry, Physics or Physical Sciences and Building Construction/Technical Drawing. 

Or (b) A certificate in Environmental Health/Public Health issued by KMTC with at least mean grade C – in KCSE.

Per Semester 42,000/- (full- time)
7 trimester course.

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH 

Msc. Community Health A holder of at least a relevant Bachelor degree with Second Class Honours, Upper Division or (a) at least Second Class Honours upper division or (b) Second Class Honours with lower division with at least 2 years relevant work experience 70,000 Per Semester for 4semesters

MSc. Health Education, Promotion & Development 

A holder of at least a relevant Bachelor degree with Second Class Honours, Upper Division or (a) at least Second Class Honours upper division or (b) Second Class Honours with lower division with at least 2 years relevant work experience  70,000/- Per Semester
4 semesters course (full time). 
55,000 (Virtual)

Bsc. Community Health 

Applicants must have obtained at least a minimum of a KCSE mean grade C+ and C in the following subject cluster either English/Kisw; Mathematics or Physics, Chemistry, Biology
or 
Holders of health-related Diploma recognized by the University Senate 
65,000/- Per Semester
8 semesters course (full time).

Bsc. Health Education, Promotion & Development

 

Applicants must have obtained at least a minimum of a KCSE mean grade C+ and C+ in the following subject cluster either English/Kiswahili; C(Plain) in Mathematics or Physics, Chemistry, Biology

or Holders of health-related Diploma recognized by the University Senate 

65,000/- Per Semester
8 semesters course (full time).

Diploma in Community Health and HIV/AIDS Management (Dip. CH/HIV/AIDS) 

 

(a) At least a mean grade of KCSE C plain with at least a C- (minus) in the following subjects: English or Kiswahili, Mathematics or Physics, Biology and Chemistry;

Or (b) Holder of Mount Kenya University Certificate in CH/HIV/AIDS with mean grade of C – (minus) at entry to the Certificate. 

6 trimester course.

 

 

Certificate in Community Health and HIV/AIDS Management (Cert. CH/HIV/AIDS):

At least a mean grade of C- (minus) with at least a D+ in the following subjects: English or Kiswahili, Mathematics or Physics, Biology or Chemistry.

 

3 trimester course.

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH MANGEMENT AND INFORMATICS

MSc. Health System Management 

A holder of at least a relevant Bachelor degree with Second Class Honours, Upper Division or (a) at least Second Class Honours upper division or (b) Second Class Honours with lower division with at least 2 years relevant work experience  70,000 (For Regular/Weekend)
55,000(For Virtual)

BSc. Health System Management 

 

Applicants must have obtained at least a minimum of a KCSE mean grade C+ and C+ in the following subject cluster either English/Kisw; C (Plain) in Mathematics or Physics, Chemistry, Biology

or Holders of health-related Diploma recognized by the University Senate;

65,000/- Per Semester (Regular)
8 semesters course (full time). 45,000(Virtual)

Research Activities in the school

The school has diverse areas of research some of which are supported through seed funding from the Vice Chancellor’s grant. The recent signing of the MoU between MKU and the Institute of Primate Research has opened up opportunities for health and biomedical research. Postgraduate students in the School have access to a variety of expertise and state of the art research facilities. In addition, there are entrenched scientists available for collaborative research and joint proposal writing for funding.