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Bachelor of Public Health

Course Rationale

Preventable diseases like malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS are the major contributors to morbidity and mortality especially in the developing world. The need for capacity building in the field of Public Health has been compounded by the continued increase in these preventable diseases which occur as a result of; Lack of behavior change, rapid population increase, environmental hazards emanating from the rapid urbanization and industrialization due to modern technological advancement. The Bachelor degree programme in Public Health aims at producing Public Health specialists capable   of   addressing   health   issues   by   responding   effectively   to   deteriorating environmental conditions that affect human health with a view to proposing possible solutions thereby enhancing good health and sustainable environmental management.

Target Groups
Health care is still one of the priority areas of government expenditure. Preventable diseases like Malaria, HIV/ADS and TB have greatly contributed to this greatest burden especially in the developing countries. This therefore calls for the need to prevent and reduce the transmission of both communicable and non-communicable diseases in the human population by improving physical, biological, cultural and social environmental conditions. In line with this, various initiatives are championing disease prevention activities including the Global Fund to fight Malaria, HIV/AIDS and TB, the Role Back Malaria Partnership and the Millennium Development Goals. Therefore, Who Will Keep the Public Healthy? Due to the rapid population growth and the increase in cases of preventable diseases, the labour market demand for Public health practitioners over the years, has not been matched with the existing training opportunities in the country and the region at large, hence ineffectively responding to deteriorating environmental conditions that affect human population and health. The need for capacity building in the field of Public health has been compounded by the continued increase hazards emanating from the rapid urbanization and industrialization due to modern technological advancement hence filling the existing gaps in Public health training.  The programme intends to produce an Public Health Specialists who will be capable of integrating theory and practice in critically assessing, analyzing and managing public health issues affecting the health of the individual and the community. The public health graduate will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills through lectures, tutorials, group discussion, practical’s, research and field work.

Programme Objectives

  1. Play an effective role in the development and expansion of opportunities for individuals wishing to continue their education in the health science disciplines
  2. To prepare students academically and professionally for a career in Public Health
  3. To produce high quality graduates capable of critical analysis, problem-solving, research and life-long learning.
  4. Conduct research in public health issues with a view to providing recommendations to solve public health challenges
  5. Provide community service through consultation, advice, training, participation, moral and financial support to the community and other stakeholders
  6. Generate and impart knowledge, skills and attitudes that pertain to effective recognition and response to public health challenges.
  7. Train manpower that is adaptable to emerging and re-emerging public health challenges.
  8.  Enhance appropriate use of natural and human resources to promote good health and sustainable development
  9. Utilize public health concepts to examine local public health issues
  10. Expose students to current health care and policy issues  while gaining an understanding  of  the depth and  breadth of public health;

Entry Requirements

  1. Candidates must have obtained at least the minimum cut-off points for the year as determined from the following subject cluster drawn from the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) at C+ Level or its equivalent for each of the following subjects: Mathematics/Physics, Chemistry/Physical Sciences, Biology/Biological Sciences, and English/Kiswahili. Or
  2. Candidate should have obtained Division II at KCE or EACE or be an A Level holder with at least 2 principles.Or
  3. Candidate should be the holder of a diploma from an institution recognized by the University Senate in the following areas: Environmental health; environmental studies; water and civil engineering; pharmacy; nursing; clinical medicine; biomedical laboratory technology; biomedical sciences; community health, nutrition and other health related courses recognized by the University Senate

Entry Vide Pre-University Programme
A holder of KCSE certificate or equivalent with a mean aggregate of C plain with C plain in either Mathematics or Physics, Chemistry / Physical sciences, Biology/ Biological Science, English or Kiswahili.

Entry Vide University Bridging

  1. A holder of KCSE certificate or equivalent with a minimum of C+ and lacking cluster subjects in either Mathematics or Physics, Chemistry / Physical sciences, Biology/ Biological Science, English or Kiswahili.
  2.  A holder of EACE certificate or equivalent with minimum of two principles and lacking O level clusters subject grades.

Exemptions and credit transfers

credit transfers

  1. A maximum of 15 units can be transferred for relevant units covered at degree or diploma level whose attainment is grade B and above.
  2. Evidence supporting the application should include certified academic transcripts, certificates and a letter from the relevant registrar or authority
  3. Application for credit transfer will not be allowed three (3) weeks after the start of the semester / trimester unless granted permission by the University Senate.
  4. The University reserves the right to administer an appropriate test, through the relevant Department in order to determine whether exemption should be granted.

The following conditions should be met in seeking an exemption for a particular subject:

  1. The applicant shall pay a non-refundable credit transfer/exemption fee as determined by the School Board and approved by the Senate.
  2.  A formal application on a prescribed form should be lodged with the Dean of School.
  3. The application should include justification and documentary support for the exemption to be considered.
  4. The applicant must have passed the final examinations for the year in which the subject to be exempted was examined.
  5. The School Board may require the applicant to sit an exemption examination.
  6. No exemption shall be granted for professional or clinical subjects.


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Application form

Applications can be downloded here , you can also submit your application online here

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