Introduction

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Head of Department

Dr. S. Mburu Njoroge, BSc, MSc (University of Nairobi),

Ph.D (Moi University), PGD (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), PGC (York St. John).

The Department of Environmental Health was established in 1995 with 3 lecturers and 14 students for the Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Environmental Health Programme. The Department has grown today and has a students’ population of 200 students. The BSc. Environmental Health is a four year Programme that aims at producing graduates capable of addressing environmental health issues from a global perspective and analyzes environmental health problems with a view to proposing solutions. The need for developing manpower in this discipline has been necessitated by increasing environmental health challenges resulting from natural causes and human activities including urbanization, industrialization, and generation of -wastes, global warming, emerging and re-emerging diseases, non-communicable diseases and bioterrorism.

The students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills through the Problem Based Learning (PBL) strategy conducted in form of overviews, lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, practical, assignments, projects, demonstrations, field visits and attachments. The students gain practical skills by conducting applied research, and participating in the prevention and control of diseases through community health education activities during attachments.

The mission of the Department is to train environmental health practitioners through innovative medical education strategy and produce professionals who will approach environmental health issues with a holistic perspective and critically analyze problems with a view to integrating theory and practice in the assessment and provision of preventive and promotive health services.

Through the school of Public health, the department collaborates with OHCEA. Established in October 2010, OHCEA empowers academic leaders with One Health leadership training and strategic planning to facilitate the regional transition to a One Health approach. The Department also collaborates with Wash Alliance Kenya which is a non-state actor that supports the Kenyan government in the overall achievements of goals in the Water, sanitation and Hygiene sector.

To meet the need of our graduates and market, The Department of Environmental Health is developing three postgraduate curricula: Master of Science in Food Hygiene and Safety, Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health; and Master of Science in Water and sanitation.

Vision and Mission

Vision

To be a Regional and International Centre of excellence in Environmental Health training, research and development.

Mission

To train Environmental Health Practitioners through innovative medical education strategy and produce professionals who will approach environmental health issues with a holistic perspective and critically analyze problems with a view to integrating theory and practice in the assessment and provision of preventive and promotive health services.

Quality Objectives

  1. To publish at least two (2) articles in referred journals and participate in two (2) conferences/workshops/Departmental Research Seminars every academic year.
  2. To participate in two (2) Community-based health awareness through attachment/electives and one (1) Environmental health activity as corporate social responsibility every academic year.
  3. To maintain students progression rate of 95% to the next level and graduation rate of 90%.
  4. To establish at least one collaboration/linkage within five (5) academic years.

Programmes Offered

Programmes Offered

The Department is currently offering Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Environmental Health.

The Department of Environmental Health is developing three postgraduate curricula:

  • Master of Science in Food Hygiene and Safety,
  • Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health;
  • Master of Science in Water and sanitation.

Collaborations

  • Through the School of Public Health, the department collaborates with OHCEA. Established in October 2010, OHCEA empowers academic leaders with One Health leadership training and strategic planning to facilitate the regional transition to a One Health approach.
  • The Department also collaborates with Wash Alliance Kenya which is a non-state actor that supports the Kenyan government in the overall achievements of goals in the Water, sanitation and Hygiene sector.

Research

  • Water and sanitation – solid waste, Health care waste, Peri-urban water and sanitation, surface and ground water contamination by pesticides, Contaminants transport, pollution control, water/bottled water quality (microbiological, chemical e.g. iron, fluoride, heavy metals, micro-plastics), plastics in environment
  • Housing and health – urbanization and health, built environment
  • Food Hygiene and safety – heavymetals/pesticides in food, risk analysis of foods, Camel milk processing
  • Cancer and environment
  • Ethnomedicine
  • Malaria control and environment
  • Health Promotion

 

 

Staff

Environmental Health Staff

S. No Name Title Qualifications Awarding Institution Year
1. Dr. S. Mburu Njoroge

Senior Lecturer/

Head of Department

BSc. Civil Engineering University of Nairobi 1997
MSc. Civil Engineering University of Nairobi 2001
Post Graduate Dip. Ground water resources Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 2001
Post- Graduate Certificate Academic Practice York st. John, UK 2008
Ph.D (Environmental Health) Moi University 2012
2. Dr. Christine A. Otieno Senior Lecturer BVM, University of Nairobi 1976
MSc. (meat) University of Bristol 1984
Ph.D (Ecology) Moi University 2007
Certificate, Disaster Risk Reduction University of Cape Town 2010
3. Dr. A. Njagi Nkonge Senior Lecturer Ph.D (Public Health) Jomo Kenyatta University of Science & Technology 2013
MSc. (Eng.)Tropical Public Health Engineering University of Leeds 1993
HND-Public Health Engineering University of Mauritius 1988
HND-Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences University of Nairobi 1983
Construction Technicians Certificate East African Examination Council 1981
Diploma in Public Health Inspection for General Overseas Appointments Royal society of Health   UK 1973
Ordinary level certificate University of Cambridge 1969
4. Dr. Josphat A. Otwelo Lecturer BVM, (Veterinary in Medicine) University of Nairobi 1975
MSc. (Veterinary in Public Health) University of Nairobi 1984
Ph.D Environmental Health Candidate University of Eldoret
Diploma in Meat Inspection and hygiene, Food Sciences and Technology Denmark, Copenhagen 1977
5. Providence J. Kiptoo Lecturer BSc. Environmental Health Moi University 2003
MPH, epidemiology & Disease Control Moi University 2010
Ph.D Environmental Health Candidate University of Eldoret
6. Hellen Jepngetich Lecturer BSc. Environmental Health Moi University 2001
MPH, Health Services Management Moi University 2009
Ph.D Medical Education Candidate Moi University
7. Mr. T. Ndwiga Senior Technician Ph.D (Public Health) Candidate University of Central Nicaragua
Master of Public Health University of Central Nicaragua 2016
BSc. Environmental health Kenyatta University 2007
HND: Analytical Chemistry Westminister, London 1995
Diploma: Applied Biology Technical University of Mombasa 1989

 

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