Dean's Message

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Prof. Mabel N. Nangami

Dean, School of Public Health

The School of Public Health (SPH) was established in 1998 in recognition of the need for training high level manpower in Public Health. The training programmes of the School have been developed to meet the University's mission of producing skilled and practical health professionals who will contribute towards the realization of the country's national goals laid out in The Vision 2030 and the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As a public health leader, the School bears unique responsibility for research that improves the health of populations and informs policy and programming for effective public health interventions. The goal of our academic programmes is to instill in our students values of lifelong learning, inquiry and public service. The corner stone of our outreach strategy is to engage communities, leaders, professionals and other stakeholders within and beyond the University as partners in the mission of public health.

To advance our excellence in research, education and outreach for preventive and promotive health care requires a diversified academic programme that are market driven. The School has 3 curricula approved by the Commission for University Education (CUE) and 3 under review at the University. These are:

Current CUE approved programmes:

  1. The B.Sc. Environmental Health Programme aims at producing a graduate who will approach environmental health issues with a holistic global perspective and critically analyze problems with a view to integrating theory and practice in the assessment and provision of preventive and promotive health care services.
  2. The Masters of Public Health programme provides learning opportunities to students across the health sciences in public health disciplines, competencies and skills important to their professions. To achieve our vision of being a regional and international centre for excellence in the training, research, practice, research and consultancy in Public Health.
  3. The Master of Science in Field Epidemiology aims to increase epidemiologic workforce capacity in Kenya by training public health professionals with knowledge and skills for enhanced disease surveillance, outbreak investigations and response nationwide. This is a collaborative training with the Ministry

Programmes under review:

Two undergraduate programmes are currently under review at the University

  1. which will advance the scientific study of Human Nutrition and its application in the enhancement of human health
  2. which aims to build capacity in health records management and contribute to better health care delivery.

Departments

The school has 5 departments:

  • Health Policy and Management
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Human Nutrition
  • Environmental Health
  • Disaster Risk Management

Collaborations

The School collaborates with a number of national and international organizations including: SIDA, Amref Health Africa and AMREF International University, DAAD, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), Kenya Red Cross and International Rescue Committees, Indiana University, Duke University, University of Toronto, Kenyan Ministry of Health and World Health Organization, VLIR (Belgium), Erasmus University Medical Center (The Netherlands), Alexandra University (Cairo), Liverpool University (London), and consortium of Universities under the One Health collaboration in Central and East Africa (OHCEA).

Future Plans

The School is currently developing 7 advanced degree programmes:

Proposed Post graduate Programmes

  • PhD Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • PhD Health Systems Management
  • PhD Global Health and Infectious Diseases

Centres of Excellence:

The School, working with collaborating partners seeks to establish two centres of excellence in Public Health.

  1. Centre of Excellence in Global Health and Infectious Diseases
  2. Center of Excellence in Leadership and Governance for Health Systems

Vision and Mission

Vision

An international centre of excellence in training, research, practice and service in public health and health systems management

Mission

To produce public health graduates who have practical and intellectual skills appropriate to the needs of present and future society.

Core Values

Core values

The values governing SPH will include: 

  • Respect - we shall treat all our customers with respect
  • Integrity - we shall maintain high ethical conduct in all our dealings
  • Professionalism - we shall adhere to relevant professional code of conduct and be proficient in all our dealings
  • Punctuality - All our services will be timely
  • Efficiency - We will be diligent in our resource utilization
  • Effectiveness - we will strive to meet all our clients’ needs
  • Courtesy - we serve with humility
  • Team work - Unity is our strength

Quality Objectives

  1. To design at least three undergraduate and four postgraduate degree programmes in public health that are innovative, competency-based and market driven within a period of two years and review existing curricula after every cycle in order to be responsive to societal needs
  2. To maintain 90% student progression rate to the next level each academic year and a completion rate of 85% for undergraduate and 60% for postgraduate students
  3. To conduct research that fosters professional development and provides evidence that influences implementation and policy making decisions in public health by producing ten peer reviewed publications and participating in ten conferences/workshops every academic year
  4. To establish at least two mutually beneficial strategic partnerships and initiate establishment of at least one centre of excellence in emerging thematic areas of research in public health within a period of five years
  5. To enhance efficiency, effectiveness and ethical conduct among staff through strategic planning and institutionalization of management, leadership and governance practices that create a conducive teaching and learning environment and motivate staff to perform optimally
  6. To engage students, staff and other stakeholders in at least one corporate social responsibility activity and showcase three best practice in a public health interventions in a vulnerable community each academic year.

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