SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Prof. Eric Muchiri, PhD. Dean School of Health Sciences

Welcome to the School of Health Sciences where we believe in the mantra “Prevention is Better than Cure” in order to prevent and control diseases affecting the people of Kenya.

The School of Health sciences (SHS) is one of the eight (8) Schools in Meru University of Science and Technology. We are committed to providing quality education, training, research consultancy and community service in order to produce competitive health professionals.

The School was established in September 2012 to offer undergraduate programmes and has since grown. to offering Masters and PhD Programmes.

The School has the Department of Public Health with seven (7) programmes and the Department of Clinical Medicine & Community Health with three (3) programmes.  Plans are underway to create the Department of Laboratory Sciences.

The Dean is committed to providing academic, intellectual and administrative leadership that promotes excellence towards achieving the Vision, Mission and Core Values of the School.

VISION: To be a world class School of Health Sciences.

MISSION: To provide quality university education through teaching, training, research, mentoring, industrial attachment and community service.

CORE VALUES: Competitiveness; Integrity; Professionalism; Quality assurance; Innovation.

Objectives of the School of Health Sciences.

The School of Health Sciences has several objectives geared to achieving its mandate thus: 

  1. Provide quality teaching and learning to students at all levels
  2. Promote research and publication in peer reviewed journals
  3. Mentor members of staff for scholarly excellence.
  4. Offer consultancy and community service as corporate social responsibility.

 

The School of Health Sciences was established in 2012 with one Department of Public Health.  Currently, the School of Health Sciences has eleven programmes and will soon launch the Department of Clinical Medicine and the Department of Health Records and Medical Education.

History and Milestones of the School of Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences was established in 2012 with one Department of Public Health and gave birth to the Department of Clinical medicine and Community Health in February 2018. 

Currently, the School of Health Sciences has ten (10) programmes and will soon launch the Department of Laboratory sciences.

The founding Chairman of the Department of Public health was Ms. Carolilne Karani (2012-2014); followed by Mr. Patrick Mutharia (2014-2016); and now Gervase Miriti (2016 to date).

The founding chairman of the Department of Clinical Medicine and Communtiy Health is Mr Patrick Kinyua Kubai.(Feb 2018).

In addition, the founding Dean was Prof. Eric Muchiri (2012-2014; Dr.Jane Ruttoh (2014-2015); Prof Eric Muchiri (2015-2016)  and now Prof. Robert Kei (Feb 2017 to date)

In 2016, the School gave birth to the School of Nursing and Dr. Naomi Mutea was the appointed founding Dean

The School is housed in the Hospital Complex near the Main Gate of the University.

The School of Health sciences has grown tremendously from a department in the School of Pure and Applied Sciences with two programmes, two lecturers and 15 students in 2012, to a School with five (5) undergraduate programs, three (3) Masters and three (3) PhD programmes. Similarly, the number of permanent staff has grown exponentially from 2 to 18 to date.

The School had its first graduation of 94 students   in 2015; with 90 graduates in 2016 and 77 graduands in 2017. The graduands in 2018 will be 72 GRAND TOTAL=333

The School has Graduate Studies Committee (SGSC) under chairmanship of Prof. Alfred Mutema is composed of seven (7) ,members thus: Prof Kei; Prof Mutema ; Prof Magambo; Prof Muchiri; Prof Mbugua; Dr Rutto;and  Dr Onyambu.

 

The School has collaborations with Ministry of Health, Meru County Government, AMREF, KEMRI, KEMU, University of Michigan, Ulm University and Hohenheim University in Germany in order to bench mark programmes.

ON- GOING RESARCH PROJECT

The school is funded by DFG consortium Group for cystic echnococosis in Sub Saharan Africa. Research initiative (CESSARi) to conduct research on echnococus granulosis (dog tapeworm) and other related diseases for ksh 14million.

The Principal Investigator is Prof Japhet Kithinji Magambo supported by Mr Eberhard of Hohenhein university (Germany) and Dorothy Kagendo (MUST shs).

In addition, the school was awarded a KES 56.2 million grant for specialized research equipment for WHO collaboration Center at MUST-School of health sciences.

To cater for the expanding School, the University provided funds (KES 200m) for the construction of Modern Health Sciences complex but unfortunately the tendering conclusion was struck by a court case.

 

 

Below, are the Members of Regulatory body (Photo) for Public health programme doing followup reinspection for accreditation on 11/7/19 at shs__MUST

 

The first 27 second year B.Sc Clinical Medicine students going for introductory clinical learning at Nyambene hospital on Thursday 28/9/2018. The group was led by Mr Patrick Kubai who is the Chairman of the Department in the School of Health Sciences.
This promotes the image of Meru. University in Nyambene

Courses on Offer

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN THE SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES

The following are the programs in the School;

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

  1. PhD in Public Health
  2. PhD in Epidemiology
  3. PhD in Molecular Medicine
  4. Master of Science in Public Health
  5. Master of Science in Medical Education
  6. Master of Science in Epidemiology
  7. Bachelor of Science in Public Health

DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL MEDICINE AND COMMUNITY HEALTH

  1. Bachelor of Science in Clinical Medicine and Community Health
  2. Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Development
  3. Bachelor of Science in Health Records and Information Management

 

NB: Currently, the School is developing a curriculum for the BSc. Medical Laboratory Sciences

Programmes offered and Admission requirements

Programme

Admission Requirements

Duration

 

DOCTORATE DEGREE

Duration:     3 years

Tuition Fee:   Ksh. 550,000 (for entire Programme)

Campus:         Main campus and Meru Town Campus

 

PhD in Public Health

Be a holder of a Masters Degree in Public/Community/Environmental health;  Epidemiology; Nursing; MBchB; or any other Masters Degree in a health related discipline recognized by MUST Senate.

 

6 Semesters

PhD in Epidemiology

PhD in Molecular    Medicine

 

MASTERS DEGREE

Duration:      2 Years

Tuition Fee:     Ksh. 90000/=per Semester

 Campus:          Main campus and Meru Town Campus

 
     

Master of Science in Medical Education

Bachelor’s degree in a health profession or related discipline of study with a Second Class Honors Upper Division or Lower Division with a minimum of two years of teaching experience in a Medical/Health Training Institution. OR Any other qualification recognized by  Meru University Senate.

   4 Semesters

Master of Science in Public Health

Be a Holder of a first degree in the following fields: Medicine (MBCHB), Nursing (BSc.N), Pharmacy (B. Pharm) and Dentistry (BDS). A holder of a first degree, First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in any of the following fields: Environmental Health, Community Health, Public health ; Nutrition and Health Systems Management, Medical Microbiology, Medical Laboratory Sciences OR A holder of a first degree Second Class Honours (Lower Division) in the above disciplines with a minimum of two years post qualification experience in a health related field plus acceptable evidence of research ability and  evidence of publication.

4 Semesters

Master of Science in Epidemiology

 

 

 

Programme

Admission Requirements

Duration

 

BACHELORS DEGREE

Duration:     4 Years

Tuition Fee:   Ksh.45000/= per semester

CAMPUS:        Main Campus(Nchiru) and Meru Town campus

(Hart Towers)

 

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Be  a holder of K.C.S.E certificate with a minimum aggregate of B (plain) and minimum of C+ (plus) in cluster subjects;  Biology or Biological Sciences, Chemistry/ Physical Sciences,  Mathematics/Physics and English/Kiswahili ; OR be a holder of a Diploma in Environmental Health Science and have a mean grade of C (plain) in Biology, Chemistry and Physical Science or Mathematics and English/ Kiswahili from Institutions recognized by Meru University Senate.

 8 Semesters     Fulltime

Bachelor of Science in Health Records and Information management

 

Be  a holder of K.C.S.E certificate with a minimum aggregate of C+ (plus) and C (plain) in Biology, mathematics, English/Kiswahili: OR holder of Diploma in Health Records or  health  information systems from Institutions recognized by Meru University Senate.

8 Semesters     Fulltime

Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management

 

Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Development

Be a holder of K.C.S.E certificate with a minimum   aggregate of C+ (plus) and C+ in Biology OR Biological Sciences and Chemistry, C (plain) in English/Kiswahili and C (plain) in Mathematics/Physics; OR Diploma in Clinical Medicine, Public Health, Community Health, Environmental health, Human Nutrition, Pharmacy, Health Records and Management, Medical Laboratory Sciences from Institutions recognized by Meru University Senate.

8 Semesters     Fulltime

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Medicine and Community Health

Be a holder of K.C.S.E certificate with a minimum aggregate of B (plain) and minimum of C+ (plus) in cluster subjects; Biology or Biological Sciences, Chemistry/ Physical Sciences, Mathematics/Physics and English/Kiswahili OR Be a holder of a Diploma in Clinical Medicine and have a mean grade of C (plain) in Biology, Chemistry and Physical Science or Mathematics and English/ Kiswahili from Institutions recognized by Meru University Senate and must be registered with Clinical Officers’ Council (COC

  8 Semesters

   Fulltime

  • We have Developed curricula for the B.Sc Laboratory sciences
  • Three (3) Masters curricula were submitted to CUE for accreditation
  • We are developing course work for three PhD curricula.
  • Alfred Mutema is the Chairman School Graduate Studies committee.

More Information

The School of Health Sciences was established in 2012 with one Department of Public Health.  Currently, the School of Health Sciences has eleven (11) programmes and will soon launch the Department of Clinical Medicine and the Department of Health Records.

The founding Chairman of the Department of Public Health was Ms. Carolilne  Karani (2012-2014); followed by Mr. Patrick Mutharia (2014-2016); and now Gervase Miriti (2016 to date).

In addition, the founding Dean was Prof. Eric Muchiri (2012-2014; Dr.Jane Rutto (2014-2015); Prof Eric Muchiri (2015-2016)  and now Prof. Robert Kei (Feb 2017 to date)

However, in 2016, the School gave birth to the School of Nursing and Dr. Naomi Mutea was the appointed founding Dean

The School is housed in the Hospital Complex near the Main Gate of the University.

The School of Health Sciences has grown tremendously from a department in the School of Pure and Applied Sciences with two programmes, two lecturers and 15 students in 2012, to a School with five (5) undergraduate programs, three (3) Masters and three (3) PhD programmes. Similarly, the number of permanent staff has grown exponentially from 2 to 16 to date.

The School had its first graduation of 94 students   in 2015; with 90 graduates in 2016 and now 77 graduands in 2017.

The School has Graduate Studies Committee under chairmanship of Prof. Alfred Mutema.

The School has collaborations with Ministry of Health, Meru County Government, Catholic Diocese of Meru, AMREF, KEMRI, KEMU, University of Michigan

, Ulm University and Hohenheim University in Germany in order to bench mark programmes.

To cater for the expanding School, the University has provided funds for the construction of modern School of Health Sciences and Nursing Complex and tendering process is complete.

Professor Japhet Magambo ( Ph.D)
Professor Alfred Mutema (Ph.D)
Professor  Robert Kei (Ph.D) – Current Dean of the School
Professor Eric Muchiri (Ph.D)
Professor Gabriel Mbugua (Ph.D)
Dr. Jane Ruto (Ph.D)
Dr. Frank Onyambu (Ph.D)
Mr. Gervase Miriti (MPH)
Caroline Karani (MSc)
Dorothy Kagendo (MSc)
Patrick Mutharia (MSc)
Patrick Kubai (MPH)
Zachary Mwangi (MSc)
Samuel Njeru (MPH)
Aphaxard Chege (MSc)
Juliet Kaimuri Administrative Assistant

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS (PROF. ROBERT KEI)

Professor, Robert Kei is a specialist in the areas of Environmental health/Primary health care/Public health education and Medical education for health professionals.

He has treasured experience having worked at various levels in the Ministry of Health for 16 years and 5 years as the Managing Director for GTZ primary health project in Western Kenya.

 

He currently serves as Dean, School of Health Sciences, Meru University of Science and Technology (Feb 2017 to date).

Prof Kei is a renowned academician of high repute having worked at Moi University, School of Public Health for 18 years and published extensively as follows:

PUBLISHED AFTER APPOINTMENT AS ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (2017)

  • ROBERT KEI -AUTOBIOGRAPHY; “unpublished.2017”
  • Refereed Journal (Mosol Priscah, Kei Robert, Obwoge R.Omenge,Ngeno Anne) (2017) Challenges Facing Nursing While Participating in Continuing Professional Development: A Case of Western Ke nya. American Journal of Nursing sciences , 2017; 6(4) 303-307.ISSN: 2328 -5745 (print) ISSN: 2328-5753 (online):  Science publishing Group.
  • Refereed journal ( Mosol Priscah, Obwage R. omange, Kei Robert , T. Ndwiga). Continuing Professional Development Practices Among Nurses in Western Kenya. International Journal of Science and Research Methodology-IJSRM ,2017; vol. 7 issue 1,116-127; Official publication of Human Journals.

 

PUBLISHED AFTER APPOINTMENT TO SENIOR LECTURER (May 2012) =9 papers

  • Refereed Journal (Robert M.Kei , Julius K. Ndegwa, Taratisio ndwiga, Faith Masika) “ Challenges of Cervical Cancer Screening Among Women of Reproductive Age in Kisii Town , Kisii County, Kenya” .Science Journal of Public Health June 2016, vol 4(4), 289-296 published online . ISSN 2328-7950; science publishing group .com/j/sjph
  • Refereed Journal (Mutuma Agnes  Muthoni, Otieno George, Kei Robert Mburugu, Ndege Samson, Ndwiga Taratisio, Gacheri Rose) “ Socio-Demographic  Characteristics Influencing  Uptake of Screening  for Cervical Cancer in Women aged  18-49 Years in Imenti  North Sib-county, Meru county, Kenya” .Science Journal of Public Health March 2016, vol 4(2), 94-99; published online. ISSN 2328-7950; science publishing group .com/j/sjph
  • Refereed Journal ( Robert M. Kei, Taratisio Ndwiga, Stephen O.Okongo,2015) “The Use of Modern Contraceptives Amomg Women of Child Bearing Age Attending MCH/FP Clinic at Uasin Gishu Sub- county Hospital , Kenya” .Science Journal of Public Health May 2015, vol 3(4), 500-507; published online . ISSN 2328-7950; science publishing group .com/j/sjph
  • Refereed Journal ( Robert M. Kei, Taratisio Ndwiga, Stephen O.Okongo and Simon N. Mburu) “ Knowledge and Attitude on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV among Pregnant Women Attending Antenatal Cli nic at Kisii level five Hospital in Kisii County,Kenya. International Journal of Tropical Disease & Health vol. 6 (2): pg 44-51 , 2015 article no . IJTDH. 2015.037 December2014    ISSN : 2278-1005 in   sciencedomain.org
  • Refereed Journal (Taratisio Ndwiga, Robert M.Kei, Hellen Jepngetich, Kenneth korir, 2014)  “ Assessment of Health Effects Related to the Use of Biomass Fuel and Indoor Air Pollution in Kapkokwon Sub-location, Bomet County, Kenya.Open Journal of of Air Pollution Sept 2014, vol 3, pg 61-69 Published online September 2014 in SciRes. http:www//.scirp.org/journal/ojap
  • Refereed Journal (Taratisio Ndwiga, Robert M.Kei  and Oliver W. Duncan 2014)Utilization of Insecticide Treated Bed nets Among Mothers Attending MCH/FP in Webuye District Hospital, Bungoma county, Kenya.Open Journal of Preventive Medicine ,June 2014,vol.4 pg 470-480 Published online June 2014 in SciRes. http:www//.scirp.org/journal/ojpm\
  • Refereed Journal (Kei M. R,and Njagi Ananias N.  2013); Management of Health Care Waste: A case study of Two National Teaching and Referral Hospitals in Kenya.Journal of Emerging Trends in engineering and Applied Sciences (JETEAS) August 2013 4(4) 588-593. ISSN: 2141-7016.
  • Refereed Journal (Kei M. R,  Jepngetich H. and Kipkulei C.J.2013)  Client Satisfaction with Communication Skills of Health Care Providers, Eldoret, Kenya. Journal of Emerging Trends in engineering and Applied Sciences (JETEAS) 4(3) 367-372; June 2013, USA   ISSN 2141-7016.
  • Refereed Journal (Kei M. R,and Mutuma K.  2013)  Quality Control of Drugs; A case of Erythromycin tablets in chemist shops of Meru Town, Kenya . JTEAS 4 (2) 242-249 June 2013ISSN-241-7016.

 

PUBLISHED AS LECTURER =4 papers and two books

  • PUBLISHED BOOK:–kei M.R. (2011) : The use of Media Resources in Higher Learning Instructions: Lap Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH&co.ISBN 978-3-8465-4923-0
  • PUBLISHED BOOK:–kei M.R. (2011) :Health Education Strategy for Kenya : Lap Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH&co.ISBN 978-3-8465-9717-0
  • Refereed Journal (Kei M. R, 2012)Critical Issues of Training and Health Education in Kenya” Kei R.M. (2011)  Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies. (JETERAPS)–Vol.3 (1): 68-75, February 2012: USA  ISSN 2141-6990
  • Refereed Journal (Kei M. R, 2012)“ Health Education for Primary Health Care  Development In Kenya” Kei R.M. (2011) . Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies. (JETERAPS) Vol.3 (1): 39-45, February 2012: USA    ISSN 2141-6990
  • Refereed Journal (Kei M. R, 2011)Challenges facing the Use of Media Resources in Instructional process in the School of Public Health of Moi University.” “International Journal of Current Research:  vol:3  Issue  12, pp 319-324 December 2011  India       ISSN 0975-833x
  • Refereed Journal ” (Kei M. R,  2011)Factors influencing the use and Type of Media Resources for Teaching / Learning in Moi University School of Public Health” International Journal of Current Research:  vol:3  Issue; 12, pp 311-318 December 2011 ,India          ISSN 0975-833x

 

MEMBERSHIP TO PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS:

  • Member Public Health Officers & Technicians Council (Kenya), Univ rep
  • Member African Academy of Environmental Health.
  • Registered Member Association of Public Health Officers (Kenya)
  • In addition, External Examiner for Kenyatta University and Mt Kenya University, School of Public Health.
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PUBLICATIONS FOR PROF. GABRIEL MBUGUA

EDITORSHIP/AUTHORSHIP TO BOOKS: Butterworth, A.E., Corbett, E.L., Dunne, D.W., Fulford, A.J.C., Gachuhi, R.K., Klumpp, R., Mbugua, G., Ouma, J.H., Arap Siongok, T.K. and Sturrock, R.F. (1989). Immunity and morbidity in human schistosomiasis. In: New Strategies in Parasitology. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. pp. 193-221.

A.FIRST AUTHOR IN PUBLICATIONS/CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

Mbugua, G.G. and Siongok T.K.A. (1981). Visceral leishmaniasis

outbreak in Kitui District. Proceedings, IInd Annual Medical

Scientific Conference, Kenya Medical Research Institute,

Nairobi, Kenya, pp. 132-136.

Mbugua, G.G., Ouma, J.H., Butterworth, A.E., Ngindu, A.M., Kariuki,

H.C., Makau, C. and Fulford, A.J.C. (1988). Evidence for

severe diseases associated with Schistosoma mansoni in a focus

in Machakos District, Kenya. Proceedings, 9th Annual Medical

Scientific Conference, Kenya Medical Research Institute,

Nairobi, Kenya, pp. 97-103.

Mbugua, G.G., Miriti, S.K., Muthami L.N. Kimata, J., Maina, J.K,

Khamala, J., Oogo S., Mutura, C., Waiyaki P.G. and Achola P.S.

(1988). Prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in

Nairobi. Preliminary findings. Proceedings, 9th Annual Medical

Scientific Conference, Kenya Medical Research Institute,

Nairobi, Kenya, pp. 461-466.

Mbugua, G.G., Kimata, J., Maina, J.K, Khamala, J., Oogo S., Mutura,

C., Muthami L.N., Miriti, S.K., Waiyaki P.G. and Achola P.S.

(1988). Prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

around Nairobi. Proceedings, IVth International Conference on

AIDS, Stockholm, Sweden, 12-16 June, Abst. No. 5558.

Mbugua, G.G., Gachihi, G.S., Mueke, F.M., Mandalya, K.N., Mupate,

  1. and Adaw S.A. (1989). HIV seroprevalence survey among high

risk females in Mombasa. Proceedings, 10th Annual Medical

Scientific Conference, Kenya Medical Research Institute,

Nairobi, Kenya, 238-240.

Mbugua G. G., Muthami L. N., Kimata J.M., Maina J. K. Oogo S. and

Waiyaki P.G. (1990). Sexually transmitted diseases in

pregnancy in a Kenyan rural set up. Proceedings, 11th Annual

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Medical Scientific Conference, Kenya Medical Research

Institute, Nairobi, Kenya, February.

Mbugua G. G., Muthami L. N., Kimata J.M., Maina J. K. Oogo S. and

Waiyaki P.G. (1991). Rising trend of HIV infection among

antenatal mothers in a Kenyan rural area. Proceedings,

International Conference on AIDS, Florence, Italy, 16-21 June,

Abst. No. W.C. 3283.

Mbugua, G.G. Muthami, L.N. Mutura, C.W. Oogo, S.A. Waiyaki, P.G.

Lindan C.P. and Hearst N. (1992). Epidemiology of HIV

infection among long distance truck drivers in Kenya. VIIth

International conference on AIDS at Amsterdam, The Netherlands

19-24th July, Abst. PoC 5367.

Mbugua, G.G. Muthami, L.N. Mutura, C.W. Oogo, S.A. Waiyaki, P.G.

 Lindan C.P. and Hearst N. (1995). Epidemiology of HIV

infection among long distance truck drivers in Kenya. East

African Medical Journal, 72: 515-518.

Mbugua, G.G. (1995). Morbidity patterns and treatment effects in

human Schistosomiasis mansoni in Machakos and Makueni

Districts, Kenya. PhD thesis, University of Nairobi, Kenya