Course of the Week- B.Sc Public Health

cohesThe B.Sc. program in Public Health will provide training that will equip students with the knowledge and skills to address relevant public health concerns in the community.

This program is designed to enhance the national capacity for public and primary health care systems.

Graduates from the program will be equipped with appropriate skills and knowledge to identify public health problems, design solutions to those problems, and plan and execute appropriate public health interventions.

The program will help in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals concerning health, and the WHO and Kenya Vision 2030 objectives of ensuring affordable and accessible health services and education for all.

The minimum entry requirements for joining Bachelor of Science in Public Health are:

KCSE C+ (plus) mean grade with C(plain) in Biology/Biological Sciences and Chemistry,

C- (minus) in English/Swahili

and C- (minus) in Mathematics/ Physics.


Diploma/HND (Higher National Diploma)  in Clinical Medicine, Public Health, Community Health, Human Nutrition, Pharmacy.

NB: Diploma Holders with Credit pass join second (2nd) year of study while HND holders join third (3rd) year of study.

The course takes four (4) academic years to complete. Each academic year comprises of two (2) semesters of (16) sixteen weeks each.

Students undertake a sixteen (16) week attachment during their second (2nd) and third (3rd) year of study.

The program is availed by our College of Health Sciences (COHES) under the School of Public Health (SoPH) on both a Fulltime and Part time basis.

The College of Health Sciences – CoHES, was created by the JKUAT senate in November 2011 from the previous Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases- ITROMID.

The JKUAT School of Public Health was established in September 2013, as a constituent school of the College of Health Sciences.

Since its inception the school focuses on community outreach, multidisciplinary research, health education and practice to create the much needed solutions to public health challenges not only in Kenya but other countries around the world.

The School collaborates with a number of regional and international institutions in its discharge of Teaching, Research, and Extensions Services e.g. Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and Kenya Red Cross.

Areas covered by staff in the School of Public Health include :

  • Epidemiology,
  • Biostatistics,
  • Environmental Pollution,
  • Pharmacology,
  • Toxicology,
  • Health Economics Disease Surveillance,
  • Family and Reproductive Health
  • Social and Behavioral Science.


Graduates from this program get employment in a wide range of areas including: Hospitals, Research Institutions, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Ministry of Environment and natural resources, Academic Institutions, United Nations , Organizations, Health Care Insurance Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations.

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