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Bio-statistics is a discipline that is fundamental to biomedical and agricultural research problems. The course offers advanced statistical techniques and methodology for design of experiments, analysis of data and many other areas of statistics within life sciences. Students of B.Sc.
Biostatistics will learn both statistical theory and software programs, making them competent and marketable after graduation. Areas of employment of the graduate from this programme include academia, applied life science research and the private sector.
Substantive problems in biomedical and agricultural research circumvented by global challenges of climate change and its correlates have triggered the development of Biostatistical methods. Biostatistics has improved our ability to draw valid inferences from life science data. The role of Biostatistics is thus to advance statistical science and its application primarily to life science problems.
The program of B.Sc. Biostatistics is intended to provide students with strong grounding in Biostatistical skills in order to fill the demonstrated need and demand for well-trained biostatisticians. This is based on sound training in modern Biostatistical methodology needed to design and analyze biomedical, epidemiological and agricultural research data.
The Biostatistics programme includes a base of theoretical work complemented by practical analysis of real data. This prepares technically proficient biostatisticians to assist investigators with the design and analysis of their research data. In addition, it prepares its graduate for real-life data analysis and statistical inference thereby enabling them to draw appropriate conclusions from biomedical and other data types.
The program takes a total of eight semesters with two semesters planned per academic year.
There are six required course units in every semester. In the first academic year, each student is required to take three (3) university and one (1) faculty units. In the fourth academic year each student takes one university unit and one additional elective unit. Each student shall be required to undertake practical attachment for a period of not less than 8 weeks at the end of the 8th semester.
Additional units are also available on consultation during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years. (these do not count towards the classification of the degree but will appear on the transcripts).
One unit is defined as a series of 35 one lecture hours with a three-hour practical period and a two hour tutorial period being equivalent to a three-hour lecture.
1.1(a) KCSE with mean aggregate of C+ in both Mathematics and English.
1.2 Acredit pass inthe JKUAT bridging certificate may replace KSCE mathematics.
1.3 Have a minimum of 2 principal passes in Science subjects, one of which should be Mathematics, in General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level/ Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE).
1.4 Have aminimum of principal passes in Science subjects , one of which should be Mathematics in General certificate of education (GCE) Advanced Level/Kenya Certificate of Education (KACE)
1.5 Have a diploma in Mathematics or Statistics and with at least a credit pass from an institution recognized by the University Senate.
1.6 Have A diploma in Applied sciences, in which there has been a substantial mathematics conted with at least credit pass in relevant subjects from an institution recognized by the University Senate.
1.7 Have A diploma in Applied sciences, in which there has been a substantial mathematics conted with at least credit pass in relevant subjects from an institution recognized by the University Senate.
Students who hold any of the qualifications 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 above may at the discretion of the Faculty of Science be admitted directly to the second year of the course in which case they may complete their course in a minimum of three academic years.
Students who hold the qualification 1.5 above may at the discretion of the Faculty of Science be admitted directly to the third year of the course in which case they may complete their courses in a minimum of two academic years and a maximum of four academic years.
How to Apply
Application Requirements for qualified students:
– A dully filled registration form – to be obtained from the offices/website upon payment of non-refundable fee.
– Two passport size photos.
– Copies of relevant certificates
Applications for the courses are on official application forms.
1. click to download JKUAT IT Department application form. or obtain a hand-copy from the office.
2. Pay a non-refundable application fee as follows:
– Certificates: Kshs500
– Diplomas: 1000
– Degrees: Kshs1,500
– Masters: 1,500
Bank Account Numbers:
– Standard Chartered Bank Account number 0108023434900
– Barclays Bank Account Number 0775001216
– Co-operative Bank of Kenya Account Number 01129098952900
– National Bank Account Number 0100359580600
– Equity Bank Account Number 0090291251426
Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Principal Investigator.
– Professor or teacher.
– Research Scientist.
– Data Analyst.
– Data Scientist.
– Quantitative Scientist.
– Machine Learning Scientist.
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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs180,000
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs216,000
**EAC (East African Community) Students pay the same amount as Kenyan students. Countries in the East African Community include; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
NOTE: The tuition fees charged, may vary from programme to programme and from time to time, with foreign students paying 20% more that the Kenyan students.: