WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,137 /year
Applications Begin:August 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:School of Public Health
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

Philosophy of programme:
To impart knowledge and skills in environmental health for health promotion and development

Rationale of programme

Worldwide, many people continue to suffer from preventable communicable diseases such as diarrhea as a classical example. The need for capacity building in the field of environmental health has been compounded by the continued increase environmental hazards emanating from the rapid urbanization and industrialization due to modern technological advancement.

The Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree programme in Environmental Health aims at producing Environmental Health scientists capable of addressing health issues by responding effectively to deteriorating environmental conditions that affect human health with a view to proposing possible solutions thereby enhancing good health and sustainable environmental management.

The need for prevention, reduction of transmission of communicable and non- communicable diseases in the human population calls for improving physical, biological, cultural and social environmental conditions.

The labour market demand for environmental health practitioners over the years has not been matched with the existing training opportunities in the country and the region at large, hence ineffectively responding to deteriorating environmental conditions that affect human population and health.

The need for capacity building in the field of environmental health has been compounded by the continued increase environmental hazards emanating from the rapid urbanization and industrialization due to modern technological advancement hence filling the existing gaps in environmental health training.

The programme intends to produce an Environmental Health Practitioner who will be capable of integrating theory and practice in critically assessing, analyzing and managing environmental issues affecting the health of the individual and the community. The environmental health graduate will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills through lectures, tutorials, group discussion, practicals, research and field work.

Objectives of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Health

  1. To play an effective role in the development and expansion of opportunities for individuals wishing to continue their education in the health science disciplines
  2. To prepare students academically and professionally for a career in environmental health
  3. To produce high quality graduate capable of critical analysis, problem-solving, research and life-long learning.
  4. Conduct research in environmental health issues with a view to providing recommendations to solve environmental health challenges
  5. Provide community service through consultation, advice, training, participation, moral and financial support to the community and other stakeholders
  6. Generate and impart knowledge, skills and attitudes that pertain to effective recognition and response to environmental health challenges.
  7. Train manpower that is adaptable to emerging and re-emerging environmental health challenges.
  8. Enhance appropriate use of natural and human resources to promote good health and sustainable development

Curriculum models and instructional Methods

The MKU BSc Environmental Health curricula designed to be a learner centered and outcome based curriculum with a community orientation. It  will employ both conventional lecture system and Problem Based Learning (PBL)/tutorials in its delivery;

The Mode of Delivery of the curriculum will include:-.

  1. Lectures:- will be given by the discipline experts outlining the areas to be covered in the course, explaining principles and concepts, and explaining the difficult areas related to any discipline.
  1. Small group sessions:- will include tutorials, clinical sessions, problem based cases, bedside teaching and out-patient sessions. Tutorials will be student led and they will work in small groups guided by a tutor. Appropriate cases/case materials will be used for learning at all phases of the curriculum with subjects integrated both vertically and horizontally throughout the programme.

Large group discussions/seminars:-These will be discussions between students and discipline experts on difficult content areas

  1. Laboratory practicals/clinical demonstrations:- related to ongoing tutorial problems to demonstrate specific and practical aspects of what the students are currently studying. This will help students acquire skills especially in the early years of the course.
  2. Community Based Learning and Fieldwork:- The curriculum is both theoretical and community based. This includes not only the units entitled community health, but also occupational health and other courses that may have a community based component.

Individualized and Self-directed learning:- This will include case studies and computer assisted learning programmes that will be administered through the internet

The curriculum and instructional methods that will encourage students to take active responsibility for their learning are in the integrated components of tutorial and PBL approach;

These methods will prepare students for life-long learning program will contribute to the society by providing accessibility to innovative and quality public Health education that promotes excellence in scholarship, research and equitable service to the communities

Scientific Method

The component of the curriculum that inculcate the principles of scientific method and evidence-based practice includes:-

  1. The students will be introduced to research methods in their third year of study then in the fourth year they will be expected to write a research proposal and then implement the project.
  2. Carrying out research in priority health problems
Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

All candidates admitted to Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Health must satisfy the following requirements:
Direct Entry Requirement

  1. They must satisfy common university requirements for admission.
  2. In addition, candidates must have obtained at least the minimum cut-off points for the year as determined from the following subject cluster drawn from the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) at “C+” level or its equivalent for each of the following subjects: either Mathematics or Physics, Chemistry/Physical sciences, Biology/Biological Science, English or Kiswahili


  1. In addition the candidate should have obtained  Division II at KCE or EACE or A level holder with at least two principles
  2. or
  3. A Bachelor’s degree or diploma from a recognized institution in the following areas: Environmental health; environmental studies; water and civil engineering; pharmacy; nursing; clinical medicine; biomedical laboratory technology; biomedical sciences; public health; community health, nutrition and other health related courses recognized by the University Senate

Entry vide university bridging

  1. A holder of KCSE certificate or equivalent with a minimum of C+ and lacking cluster subjects in either Mathematics or Physics, Chemistry / Physical sciences,  Biology/ Biological Science, English or Kiswahili in 2.9.1. (b) above
  2. A holder of EACE certificate or equivalent with minimum of two principles and lacking O level clusters subject grades as in 2.9.1 (c) above

Entry vide pre-university programme
A holder of KCSE certificate or equivalent with a mean aggregate of C plain with C plain in either Mathematics or Physics, Chemistry / Physical sciences,  Biology/ Biological Science, English or Kiswahili

Credit transfer

Credit transfers and exemption are possible depending on the qualification of the applicant.
Requirement for credit transfer/exemptions

  1. The applicant must have attained the pass mark in the subject to be considered for credit transfer/ exemption from an institution recognized by the Senate.
  2. The applicant must have passed the final examinations for the year in which the subject to be exempted was examined.
  3. The following conditions should be met in seeking an exemption for a particular subject:
  4. The applicant shall pay a non-refundable credit transfer/exemption fee as determined by the School Board and approved by the Senate.
  5. A formal application on a prescribed form should be lodged with the Dean of School.
  6. The application should include justification and documentary support for the exemption to be considered.
  7. The School Board may require the applicant to sit an exemption examination.
  8. No exemption shall be granted for professional or clinical subjects.
Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan and East African applicants: $9
Application Fees for International Students: $46

Application Guidelines:
**Application forms can be downloaded from or collected from the school campuses/ marketing centres. Duly filled application forms should be addressed to the Registrar – Academic Administration.

The following Documents should be made available:
– Copies of all academic certificates including secondary school certificates, Bachelors, Diplomas & Certificate level transcripts and certificates.
– One (1) recent passport size photograph (write your name on reverse side)
– Copy of national I.D/Passport.

Application fee is as follows:
– a) Kshs 1000 for Certificate, Diploma and under- graduate programs for the East African applicants. USD 50 for the Non-East African Applicants.
– Kshs 2000 for Postgraduate programmes for East African Applicants. USD 100 for Non-East African Applicants.

Application for admission does not guarantee admission into the University for course applied for; this will be subject to fulfilment of all requirements and class size as approved by the University Senate.

Career Opportunities
  1. County Governments as Chief Officers; Cabinet Executive Committee Members (CECMs);  Public Health Officers , Community Health Coordinators, County/SubCounty Administrators; Ward Cordinators;
  2. National Government (Department of Health ) –Programme Officers.
  3. Air ports, Inland Borders , Sea Ports : As Port Public Health Officers.
  4. State Corporations/ bodies like National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA); National Alliance Against Drug and Substance Abuse (NACADA); Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) ; Kenya Medical and Research Institute (KEMRI) ; Universities (Public and Private ) ,Public Health Officers and Technicians Council (PHOTC);  Kenya Bureau of Standards (KBS); National Aids and STD Control Programme (NASCOP); National AIDS Control Council (NACC);  National Referral Hospitals etc.
  5. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) :- NGOs, CBOs, FBOs :-As Programme Officers e.g. Water and Sanitation; Community Mobilization Officers ; Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) Projects etc.
  6. United Nations (UN) –Programme Officers e.g. in Refugee Camps, Food Relief programmes .
  7. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO):- As Programme Officers.
  8. Factories / Industries :-Occupational Health and Safety Officers;
  9. Training Institutions:- as Lecturers and /or Tutorial Fellows.
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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East African applicants: $1,137
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,364

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs. 125,100
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs 150,120
Students from Countries in the East African  Community (EAC), pay the same amount as Kenyan Students. The six countries in the East African Community include; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

– All international students (Non East African) are to pay additional (statutory fee, quality assurance & tuition fee) of 20% above the normal fee.
– The university fees payment can also be done in easy instalments within the semester. The instalments are as follows: 30% upon registration, 30%- second instalment, 20%-third instalment 20% – fourth instalment.

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