Maseno University

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The Master of Public Health degree programme at Maseno University is primarily concerned with the promotion of health, prevention of disease and prolonging life as well as assessment of health care delivery. Health and development studies are thus aimed at providing research, training and outreach services that focuses on the needs of communities and societies. The programme is tailored to various public and community health priority areas thus allowing a wider range of choices for students with different backgrounds.

The Mission of the programme and the role of the School of Public Health and Community Development are to improve the standards of health of people by training Public Health specialists with a hands-on approach in leadership and management of programs at community and institutional levels.

The vision of the Master of Public Health programme is to have communities that are empowered and equipped with knowledge and skills on how to prevent and promote their own health and development thus enabling them to cope with the changing trends in life.


These courses are taught to all students in the three tracks.

PHT 810: Fundamentals of Public Health                
PHT 811: Basic Epidemiology                        
PHT 812: Control of Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases    
PHT 813: Legal aspects of Public Health                
PHT 814: Research Methods I                        
PHT 815: Basic Biostatistics                        
PHT 816: Environmental Toxicology and Health                




PHM 820: Principles, Organisation and Design of Management         
PHM 821: Health Policy, Planning and Administration            
PHM 822: Health Economics and Financing                
PHM 823: Management of Health Information Systems            
PHT 820: Project Management and Evaluation                
PHT 821: Community-Based Health Care                
PHT 822: Research Methods II                        
PHP 824: Comparative International Health Care Systems         


PHE 820: Epidemiology and Control of Non-communicable Diseases    
PHE 821: Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases         
PHE 822: Disease Surveillance and Outbreaks Investigations         
PHE 823: Epidemiological Studies and Statistical Methods         
PHE 824: Changing Demography, Health and Community Development    
PHT 820: Project Management and Evaluation                
PHT 821: Community-Based Health Care                
PHT 822: Research Methods II    


PHP 820: Theory and Principles of Health Promotion             
PHP 821: Health Promotion, Communication and Practice        
PHP 822: Health Education and Health Behaviour    .        
PHP 823: Health Psychology and Counselling                 
PHP 824: Comparative International Health Care Systems         
PHT 820: Project Management and Evaluation                
PHT 821: Community-Based Health Care                
PHT 822: Research Methods II                        
PHT 823: Public Health Field activities    (field attachment)



PHT 831: Thesis Research I



PHT 841: Thesis Research II                      

Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the M.P.H. programme, an applicant must:
i)    Satisfy Maseno University minimum entry requirements for admission into Postgraduate studies.
ii)    Satisfy the School of Public Health and Community development requirements for admission into postgraduate studies at the school.

Specifically the M.P.H programme will be open to:
i)    Graduates of MBChB or its equivalent from a recognised University.
ii)    Graduates of Dentistry, Pharmacy who are interested in a career in Public Health.
iii)    Graduates of health sciences such as B.Sc. Public Health, Nursing, B.Sc. Nutrition and Veterinary Medicine.
iv)    Graduates of Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences
v)    Holders of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences.

Programme Duration
The duration of the M.P.H. programme shall normally extend over a period of two academic years.

Programme Structure
The M.P.H degree shall be offered in three tracks and students will be expected to select one of the following tracks at the end of semester one.
i)    M.P.H. in Management of Health Services
ii)    M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Population Health
iii)    M.P.H. in Health Promotion and International Health

Courses are offered in units in which a Unit is defined as one lecture hour per week, or two tutorial hours per week, or three laboratory/field or practical hours per week. The MPH programme has a minimum of 42 units and a maximum of 48 units of coursework.
Thesis research accounts for 12 units, including 6 units in Semester Four.

 Examination and Grading
The Maseno University School of Graduate Studies (SGS) regulations regarding conduct of examinations shall apply.  Each taught course will be graded by a Continuous Assessment Test (CAT) comprising 40% of the final grade, and a three-hour End of the Semester Examination accounting for 60% of the final grade per course. Continuous assessment tests will include written examinations, assignments and/or practical field activities where necessary.{{
The course PHT 823, “Public Health Field Activities” will be examined on the basis of a six-week participation in Field Activities, an Oral Presentation and a Written Report.
The courses PHT 831(Thesis Research I) and PHT 841(Thesis Research II) will be examined by a panel of examiners upon submission and defence of Thesis by the student at the School of Graduate Studies. Thesis Research will be examined according to Maseno University SGS Regulations.
The University grading system is as follows:

A=Distinction        75% and above
B=Credit        65-74%
C=Pass        50-64%
D=Fail            0-49%

The pass mark shall be 50 % of the final mark.

In order to graduate with the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, a student must maintain a minimum grade of C in all the courses taken in the programme.
Units are recognized as:
ST= Special Track

Master of Public Health (MPH)