Welcome to School of Medicine


The School of Medicine initially started with Training of Trainers programmes in the Control and Management of HIV/AIDS at certificate, Diploma and Postgraduate level. In 2004, the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, the Bachelor of Science (nursing and Public Health) and the Master of Public Health Programmes were started with less than 100 students in total. The School has rapidly expanded. It gave birth to school of Public health and school of Nursing. School of Pharmacy has also been approved.

The following programmes are offered:
• Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
• Bachelor of Science (Medical Laboratory Science)
• Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering in conjunction with school of engineering
• Master of Science in Infectious Diseases
• Family Medicine

Programmes in the following areas to be offered in the near future include:
• Diploma in Mortuary Sciences
• Bachelor of Science in Dentistry
• Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy
• Bachelor of Science in Radiology
• Master of Medicine (All specialties)


Current Population

Projection 2017

Projection 2020

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery




Bachelor of Pharmacy




Bachelor of Science (Medical Laboratory Science)




Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy




Bachelor of Science in Dentistry




Master of Science in Infectious Diseases




Master of Medicine (All specialties)




Master of Family Medicine




Courses and Programmes in Pre-Clinical areas and Pathology will be started in due course

1. Report on Integration of Health, HIV&AIDS and Reproductive health, Gender and Human Rights.
Kenyatta University, as a teaching and research Institution has strived to integrate issues of Health, HIV&AIDS, Reproductive Health, Gender and Human right into the teaching of various programmes. The University has a well established Aids Control Unit which meets the day to day need to sensitize members of the University Community on HIV and AIDS intervention methods. The centre also engages students in basic training of trainers on HIV/AIDS prevention methods and this information is further dispersed to the immediate community. The University has also established programmes in Reproductive Health and a Gender Violence Centre.
Further methods of integrating knowledge on HIV/AIDS and gender and human rights is through the teaching as part of the course structure of all programmes offered in the University though the Department of Gender and Development studies.
2. Status on Health and HIV and AIDS-related MDGs 4, 5 and 6
Kenyatta University in collaboration with East African Universities and sponsored by the Association of African Universities (AAU) have recently conducted a research on the contribution of East African Universities toward attainment of Millennium Development Goal No. 5- Improving Maternal Health. The research findings have been disseminated to all collaborating universities and the final report is available. This is in line with strategies to involving learning institutions in the attainment of MDG No. 5
We are also jointly undertaking a research project with the University of Nairobi PACE project geared towards involving Universities in the eradication of HIV and AIDS as part of our contribution to Government led intervention strategies. The EAC may consider sponsoring further research on their role in attainment of MDGs 4 and 6 in East African countries
3. Status for Human Resources for Health capacity for Health and HIV and AIDS services delivery:
a) Training
We are involved in the training of various medical and health related programmes to students who we expect will join the health sector in various fields and help in fill the other health service providers in meeting the demand in the health service delivery. The University is also putting in a lot of effort in expanding the available infrastructure to be able to accommodate the increasing demand for university training and research facilities.
With the large number of students enrolling programmes per year, there is increased workload staff.
b) Absorption
Given the high demand professionals in the health sector, most of our trainees are currently being absorbed by government health facilities to provide services. Graduands in the nursing and medical laboratory programmes are currently providing services in various public and private health facilities while the first graduands of the bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery are currently taking their internship in government hospitals. The upcoming Medical School will need highly trained medical personnel for teaching and research

c) Retention
There have been major challenges in retention of trained health personnel. This is due to the limited opportunities to advance training, inadequate infrastructure and equipment, emergence of new market absorbing newly trained staff and non competitive remuneration packages offered.
d) Brain drain
Challenges raised in the retention of health resource have led to increased braindrain. The is urgent need to increase staff and other resources address these challenges in order to reduce brain drain of locally trained health staff in order to attract and retain them.
4. Infrastructure and Institutional capacity arrangements for health and HIV/AIDS services delivery
Kenyatta University has put up various infrastructures to help support the intervention strategies for Health, Gender and HIV and AIDS challenges. Offices have been established for the following intervention centres:
• AIDS Control Unit
• Directorate of University Health Services
• Ante natal Clinic
• Department of Gender and Development
• Gender Violence Recovery Centre
• School of Medicine with 10 Departments
• School of Public Health with 3 Departments
• School of Nursing with 4 Departments
The 600 plus bed Kenyatta University Hospital is being equipped. Some of the referral facilities to be offered in the facility include:
• A State-of-the-Art Medical facility
• Facilities to undertake innovative unique research and treatment e.g. specialized laboratories and departments
• Specialized in Oncology/Radiotherapy, Neuroscience and Spinal unit, Geriatrics and the Gender Violence treatment and recovery centre
• Telemedicine facilities
• A projected Bed Capacity of 600 plus patients

Hospital to have two main areas:
o Clinical Department
o Teaching and Research Department
• Ample administration area, lecture theatres, Tutorial area, Library and resource center, laboratories
• Doctors’ plaza, Presidential suite and a private wing
• Support units
• Mortuary
• Students hostels for over 600 students
• Staff quarters
• Shopping Centre and banks
• Restaurant
• Playing ground for children
• Beautiful gardens and recreation centres
• Ample parking, security and transport system
All these intervention centres are fully staffed and the University continues to advertise for various positions arising to meet the capacity requirements for health and HIV/AIDS services delivery. We also intend to serve Kenya, the East African Community and the global community and promote medical tourism.
5. Availability, access and distribution of various health commodities and equipments for Health and HIV/AIDS
The University has encountered various challenges in acquiring equipment and commodities to meet the demands of access and distribution of various health commodities.
This is because most of the equipment and commodities are not produced locally and are sourced from foreign international markets. This and the limited funds available for purchase make the cost of acquiring these equipments prohibitive. The University is however engaging with strategic partners, the Government, the private sector and donors acquire these equipments and commodities and distribute to its community.
6. Strategies and mechanisms for sustainable financing of Health and HIV/AIDS services with focus on national annual budgetary allocations and actual financial expenditures;
Kenyatta University has strived to provide adequate financing for provision of Health and HIV/AIDS services to members of its community. All its members have access to free outpatient facilities in all its campuses as well as a comprehensive insurance cover for all members requiring inpatient. This is financed by internally generated funds, support from the Government and engaging with the National Hospital Insurance Fund and private health insurance services


Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 November 2017 11:34