Moi University - Eldoret, Kenya

Unit or Programme:
Department of Community Health and Behavioural Studies
Public Health, Community Health and Displaced People
Unit Director:
Dr. Diana Menya
Contact details:
Dr. Diana Menya
+254 72 035 2579

Moi University was established in Eldoret, Kenya’s fifth largest city, as the second Public University in Kenya by an Act of Parliament, the Moi University Act of 1984. It has advanced to be Kenya’s leading University in Teaching, Research & Development. It now has 14 schools, 5 campuses, 5 satellite campuses, 2 constituent colleges and has 17,000 students and 3,000 staff members.

Vision of Moi University: “To be recognised nationally and internationally as the university of choice in nurturing innovation and talent in science, technology and development”. The Moi University School of Public Health (MUSPH) is one of the 14 schools and was established in 1998 with the vision to become a regional and international centre for excellence in the training, research, practice and consultancy in public health. MUSPH offers a bachelors degree program in environmental health (some 140 students), a Master of Public Health program (some 60 students) and is in the process of developing terminal degrees in public health. The MUSPH mission is to produce skilled and practical health professionals and seeks to achieve this through advanced and interdisciplinary training of policy makers, medical practitioners, academicians and researchers. The School aims to take a leading role in the training of public health personnel locally and it seeks to effectively address health problems in the region, with due consideration of the diverse social, economic, political and biological environments.   11157368_1600517096863180_8516724813998462511_o
MUSPH’s objectives are to:
  • provide postgraduate training, short courses and workshops in various public health disciplines with emphasis on preventive and promotive health services
  • enhance the capacity for research and carry out research in priority health problems
  • provide service and professional advice to the government, communities and varied clients on public health issues
  • collaborate with the Ministry of Health, national and international institutions, organizations and international agencies for the purpose of training, research and offering services in public health
  • and to undertake consultancy contracts. In addition to key leadership at MUSPH with extensive experience leading and planning collaborative international projects, the School has longstanding partnerships and relationships with the community and other higher education institutions.

The Community-based Education and Service (COBES) program at Moi University has been a mandatory part of the school of public health curriculum since its inception. The COBES program aims to provide relevant training of health professionals as well as serve surrounding communities. Medical, nursing, public health, pharmacy and dentistry students participate in the program to gain practical experience at all levels of the government health system—from the community to district level facilities—in both rural and urban settings.

The COBES program serves residents in three provinces, namely Rift Valley Province (North Rift), Western Province and Nyanza Province. There are 22 rural health centers within 11 districts and 19 urban health centers within 19 districts. The COBES program is comprised of a series of distinct courses taken throughout the student’s academic program.

All but one of the COBES courses has a classroom or theory component that must be completed before beginning the practical or “clinical” component in the field. The courses introduce students to community health, conducting a community diagnosis, development of a research proposal, working with district health management teams, and implementation of interventions.

Commissioned Research
Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (2014 – On going) commissioned by UNISDR
Academic Programmes offered:
The programmes offered are designed for public health managers and aspiring professionals providing them relevant knowledge and skills in the field of Disaster Management and preparedness in a multidisciplinary manner.
Undergraduate courses
The school offers a four-year degree programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Heath. This programme aims at producing a graduate that is capable of addressing environmental health issues and problems from a global perspective with a view to proposing solutions in the provision of health care.
Postgraduate programmes The MPH programme provides a comprehensive training to students for addressing the various challenges of public health in a disaster situation. It focuses specifically on the following thematic areas:
    • Disaster management
    • Humanitarian law
    • Disaster policy, Health
    • Rehabilitation
    • Resettlement
    • Epidemiology
    • Environmental Health Issues in Disaster
    • Health Services for Displaced Persons

Short Courses

The partners at Moi University have hosted three short courses which were focused on;

  • Fire safety preparedness
  • Nutrition in Emergency
  • Food safety and Hygiene