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Public Health as taught in the department is focussed on areas that are directly/indirectly concerned with safeguarding human health with regard to human association with animals, handling and consumption of animal food products. Core areas of training include: meat inspection and meat hygiene, milk hygiene and quality, fish hygiene, water hygiene, honey, environmental hygiene, foodborne diseases and food preservation, food safety and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) procedures in food processing is a part of the course. Research carried out addresses topic areas of the course of zoonotic diseases transmitted from animals to humans through contact or consumption of animal source foods.

Veterinary Public Health Head


Prof. Samuel M. Arimi

BVM, MSc, PhD (University of Nairobi)

Prof. Arimi specializes in milk hygiene and mastitis, camel diseases including mastitis and milk quality, Campylobacter infections in man and animals, food microbiology, infections and intoxications, zoonotic diseases
Teaching and Technical Staff

Prof. J. N. Ombui,

BVM, MSc, PhD, (UoN)

Prof. Ombui is the Chairman of the Department of Public Health, Pharmacology and Toxicology since August 2010. Prof. Ombui  is an experienced lecturer of Veterinary Public Health, Food Microbiology and biotechnology, Food Safety and Hygiene. View Prof. Ombui's profile


Prof. M. M. Kagiko


(University of Nairobi)

Prof. Kagiko is an Associate professor in the  Department of Public Health, Pharmacology and Toxicology and a former dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (2001-2005). He graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine  (1975) and Masters in Public Health in (1975) and PhD in 1986 from the University of Nairobi. Between 1985 and 1992, he was head of Public Health  Section. He has 25 publications in refereed journals.

Prof. E. K. Kangethe

BVM, M.Sc. Ph.D (University of Nairobi)

Prof. Kangethe's research area of specialization is food safety and has worked in the following projects: Environmental and Social Ecology of Human Infectious Diseases, mitigations of aflatoxin contamination of milk value chain by mapping feed flows and associated aflatoxin risks associated with feed, strengthening capacity in hazard identification, risk assessment and communication in the feed –dairy chain, Building capacity to improve the safety of animal source foods and ensure continued market access for poor farmers in sub Saharan Africa, Assessment of health risks associated with untreated wastewater reuse for agriculture, Aflatoxin B1 and M1 in animal feeds and Milk obtained from urban producers in four urban centres in Kenya, Health risks associated with Cryptosporidiosis in urban smallholder dairy production in Dagoretti Kenya, Assessing health risks and benefits associated with urban agriculture, Assessing and managing milk borne health risks for the benefit of consumers in Kenya, Agro-ecosystem health approach to management of farming systems and development, Prevalence and Control of Parasitic Zoonoses related to Meat, Epidemiological investigations of vector borne zoonosis using insect blood meal analysis, Slaughter hygiene and Speciation of Meat Species. View Prof. Kangethe's profile


Prof. Joseph M. Gathuma

B. V.Sc., MSc., Ph.D (University of Nairobi)

Prof. Gathuma has also held numerous appointments as researcher and consultant in many private, public, regional and international organizations. He has gained extensive experience in animal health and related issues under pastoral systems especially in Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia. Prof. Gathuma has served as a consultant for the following organizations: FAO, UNDP, UNEP, World Bank, EC, Land `O` Lakes/USAID, USAID/Technoserve, Pathfinder/USAID, SNV Netherlands Development Organization, GOK,  SIDA, GOK/World Bank, GEF/UNEP/AGREF, NORAD, KARI/ODA, KARI/DFID, MIAC/USAID, ILRI, ICIPE, AGREF/Bayer E.A, Hoechst E.A Ltd., Terra Nuova/AMREF, Kenya National Academy of Sciences, Catholic Diocese of Torit, South Sudan and VSF-Belgium. View Prof. Gathuma's profile

Prof. Francis M. Njeruh

BVM, MSc., PhD (University of Nairobi)

Diploma in Business Management (KIM) and Master of Business Administration (Moi University)


Prof. Francis M. Njeruh has carried out research in various fields of Public Health e.g. research into serodiagnosis of various zoonotic diseases in both man and livestock since 1979. His research work has yielded extremely useful results in diagnosis of hydatid disease in man in Kenya. He has been a Chairman of Department of Public Health, Pharmacology and Toxicology from 1998 to 2004. He was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Planning & Development by the Council of JomoKenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology on 18th July, 2006 to 14th August, 2013. He is a holder of a Diploma in Business Management (KIM) and Master of Business Administration (Moi University). View Prof. Njeruh's profile

Dr. F. M. Nderu

 BVM (UoN) MSc (California University, U.S.A.)

Dr. Nderu has experience in the area of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology. View Dr. Nderu's profile

Dr. D. M. Senerwa

BVM, MSc (University of Nairobi) PhD ongoing

Dr. Senerwa has experience on Characterization of Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae isolated from neonates in a nursery ward using DNA probes, plasmid profiles, and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns. The plasmid profiles of the enteropathegenic Escherichia coli strains were similar and the enteropathogenic gene was located on a specific plasmid.Currently i am working on the prevalence and economic cost of aflatoxins in the Kenyan dairy value chain for my PhD thesis. View Dr. Senerwa's profile


Mr. Ronoh Koske

BSc.(MKU) , HND, Diploma (Technical University of Kenya)

Mr. Ronoh has  experience of in Public health and Vet Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Biology. And also have participated in consultancy and research work.

Areas of research interest:-Molecular epidemiology and zoonosis. View Mr. Ronoh's profile


Mr. Kiogora Marimba

Diploma (Technical University of Kenya)

Mr. Marimba assists in the teaching of laboratory Milk analysis,Meat Science,storage and microbiology, Drinking Water and general sanitation,Food quality and spoilage. On research We advice farmers and the general public on how to deal with public health aspects. View Mr. Marimba's profile


Mr. Luke Bett

Diploma (Kabete Technical Training College)

Mr. Bett has worked in various diagnostic laboratories where he has been dealing with microbiology ,clinical chemistry and immunology. He conducts class practicals for veterinary  students, running various microbiological test on food samples, meat samples and milk samples currently he is a student at Mount Kenya University. View Mr. Bett's profile

MS Penina A. Ateku

Diploma (Technical University of Kenya)

Penina has worked as a Laboratory technologist in private hospitals for six years . Penina has interest in scientific research. View Penina's profile

MS Mercy Gitungo

JLT (Technical University of Kenya)

Mercy assists with the students practicals and also does the clean up of the glassware. She has secretarial skills which also enable her to help in the chairman's office when the secretary is away. View Mercy's profile
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