The overall goal of this programme is to build capacity and impart skills in veterinarians and other health practitioners to analyze the effectiveness of various animal disease control and prevention strategies that would empower the society.



In the undergraduate curriculum for training Bachelors of Veterinary Medicine, student training is geared towards producing general veterinary practitioners. However, the needs of animal resources sector also require field and administrative personnel specialized in veterinary epidemiology and economics who can contribute be advising relevant government departments and agencies on effective policies for disease control and prevention. This is an objective which is in-line with the country vision 2030, when Kenyan is expected to achieve a middle level income, and therefore self-sufficiency in food production.This is in line with the University of Nairobi’s mission of providing quality education and support for research and community service to the Kenyan people. The course is designed for training experts who will contribute to disease control programmes within the region.


This programme will ensure that the department produces graduates who can contribute in national and regional development through effective disease control and prevention through collection, collation and evaluation of data on animal diseases both at County and national levels, advising governments on the present and future disease control policies, evaluation of the effectiveness of animal health and disease control programmes, conducting field based research, and participation in emergency preparedness and response to transboundary animal diseases, pandemics and other One Health Challenges.Need assessment for the review of this curriculum was undertaken and it involved stakeholders from both public and private sectors.

Contacts of support persons

Mode of Delivery

The course shall be offered face-to- face either as full-time or part-time study, or through Open, Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) modes of study.

Face -to-face mode

Full-time mode

This shall involve the use of tutorials, group-based learning, problem-based learning, practicals offered on fulltime basis.The contents will be delivered from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm during week days Part-time mode

This shall involve the use of tutorials, group-based learning, problem-based learning, practicals offered on part-time basis. The contents will be delivered from 5.30pm to 9.00 pm during week days and 8.00 am-5.00 pm during weekends

The Open, Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) Mode

The ODEL mode of delivery shall involve use of various media and will largely be home or office-based. Learners will be issued with written self-instructional study materials at registration time that will include study guides in form of booklets and/or pamphlets for each course, reference books and literature, learning management systems for interactivity. Learners will use support study centers of the University of Nairobi to access information and library services. They will also receive limited face-to-face lecture and practical sessions as may be scheduled from time to time.

Course Code

Course Name


Semester 1

JPH 611



JPH 612

Applied Biostatistics


JPH 613

Molecular Epidemiology

1x3 hrs

JPT 614

Research Methodology &Scientific Communication


JPH 615

Livestock Economics

1x3 hrs

Semester 2



JPH 621

Food Systems & Health

1x3 hours

JPH 623

Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Projects

1x3 hrs

JPH 625

Applied Immunology 

1x3 hrs

JPH 626

Statistics for Epidemiologists

1x3 hrs

JPH 627

Quantitative Epidemiology

1x3 hrs


PART II     (Second Year)

JPH 701: Thesis

The common regulations for the Masters’ Degree in all Faculties shall be applicable. Admission into the course will be open to:

  • Holders of the degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Nairobi
  • Other candidates who have obtained degrees from other universities approved by Senate as being equivalent to Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Nairobi. 

At the end of this programme, the learner should be able to:

  1. Apply epidemiological and economic tools, concepts and approaches to carry out disease surveillance and management
  2. Analyse the effectiveness of various disease control and prevention strategies
  3. Evaluate and prioritize animal health delivery approaches under different livestock systems and ecological zones


   YEAR 1     YEAR 2     
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Semester 3   Semester 4   Totals 
TUITION                174,000.00             174,000.00                    174,000.00              174,000.00               696,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                     7,000.00                               -                           7,000.00                                -                    14,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                     2,250.00                  2,250.00                         2,250.00                   2,250.00                    9,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                     1,000.00                               -                           1,000.00                                -                      2,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)                     5,000.00                               -                                        -                                  -                      5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                     6,500.00                               -                           6,500.00                                -                    13,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                     5,000.00                               -                           5,000.00                                -                    10,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                     2,000.00                               -                           2,000.00                                -                      4,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                     1,000.00                               -                           1,000.00                                -                      2,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                     6,000.00                  6,000.00                                      -                                  -                    12,000.00
THESIS EXAMINATION                       30,000.00                  30,000.00
Grand totals     209,750.00   182,250.00        198,750.00    206,250.00    797,000.00