MASTER OF VETERINARY EPIDEMIOLOGY AND ECONOMICS

Overview

OBJECTIVES

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.

 

COURSE DURATION: Two (2) years

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of this programme is geared towards producing general veterinary practitioners. However, the needs of the animal resources sector also require field and administrative personnel specialized in veterinary epidemiology and economics who can contribute by 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

RATIONALE

Livestock diseases are currently considered as a major barrier to trade for livestock products from Kenya and other sub-Saharan African counties to the World markets, and therefore they contribute directly to the loss of income both to the farming communities and the nations through reduced income and loss of foreign exchange earnings, respectively. Additionally, globalization has brought challenges since disease outbreaks in other parts of the World can easily be introduced into any susceptible country through the increased movement of people, animal and their products, while a country like Kenya which has several kilometres of porous borders with its neighbours will continue to be at high risk of receiving infectious diseases through these border crossings.

The programme will ensure we produce graduates who can contribute to national and regional development through effective disease control and prevention through the 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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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
  4. Formulate disease control and prevention policies under different livestock systems and ecological zones

 

MODE OF DELIVERY

Face-to-Face Mode

Lectures, tutorials, lecture discussions, class presentations, case studies, demonstrations, fieldwork, videos, student lecturer consultations, supervised independent research, group projects.

Open, Distance and E-Learning Mode

Home and/or office-based media using a variety of self-instructional electronic and online self-study materials, such as; written self-instructional study modules, online interactive devices and self-tests, cloud-based content, videos of lectures mediated technical learning materials e.g. audiovisual and e-learning materials.

Blended Learning Mode

A combination of face-to-face and online learning approaches.

Course Code

Course Name

Period

Semester 1

JPH 611

Epidemiology

1x3hrs

JPH 612

Applied Biostatistics

1x3hrs

JPH 613

Molecular Epidemiology

1x3 hrs

JPT 614

Research Methodology &Scientific Communication

1x3hrs

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

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Admission Requirements

The following shall be eligible for admission:

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

Credit Transfer and Exemptions

  1. Applicants may be exempted from some courses and credits transferred from institutions recognized by the University of Nairobi senate. The candidate must have passed similar course units at the Master’s level or equivalent.
  2. Applicants seeking transfer of credit shall send a formal application to the Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine as the case may be, giving justification for the request, and attaching officially endorsed supporting credentials.
  3. Candidates may be allowed to transfer up to one-third of the taught units.
  4. Application for transfer of credit shall be processed after payment of the prescribed non-refundable fees.
  5. The credit transfer shall only be valid for theory courses that shall have been attended and passed within the last five years.

 

Contacts for support:

Department of Public Health Pharmacology & Toxicology

Tel:      +254-020-4916015

Email: dept-publichealth@uonbi.ac.ke 

 

  1. Civil service
  2. Non-governmental organisations
  3. Private practice
  4. Research with National and International Organisations
  5. Kenya Wildlife
  6. Slaughter Houses 
  7. Meat Processing Plants 
  8. Milk Processing Plants
  9. Export and Import handling facilities

 

 VETERINARY EPIDEMIOLOGY & ECONOMICS (J526)
   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