Training of health professionals was one of the dreams of the founders of Kenya Methodist University. The dream was realized in 2004 when the School of Health Sciences was established and later it was later expanded to become the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The mandate of the school is to prepare professionals with knowledge, skill and attitudes required of a competent health professional capable of working in an increasingly complex environment.
The School promotes student centered learning under guidance which should enable them take responsibility for their personal growth and advancement in future. Acquisition of knowledge, skill and attitudes required for their future working life as health professional is central to the programme. Development of spiritual, ethical and compassionate aspect of the professions as well as areas of leadership, human rights and gender are addressed in the curricula. Most of the training take place in the environment they will work in upon qualification. The school believes in preparing graduates who will work as members of health, participate in community service and be agent of transformation.
At the moment, the school consists of five departments at the main campus in Meru and 2 departments at the Nairobi campus. The departments at the main campus include: Medicine which consists of (Human Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Physiology, Microbiology & Parasitology, Pathology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Surgery and Psychiatry), Nursing, Medical laboratory, Pharmacy and Clinical Medicine and the following in Nairobi; Health Systems Management and Public Health which consist of Public Health, Environmental Health and Community Health. These departments teach courses in all campuses of university.
The School continues to develop programmes which meet the requirements of the Professional Regulatory Bodies and Commission for University Education. These programmes are offered in full time part time or distant learning modes. The latter enables students to continue with their education while they continue working. The courses are offered as follows:
- Department of Clinical Medicine, Surgery & Community Health
Department of Health Systems Management & Medical Education
- International Master in Health Information Management
- Master of Science in Health Systems Management
- Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management (BSc. HSM)
- Diploma in Medical Education (DIME)
- Department of Human Anatomy
- Department of Human Nutrition & Dietetics
- Department of Medical Bio-Chemistry
Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
- Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences
- Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences (Inservice / Upgrade)
- Diploma in Medical Laboratory
- Department of Medical Physiology
- Department of Medical Physiology
Department of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing Education
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing(inservice / Upgrade)
- Master of Science in Nursing Education
- Department of Pathology
Department of Pharmacy
- Bachelor of Pharmacy (Bpharm)
- Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology
- Department of Public Health
All Programmes run in semester system except Medicine (MBChB), Bachelor of Pharmacy and Clinical Medicine which have annual programmes.Resources
From all the Campuses the students have access to the Library and teachers. The library is stocked with E-books, online journals, internet services and CD-ROMS.
Laboratories for Sciences based programmes are in the main campus in Meru. These laboratories include Physiology, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Pathology, and Microbiology and Skills Lab. The school use clinical facilities at various hospitals in the County depending on mode of study.
The main teaching institution outside the university includes, Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital and Maua Methodist Hospital.
The school has qualified full time staff and in addition engages part time staff when required.
The School has various international collaborations:
• University of Michigan
• Stony Brook University