School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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.

Philosophy
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.  

Department
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.

Programmes
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:

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.

Collaborations
The School has various international collaborations:
•    University of Michigan
•    Stony Brook University