The mission of the Faculty of Health Sciences is to produce graduates who will harness their intellectual and practical prowess for their own and community‘s good health enhancement. To this end the graduate should be able to develop skills to maintain continuous medical education throughout his/her professional life. Further the programme envisages inculcating acquisition of knowledge and skills in research in health and health related issues. To achieve this, self-directed learning, problem solving and effective communication will be crucial. The graduate will be expected not only to excel in curative medicine but also in community-based prevention of disease and promotion of health.
One of the stated goals of the newly independent Kenya was to fight disease. This has remained a major challenge to date not only in terms of health care financing but also in the number of trained personnel. This is especially so in the higher cadres. Although Kenya has been training doctors from late 1970s an acute shortage of doctors still persists. There is no doctor available below the level of a district hospital and indeed many district hospitals are under the management of clinical officers. There is dire need to change this state. With this in mind, the starting of medical doctors at Egerton University is fully justified.
At the end of the programme the graduate should be able to:
i) Integrate knowledge of physical, chemical, biological, psychological, social, developmental and environmental mechanisms to diagnose, manage and prevent illness.
ii) Appreciate that curative medicine may be largely as a result of failure to prevent disease and promote health activities within the community.
iii) Be an integral member in contributing to the identification and solution of community- based health problems.
iv) Actively contribute to the promotion and maintenance of good health and prevention of ill – health.
v) Apply principles of research in identification, evaluation and management of health - related problems.
vi) Manage health services.
vii) Plan and implement training/educational programmes for the community and health workers.
viii) Engage in and maintain proper professional ethics.
ix) Effectively cultivate a sense of advancement of self -knowledge, skills and attitudes.
x) Relate appropriately with the community and take position as a leader and responsible member in the community.
xi) Acquire, evaluate and communicate information appropriately.
All candidates must satisfy the following requirements:
i) Minimum university admission requirements.
ii) In addition, they must obtain at least A- (minus) from one of the following clusters drawn from the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
Category A Category B
Biology Biological Sciences
Chemistry Physical Sciences
iii) Those holding qualifications equivalent to the above from institutions recognized by EgertonUniversity may also be admitted.
iv) Applicants with relevant diplomas or University degrees in relevant fields who fulfill all theUniversity entrance requirements may be considered for admission provided the Faculty ofHealthSciences Board recommends and the Senate approves.
v) Such applicants may be required to pass a qualifying examination, administered either orally or in written form or in both formats by the Faculty Board to assess their suitability for enrolment into the programme.
Course Structure and Duration of Study
i) This is a full time programme designed to take seventeen (17) terms of fifteen (15) weeks each with a maximum of twenty one (21) terms of the same duration. All courses in the programme are compulsory unless the Faculty Board recommends exemption and Senate approves. Completion of all prescribed work is mandatory before graduation.
ii) Credit factor system:
a) one credit factor will be equivalent to one (1) lecture per week
b) one credit factor will be equivalent to (2) practical hours per week.
c) one credit factor will be equivalent to there (3) clinical hour or two
All courses shall be abbreviated as MEDS where applicable followed by coded numerals.
i) The 1st numeral represents the year of study
ii) The 2nd numeral represents course category, i.e.
0 = Anatomy
2= Behavioural Sciences & Community Health
3= Pathological Science
4= Internal Medicine
7= Reproductive Health
8= Surgically oriented disciplines.
9= Other Clinical Sciences.
iii) The 3rd numeral represents the order of specific courses in the particular category of courses.
157.5.1. All the university rules and regulations shall apply for the MBChBprogramme.
157.5.2. In addition
i) The examinations in this programme will be conducted in a combination of any of the following modes, depending on the year of study and according to the examination schedule.
a. Written examination
b. Viva voce (oral examination.)
c. Practical examination
d. Clinical examination
ii) The end of year examination shall include a theory paper comprising 60% and continuous assessment tests 40%, except for the non-clinical courses where the 70% and 30% rule will apply.
iii) Viva voce (oral examination) will be used where applicable.
iv) The clinical examination shall be marked out of 100% with viva voce comprising 10%.
v) Any candidate who fails the clinical examination will have failed to satisfy the examiners in the overall discipline examination even if the final mark is 50% or higher.
vi) The pass mark shall be 50% except for University core courses whose pass mark will depend on the faculty under which these courses fall.
The total marks scored for each course shall be translated into letter grades as follows:
75% and above - A (Distinction)
65 – 74% - B (Credit)
50 – 64% - C (Pass)
Less than50% - D (Fail)
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
The Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in this programme will not be classified.