The primary goal of Environmental and Occupational Health is preventing disease and
promoting the health of humans. It is devoted to prevention and management of
occupational and environmental injury, illness and disability, and promotion of health and
productivity of workers, their families, and communities. This entails recognizing,
assessing, understanding and controlling the impacts of people on their environment and
the impacts of the environment on the people. Complexity of the problems require
multidisciplinary approaches. Graduates will acquire knowledge to help them understand
intrinsic mechanisms relating health and environment; an awareness of the most pressing
environmental health concerns that challenge populations around the globe; and a general
knowledge of current research on how environmental change affects human health and
Our environment is a complex network of physical, chemical, biological, and ecological
components that make up the natural world. There is increasing concern that
environmental degradation caused by human activities could translate into serious, long-term health effects for human populations. This is after the realization that almost every
disease has an environmental component. In addition, there is increasing demand from
both industry and enforcement agencies to integrate occupational health, safety and
environmental issues. This course will contribute to the resolution of these issues by
producing professionals who have the ability to identify, evaluate and provide solutions to
a wide range of health, safety and/or environmental problems, and function well in a
Develop Environmental Science Department at Egerton University into a recognized
centre of excellence in Environmental and Occupational Health research and
training.Train professionals who understand how environmental risk factors can cause
diseases. Produce graduates who can work as environmental and occupational health
specialists, risk assessors, and project managers as well as work in health research
institutions and industry.
Applicants should be holders of M.Sc in Environmental Science, or related disciplinese.g.
natural resources, environmental health, public health, etc. from Egerton University or
any other recognized university.
156.4 Course Structure and Duration of Study
The programme will extend for a minimum period of 36 months and a maximum of 72
months. The programme shall be conducted by independent research and thesis,
All candidates enrolled for the Ph.D. degree in Environmental and Occupational Health
shall be required to conduct independent research, leading to writing of a thesis. The
defense of the thesis shall be conducted in accordance with the rules established in
Egerton University Statutes.
All examinations for the Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental and Occupational Health
shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton
University Statute XXIX.
The grading of examination for Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health shall be
in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate with a Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health a student shall be
required to undertake supervised independent research, submit thesis and pass an oral
The Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health is not classified