Moi University is a public institution of higher learning that was established by an Act of Parliament in 1984. Its core vision was to be a University of choice in nurturing innovation and talent in science, technology and development. The School of Public Health at Moi University was initially established in 1997 as the institute of Public health, but later evolved into a school of Public Health in 1999, with a primary focus on research and teaching. Over the last 12 years it has expanded and now offers a range of bachelors and graduate programs including PhD programs.
Moi School of Public Health has three departments: environmental health; health policy and management; and epidemiology and nutrition and currently houses more than 25 academic staff.
The School has retained the innovative problem based and community-based approaches to training and has over 20 established field sites for training and research. Most of these are Ministry of Health facilities. Both the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula have strong elements of operations research that is conducted at these sites as well as the neighboring community. The focus has primarily been on malaria; Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs); and HIV and AIDS through the Academic Model for Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH).
The School has been engaged in a range of research from Health systems, disease prevention, surveillance, epidemiology to other population health aspects. Two aspects of the policy which support health systems research include: (1) the recognition and support for both basic and applied research; and (2) the provision to establish centers of research excellence that are multidisciplinary, have potential for development of innovative products and processes, and support a vibrant research culture at under- and post-graduate levels.