Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health


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 vice versa.

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 multi-disciplinary team.

Programmme Objectives

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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should be holders of M.Sc in Environmental Science, or related disciplines e.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,

Thesis Examination

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.

Examination regulations

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.

Graduation Requirements

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


Degree Classification

The Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health is not classified