M.Sc. 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 menvironmental 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 B.Sc in Environmental Science, or related discipline se.g. natural resources, environmental health, public health, etc. with a minimum of second class honours degree upper division. from Egerton University or any other recognized university. However, candidates with second class honours lower division. shall be considered if supported with two years of work experience.

Course Structure and Duration of Study

The programme will extend for a minimum period of 18 months and a maximum of 24 months, of which the first 12 months must be spent in the University doing course work.

The rest of the period will be spent on thesis research. The programme consists of course work, examination and thesis. At least forty five (45) credit factors of graduate work are required for the award of the degree of which the thesis will be 15 credit factors.

All candidates shall conduct independent research, under the direction of a subject specialist, write and submit a thesis, in partial fulfillment for Master of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health. The thesis shall be awarded grade P‘ if accepted or F‘ if it is not. The regulations of the Board of Post Graduate Studies of Egerton University shall apply in the Submission and examination of theses.Courses leading to the degree of M.Sc in Environmental and Occupational Health shall be coded ENSH. Course numbers shall be coded and serialized from 710 and above.

The first digit denotes a graduate-level course, the second one denotes semester when the course is offered whereas the third digit indicates the sequence of the course in the programme. Courses borrowed from the other programmes/departments will maintain their codes.

Examination regulations

All examinations for the MSc 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 MSc Environmental and Occupational Health shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with MSc. Environmental and Occupational Health a student shall be required to take and pass all required courses within the stipulated time.

Degree Classification

The MSc Environmental and Occupational Health is not classified