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Tuition Fees:$1,897 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:School of Science, Engineering & Health
Campus:Nairobi Campus
Application Deadline: November 2021
Programme Overview

The Environmental Health major is a rigorous, science based, applied curriculum that prepares students for careers in environmental health feilds. Students who successfully complete the programme of study receive the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health degree.

Graduates will be prepared to serve as Christian servant leaders as Environmental Health Specialists, Occupational Health Specialists, Health and Safety Officers, Environmental Consultants and Educators among others. The degree can also be used as a step to an advanced degree in many fields including environmental health, industrial hygiene, toxicology, epidemiology, ecology and environmental engineering, and will satisfy entrance requirements for professional degree programmes such as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry and pharmacy.

Introduction
The goal of the Department of Science and Engineering in implementing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health is to provide a strong Christian foundation in the Environmental Health programme for students who have completed their secondary school education, and who aspire to become experts in environmental health management locally and internationally.
The Environmental Health major is a rigorous, science based, applied curriculum that prepares students for careers in environmental health fields. Students who successfully complete the programme of study receive the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health degree. Graduates will be prepared to serve as Christian servant leaders as Environmental Health Specialists, Occupational Health Specialists, Health and Safety Officers, Environmental Consultants and Educators among others. The degree can also be used as a step to an advanced degree in many fields including environmental health, industrial hygiene, toxicology, epidemiology, ecology and environmental engineering, and will satisfy entrance requirements for professional degree programmes such as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry and pharmacy.

Rationale
The rapid growth of population in developing countries has been accompanied by enormous environmental degradation. Some of the degrading activities have resulted to poor living and health standards. Consequently diseases that affect Man, animals and plants have been on the increase in these countries. Therefore a need arises to have an in depth understanding of the relationship of people to their environment, in order to protect and enhance their health. Most of the environmental problems and their health effects have been aggravated by lack of adequate well-trained personnel to combat them. Therefore people should be empowered to participate actively, individually or collectively to improve the quality of the environment. This calls for specialized training of personnel in Environmental Health.
Environmental Health is an interdisciplinary course of study incorporating Biology, Chemistry, Public Health, Christian Religion &Ethics and Engineering, with an emphasis on the effect of the environment on human health and its control. The programme includes both theoretical as well as practical aspects related to the assessment and control of environmental factors that could potentially be dangerous to the health of the current and future generations.
The curriculum in Environmental Health is designed to educate professionals by providing graduates with the appropriate knowledge and values necessary for identification, assessment, prevention, and control of environmental factors potentially harmful to human health, quality of life and to the stability and sustainability of ecosystems. In addition, graduates will obtain the necessary skills to plan, implement, update and enforce related programmes.

Curriculum

Course Modules:
– Introduction to Environmental Health (2 Credit Hours)
– Basic Botany (3 credit hours)
– Basic Zoology (3 credit hours)
– Principles of Ecology (3 credit hours)
– Introduction to Environmental pollution (3 credit hours)
– General Chemistry (3 credit hours)
– Environmental Health, Water, Food and Nutrition (2 credit hours)
– Atmospheric Processes, Pollution & Control (3 credit hours)
– Organic Chemistry (3 credit hours)
– Apparatus & Analytical Techniques for Environmental Health (1 credit hour)
– Principles of Toxicology (3 credit hours)
– Food Safety and Hygiene (3 credit hours)
– Environmental Microbiology (3 credit hours)
– Pollution of Tropical Ecosystems (3 credit hours)
– Research Methodology (2 credit hours)
– Occupational Health, Safety & Hygiene (3 credit hours)
– Solid Waste Management (3 credit hours)
– Environmental Health Sampling and Analysis (3 credit hours)
– Sanitation, Water Quality & Health (3 credit hours)
– Principles of Biochemistry (2 credit hours)
– Environmental Ethics, Philosophy & Health (2 credit hours)
– Water Access and Distribution (2 credit hours)
– Environmental Risk Assessment (3 credit hours)
– Liquid & Hazardous Waste Management (3 credit hours)
– Environmental Health & Building Services (3 credit hours)
– Environmental Chemistry (3 credit hours)
– Epidemiology I (2 credit hours)
– General Entomology (3 credit hours)
– Environmental Impact Assessment (3 credit hours)
– Control of Communicable Diseases (2 credit hours)
– Research Project (2 credit hours)
– Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Health (3 credit hours)
– Epidemiology II (2 credit hours)
– Environmental Inspection (2 credit hours)
– Parasitology (3 credit hours)
– Land Use and Environmental Health (2 credit hours)
– Environmental Health Administration (3 credit hours)
– Society, Poverty, Gender & Environmental Health (3 credit hours)
– Project Development & Implementation (2 credit hours)
– Environmental Health Education and Extension (3 credit hours)
– Environmental Disaster Management (2 credit hours)
– Environmental Health and Development (2 credit hours)
– Environmental Law and Policy (2 credit hours)
– Environmental Health Internship II (4 credit hours)

Other required courses:
– Basic Computer Skills (2 credit hours)
– Human Anatomy (3 credit hours)
– Foundational Mathematics (3 credit hours)
– Human Physiology (3 credit hours)
– Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
– Integrated Pest & Vector Management (3 credit hours)
– Physics for Life Sciences (3 credit hours)

General Education courses:
– Old Testament Survey (3 credit hours)
– New Testament Survey (3 credit hours)
– Introduction to Economics  (2 credit hours)
– Advanced Reading (3 credit hours)
– Advanced Writing (3 credit hours)
– Health and Physical Fitness (1 credit hour)
– Communication and Culture I (3 credit hours)
– African Society and Religion (2 credit hours)
– Music/Art/Literature (2 credit hours)
– Introduction to Philosophy (3 credit hours)

Admission Requirements

All candidates admitted to the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health at Daystar University must have the following requirements:
– The minimum entry requirement shall be an overall grade of C+ (C plus) for holders of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or equivalent requirements for students who have gone through another system.
– In addition, candidates must obtain a minimum of a C+ (Plus) in Biology and Chemistry and at least a C (Plain) in Mathematics
– Candidates with Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences from the Kenya Medical Training College or other recognized institutions, and who fulfill all other university entrance requirements may be considered for admission if they had an average KCSE grade of C (plain) or better.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Daystar admission forms are collected from either Athi-River campus or the Nairobi campus. On completion, the form is handed back to the registrar office with a fee of KSh. 2,000 which is not refundable. Deadlines for the application are; 30th November, 30th April and 31st July for January, May and August intakes respectively. Other required documents are:
– Two recent passport size photos for Kenyan student and four for international students all having names at the back
– Secondary, post-secondary, university or college certificates.
– Financial Information Sheet (Foreign students need to include a financial letter from sponsor guaranteeing payment)
– Completed student information sheet and copy of your passport (For foreign students only).

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health include:
– Air Pollution Analyst
– Environmental Health Inspector
– Environmental Health Specialist or Manager
– Environmental Toxicologist
– Groundwater Protection Specialist

Tuition Fees Details
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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $1,897
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,952

*Tuition fees per year for Kenyan Students = 205,120KES
*Tuition fees per year for Foreign Students= 211,120KES

International Students pay an additional 6000KES (Day students), 8000KES (Boarding Students) of orientation fees to the normal tuition fees.

All fees for each semester are payable in advance or before the date of registration by bankers cheque or direct bank deposit. The University does not accept cash payments or money orders. In order to assist sponsors who cannot raise full fees, the University allows payment of tuition and hostel fees in four equal monthly instalments from the first day of the semester. Sponsors wishing to pay the fees by instalments must apply to the Finance Manager before the semester begins.

Relevant Contact

 
Dr Geoffrey Kinuthia
Head of Department Department of Science & Engineering
 
Dr Martha Kiarie
Dean, School of Science, Engineering & Health
 
Admissions Office
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