Population and Reproductive Health



The Department Population and Reproductive Health is one of the four departments in the School of Public Health. The department came into existence in the year 2016, when the former Department of Environmental and population health was split. This was propelled by the need to strengthen delivery of training of innovative and creative Population, Reproductive health and health promotion professionals and researchers; in addition to improve community engagement.

The mission of the department is to train and produce population health, reproductive health and health promotion experts who can promote health for all and the prevention of disease through the empowerment of communities to take control over health-related risk factors and thereby improve their well-being.

It is envisaged that the Department of Population and Reproductive health becomes a highly competitive center of excellence in training, research and scholarship both in the at local, region and international environments.


  • To provide a broad-based repertoire of knowledge, attitudes and skills for the diagnosis and analysis of health promotion and Reproductive health issues.
  • To inculcate the theoretical framework and application of epidemiological principles and statistical techniques in the assessment of scientific evidence, community health needs, planning and evaluation of public health and reproductive health programs.
  • To provide an understanding and application of the principles of disease prevention and health promotion in the development of public health intervention strategies.
  • To equip the students with appropriate knowledge and professional ethics in research.
  • To enhance the performance of public health managers and their organizations through an objective understanding and application of the principles of public health law, health policy development and reforms.
  • To prepare learners who have competencies that enable them to diagnose, plan implement and evaluate health promotion and reproductive health programs
  • To train manpower that is responsive to emerging and changing reproductive health issues.
  • To generate and impart knowledge that pertains to effective evaluation and formulation of gender sensitive health care policies and programs
  • To generate and impart knowledge to interested health scientist on:
    • reproduction and fertility regulation
    • healthy sexual development and maturation;
    • avoidance of illness, disease and disability related to sexuality and reproduction.

Departmental Collaborations
The Department has collaborations with various local and international institutions of higher learning

  • Hebrew University - Israel
  • John Hopkins University - USA (in process)
  • Local NGOs
  • Local State Universities and Research Institutions.
  • Relevant Government Ministries

Our graduates get employment in a wide range of areas including:

  • Hospitals
  • Research Institutions
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of devolution and National Planning
  • Academic Institutions
  • United Nations Organizations
  • Health Care Insurance Organizations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations.

 Department Location
The department is located in Kenyatta University - Main Campus at the School of Public Health in the 8.4.4 complex 2nd floor room 103


Departmental Staff
The department is currently staffed with professionals in the following areas of specialization:

  • Epidemiology
  • Reproductive health
  • Health promotion
  • Population Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Biochemistry
  • Health Management Systems
  • Community Health
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Disaster Management
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Project Management
  • Health Economics
  • Public Health Law and Ethics
  • Biostatistics

 Faculty Members


Diploma certificate in Population Health


  1. B.Sc. Population Health
  2. B.Sc. Health Promotion


  1. MPH Reproductive Health
  2. M.Sc. Gender Health
  3. M.Sc. Population Health

Research Interests
Research interests fall within the following areas.

  • Reproductive health diseases
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Sanitation and hygiene promotion
  • Reproductive Health
  • Occupational Health promotion

Food and Safety
Health Promotion and Education
Disease prevention and control
Disaster Management
Monitoring and Evaluation

Postgraduate Research Titles




Determination of hazardous volatile organic compounds in auto spray painting as an occupational hazard among spray painters in small scale auto garages in Embakasi, Nairobi, Kenya.


Information Barrier to recognizing Occupational Disease in Nakuru District, Kenya


Resilience to drought composite index to assess the sustainability of nomadic pastoralism in Northern Kenya.


Determinants of newborn care practices among postnatal mothers in Garissa County, Kenya


Challenges to facility integration and client utilization of visual cervical cancer screening test: a cross-sectional study of Imenti South District.


Influence of male involvement on the utilization of modern contraceptive among women of reproductive age at Mukuru kwa Njenga slums.


Unmet needs for family planning: A Case study of women residents living in Makadara Division, Kenya.


Utilization of PMTCT services among Post Natal HIV infected mothers in Embakasi East Constituency, Nairobi County.


Determinants of Utilization of Health facility during childbirth by women aged 15-49 years in Matinyani District in Kitui County.


Correlation of contraceptive use among adolescent girls in boarding and day high schools in Nakuru municipality.


Intimate partner violence and infant mortality among women seeking maternal child health services in Kapenguria, district hospital, Kenya.


Knowledge and factor influencing uptake of breast-self examiniation among rural women in Muranga county.


Nutritional factors leading to low birth weights among women aged 15-45 years attending antenatal clinic in Narok district hospital.


Determinants of contraceptives choices among HIV positive women aged 15-49 years attending comprehensive care clinic at Kitale district hospital.


Knowledge, attitude and practice of women towards breast cancer in Kakamega county.


Knowledge, attitude and utilization of contraceptive among women accessing Post abortion care services at Mbagathi district Hospital, Nairobi.


Knoeledge, attitudes and practices of men aged above 40 years on screening of prostrate cancer in Nairobi county.


Knowledge, attitudes and acceptability of cervical cancer screening methods and human Papiloma vaccine among pregnant women in Pumwani Hospital.


Preconception care among healthcare workers in public facilities in Nairobi County.


Prevalence of unmet contraceptives needs among women of reproductive age in Tharaka Nithi County.


Determine the incidence of HIV infection in breastfeeding women at 6 weeks, 6 months and 9 months who tested negative during pregnancy. (Homa Bay County)


Women’s reproductive and contraceptive use history, knowledge and needs: A case of low-income women living in Mukuru slums, Kenya.


Use of antenatal care (ANC) and prevention of Mother-To-Child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services in Embakasi Ward, embakasi East Constituency, Nairobi County, Kenya.


Bond development in parental presence and influence on adolescent reproductive Health: A case study of Kisumu Rural Constituency in Kisumu County.


Determinants of Puerperal Sepsis amongst Women of Reproductive age (15-49) in Uasin Gishu District Hospital, Uasin Gishu County.


Determine the prevalence of preeclampsia and risk factor associated in pregnancy among women of Reproductive Age 15049 years in Rachuonyo North District in Homa Bay County.


Sodomy situation among Boy Child: Descriptive study at Mariakani Primary School, Nairobi


Utilization of cervical cancer screening services among female health care workers at Machakos General Hospital, Machakos Districts.


Factors affecting infant nutritional care among the mothers attending child welfare clinics in the health facilities in Tigania East District, Meru County.


Barriers to intrauterine device use among women seeking family planning services in Mbagathi District Hospital.


Male involvement in birth preparedness and complication readiness among primigravidas seeking antenatal care at Kenyatta National Hospital.


Cross-Gender peer sexual harassment among school going adolescent girls aged 10-14 yrs in Limuru District.


Effect of body mass index on pregnant outcome in nulliparous woment delivering singleton babies in Nyeri Provincial General Hospital.


Unmet need for contraception among older school going adolescents aged 13-19 years in Karuri Municipality, Kiambu County.


Utilization of individual birth plan among women of reproductive age in Kisau Division, Makueni County.


Utilization, prevalence and determinants of choice of place of Delivery among women of reproductive age in Bungoma County.


Factors influencing utilization of skilled birth attendance services – A case study of Tharaka South District.


Substance abuse among adolescents in public secondary schools in Mathira West District, Central Kenya.


Herbal medicine use during pregnancy in Mbitini Division, Makueni County: A cross-sectional survey.


Factors influencing cervical cancer screening uptake among women attending Nakuru Provincial General Hospital – use of health belief model


A study on the relationship between the provision of free maternity services and perinatal outcomes in Kenya – a case study of Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital


An assessment of contraceptives use in Urban and Rural areas: a case study of Kilifi County.


Women perception of quality and satisfaction with maternal health services offered at Embu Provincial Hospital.


A study on how to access to family planning services affect utilization of modern contraceptives among women of reproductive age (15-49): a case study of Nandi North in Nandi County.


Male involvement in the prevention and management of Cervical Cancer. A case survey of Bomet County.


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The Chairperson, Department of Population and Reproductive Health

P. O. Box 43844 – 00100, NAIROBI.

Tel: 020 8710901 Ext. 3771

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