Kirinyaga University


Welcome to the School of Health Sciences

Brief Introduction

We take this opportunity to welcome you to Kirinyaga University School of Health Science.

  • We offer Bachelor Degree programs in:
  • - Clinical Medicine and Community Health
  • - Forensic Science
  • - Community Health and Development and Nursing (Upcoming) .

Diploma and Certificate Programs in:

  • - Clinical Medicine
  • - Community Health and Development
  • - HIV Management and Human Biosciences.

Short courses in:

  • - Molecular Diagnostics
  • - Total Quality Management.

We are focused in becoming premier health school in Kenya, African region and globally. In line with this vision, we have hired faculty with knowledge, skills and attitude to train and mentor world class health care graduates. The team is sensitive to customer needs and trainees demand, feel free to contact any of the members when the need arises. We have well equipped biomedical laboratories, Skills lab and Library.

In addition, our unique training approach keeps abreast with the latest trends and developments in the world and hence our students are adequately exposed to any technological innovation that is useful for their training.

We believe that everyone has the potential of becoming better each day and hence we work together as a team to help unleash this potential.

Finally, as Wiston Churchill once said, “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” Therefore, join us and let us transform the lives of people through offering professional health training that will impact the world.

We take this early opportunity to wish you success in your academic endeavors. May your stay in Kirinyaga University be a memorable experience.



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Job Title and Responsibilities: Head of School

Current responsibilities: Teaching, Curriculum design & Development, Research and administrative work School of Health Sciences


  • PhD (Haematology Pathology) - 2013 - Stellenbosch University
  • MSc (Biomedical Sciences) - 2009 - Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • HD (Medical Laboratory Sciences) - 2002 - Technical University of Kenya
  • BSc (General) - 1997 - Kenyatta University

Expertise: HIV Immunobiology, Inflammation, Immune activation & Oxidative stress

Research Interests: HIV Inflammation & Immune activation, Oxidative stress, Cancer Biology and Epidemiology

Selected Publications:

  1. Mburu, S., Marnewick, J. L., Abayomi, A., Ipp, H. 2013. Modulation of LPS-induced T-cell activation by antioxidants in asymptomatic HIV infection. Clinical & Developmental Immunology, Vol. 2013, ID 631063, 2013.
  2. Dennis Butto. & Mburu S. 2015. Factors Associated with Male Involvement in Family Planning in West Pokot County, Kenya. Universal Journal of Public Health, 3, 160-168 ID: 17604170.
  3. Stephens, L. L., Maharaj, Y., Mashigo, N., Mburu, S., Mutema, L., Bassa, F. C., Abayomi, E. A. An epidemiological survey of survival for HIV associated lymphoma patients at Tygerberg hospital, Western Cape, 2007 – 2012. Stellenbosch University Research Day presentation, 14th August 2013. Cape Town; (S.A).

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Name: Prof Laura Wangai

Job Title and Responsibilities

Head School of Health Sciences


Administrative work. Curriculum design & Development, Research, Teaching, Student  Supervision and Community Outreach.

Highest Qualification:

PhD (Molecular Medicine)

Research Interests:

Cancer and Malaria Research

Selected Publications:

  • M.G.Karau, E. N.M. Njagi2, A. K. Machocho, L. N. Wangai, M .J. Nthinga (2015). Chemical Composition and in vitro Antioxidant Activities of Ocimum americanum. Advances in Analytical Chemistry 5(2): 42-49
  • L. N. Wangai, B.W Wamae. M.G.Karau ,N.B.Koimburi, P.K.Ndura. R.Karanja, M. K. Gitau, P. Kirira (2015). Investigation of the in vitro antioxidant activity,in vivo antidiabetic efficacy and safety of Capparis tomentosa aqueous roots extracts in male alloxanized mice. Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies 3(1):42-47
  • G.M Karau, E N.M Njagi, A.K. Machocho, L. N Wangai, P.N.KAMAU (2014). Profiling of the chemical compounds in ethyl acetate extracts of Launaea cornuta Asteraceae by GC-MS, International Journal of Pharmacognosy 1(5): 1-9
  • Karau G.M., Njagi E.N., Machocho A.K., Wangai L.N., Kamau P.N. (2014). Efficacy and Safety Assessment of Launaea cornuta Extracts in the Management of Diabetes Mellitus. American Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences. 4(1): 1-7
  • Karau G.M., Njagi E.N., Machocho A.K., Wangai L.N., Karau P.B., Kamau P.N. (2013). Hypoglycemic effect of aqueous and ethyl acetate extracts of Senna spectabilis in alloxan induced diabetic male mice. Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences 31(31): 1089-1095
  • Karau G.M., Njagi E.N., Machocho A.K., Wangai L.N. and Kamau P.N. (2013). Phytonutrients, minerals and in vitro antioxidant capacity of leaf and stem bark powders of Senna spectabilis. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 2(2): 71-79.
  • Karau G.M., Njagi E.N., Machocho A.K. and Wangai L.N. (2012). Phytonutrients, mineral composition and in vitro antioxidant activity of leaf and stem bark powders of Pappea capensis (L). Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 11 (2): 123-132.
  • Karau G.M., Njagi E.N., Machocho A.K., Wangai L.N. and Kamau P.N. (2012). Hypoglycemic activity of aqueous and ethyl acetate leaf and stem bark extracts of Pappea capensis in alloxan-induced diabetic BALB/c mice. British Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 3 (5): 251-258.
  • Wangai Nyawira L, Karau Muriira G, Gitonga Wachira .Prevalence of the P. falciparum mutant dhps/dhfr genes 10 years after introduction of sulfadoxine pyrimethamine in the main malarial zones in Kenya. JPBMS,2011,9(17)
  • Laura N. Wangai, Francis T. Kimani, G. Magoma, Sabah Omar, and Daniel Mutua. Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistance; Prevalence of Pfcrt-76 and Pfmdr1-86 resistance Gene Markers, ten years After Cessation of Chloroquine use in malaria endemic areas of Kenya.  J. Protozool. Res. 21, 20-29 (2011)
  • Laura N. Wangai, Muriira Geoffrey, Sabah Omar, Gabriel Magoma Francis T. Kimani, Jonathan M. Mwangi, Marion W. Burugu, Naomi Maina. Molecular screening for plasmodium falciparum resistance markers for artemisinins in Mbita, Kenya. Afr.J.Clinical and Experimental Microbiology(2011) 12(3): 106-110
  • Laura Nyawira Wangai , Muriira Geoffrey Karau , Paul Nthakanio Njiruh, Omar Sabah ,Francis Thuo Kimani5, Gabriel Magoma , Njagi Kiambo. Sensitivity of microscopy compared to molecular diagnosis of p.falciparum: Implications on malaria treatment in epidemic areas in Kenya. Afr. J. Infect. Dis. (2011) 5(1): 1 – 6
  • Muriira Geoffrey Karau , James N Kihunyu , Nahashon M Kathenya, Laura N Wangai , Daniel Kariuki, Rotich Henry Kibet. Determination of caffeine content in non-alcoholic beverages and energy drinks using HPLC-UV method. AJDAS (2010) _vol_9_No_1.
  • L.N. Wangai, S.A. Omar, G.N. Magoma, F.T. Kimani. 2008. Prevalence of mutant dhps/dhfr genes of P.Falciparum infections 10years after introduction of SP in the main malarial zones in Kenya. Proceedings of 2008 JKUAT scientific, technological and industrialization conference

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Name: Wanjiku Njoroge

Job Title: Tutorial Fellow at School of Health Sciences

Responsibilities: Teaching, Curriculum Design and Development, ISO Departmental Champion, Marketing Committee.


  • MSc. Cell and Tissue Engineering – Keele University
  • Bsc. Biomedical Science – Keele University

Research Interests:

  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Diagnostic Test Design
  • Immunology   

Lecturing Experience:

  • Medical Techniques
  • Immunology
  • Biotechnology
  • Introductory Chemistry

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Postal Address: P. O. Box 19127-00501 Nairobi


Name: David Waweru Nderu

Job Title: Tutorial Fellow at School of Health Sciences


  • MSc. Biochemistry
  • Bsc. Biochemisty

Professional Memberships

International Society of Infectious Diseases

Research Interests

  • Molecular Parasitology,
  • Biomaker(s) Discovery
  • Diagnostic Test Evaluation and Development   

Selected Publications

Wangai, L.N., Kimani, F. T., Omar, S.A., Karanja, S.M., Nderu, D.W., Magoma, G., Mutua, D. (2011). Chloroquine resistance status a decade after: Re-emergence of sensitive Plasmodium falciparum strains in malaria endemic and epidemic areas in Kenya.   Journal of Protozoology Research 21: 20-29.

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Telephone number: 0724 342 710

Postal Address: P. O. Box 61116-00200 Nairobi

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Available Monday - Friday, 8.00 AM - 5.00 PM

ISO Certification

Kirinyaga University is ISO 9001:2015 Certified.


Our Address

Mobile: +254 0709 742000
P.O.Box: 143-10300 Kerugoya.