About us

Welcome to the School of Biomedical Sciences located in newly refurbished space in the College of Health Sciences building. The School offers 9 degree programmes and recruits about 500 undergraduate students each year.

The school contributes to the consistent success of subjects such as Biochemistry, Medical Laboratory Sciences and Medical Microbiology. All our degree programmes share a common multidisciplinary phase 1 (3 semesters) with emphasis on modern molecular and cellular biology.

Throughout all degrees prominence is given to the medical and health significance of the science. A 10-week research project in the final semester offers students the opportunity to work within a world class research laboratory in one of our Research Institutes.

The school student admissions has continued to demonstrate gender sensitivity with academic programmes showing men/women ratios that range from 40% to 50 % .This is well above the national minimum requirement of one third to two thirds either gender.

 The content, scope and relevance of science in our programs is approved by Commission for University Education (CUE) and therefore not in doubt hence the reason the school continues to produce students who are competitive in the global labour market. This is in line with our national long-term development blue print of creating a globally competitive and prosperous nation with high quality of life by 2030.

It is against this background and with the support of JKUAT management, that the school continues to engage in collaborative and multi-sectoral research with innovation in order to generate unique products that have the potential to contribute towards enhancing quality of life for Kenyans.

I, on behalf of the School, wish to congratulate staff who have taken advantage of this initiative and secured funding for their research. The school is excited that some ongoing projects have yielded products which are under patent consideration and look forward to their certification. These funded projects have benefited students doing projects in their undergraduate and postgraduate curricula. More important the students attain skills and competencies which boost their competitiveness nationally and globally.

It is my sincere hope that with more funding and collaboration with likeminded partners, the school will be able to expand its research facilities particularly in the areas of medical forensics, cell and microbial technologies in order to adequately provide relevant skills to our youthful students and staff at the points of training.



The school endeavours to be a centre of excellence in training of health scientists and professionals for the country’s development needs.


The school’s mission is to train health scientists and professionals who will competently serve in health facilities, conduct research and innovate in line with the country’s development needs.

Strategic objectives

  1. To develop and maintain a strong human resource base for optimum school performance.
  2. To integrate teaching and research for preservation and effective application of knowledge and skills.
  3. To improve, develop and establish teaching and research programmes in line with the country’s development needs.
  4. To develop and promote quality and market driven academic professional pursuits.
  5. To contribute towards strengthening and sustaining the university income base and also maintaining a strong financial management system.
  6. To initiate and strengthen existing collaboration and partnerships with industry and other organizations.
  7. To establish a culture of hard work, good governance in leadership.
  8. To promote and maintain a culture that emphasizes commitment to the university’s vision, mission, values and image.
  9. To contribute towards developing the university academic infrastructure and facilities on a sustainable and need basis.