Brief History

The Faculty of Health Sciences (formerly College of Health Sciences) is the leading tertiary healthcare training institution in Kenya and the East Africa region.  It was established in 1985 from the then Faculty of Medicine which had been in existence since 3rd July, 1967.

At its inception, the College, now Faculty, had only one School, namely the School of Medicine which was established in 1967 and had three Departments: Dental Sciences, Nursing and Pharmacy. Since then, four other Schools and three Institutes were established. These are: School of Pharmacy (1995), School of Dental Sciences (1995), School of Nursing Sciences (2004), School of Public Health (2010), University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (UNITID) (2004), KAVI Institute of Clinical Research (2013) and the East African Kidney Institute, (EAKI) (2014).

Following the 2021 University reforms, the schools are now departments.

The mandate of FHS is to train health personnel for the country, the African region and the world. The staff at the Faculty offer specialized services at Kenyatta National Hospital, Mathare Hospital, as well as at the University of Nairobi Dental Hospital. Faculty staff also provide exemplary service to community through outreach programmes and medical camps held throughout the Republic of Kenya.

FHS is situated at Kenyatta National Hospital Campus.

The Faculty is committed to training of high calibre healthcare professionals and innovative researchers in emerging health challenges and its professionals are at the forefront of the national health policy formulation.

As a result of this remarkable contribution, more than 50% of healthcare professionals and researchers in the health sciences in Kenya have been trained at the Faculty .This has earned the Faculty a reputation of a leading institution in training of high calibre healthcare professionals in the eastern and central African region.

The academic programmes offered at the Faculty are highly competitive in the market and are relevant to the country’s health needs. The Faculty offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmmes leading to the award of diplomas and degree’s at Bachelors, Masters, Doctor of philosophy and Doctor of Medicine.