The role of the pathologist is to provide laboratory information to aid in disease screening, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring. Pathologists also provide laboratory information for disease surveillance. Modern pathology practice is closely linked with all other clinical departments, providing a continuum from disease onset to it’s end.
Pathology plays a central role in patient care. The paucity of pathologist in resource poor countries continues to pose a challenge to effective health care delivery as diagnosis and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases is compromised.
The Master of Medicine in Pathology (MMED Path) programme offers broad training in the disciplines of anatomic pathology, forensic pathology, immunology, medical microbiology, clinical chemistry, haematology and blood transfusion. Graduates of this program are general pathologists who have the capacity to provide pathology services in all levels of clinical laboratories and to engage in relevant research. The training forms a foundation for subspecialisation in all branches of pathology.
Pathology is the bridging discipline in medicine, being both a basic and clinical discipline. The pathology program
Pathology is the study of disease, and utilization of this knowledge for diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diseases. This course will equip learners with knowledge and skills required to provide general pathology and laboratory services, including blood transfusion services.
It is estimated that Kenya has only 2 pathologists/million of population compared to 10/million in South Africa and 45/million in the United Kingdom. This shortage of pathologists in Kenya is similar to that witnessed in many low resource sub-Saharan countries. Continued training of multiskilled general pathologists is necessary to offer Kenyans the highest attainable level of health care as provided in the constitution. Advances in medical science over the years coupled with emergence of diseases like HIV/AIDS and the escalating demand for forensic pathology services has greatly broadened the scope of pathology practice. In addition there has been an increasing demand for pathologists equipped with leadership and management skills. The program was recently strengthened by incorporating new content such as molecular pathology, forensic medicine as well as laboratory leadership and management. An attachment was also added to expose the learner to experiential practical learning in a setting of their choice, under the guidance of a pathologist.
i) Equip students with competences for provision of effective and appropriate modern pathology services in the disciplines of anatomic and forensic pathology, immunopathology, clinical chemistry, medical microbiology, haematology and blood transfusion
ii) Impart in students requisite professional qualities, etiquette and ethics essential for delivery of human pathology services
iii) Instil in students ability for life-long self learning, critical thinking, research and the capacity to translate research into practice and policy
iv) Equip students with competences in laboratory leadership and management.
Contact of Support Person
For any assistance contact the Secretary, Office of the Chair, Department of Human Pathology
or pay us a visit at Kenyatta National Hospital Campus, University of Nairobi, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Human Pathology. https://humanpathology.uonbi.ac.ke/basic-page/physical-location
The program shall be offered face-to-face. Candidate shall be required to attend at least 2/3 of the class sessions and related learning activities offered for each of the coursework units in each year of study before sitting for the respective examinations. From the third year of the program, students shall carry out a supervised research project in any field of pathology, write and submit a Dissertation for examination.
A. Minimum Admission requirements
- The common regulations for the Master of Medicine degree in the University of Nairobi shall apply
- Applicants eligible for admission to the course shall fulfil the following conditions:
- Hold a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree from the University of Nairobi or from an equivalent institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
- Have successfully completed internship and be registered by The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists’ Board or equivalent regulatory body.
- Have a certificate of good standing from the Medical Practitioners and Dentists’ Board or equivalent authority
- Applicants whose language of instruction for undergraduate programme was not the English language shall provide evidence of proficiency in both written and spoken English language from an institution recognized by the Senate.
- In addition to provision of evidence of eligibility for admission, candidates may be required by the School of Medicine to appear for interview to determine their suitability for admission.
B. Regulations for Credit Transfers
- There shall be no credit transfer in this program.
C. Schedule of Intake
- September of every year
D. Application Information
Application is done online through the Online Application System. Click here to apply
Research and Laboratory attachments in the department laboratories
- Teaching careers in academia
- Post-doctoral fellowship/training
- Scientist in research and development
Fees and Funding