Bachelor of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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The Student Experience

The USIU-A BSc. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics is designed to teach the fundamentals of both Epidemiology and Biostatistics at undergraduate level, and the pursuit of epidemiological research knowledge in areas like population-based clinical or interventional research and analysis. The program is aimed at creating a “set to go 3-in-1” professional with dual knowledge and ability to support health research from data collection all the way to analysis and presentation.

The BSc. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics is a four-year program comprised of 58 courses with 16 practical sessions, including a practical sessions in Pharmaco-epidemiology and Drug Safety, the cornerstone of treatment of diseases. In addition, students will undertake eight (8) mini-surveys and industry attachment as a requirement to graduate. Upon graduation, they will be able to: use epidemiologic knowledge and skills to respond to a variety of practical situations that impact on public health; employ biostatistical methods to respond to public health issues; apply appropriate laws and ethics in assuring population public health; interpret research results of statistical analyses in public health; use relevant statistical software to organize, analyze, and report on life science research data; and develop plans for data management and analysis using appropriate statistical techniques.

Graduates from this dual program will have a wide range of career options: they are in high demand in Universities to research and teach health and health-related professions; in Government, especially National Health Services, to lead and/or support in all health-related areas, including the practice of public health and preventive medicine; in Non-Governmental Organizations to refine methods of measuring and evaluating disease occurrence, development and recommend public health policy; in Health Management Organizations to inform on diagnostic-related groups and management policies; and in International Healthcare Agencies and Industry for contract research related to pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medicine, health care, clinical trials, health education, software development and other specialized sciences and medical fields. One unique feature of this program is in the courses such as Biostatistical Consultancy, Strategic management and Entrepreneurial Behavior and Ethics, which will prepare graduates for leadership positions and self-employment.

Unlike the common perception, USIU-Africa programs are very affordable. Visit our website, www.usiu.ac.ke, for the latest information on fee structure and application procedures as well as the admission requirements. Like all other USIU-Africa academic programs, BSc. Epidemiology & Biostatistics has dual accreditation in Kenya and the United States of America by the Commission for University Education (CUE) and WASC Senior College and University Commission, respectively.

Resources

The BSc. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at USIU-Africa is delivered through face to face learning and applying multimedia teaching strategies in classrooms with LCD projectors, whiteboard, marker pens, and audio visual equipment. Students use well-equipped computer laboratories with the following statistical computing software: Microsoft Excel, SPSS, EpiInfo, R-programming and NVivo (for qualitative data analysis). In addition, student are encouraged to have laptops with SPSS and other statistical/computing packages installed. Students have access to e-learning platform through the Library for peer-reviewed journals. Teaching of epidemiology and biostatistics involves data collection and analysis as well as review of articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Admissions Requirements

To obtain admission into the programme, an applicant must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent with a minimum aggregate of C+ and attained the following minimum grades in the specified subjects: Biology C+; Mathematics B-; and English B-; or
  • Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (K.A.C.E) certificate with two principal passes in Biology and Mathematics and a subsidiary; or
  • Be a holder of a KNEC Diploma or its equivalent in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Applying

Admissions overview

Application forms for admission may be obtained from the USIU-Africa website or by contacting:

Admissions Office,

United States International University-Africa,

P.O. Box 14634-00800,

Nairobi, Kenya.

Telephone: 254-20-3606000/3606300

Fax: 254-20-3606100

E-mail: admit@usiu.ac.ke

All applicants are expected to satisfy procedures and criteria for admission to USIU-Africa and to submit acceptable certified documents that verify that they have satisfactorily completed all admission requirements. Students who meet all requirements will be considered for acceptance to the University. Conditionally admitted students must present the required documents within their first semester of study. Failure to do so will prohibit further registration. The admissions office processes applications for admission on a continuous basis year-round. However, application deadlines are as follows:

Semester Undergraduate Graduate
Fall (September) June 30th June 30th
Spring (January) September 30th September 30th
Summer (May) March 15th March 15th

All applicants must complete the application for admission and submit it to the admissions office. A non-refundable processing fee must accompany the application.

Students from abroad are advised to purchase an international money order drawn on a US bank for USD 50 to pay the non-refundable processing fee. Students may also wire the non-refundable processing fee the University bank account.

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