Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a specialist training for learners with
undergraduate training in medicine and surgery aimed at advancing their knowledge and skills in
wholesome management of reproductive health conditions, and in education, leadership and
research in reproductive health.
Philosophy of the programme
This programme is aimed at training Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialists who will be leaders
in patient care, research and education in the field of reproductive health with excellent
professional skills and utilizing current and innovative therapies. This is in keeping with the
University of Nairobi Vision, ‘to be a world-class university committed to scholarly excellence’
and our Mission ‘to provide quality university education and training and to embody the
aspirations of the Kenyan people and the global community through creation, preservation,
integration, transmission and utilization of knowledge.
Rationale of the programme
The Department has been training specialists in Obstetrics and since 1972. The output has been
on average 10 to 15 specialists per year to date. Thus, the Department has not been able to meet
the national demand for specialists in obstetrics and, having trained about 500 so far in spite of
the rapidly growing population. The current estimate of obstetrician/gynaecologist-to-population
ratio in Kenya is 1:140,000, which falls far short of the World Health Organization (WHO)
recommended ratio of 1:10,000. Kenya’s maternal mortality ratio remains high. In addition, the
establishment of new medical schools has increased the demand over obstetricians and
gynaecologists required to provide quality training in the country. Thus, existing national gaps,
emerging reproductive health needs and advancing technological approaches have made it
necessary to revise the existing curriculum for Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and
Gynaecology. The revised curriculum will also instil leadership qualities to the specialists for
effective service delivery in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals and attainment
of Vision 2030 of Kenya. The graduates will be expected to be self-motivated professionals,
adaptable to changing technologies and able to embrace a holistic approach to reproductive
health care and research. Key areas that necessitated review included critical care in obstetrics,
emerging ethical issues, and fast changing disease pattern.
Objective of the programme
The goal of this programme is to advance training for Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the
University of Nairobi as a means of increasing access to specialized reproductive health care.
The programme shall be covered in a minimum of 4 academic years.
Each academic year is composed of 54 units of 60 hours each.
All course units must be covered within the stipulated academic year. Students will be exempted
from clinical duties during each unit modular teaching.
A continuous examination test will be conducted at the end of each course.
Year 2 of part 2 is an elective term year in which the student shall be required to rotate in an
institution(s) approved by the department in General surgery or urology for four months. And
any four of the minor elective rotations, each of two months, of the following: radiology and imaging,
cancer therapy (surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hospice), neonatology, critical care, laboratory
medicine, community obstetrics, District Hospital Obstetrics and gynaecology experience, specialized
skills (laparoscopy, pelvic surgery, assisted reproductive technology, urogynaecology these require
special approval), any other area that may be approved by the Department.
The student will participate in patient management in these centres under supervision by
delegated staff there in collaboration with the department allocated supervisor and keep a log
book of activities for assessment.
A prospective learner shall be required to fulfil the following minimum admission requirements:
Common Regulations for Master’s Degree in the University of Nairobi shall apply.
Hold Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.Ch.B.) degree of the
University of Nairobi or an equivalent qualification from an institution recognised by the
University of Nairobi Senate.
Must have successfully completed internship as a medical officer with exposure to
reproductive health practice in a recognised clinical or relevant research setting.
Possess evidence of registration and retention as a Medical practitioner or eligibility to be
licensed by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board for purposes of training.
Possess certificate of good conduct from the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists
Board or an equivalent authority from the country of origin.
Show evidence of proficiency in English language.
Provide evidence of professional indemnity cover and commit to renew annually during
the period of training.
Application for the master of medicine degree programme is online
Intake opens in May each year
An application fee must be paid to be complete the application process
Submit supporting academic documents as prompted on the online application site
Once you have filled the online application, you can track the application process online by
(Click here to apply)
Mode of Delivery
Mode of delivery shall be predominantly face to face and clinical competence based, as a
continuous full-time training. Course units shall be covered through various platforms as
appropriate, including supervised clinical work, clinical teachings & tutorials, practical
demonstrations, teaching in a skills laboratory, on call duties, clinical case discussions, journal
clubs, case reports, seminars, workshops, multimedia resources. Most of the learning will be
participatory and self-directed.
Open, Distance Learning, and e- Learning
Use of e-learning resources will be encouraged.
Attachment Opportunities; Career Prospects/opportunities
The graduates will be self-motivated professionals, adaptable to changing technologies and able
to embrace a holistic approach to reproductive health care and research, able to have flourishing
careers in diverse fields including: -
Service provision as Obstetrics/Gynaecology consultants
Leadership in health care such as
o medical superintendents
o divisional heads
o health chief executive officers
o heads of reproductive health units
o ministers and even principal secretaries
Research in reproductive health and health in general
Teaching- lecturers, associate and full professors in various areas in Obstetrics and
Opportunities to further specialize in
o Critical care in Obstetrics
o Maternal foetal medicine
o Reproductive endocrinology and infertility
o Adolescent and reproductive health
o Population dynamics and epidemiology.
Entrepreneurship- Own and run medical facilities offering health care including
reproductive health care etc
Key areas that necessitated review included critical care in obstetrics, emerging ethical issues,
and fast changing disease pattern
contacts of support persons
The chairman of the department can be reached on the email address
Dean school of medicine
Fees and Funding