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University of Nairobi(UoN) School of Pharmacy

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     The School of Pharmacy was started in 1974 as a department within the faculty of Medicine in response to a presidential decree instructing immediate establishment of a department of pharmacy whose mission was to train pharmacists both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.This was necessarily needed to upgrade pharmaceutical education and services to international standards since before then pharmaceutical services were run mainly by semi-skilled personnel and foreigners.The department was initially located at the Chiromo campus but was subsequently relocated to the Kenyatta National Hospital(KNH)campus in 1976.In 1988,the department was given additional space in old Kenyatta National Hospital wards to accommodate offices and laboratories.The location of the School of Pharmacy within the Kenyatta National Hospital complex provides a favourable environment for training,research and practice in Pharmacy both to residential and non-residential due to wide variety of challenging health issues by virtue of the referral status of the hospital.The School of Pharmacy is one of the four constituent schools of the college of health sciences.The Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy is a five year course while Master’s degree course a two-year course and PhD a three-year course.

   In addition to training and research,the school offersservices through three specialized groups:

     -Drug Analysis and Research Unit(Analytical method Development,General and Contract Analysis,Pharmaceutical quality assurance and Good Manufacturing Practices)

     -Pharmacy practice Centre(General Community Pharmaceutical care)

     -Mitishamba Drug Research Centre(Toxicology of Herbal medicines and development of herbal medicine)

Departments in the School of Pharmacy

There are five departments in UoN School of Pharmacy which include:

1.Pharmaceutical Chemistry


3.Pharmacy practice

4. Pharmacology


Courses offered

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy

2.Master of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutical Analysis

3.Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy

5.Master of Pharmacy in Industrial Pharmacy

6.Master Degree of Pharmacy in Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance

7. Degree of Master of Science in Molecular Pharmacology

8.Master of Science in Pharmacognosy and complementary medicine

9.Doctor of Philosophy(PhD) in Pharmacy

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