This course is designed to give a systematic and logical approach to new developments in epidemiology and clinical practice of parasitology. Particular emphasis will be on host parasite interactions, identification of ―new‖ drug targets, development and application of modern diagnostic procedures, planning, implementation, supervision and evaluation of parasitic disease control programmes at national and international level. The student will apply the knowledge and skills acquired to the development of effective techniques in human disease control for improved human health and provision of consultancy services. They will be eligible for employment in medical institutions, research institutions, consultancy firms, institutions of higher learning and nongovernmental organizations.
186.2 Programme Objectives
The programme is designed to produce competitive medical parasitologists, professional scientists, lecturers, consultants and researchers in the field of Medical Parasitology. The course will provide skills to deal with current and potential tropical diseases and control strategies using current research methodologies.
The common rules and regulations for all Masters degree Programmes specified in Egerton University Statute shall apply.
Candidates intending to register for the degree of Master of Science in Medical Parasitology will be required to have at least upper second class honours degree or its equivalent in Biological Sciences, Public Health, Human Medicine, Biomedical Sciences or their equivalent from Egerton University or any other recognized University. (b)In exceptional cases, the students who are non-holders of upper second class honours degree will be admitted, provided such candidate can, on the basis on research and academic work they have done (e.g. Higher National Diploma Holders, Medical Laboratory Technologists), show that they are well qualified to undertake postgraduate work by passing qualifying examinations of prescribed undergraduate course(s).
Course Structure and Duration
The programme shall be administered by course work, examination and thesis. The first year of study shall be devoted to coursework. All the first year courses are core and compulsory and consist of lectures and seminars and field trip reports. Practicals will be included as appropriate. Field work will be assessed by practicals while in the field.
During the second year students will carry out research and write a thesis in a specific area of interest, under the guidance of the university approved supervisor(s). A special report will be submitted by the supervisor at the field or area of attachment i.e. referral hospital or medical research institution having clinical facilities.
The programme shall extend for a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of 48 months for part time students.
The course codes used are:-
MEPA stands for ―Medical Parasitology‖ followed by 3 digits
DIGIT 1 indicates the year the course is offered or the level of the course.
DIGIT 2 shall be interpreted according to the following levels:
Level 0 - Introductory and general courses
Level 1 - Theoretical Medical Parasitological courses
Level 2 - Theoretical Medical Vector courses
Level 3 - Methodological and Practical courses.
Level 4 - Physiological and Immunological courses
Level 5 - Biochemical and therapeutic courses
Level 6 - Medical Microbiological and Genetical courses
Level 7 - Current trends in Medical Parasitology, inclusive of seminars, Research, Field attachment, and visits.
DIGIT 3 indicates the serial number of individual courses within a particular sub-discipline within the discipline.
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXIX.
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
The Master of Science in Medical Parasitology degree is classified in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.