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Master of Science in Community Nutrition and Development

Expected Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes to undertake quality community nutrition practice to promote development in a range of settings including disasters and emergencies
  2. Apply independent learning and reflective thinking, practice skills to allow capacity for self-evaluation and management.
  3. Demonstrate skills to practice in an ethical and professional manner in a changing work environment. 
  4. Demonstrate the ability to apply interdisciplinary approaches to the prevention, promotion of well being and management of nutrition and related problems.
  5. Demonstrate commitment to the nutrition and dietetic discipline including individual and collective professional development.
  6. Provide leadership in solving problems related to community nutrition and development.


Programme Courses

Year One Semester 1

Course Code

Course Title

PCN 811

Nutrition in Developing Countries                             

PCN 812

Cultural Ecology of Human Foods & Nutrition

PCN 813

Nutrition, Growth & Development                             

PCN 814

Nutrition and Behaviour                                            

PCN 815

Research Methodology                                             

PCN 816

Nutrition Epidemiology                                                            

PPN 813

Maternal and Child Nutrition                                                   


Year One Semester 2

Course Code

Course Title

PCN 821

Nutrition Assessment, Surveillance and Planning                         

PCN 822

Community Based Nutrition                                        

PCN 823

Nutrition Education and Counseling                                                    

PCN 824

Graduate Seminar                                                    

PCN 825

Statistics in Nutrition Research

PCN 826

Clinical Nutrition                                                       

PCN 827

Sensory Evaluation of Food                                   


Year Two Semester 1

Course Code

Course Title

PCN 899

Thesis I


Year Two Semester 2

Course Code

Course Title

PCN 899

Thesis II


Programme Requirement

To be admitted for the Master degree in Community Nutrition the candidate shall be a holder of:

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Education in Home Science and Technology or related fields with at least second class honours upper division from Maseno University or other recognized institutions of higher learning.


Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Education in Home Science and Technology or related fields with lower second from Maseno University or other recognized institutions of higher learning plus relevant postgraduate training and field experience as proven by referred published papers, technical reports and patent documents.


Duration of the Programme
The duration of the program shall normally be four (4) academic years.
Teaching methods in all units shall include lectures, field trips, seminars, tutorials, discussions, and practical.

Degree Structure
The program offers courses within the degree structure spelled out by the Faculty.

Course Structure

  1. Course work must include at least 1 unit of Research methodology.


  1. The MSc degree in Public Health Nutrition shall consist of a minimum of a maximum of 19 core units of coursework, examination and thesis distributed over four semesters as below:

              Masters by Coursework and Thesis

              First Semester: Coursework:                                           6 units max

              Second Semester: Coursework:                         6 units max

              Research Proposal                                               1 unit

              Third Semester: Research                                   2 units

              Fourth Semester: Research/Thesis submission 4 units


  1. During the coursework semesters, students shall be encouraged to propose prospective supervisors to the Chairperson DPGSC, from amongst the postgraduate faculty in the department.
  2. The candidate shall submit a thesis research proposal to the DPGSC within 4 weeks of the next semester following completion of coursework.
  3. Within two days of proposal receipt, the DPGSC Chairperson shall forward the proposal to the Chairperson, SPGSC who will convene a proposal presentation seminar that must be attended by all postgraduate faculty of the department concerned and chairpersons of DPGSC in the Faculty or their representatives. All postgraduate studies faculty shall be invited to the presentations. The Chairperson, SPGSC/representative shall chair the presentations.
  4. The processing of the submitted thesis research proposal from the DPGSC to School of Graduate Studies shall take a maximum of four (4) weeks.
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