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The World Health Organization continuously highlights the importance of good structures in oral health services. The changing pattern of oral disease and socio-demographic factors imply that adjustment of existing oral health manpower structures are needed for several developed countries. In developing countries, the challenge is to stimulate training programmes for types of personnel which would match the oral health needs and the infrastructure of the country.

Dental Sciences

Bachelor programmes

Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Course code - V28

The University of Nairobi seeks to meet the needs of oral health services in the country and beyond through the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree programme.

The programme is abreast with the advancement in dental knowledge and the demand for leadership skills. UoN has incorporated leadership and management and information technology in the course content.  A lot of  emphasis has been placed on the clinical and/or practical examination in the evaluation process.

The curriculum runs for four academic years of 44 weeks each.

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Master programmes


Course code: - V601

The discipline of Prosthodontics deals with the provision and maintenance of prostheses and/or restoration of teeth to function, aesthetic harmony and comfort utilizing a variety of techniques both direct and indirect while using the appropriate dental materials. The discipline also encompasses patients’ evaluation, diagnosis and treatment planning which includes prevention and disease control as well as the requirement of long-term maintenance of restored dentition. The purpose therefore of MDS Prosthodontic shall be to produce high caliber graduates who are capable of maintaining the practice of Prosthodontics in scientific research and in clinical practice.

The course aims to: provide the MDS Prosthodontics candidates with comprehensive knowledge and skills in the practice of Prosthodontics; Provide sound experience in management of patients requiring oral rehabilitation with restorations, fixed and/or removable prostheses;  Enhance the fortification of the interdisciplinary management of Prosthodontics and other dental disciplines. ; Train the MDS Prosthodontics graduates in research skills thus enabling them to undertake independent and original research project.

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Course code: - V602

The University is committed to providing a postgraduate specialist training program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) which is of an international standard and produces specialist practitioners with a high level of knowledge and advanced clinical skills and attitudes in the specialty in order to provide the best evidence-based patient care. Since 2011 the department has strived to fulfill this commitment with significant success. It has produced a total of 20 specialists who are now serving in the public and private health institutions within the country and the region. However, despite this success the department feels that the program is due for review and up-scaling in order to remain relevant.

The broad objectives of the training programme are to ensure that all candidates:  Are highly competent practitioners in OMFS; Have the requisite knowledge, skills and professional attitudes for successful independent practice and; Have the necessary attitudes and attributes to strive for continual review and improvement of their practice. These attributes are essential to providing the highest possible quality of service to meet the relevant healthcare needs of the communities they serve

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Course code: - V603

Pediatric Dentistry programme provides for the study of the child growth and development, oral and systemic diseases, and facilitates access to the latest operative techniques required to provide primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care, while equipping the learner with advanced clinical and research knowledge and skills to meet these demands.

The Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) Degree in Pediatric Dentistry is essential for training specialized manpower for the country so as to improve the Pediatric Dental Specialist: patient ratio which currently stands at 1:1.5 million pediatric patients.

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Course code: - V604

Periodontology is the specialty in dentistry which deals with the diseases of the supporting structures of the teeth. These diseases comprise a group of inflammatory conditions of the supporting tissues of the teeth and are caused by bacterial biofilm. Periodontal diseases are thus infectious in nature and are affected and modified by environmental, physical, social and host stresses. Periodontal disease is the most common oral disease affecting mankind.

The course aims to enable learners to treat all forms of periodontal disease on a biologically rational basis; Train specialists who will be competent in all theoretical and practical skills pertinent to the specialty; Equip students with current knowledge/skills from the biomedical sciences and relate the information to diagnosing, treating and maintaining patients with advanced periodontal diseases; Equip students with skills to conduct literature searches and critically evaluate published data and thus contribute to the available research knowledge in the field of dentistry by carrying out and publishing an original research project; Impart enhanced practical skills with improved self-appraisal and awareness; Enhance the multidisciplinary approach towards the management of periodontal cases; Understand the place of oral health care in the wider medical, psychological and social context

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Higher Doctorate Degrees

Those eligible for the award of a Higher Doctorate of the University of Nairobi must among other requirements be holders of the Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Medicine degree of the University of Nairobi or the Doctor of Philosophy degree from any other recognized university of at least five years standing.

The Common Regulations for Higher Doctorates of the University of Nairobi other than Honorary Degrees are set out in the University Calendar. The Higher Doctorate, the regulations stipulate, shall only be awarded for the original published work such as would give a candidate authoritative international standing in his/her particular field of research.

The application must be based wholly or substantially on original work of distinction carried out by the candidate. The term ‘‘published’’ shall mean printed in a referred journal, book or monograph which shall have been made available to the public.

The submitted works by the candidate is assessed by an Evaluation Panel.

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