The Department of Medical Education is one of the departments of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Its major objective is to train and develop teachers in health professions, who are capable of approaching management, curriculum planning, development, teaching and research in health professions from a broad scientific stance. This kind of approach is meant to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the health training programmes for overall purpose of improving the delivery of health services. The other major function of the Department is to provide services and advise to the Faculty of Health Sciences in capacity building activities. These include curriculum planning and development, programme evaluation and assessment of students performance.
Medical Education is a new field of study that has been recognized internationally for many years. The world Health Organization has supported the establishment and development of medical education programmes since 1951. In recent years, many countries have recognized the need to develop Medical Education programmes at post-graduate level.
There are over 800 health professionals teaching in Kenya. The majority of them require training in the field of Medical Education at post-graduate level. Considering the growth and development of health training programmes in Kenya, there is great demand for training in Medical Education at post-graduate levels.
In 1989, the Ministry of Health identified the need to establish the programme at University level and Moi University was requested to take up the challenge. The main objective of the Medical Education programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Moi University is to strengthen institutional capacity building and capability in teaching, curriculum development and management, in order to contribute to the overall effectiveness and efficiency of educational programmes in health professions.