Dorcas Wangechi Kamunya, Lecturer, Department of Public Health, Human Nutrition, and Dietetics
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“We are what we eat” – Dorcas Kamunya


Dorcas is a Lecturer at the Department of Public Health, Human Nutrition and Dietetics with interests in Nutrition Services to patients and the general public, Emergency, Emergency Response, Nutrition and Food Security, Project Management and Evaluation, Public Policy advocacy, formulation and evaluation. She is a registered member of Kenya Nutritionists/Dieticians Institute, a professional body in Kenya. In addition to teaching, she has mentored many students in her department.

Dorcas has been active in national and community development in food safety, education and health sectors. She represented public interest in communities, national and international levels. She has participated in drafting and amending Acts of Parliament and Regulations, for example Tobacco Control Act and Biosafety Act. In 2007, she was appointed as a founder board member of the National Biosafety Authority to represent the interests of consumers where she served for two terms until 2015.

In 2019, the PCEA Kibiko Church appointed her to Kibiko Primary School Board of Management where she is still serving as a representative of the sponsoring church. Since 2019, the school performance has been improving in performance, discipline and development.   

Dorcas has a passion for providing nutrition education and counselling to individuals and the general public. She has been in the leadership of the Health Board in the PCEA Kibiko Parish since 2015 till to date. She has led many activities such as Nutrition and Health Screening, Medical Camps, NHIF registration exercise and Education Seminars for the congregants’, other churches and the communities. In 2018, she educated viewers of Utugi TV on good nutrition in 5 sessions vernacular program on “Lishe Bora”. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she was instrumental in planning and implementing the prevention measures in the church as well as educating members on vaccination, management and giving dietary recommendations to boost the immune system.   


  • Ph.D (Ongoing), Human Nutrition, Technical University of Kenya (TU-K), Kenya
  • MSc, Applied Human Nutrition, University of Nairobi (UoN), Kenya
  • Post Graduate Diploma, Food and Nutrition Security, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • BSc, Family, Consumer and Nutrition, Kenyatta University (KU), Kenya


  • Kamunya, D., & Kogi, W. (2022). Relationship between knowledge levels and attitude towards Genetically Modified foods among lecturers at College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences. International Journal of Current Aspects, 6(2), 29-40.
  • Kamunya, D., & Mbatia , O. . (2022). Government policy and Lecturers Knowledge on Genetically Modified foods at University of Nairobi College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences. Journal of Applied Humanities and Social Sciences- ISSN 2791-1594, 1(1), 13–24.

Desktop Reviews

  • Food and Nutrition Security in Kenya, 2006
  • Challenges of Health Care Financing in Kenya, 2005
  • Liberalization of Health Care Services in Kenya, 2003
  • Case Study of Implementation of International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, 2003

Research Interests

  • Child Malnutrition and Management
  • Dietary approaches to prevent and manage chronic illnesses such as Diabetes and Hypertension
  • Project Management and Evaluation
  • Weight Management and control of Obesity


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