Prof Alice Mutungi, Dean SMHS
1st Floor, Science Complex, Main campus

“On behalf of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), I do welcome you to Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), the very first school of medicine in a private university in Kenya to be accredited to admit, train and graduate medical doctors. The school admitted the first cohort of medical students in 2011 and they completed their training and qualified as doctors in 2017.
At KeMU we believe good health is wealth to individuals, communities and nations, in-keeping with the dreams of our founders and the vision and mission of the university. The key mission of the SMHS is to train highly skilled transformational personnel who will contribute to the national and international community of health workforce and professionals in all cadres spanning from medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, clinical officers, public health officers, laboratory scientists, nutritionists and health systems administrators” – Prof. Alice Mutungi


Prof Alice Mutungi is the founding Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences which currently comprises of sixteen departments. She is a specialist in Reproductive Health and Public Health with keen interest in adolescent and women’s health which she believes are the mainstay to healthy families, communities and nations.

She is passionate about quality health worker training for improved health service provision to humanity and subsequent advancement of socio-economic development of families and nations. She is a committed advocate for integrity in research for evidence-based decision-making and advancement of knowledge and practices.

In addition to her professional, teaching and administrative duties, she has continually served in numerous governmental and non-governmental bodies/organizations in Kenya and the African region. Currently she is serving in several positions including:

  • Founding and current Dean, School of Medicine & health Sciences (SMHS), Kenya Methodist University. At SMHS, she has continually embraced team work, providing leadership and working with the University Administration, Chairmen and staff in the sixteen departments to ensure continued quality, effective, encompassing and sustainable growth and development of the School.
  • Chairperson, National Scientific and Ethics Committee (formerly National Bioethics Committee), NACOSTI. This is a committee of NACOSTI with the core mandate of ensuring and promoting the highest standards, quality, relevance and appropriateness of research, technology and innovation for the realization of priorities in scientific, technological and innovation activities in Kenya in relation to economic and social policies of the government.
  • Chairperson and Representative of Kenyan Private Universities, Kenya Education Network (KENET) Management Board.
    KENET is Kenya’s National research and education network licensed by the Communications Authority of Kenya as a not-for-profit operator serving the education and research institutions countrywide mainly to enhance education and research by providing cost-effective, fast and reliable Internet connectivity and related services including education technology servicesresearch solutions and capacity building.
  • Chairperson, Bureau of African Bioethics Committees. This committee, which comprises of chairpersons of National Ethics and Bioethics Committees in African countries, is mainly for networking, sharing and exchanging knowledge and practices by members on matters of ethics for advancement of research ethics in countries and the region.
  • Chairperson, Meru County Health Services Board. This is a committee that provides guidance and oversight of public health and medical services, with an emphasis on prevention of ill health and health promotion/ heathy living.
  • Member, Meru Economic and Social Council. This is a high level think tank and advisory council to the Government of Meru County on the broad vision, strategic direction and priority projects for rapid socio-economic transformation of Meru County


  • 2013: Certificate in Leading High-Performing Healthcare Organizations (LeHHO), MSH and Strathmore University, Kenya
  • 2007: Master of Public Health Leadership, Uganda Christian University, Uganda
  • 2004: Diploma in Virtual Leadership Development Program (Dip. VLDP) for African Health Organizations and Programs, Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
  • 2001: Regional Expert (Master) Trainer in Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH), JHPIEGO Corporation
  • 1999: Master of Science in Reproductive Biology (MSc. Reprod. Biol.), University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1997: Certificate in Leadership in Gender and Reproductive Health, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1991: Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (M.Med O/G), University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1981: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B; Ch.B.), University of Nairobi, Kenya


  • Rigbe Samuel, Astier M Almedom, Giotom Hagos, Stephanie Albin, Alice Mutungi, 2005. Promotion of handwashing as a measure of quality of care and prevention of hospital- acquired infections in Eritrea, The Keren study. Afr Health Sci., March; 5(1): 4–13
  • Mutungi A, S Harvey, J Kibaru, H Lugina, S Kinoti, L Jennings, T Bornstein, and E Hizza. 2008. Kenya: Assessment of Health Workforce Competency and Facility Readiness to Provide Quality Maternal Health Services. Operations Research Results. Published for the United States Agency for International Development by the Quality Assurance Project. Bethesda, MD: University Research Co., LLC (URC)
  • Godfrey Mfinanga, Godfather Kimaro, Esther Ngadaya, Sirili Massawe, Rugola Mtandu, Elizabeth Shayo, Amos Kahwa, Ominde Achola, Alice Mutungi, Cynthia Stanton, Deborah Armbruster, Andrew Kitua, David Sintasath, Rod Knight, 2009 Health Facility-based Active Management of the Third Stage of Labor: Findings from a National Survey in Tanzania. Health Res Policy Syst., Apr 16;7 (1):6
  • Gwer S Otieno, Mutungi Alice and Guyo aldesa, 2011. Optimality of Diagnosis of Common Indications for Emergency Caesarean Delivery at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Eastern and Central Africa, Volume 23; (1): 9-13
  • Musalia A. Wycliffe, Mutungi Alice, Gachuno Onesmus and Kiarie James, 2011. Adherence to National Guidelines in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV. East African Medical Journal
  • Mwamisi Joseph, Mutema Alfred and Mutungi Alice, 2011. Challenges of Medical Education in Developing countries, particularly Africa. International Journal of Professional Practice, 2(3): 217-222
  • A. Mutungi, C. Lehmann, P. Ndege et al, (2011). Impact of Mobile/Wireless e-Health on Community, Maternal and Child Health Care. Proceedings of Med-e-Tel Conference April 2011 Luxembourg


  • Mutungi Alice, Chilunga Puta (2005). The Performance Improvement Approach for Quality Malaria in Pregnancy Services: A Guide to Quality Antenatal Care Services. The Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care, Makerere University Medical School, Kampala, Uganda
  • Mutungi Alice (2005). Integrating Gender into Sexual & Reproductive Health Services: A Guide for Health Workers. The Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care, Makerere University Medical School, Kampala, Uganda
  • Joseph Mwamisi, Samson Muthwii, Alice Mutungi, (2015). Handbook of Bacteriology Theory and Practice: An essential book for medical science students. Eagles Fountain Publishers Ltd, Machakos, Kenya
  • Joseph Mwamisi, Samson Muthwii, Alfred Mutema, Alice Mutungi, Peter Ngatia (2015). Training medical educators: Teaching methodology and curriculum design and development; A practical book for medical education. Eagles Fountain Publishers Ltd, Machakos, Kenya

Research Interests

  • Maternal and neonatal health, adolescent health, contraception and cancer epidemiology and prevention
  • Continuous quality improvement in medical education and health service provision
  • Research integrity


Clinical medical practice91%
Teaching and innovative training 90%
Curriculum development97%
Conference planning and organization95%
Strategic plan development93%
Facilitative leadership92%
Consulting in the areas of specialization91%
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