Prof. Wanja Mwaura, Director of Research and Innovation
+(254)726-678020 , EXT: 1301
Directorate of Research, Innovation and Extension, KeMU Towers, 12th Floor, Nairobi Campus

“The world is fast moving towards a knowledge economy, with Kenya’s vision 2030 anchored towards its achievement. The School of Science and Technology is here to equip you with 21st century skills that will enable you to become globally competitive”


Prof. Wanja Mwaura-Tenambergen, PhD. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Systems Management, with interest in management and financing of healthcare systems as a pre-condition for improved access to primary care health services especially in rural areas in low- and middle-income countries. She is passionate in building partnerships with diverse organizations in advancing quality in learning and teaching as well as research.

Wanja has over 15 years of experience in teaching and research at higher education and has published widely in peer reviewed journals. She has vast experience in managing projects and creating linkages to strengthen training curricula and teaching faculty development. Wanja has been involved in organizational development for civil society organizations and capacity building through training and mentoring. Wanja has excellent skills in carrying operational research, writing policy briefs and knowledge management.


  • PhD, Public Health, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Master of Public Health (MPH), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • MSc. Management and Organizational Development, United States International University, Kenya
  • Bachelor of Arts, Kenyatta University, Kenya


  • Shadrack Ochieng Opon, Wanja Mwaura Tenambergen, Kezia Muthoni Njoroge. (2021). Influence of organizational and access factors on adherence to appointments in antenatal clinics in Homa Bay and Kisumu County Referral Hospitals, Kenya. PAMJ - One Health. 2021; 5(17). 10.11604/pamj-oh.2021.5.17.26710. Available online at:
  • Nelly L. Munyasia, Eunice M. Mwangi, and Wanja M. Tenambergen (2021). Promoting delivery of reproductive health services through legal support and capacity development of healthcare providers in a health provider network in Kenya. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of East and Central Africa. JOGECA | Vol. 33 | No. 4 | September 2021 | | 137-143 |
  • Doreen Baraza Awino, Wanja Mwaura-Tenambergen, & Musa Oluoch. (2021). Factors that influence healthcare service utilization during COVID-19 pandemic among pregnant women and caregivers with children under two years in Rongo sub-county, Migori County, Kenya. International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health | September 2021 | Vol 8 | Issue 9
  • Abdi Shale Abdi, Wanja Mwaura Tenambergen, Job Mapesa. (2021) Health-Care Spending Attributable to Cervical Cancer: A Systematic Review. Public Health Research 2021, 11(1): 19-32. Published online at
  • Shadrack Ochieng Opon, Wanja Mwaura Tenambergen, Kezia Muthoni Njoroge. (2021). Contribution of health workers and patient characteristics on adherence to antenatal clinic appointments in public hospitals: a case of Homabay and Kisumu County Referral Hospitals, Kenya. PAMJ - One Health. 2020;3(14). 10.11604/pamj-oh.2020.3.14.26720. Available online at:

Research Interests

  • Health Financing
  • Leadership, Management and Governance in Health
  • Health Policy Development & Planning
  • Health Systems Strengthening
  • Knowledge Translation


Teaching and Research in Higher Education98%
Curriculum Development96%
Project Management92%