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To prevent and manage diseases, injuries and other health conditions through research and the promotion of healthy behaviors, communities and environments.


The centres research mandates are:-

  • To define and investigate the incidence and prevalence and determinants of major diseases of public health importance.
  • To translate and disseminate health research findings for evidence-based policy formulation and implementation for improved public health.
  • To strengthen research partnerships and relationships with other stakeholders both locally and internationally.
  • To provide leadership in public health research in Kenya and beyond.
  • History of CPHR

    Before a formal transfer to KEMRI, the Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR) operated by the name of Medical Research Centre (MRC), which was managed by the Royal Tropical Institute of Amsterdam (KIT) until 1987. In 1995, KEMRI undertook a re-alignment exercise of its research mandates / programmes and renamed its centres to reflect the new corporate identity. In this regard, MRC was official renamed the Centre for Public Health Research.