School of Public Health

Kiarie, James

James Kiarie

Affiliate Associate Professor, Global Health
Affiliate Associate Professor, Epidemiology


MBBCh University of Nairobi (Kenya), 1989
MMed University of Nairobi (Kenya), 1996

Contact Info

University of Nairobi, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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My mission is to transform the lives of families through high quality training and research.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Nairobi in 1989 I worked for 1 year as a medical officer intern in a provincial hospital then for 2 years as a medical officer in charge of a 20 bed rural hospital serving the central part of Kenya. In 1996 I completed my speciality training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Nairobi and in 2001 did my Master of Public Health (Epidemiology) in the University of Washington

I have been a consultant in obstetrics and gynecology and honorary lecturer from 1996 and was the head of the department from 2005 to 2009. In 2010 I joined the University of Nairobi as a senior lecturer and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012.  I have supervised thesis writing for 22 postgraduate students, 3 Postgraduate Diploma, 12 Master of Medicine (MMed), 5 Master of Public Health (MPH) and 2 PhD students in obstetrics and gynecology and public health both at the university of Washington and University of Nairobi.

My work focuses on HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, Health Professionals training, mentorship and use of Information technologies in research and training.    I lead the University of Nairobi Partnership in Innovative Medical Education for Kenya (PRIME-Kenya) project.  I also direct the University of Nairobi HIV Capacity Building Fellowship Program that supports the Kenyan National HIV AIDS response by training program managers and leaders.   I have over 100 peer reviewed papers in international journals and I am currently the PI of a community based cohort study on HIV infection risk and pregnancy intention that is enrolling couples Western Kenya.



  • Partnership in innovative Medical Education for Kenya (PRIME-K)
  • University of Nairobi HIV Capacity Building Fellowship (UHIV Fellowship)
  • Lifecourse events and HIV Infection Risk Study


Research Interests

Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, heterosexual transmission of HIV and its prevention and social impact of HIV AIDS and its management.

Teaching Interests

Concepts in epidemiology, proposal development and writing, gynecologic oncology, HIV transmission and prevention of Mother-to-child transmission of HIV and family planning


1.  Kiarie JN, Farquhar C, Redfield R, Bosire K, Nduati RW, Mwanda W, M'Imunya JM, Kibwage I. Strengthening health systems by integrating health care, medical education, and research: University of Nairobi experience. Acad Med. 2014 Aug;89(8 Suppl):S109-10.

Were T, Wesongah JO, Munde E, Ouma C, Kahiga TM, Ongecha-Owuor F, Kiarie JN, Ahmed AA, Makokha EP, Budambula V. Clinical chemistry profiles in injection heroin users from Coastal Region, Kenya. BMC Clin Pathol. 2014 Jul 9;14:32.