Background Information


KMTC Kwale Campus was formerly known as Matuga Medical Training College. It was established in 1977 as a result of identified need to train Public Health Officers (PHOs).

In 1985 the then Principal Matuga Training Centre was advised by the Ministry to consider searching for a plot to construct a medical training centre which was to be funded by Government.  Upon sharing the idea with the District Development Committee, in 1998 the College was allocated a plot measuring 13.5 acres through the District Development Plot Allocation Committee.

In 1999 Kenya Medical Training College was granted an autonomous status by the Government which made the Ministry of Health shelve the initial idea of construction of the Matuga Training Centre. In the same year the Principal shared the idea of the plot to the then Director Kenya Medical Training College and was advised to mobilize the community to take over the project of construction while Kenya Medical Training College was to provide staff, students, other learning equipment and materials.

In the year 2000, Matuga Medical Training College staff mobilized the local leaders who under the leadership of the area Member of Parliament came up with a committee known as the Kwale Medical Training College – Building Project Committee to work out modalities of developing the project.  The Chair was and is to-date Al-Hajj Kassim Zani, the Principal was and is to-date the Secretary and the area Member of Parliament being the Patron of the committee. Members come from almost all the former Districts in Coast Province. Kenya Medical Training College – Kwale Campus project has largely been a community initiative, with support of KMTC Board of Directors and other partners/well-wishers.


Between 1977 and 2006 the Campus was being housed by the then Government Training Institute (GTI), which is now called Kenya School of Government. Towards the end of the year 2011 the KMTC – Kwale Campus Project Committee put a request to then Director Kenya Medical Training College for the Campus to start admitting students.


In September 2012, having met the requirements, the Campus admitted 41 Diploma students in Environmental Health Sciences, still under KMTC Msambweni Campus. In January 2014 the entire department of Environmental Health Sciences was moved from Msambweni Campus to Kwale Campus.

In the year 2015, KMTC – Kwale Campus gained autonomous status and delinked from KMTC-Msambweni Campus. In August 2016, the Campus was relocated to Tumbe in Msambweni Division (currently Msambweni Sub-County), which was an Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) for Tuberculosis and Leprosy diseases.


Programmes and Courses Offered

  • Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences
  • Certificate in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences
  • Community Health and Development (short course)



  • Well equipped computer lab
  • College bus
  • Well stocked library
  • Well-equipped skills lab
  • Classrooms
  • Hostel
  • Kitchen

Student population

The current number of students is 240 with the number expected to increase in the next intake.


Clinical Experience Sites

For clinical experience, the students visit the following health facilities:

  • Msambweni County Referral and Teaching Hospital
  • Hospitals within the Coast region such as County hospitals and health facilities
  • For Environmental Health Sciences (Public Health) course, which is field-based, students go to any County of their choice.


Clubs, societies and sports

The College has the following clubs;

  • Christian Union
  • Muslim Association
  • Seventh Day Adventist (SDA)
  • First Aid
  • Presidential Award

Sports include;

  • Football – men and women
  • Volleyball – men and women
  • Netball ladies
  • Indoor games
  • Athletics



Campus contact information

The Principal

K M T C Kwale Campus

P.O. Box 324-80403


Tel: 0713579131/0722842913



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