Meet – Dr Rose Nabi Deborah Karimi Muthuri, 24-Year-Old Kenya’s Youngest Female PhD Holder

Dr Rose Nabi Deborah Karimi Muthuri

In September 2021, at age 24, she became the youngest person to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Systems from the University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa. 

Dr Muthuri was born in South Africa to Kenyan parents and relocated back to Kenya when she was a year old. 

She holds also a Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling Psychology (magna cum laude) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology (magna cum laude) from the United States International University-Africa situated in Nairobi, Kenya and graduated top of her class in both instances.

Dr Muthuri is passionate about using research to enhance the performance of health systems. Her doctoral thesis highlights the importance of improving the health and well-being of healthcare workers, intending to improve the performance of the national health system. 

“I realised that there was a gap in the positive mental health aspects among the health workforce, and chose to pursue a PhD in health systems to gain an in-depth understanding of these workers and their well-being,” she explains.

“I hope this will inspire more young people to pursue their dreams,” says Dr Muthuri. “Earning my Doctor of Philosophy is one of the biggest highlights in my academic career. It was an extremely challenging journey, but also a blessing and a dream come true.”

“Putting God first keeps me motivated and inspired to contribute to improving the health and well-being of others,” concluded Dr Muthuri. 

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