Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management (BSc. HSM)


Despite rapid improvements in health technology and knowledge, most African countries are finding it difficult to achieve the rate of progress in health necessary to achieve global health targets. One reason for this slow progress is the failure of the health systems managers to harness resources and use effective management and stewardship in planning, and implementation of interventions that reach the poor and the vulnerable. Therefore, in order to improve health indicators of African countries and hence achieve a higher degree of equity and social justice, one of the key interventions is to provide appropriate education and training interventions to various human resources in health who are capable of effectively managing the health systems at this stage.

The BSc in Health Systems Management is developed to provide the health sector with personnel specialized in health systems management and having relevant knowledge and right mindsets to re-engineer health systems in Kenya and Africa in general. The goal of the programme is to enable students acquire competences to improve the quality of health services through effective management of the health systems.

Expected Competencies of Graduates

The functions and responsibilities of graduates of BSc. in Health Systems Management have been formulated taking into consideration the current and future working environment under which these officers will perform in the health sector. The graduates will therefore be adequately prepared to undertake the following in the management of health care systems:

  • Participate in strategic planning of health care services
  • Manage healthcare delivery systems at district levels
  • Develop institutional operational and annual plans
  • Prepare budgets for healthcare operations
  • Develop proposals for funding to support health systems operations
  • Coordinate the linkage of healthcare service and health training organizations
  • Undertake operational research for better health systems
  • Manage human resources for optimal performance of health systems
  • Manage physical infrastructure and equipment in health organizations and ensure preventive maintenance
  • Plan and implement continuing professional programmes for various health personnel

Career Opportunities

The modern health care industry consists of a wide array of ownership and organizational structures. These include not-for-profit, business-oriented organizations; investor-owned health care enterprises; governmental healthcare organizations; and not-for-profit, non-business-oriented organizations. The graduates of BSc. in Health Systems Management Programme shall be able to work in. BSc HSM graduates will provide service these types of health care organizations at various levels, with diversified functions in health planning, implementation and evaluation.  

Program Objectives

The programme aims to develop students in the Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management who have the ability to:

  • Identify needs/problems in health care systems and plan ways of addressing/solving them for optimal health service delivery.
  • Interpret and operationalize health sector policies at various levels.
  • Manage health care resources for optimal performance of the health systems.
  • Initiate and promote inter-sectoral linkages in the health sector. 
  • Monitor and evaluate health service delivery at different levels of the health system.
  • Participate in continuing professional development for the improvement of self and others in the health system.
  • Apply research skills for the improvement of performance of health systems


Program Structure

The program is delivered in three (3) calendar years, on a trimester basis. Each year has three (3) trimesters. The courses are structured to ensure that students are exposed to both management and health systems/healthcare related issues that would affect their performance as managers of the various healthcare organizations. Students will also be required to undertake an assigned practical attachment in a selected health training or service institution as part of their training. A research project on a health system issue will also be completed prior to graduation.

One unique feature of this program is the health journal development courses which gives students an opportunity to not only debate on past and present research that has been conducted on health system management issues, but also to showcase their research project for use in the industry. It is hoped that this exercise will nurture the knowledge and skills needed to undertake and critic research, an area that is greatly lacking in the African continent.

       The programme will take a minimum duration of three (3) academic years or nine (9) trimesters for a full-time student and four (4) academic years or twelve (12) trimesters for a part-time student. A fulltime student is defined as taking the full load for the trimester in the duration of the programme while a part time students is defined as taking less that the full load for the trimester in the duration of programme. A full load is the total number of credit hours required for the programme per trimester as stipulated in the curriculum. The maximum period allowed is six (6) academic years or eighteen (18) trimesters for a full-time student and eight (8) academic  years or twenty four (24) trimesters for a part-time student. Students can be on full or part time basis in the following modes of study: one intensive week per month, distance learning, evening and weekend.

The following is a list of courses covered in the program:

  • Biostatistics
  • Christian Beliefs
  • Communications in Healthcare Professions
  • Community Health
  • Computer Applications
  • Critical Thinking & Academic Writing 
  • Disaster Preparedness and Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental, Occupational Health & Safety
  • Epidemiology &Demography
  • Field attachment
  • Foundations of Organizational Management
  • Gender and Community Health Development
  • Health Care Financing
  • Health Care Law &  Ethics
  • Health Care Marketing
  • Health Journal Development
  • Health Management Information Systems
  • Health Operations and Logistics Management
  • Health Policy Planning & Development
  • Health Projects Management and Evaluation
  • Health Risk & Insurance Management
  • Health Systems Research
  • Health workforce Development Management
  • Hospital Administration and Management
  • Introduction  to Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Health Systems
  • Introduction to Management
  • Management of District Health Services
  • Planning and Management of Health Training Institutions
  • Primary Health Care
  • Principles of Healthcare Accounting
  • Principles of Healthcare Economics
  • Quality Assurance and Control in Healthcare
  • Results-Based Management in Healthcare
  • Science, Society and Ethics       
  • Strategic Management and Leadership in Health


Admission Requirements

For admission into the above programme, a candidate must satisfy any of the following minimum requirements.


            Be a holder of Diploma in a health related discipline recognized by the University.


            Be a holder of any other Diploma or equivalent qualifications recognized by the University AND 2 years’ working experience in the health sector.


            Be a holder of KSCE with mean grade of C+ or above or its equivalent and have at least          the       following specific course grades:

Mandatory                                                     Optional

English/Kiswahili                  C+                   Any one science subject      C+       OR

Mathematics                        C+                   Any one humanities subject  C+


Please note: Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee automatic admission to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management.

Credit Transfers and Exemptions

  1. A HSM-related course taken in another accredited University or College may be considered for credit transfer provided the candidate attained a PASS in that course and it is acceptable to the Department.
  2. A student may not transfer more than one half of the total credits required for graduation.
  3. Kshs 1000 will be charged for each credit transferred.
  4. Credit transfer shall only be limited to the course work and not the research project.
  5. Request for exemptions shall be made in writing, on admission, to the Academic Registrar, Kenya Methodist University and must be accompanied by officially endorsed supporting documents, including the syllabi/course content/course description for the relevant course(s).
  6. The Kenya Methodist University reserves the right to administer an appropriate test, through Department of Health Systems Management and Medical education in order to determine whether exemption should be granted.
  7. Clinical courses (physiology, nursing care, biochemistry, pharmacology etc) ARE NOT eligible for transfer into the BSc HSM program.

Application Procedures

  • Candidates are advised to consult the Department of Health Systems Management & Medical Education to understand the nature and requirements of the desired degree programme prior to submitting their application forms.
  • Each application form should be accompanied by copies of academic certificates, and other supporting documents. The applicant should make arrangements for the official transcripts to be submitted to the University direct from his/her previous academic institution(s).
  • Upon approval from the Department and communication of the same, the Office of the Registrar notifies the applicant on his/her admission and any subsequent requirements for registration
  • Subject to approval by the Senate, Department of Health Systems Management & Medical Education may formulate additional regulations as may be consistent with the goals of the programme.

Undergraduate Application Form