The ongoing health systems strengthening/health sector reforms and local government reforms make high demands for management skills amongst health staff working at health facilities in Tanzania. The ministry of health and social welfare assessed the health management needs and related challenges has found that there are weak management skills among health workers who currently manage health systems, especially at council or district level. To respond to this challenge, the ministry of health and social welfare has developed a district health management program to bridge the management competencies gap as well as to suit individual career plans.

This program focuses on producing competent and innovative graduates capable of effectively and efficiently manage district/council-based health systems. The program is designed to enhance management skills for district based health system. The skills can be applied or used flexibly to the other levels of the Tanzania health system (program, regional, national). The program is designed such that:

  1. Offers a strong operational background in planning, leadership and health management skills;
  2. Enhances the graduates awareness on socio-economic implications in managing health resources and acquire competencies required in solving operational problems;
  3. Responds well to individual, societal and employees needs as identified in situational analysis and stakeholders meeting

Aim of the program

The program aims to develop competent health managers who will manage district based health system and contribute to improve performance of the health system. The graduate can also be able to manage other health system sub-components of Tanzania (regional health systems and specific programs).

Objectives of the program

  • Facilitate operation of health service delivery
  • Build and promote effective partnerships in health services provision
  • Manage health resource efficiently
  • Plan health services to improve communities health status
  • Introduce and implement quality improvement approaches to enhance and sustain quality health care
  • Apply entrepreneurship skills in establishing, managing health services and controlling diseases including HIV and AIDS

Program duration

The program comprises nine (9) modules that are spread over two semesters on full time study basis. Each semester has 15 weeks of study and two weeks for examination. The whole program comprises a total of 34 weeks of study. However, the program duration will not exceed two years if offered on part time basis.

Modules covered

Fundamental modules
Module codeTitleCredits
HM T06104Procurement and Logistics Management in Health Care Systems10
HM T06208Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship10
Total credits20
Core modules
Module codeTitleCredits
HM T06101Planning and Evaluation of District Health Services20
HM T0602Management of Human Resources for Health12
HM T06103Health Care Financing10
HM T06205Management of Health Information Systems15
HM T06206Quality Management and PerformanceImprovement in Health Care Systems12
HM T06207Epidemiology, HIV/AIDS and Disease Control in the District20
HM T06109Management and Leadership in Health Systems11

Admission requirements

This program provides specialized type of training aimed at providing requisite knowledge and skills in health management practice. The program is open to health workers with good qualifications in health or social sciences related to health at diploma or degree levels and who are working in public, faith based and Non-governmental Organizations. In addition, the applicant should have the minimum of one year working experience preferably at the respective implementation level.


Application for the course is through NACTE Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and PHCI-I website.  www.moh.go.tz www.nacte.go.tz www.phci.ac.tz

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