MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT (MSc. HSM)

Overview

Approved by Senate in 2011

 

1.0.       INTRODUCTION

 

The overall objective of School of Public Health (SPH) is to start a post-graduate course in order to develop health managers with the skills, competencies and aptitudes needed to manage and lead high performing health institutions that will transform the health status of Kenyans and East Africans in general.   The Report of the Global Commission on Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century states that professionals are falling short on appropriate competencies for effective teamwork and they are not exercising effective leadership to transform health systems. In addition under Vision 2030 the country aims to provide an efficient and high quality health care system with the best quality standards and practices.

 

This calls for health professionals with appropriate competencies for effective teamwork to exercise effective leadership to transform health systems. They will be able to address the numerous health challenges resource poor countries face and for the achievement of the health related goals and other national and global targets. 

 

The Masters training course is designed to provide an environment that helps the applicant develop and build their capacity to manage in a diverse and dynamic environment. The course will apply student-centred learning approaches and will expose a candidate to contemporary health management and leadership practices and practitioners at the national and global level.  The applicant will also be expected to provide leadership in management of preventive and promotive health services in a rapidly changing environment

 

The course will work towards attracting a candidate with diverse experience and backgrounds to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the healthcare system. The course is targeted at those who aspire to be competent and professional managers within the healthcare system.

 

1.2.       OBJECTIVES

 

By the end of the course, the students will be able to:-

 

  1. Plan, manage and evaluate health systems.
  2. Provide team leadership for aligning resources to improve health services delivery and strengthening critical health systems for improved health outcomes.
  3. Generate and use information for timely, evidence-based decisions for effective and efficient management of organizations and influencing policy
  4. Link and integrate diverse sub-health systems and communicate effectively with relevant stakeholders

4.0 COURSE STRUCTURE AND DURATION

The Master of Science in Leadership and Health Systems Management programme shall be offered under three modules: full time, part time and Open, Distance and e-learning (ODeL). The programme shall consist of coursework, field attachment and a research project. The programme will run for a minimum of 4 semesters of 15 weeks each and a maximum of 12 semesters.  Each semester will comprise 6 units of 60 hours each and the total number of units shall be 24.

4.1 Full time

4.1.1 The duration of the course shall be a minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 12 semesters of 15 weeks each.

4.1.2 Each applicant shall be required to take all the units in each semester

4.1.3 In the second year, each applicant will be required undergo an attachment through the 6 health systems building blocks guided by a logbook.

4.1.4 In the second year, each applicant will be required to undertake a project in one of the 6 health systems building blocks.

 

4.2 Part time

4.2.1 The duration of the course shall be similar to fulltime.

4.2.2 A candidate will be required to take at least 3 units per semester.

4.2.3 In the second year, each applicant will be required undergo an attachment through the 6 health systems building blocks guided by a logbook.

4.2.4 In the second year, each applicant will be required to undertake a project in one of the 6 health systems building blocks.

 

4.3 Open, distance and e-learning (ODEL)

The course structure and requirements through ODeL module remains the same as part-time. The mode of delivery through ODeL will be as follows:

4.3.1 Use of various media largely home or office-based

4.3.2 Written self instructional study modules issued at the registration time that include

  1. Study course materials (booklets etc)
  2. Relevant literature
  3. Interactive devices and self tests

4.3.3 Limited face to face lectures and practical sessions

4.3.4 Mediated technical learning materials including:

  1. Audio visual
  2. E-learning materials
  3. Video clips

4.3.5 Limited face-to-face sessions to provide overview of the course at commencement of semester, mid semester and revision period before examinations

4.3.6 Support study centres at University of Nairobi

(a) Access to information through computers at the University of Nairobi and other resources centres

(b) Use of libraries at the University of Nairobi and other institutions

2.0       ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

2.1 The common regulations for the Master's Degree of the University of Nairobi shall apply.

2.2 The following will be eligible for admission into the course:

2.2.1 Holders of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MB ChB), Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS), Bachelor of Nursing Sciences (B.Sc.), Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm.) or equivalent degree from a University recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.

2.2.2 Holders of a first degree in health related disciplines of upper second class or above from a University recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.

2.2.3 Holders of a first degree of lower second class degree in health related disciplines with relevant Post Graduate Diploma

2.2.4 In addition to the academic qualifications above an applicant must have a minimum of two years working experience

2.2.5 Holders of a first degree of pass in health related disciplines with relevant Post Graduate Diploma and five years working experience

Exam Regulations

6.0 EXAMINATION REGULATIONS

6.1 Written examinations

6.1.1.    The common regulations for the Masters Degree of the University of Nairobi shall apply. 

6.1.2.    All units will be examined in the semester in which they are offered. Such examinations shall consist of continuous assessment tests and end of semester examinations.

6.1.3.    End of semester examinations shall comprise 70% of the total course marks, whereas continuous assessment accounts for 30%

6.1.4.    End of semester examinations shall take three hours for each unit

6.1.5.    The pass for each unit will be 50%

6.1.6.    A candidate who obtains less than 40% in any one unit shall on the recommendation of the School Board of examiners and approval by the Senate be required to repeat the unit when next offered

6.1.7.    A candidate who fails  to obtains a pass mark in any of the courses, shall on the recommendation of the  School Board of examiners and approval by the Senate , be allowed to sit supplementary examinations for a maximum of two (2) when next offered.

6.1.8.    A candidate who fails supplementary examinations in any one unit will be discontinued

6.1.9.    A pass mark obtained by sitting supplementary examination shall be recorded as 50%

 

6.2.       Industrial attachment

6.2.1 In the first semester of the second year, the student will be required to undergo an attachment in a health institution through the 6 health system-building blocks using a log-book.

6.2.2 The attachment will be supervised by a University academic supervisor and a supervisor from the host institution.

6.2.3 The attachment will be graded out of 100 by the University academic supervisor using the log book.

6.2.4 The pass mark for industrial attachment will be 50%.

6.2.5 A candidate who fails to obtain a mark of 50% in the attachment report will be required to repeat the attachment within three months

6.2.6 A candidate who fails to obtain a mark of 50% at the resubmission of the attachment report shall be discontinued.

 

6.3 Research Project

6.3.1 In the second semester of the second year, the a candidate will be required to undertake a project in one of the 6 health systems building blocks

6.3.2 For purposes of examination regulations, the Research Project shall be considered to be equivalent to four (4) course units

6.3.3 The student shall be required to submit Research Project for examination four (4) weeks before the end of the semester in which they are to be examined.

6.3.4 The project will be examined out of 100% and marks distributed as 70% for the    project and 30% for the oral defence of the project.

6.3.5 The pass mark for the project will be 50%.

6.3.6 A candidate who fails to obtain a pass mark in the project, may on the recommendation of the School Board and approval of Senate, be allowed to re-submit the project within three months.

6.3.7 The pass mark obtained by re-submission of the project will be recorded as 50%.

6.3.8 A candidate who fails in a second re-submission of the project, will on the recommendation of School Board of Examiners and approval of Senate, be discontinued.