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Health Administration




A One-Year

Certificate Programme


 St. Augustine University of Tanzania

P.O. Box 307, Mwanza, Tanzania


General Course Objectives


The one-year course in Health Administration is intended to provide students with sufficient knowledge and expertise to administer Health Centres, as well as small to medium-sized Hospitals and other Health Care programmes.

 Minimum Entry Qualifications


Candidates must have: 

either     a Form VI Advanced Secondary Education Certificate (A-level), with at least two principal passes in Mathematics and English;

or            a Form IV Ordinary Secondary Education Certificate (O-level), with passes in Mathematics and English,,together with work experience of at least two years, preferably in a health care organisation.


Course Content


HA 100  Health Administration


Aim:        To enable students to gain the knowledge needed for administration of health and health-related organisations.


                Introduction to health administration.  Organisational design. The medical superintendent. General management. Personnel management. Labour relations. National Health Policy.  Public relations. Medical records. Health statistics.


HA 101  Health Systems


Aim:        To enable students to learn various approaches to systems of health care and understand how they may affect overall planning and decision-making in the day-to-day administration of health care services.

Contents:              Introduction to health systems: definitions, indicators of health status of a society; national health systems: a model, determinants, Health Information Systems.


HA 102  Health Law


Aim:        To enable students to understand the general principles of law and how they relate to health administration.


                General introduction to laws. Nuisance. Consent for operation and treatment. Professional competence and cognate matters. Vital registrations. Law of bailment. Law of master and servant as affecting hospital staff. Medical records. Pharmaceutical and poisons act.


HA 103  Health Economics


Aim:        To enable students to gain an introductory knowledge of basic economic theories, economic analysis and economic reasoning, and develop basic skills in effective use of health resources.


                Introduction. Major concern of economists in health care. Demand and supply for health services.  Health services and the market. Operating cost in relation to health care provision.  Planning for health care services.  Demographic studies.  Alternative methods of financing health care services.  Current issues in health care.


AC 100  Book Keeping and Elements of Auditing


Aims:      To enable students to learn the basic theories and gain a practical knowledge of book keeping and accounting, and to understand the elements of auditing, so they will know various audit procedures and tests used to ascertain and record accounting systems and internal control systems.


                Fundamentals of book keeping. Accounting theories. Classification of expenditure and income. The journal and its use. Preparation of trial balance, trading and profit and loss accounts, detailed balance sheet.  Making adjustments.  Use of cash-book, ledger imprest system and petty cash book. Incomplete records. Non-trading institutions. 

Banking transactions. State cheques and their accounting treatment.  Financial statements. preparation of receipts and payment accounts, income and expenditure accounts, balance sheets of non-profit organisations.  Incomplete records. Interpretation of financial statements.  Elements of auditing.


AC 103   Elements of Costing and Materials Management


Aims:      To enable students to gain an elementary knowledge of costing, and to become familiar with the fundamentals of purchasing, supply and storekeeping of materials.


Elements of costing. Cost accounting: concepts and objectives.  Classification of costs, cost statements, costing for materials, labour, overheads.

Materials management. Purchasing: practice and techniques, international purchasing, store-keeping or store function.


QM 101  Commercial Arithmetic


Aim:        To enable students to develop basic skills in the collection, processing, presentation and interpretation of simple numeric and statistical data in their separate applications to business situations.


                Elements of mathematics:  Basic arithmetic processes. Trading. Methods of payment and banking. Business ownership. Investments.

                Elements of statistics:  Meaning of statistics. Data collection methods. Classification and presentation of data. Measures of central tendency. Simple index numbers.


PHL 201  Social Ethics


Aims:      To enable students to acquire a set of principles of moral behaviour that are of universal application and are required in our everyday decisions and activity.


                Definition of ethics, social ethics, moral philosophy.  Nature of man.  Search for moral standards. Moral obligation and Natural Law.  Rights and duties. Business ethics. International ethics.

 Practical Training


All students in the Certificate in Health Administration course are required to spend the months of June, July and August at the end of their course doing practicals in District hospitals, voluntary agency hospitals and health programmes, after which they will have to write and submit a Fieldwork Report, which is evaluated.

                An evaluation report of work performance is usually required from the heads/supervisors of those institutions.  Students are also encouraged to submit their own assessment of their experience.



Fees for tuition, room and board for 2000-2001 are Tshs 860,000.  For students from outside Tanzania, $5,000.

 Special Course Requirements


All students pursuing a Certificate course in Health Administration are required to have a scientific calculator and mathematical table booklets.  In addition, Certificate students will need the following. (Note: approximately Tshs. 790 = US$ 1.00.)


     Book allowance.  Suggested: Tshs. 90,000.

     Stationery allowance.  Suggested: Tshs. 75,000.

     Medical allowance.  Suggested: Tshs 75,000

(for costs beyond scope of on-campus


     An allowance to cover three months of field work.

        Recommended: Tshs. 7,000 per day.

     Appropriate funds for spending money and necessary


Note for Foreign Students

 Since convertible foreign currency is required of all foreign students, the following allowances are stated in US dollars:


      Personal allowance:

        A minimum of $25 per month is recommended.

     Books, Stationery, Medical allowance:

        A total of $400 is recommended.


The Residence Permit required for foreign students costs $120.


To Apply


For further information and an application form, please contact:


Admissions Office

St. Augustine University of Tanzania

P.O. Box 307

Mwanza, Tanzania



Fax: 255-028-2550167, 2500575 Telephone: 255-028-2550560, 2552725, 2550166

e-mail:        Telex: 46372




Note: Applications, academic certificates, indication of sponsorship and other data required for admission should be sent to St. Augustine University as soon as possible.  Foreign students should obtain a passport early so they can secure a Tanzanian residence permit, which is required for admission to the country.


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