Professional Certification Programs for 2022

One major difference between our certification and others in the industry is that all courses and programs taken under this initiative qualify you to achieve NOT just continuous professional development points but also qualify you to join our Credentialing and certification program. All these programs will count in your journey as you move the ladder in your career. Please refer to the HeSMA credentialing and certification framework in the News and Publication section

3 Weeks Programs

  1. Management and Leadership Skills for First Time Managers.
  2. Principles of Supervisory Management· Quality and Product Improvement.
  3. Problem Solving and Decision-Making Process.
  4. Planning and Project Management Level 1.
  5. Time and Meeting Management.
  6. Introduction to Procurement and Supply Chain Management of Pharmaceutical Products
  7. Governance and Ethics for Health Committee and Boards

5 Weeks Programs

  1. Human Resources Management Essentials·
  2. Conflict Resolution and Coaching·
  3. Planning and Project Management Level 2·
  4. Social and Emotional Intelligence·
  5. Budgeting and Cost Accounting Level 2·
  6. International Careers in Global Health and Supply chain

32 Weeks Programs

  1. Leadership for Healthcare Leaders.
  2. Governance and Ethics for Healthcare Leaders.
  3. Advanced Management and Life Skills for Healthcare Managers.
  4. Healthcare Law and Medical Practice.
  5. Entrepreneurship in Health for Facility Owners and Managers.
  6. Population Health Management.
  7. Procurement for Public Health Programs.
  8. Product Selection and Technical Specifications for Public Health Commodities.
  9. Quantification & Forecasting of Public Health Commodities·
  10. Inventory Management of Public Health Commodities.
  11. Promoting Effective Use of Medicines In Public Health Programs.
  12.  Procurement And Supply Chain Management Support Functions & Systems.

12 Months Programs

  1. Global Health Procurement and Supply Chain
  2. Professional Diploma in Health Systems Management

These short courses are offered at the following Colleges and Universities

Mount Kenya University, AIU/CORAT, Kenya Methodist University, Zetech University and Empower University 

To enroll in any of the following courses fill in your details here. Our officer will call you back

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HeSMA Board Certification as a Certified Associate (AHSM), Diplomate (DiHSM), or Fellow in Health Systems Management (FeHSM) signifies a minimum level of expertise, experience, and commitment to continuing education and professional development. Being Board Certified also identifies the degree of achievement in the profession. Certificates and Medals are awarded based on a Review and Certification Matrix in the following three categories;

Associate in Health Systems Management: Based on the framework a healthcare manager is supposed to show consistent self-improvement post-academic qualification. He or she is supposed to have gained a maximum of 2300 professional points.

Diplomate in Health Systems Management:  Based on the framework this is the second level of the certification. This is intended for mid-level managers who have acquired more knowledge and skills in the area of healthcare management. On successful application, they receive an award of Diplomate in Health Systems Management of DHSM signified by a Certificate of Recognition and Medal of Honour. The maximum professional points are 4500

Fellowship in Health Systems Management: A HeSMA Certified Fellow of Health System Management may display this distinguished title in the professional context, abbreviated as FeHSM.  Holders of the FeHSM title are a distinguished group of health management professionals who are entrusted with maintaining the oversight of legitimate practices of the occupation. These individuals are responsible for “safeguarding the public interest” which also “represents the interest of the Health Systems Managers,” and so “will act to maintain the position as the controlling body of high standards and practices for the HeSMA body. Professional points above 4500 equate to FeHSM.


For more on this and how you should take the next steps in acquiring these certifications click here

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Identifying Next Generation of Healthcare Leaders for East Africa

The science of medicine is thousands of years old. The discipline of management sciences, which includes the study of leadership, is less than 100 years old. The management sciences applied to health care are still in their infancy (MSH, 2014). The leaders of organizations representing government, the private sector, healthcare associations, and academic institutions must come together to raise the recognition of professional management in healthcare, by developing core competencies for healthcare leaders with the input of a diverse group of healthcare organizations. Adoption of these competencies in curricula development and delivery will inform and align healthcare management development programs at all levels of undergraduate, postgraduate, and ongoing education and professional development. The shared aim of all participants is professionalizing the leadership and management of health systems to improve patient care globally. For academic institutions, the shared goal must be to ensure that we produce adequate numbers of competent healthcare leaders at all levels, be it operational, tactical, and strategic. It’s based on these tenants that Health Systems Management Association is bringing together the players in academia and professional programs in East Africa for a regional network that will evolve into a structured body.

About HeSMA and her work towards this endeavor

Health Systems Management Association is a professional body registered under the Societies Act of 1968 with a sole mandate of influencing healthcare through competent health systems managers. Our primary goal is to improve the quality of health sector performance in East Africa by strengthening leadership and management knowledge and skills. Under Key Result Areas for the period between 2019-2023, HeSMA embarked on engaging training institutions (Higher Education Network) as early as 2012. Two Universities were involved as corporate members to help start off HeSMA in 2013. Through our work and that of other stakeholders, we have a total of 8 Universities and 2 Colleges training healthcare leaders. The list of these training institutions is available here 

The role of training institutions in strengthening health systems is to;

  • Support curricula development, training of healthcare managers as well as faculty development
  • Development of case studies and best practice
  • Establish students clubs and alumni circle

Under Targeted Support Healthcare Leadership and Management Mentorship Programs for Universities and Colleges we are/or have;

  1. Deploying experienced, senior-level healthcare managers/executives to training institutions
  2. Developed mentorship framework (SOPS and tools) that are in use
  3. Targeted programs on health systems marketing, communication for purposes of increasing demand for health systems/care management programs by the health sector
  4. Providing Higher Education network programs with the impetus of and identifying next-generation healthcare managers

Under objective 4(above) HeSMA is engaging all training institutions in East Africa to scale up programs to train and mentor healthcare leaders. Through Programs and faculty members, our goal is to meet the demand of the whole healthcare sector to deliver 15,000 professionals in healthcare management, leadership, and governance in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Calling Training Institutions and Partners into Action

The purpose of this concept is to mobilize training institutions from East Africa Universities that are training Healthcare leaders/managers to action. HeSMA will engage, as a professional body in the harmonization of training programs to meet the needs in East African Countries as it pertains to health systems.  Together with Chairs of respective departments and partners, the network will re-look at the following needs that are immediately required;

  • Nomenclatures of the training programs, curricula, and post-training support including Alumni and role in the Association
  • A fresh review of the competency framework as recommended by HeSMA
  • Support to students taking management and leadership programs
  • recognition of the profession by other stakeholders including the realization of Scheme of Services and professional development of healthcare leaders

Target & Timelines

All colleges and universities offering the following courses and programs are invited to join this network;

  • Certificate/Diploma in Healthcare/Systems/Services Management
  • Bachelors in Healthcare/Systems/Services Management/Diploma
  • Post Graduate Degrees in Healthcare/Systems/Services Management
  • MBA in Healthcare Management/ Healthcare Law etc.
  • MSc. Health Economics
  • MPH (Strategic Management)
  • MA/MBA in Healthcare Administration
  • Any other Healthcare/Services Management or leadership Program accredited by commissions in respective countries

The initial meeting date is 23rd July 2021 

East Africa (regional meeting) 22nd August 2021

Regional Network Launch & Conference October 29th and 30th 2021 

For an updated list of Universities already in the network click here 

To join the list please write to us at cc to You could also call us on +2540202330034

How to join HeSMA

We are grateful to welcome you to this ever-growing professional body for health systems managers. We know that you would like to join the association to engage with peers and learn from the experiences and challenges faced by colleagues in strengthening health systems. And while you are learning and networking with peers at the local, county, and national levels of communities of leadership, HeSMA will be there for you. We are providing new avenues to fulfill your desires to develop and promote others, and our work is to strengthen health care management excellence as magnified by HeSMA membership. Now, more than ever healthcare needs strong leadership. As you chart your leadership path, know this, HeSMA is committed to helping you tackle healthcare’s toughest challenges with skills, ingenuity, and will.

The following are further benefits,

  • By joining HeSMA you show the world that you have the required knowledge and skills to lead, manage and govern healthcare (CERTIFICATION)
  • You belong to a network of 4500 healthcare managers to CONNECT & NETWORK
  • You gain immense knowledge & SKILLS that help you advance to senior-level management & leadership (advance & develop)
  • Participate in events/workshops and conferences organized for healthcare leadership- Access mature resources


  1. On the home page; enter details in an electronic Membership Application Form and submit
  2. In 24 hours: HeSMA Membership Relations Officer will write/call you back with the verdict of your membership application and membership fees payment details. (invoice and application approval form will be emailed to you.
  3. 24hours to 2 weeks: a membership certificate (electronic and hardcopy) will be available for you
  4. You will be linked to the 2000+ network of members and start enjoying the membership benefits