General Information on the PhD-HCM Course

The title of the programme is Doctor of Philosophy in Healthcare Management (PhD-HCM) of the Strathmore University. The programme aims to equip healthcare management systems managers with skills for leading, managing and doing research and analyses on various facets and challenges that confront healthcare organizations. The program targets healthcare professionals and persons interested in the healthcare industry broadly. This includes  hospital and clinic managers working for different types of organizations. In addition, professionals in other sectors that include insurance, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. It followed a growing appetite for top management training in healthcare, both amongst our graduates, and among graduates from other schools.

PhD Programme in Healthcare Management - Registration of Interest Form

Rationale for the programme

Healthcare Management is the second fastest growing industry in Africa (after ICT). However, the healthcare management systems face a unique challenge: the overall absence of well-trained healthcare managers. Subsequently, the continent is witnessing a growing disease burden and increased health systems complexity. This is with little capacity to manage the changes. Whereas health professionals often take lead on health matters, they lack capacity to lead and manage healthcare organizations and systems towards optimal outcomes. The Strathmore PhD-HCM seeks to enhance the capacity of healthcare leaders to better commission and manage health Programmes. In addition to managing organizations, systems, and research across diverse settings at national, regional, and international levels.

Focus of the Healthcare Management Programme

A key distinction of this programme is the focus on building research and teaching capacity to those interested in working in African healthcare organizations and health systems broadly. This is borne out of the realization of the uniqueness of the healthcare industry in Africa. This is including the existence of a complex web of formal and informal providers of varied ownership, a mix of government, donor and private (household) sources of funding. Moreover, blurred boundaries across  professional disciplines, low penetration of quality standards and insufficient (expressed) demand for quality healthcare. In addition, the triple-burden of disease (communicable, non-communicable and injuries), and peculiarities in health-seeking behavior, typically characterized by self-treatment and vertically integrated care models. Yet Africa lacks teaching and research capacity in the healthcare management.

Course Units offered for the Program

Core courses for the PhD HCM programme

Course Course code Course title Lecture hours
Core courses for the PhD HCM programme DHC 9101 Leading and Managing Complex Health Systems 45
DHC 9102 Understanding and Improving Health Services 45
DHC 9103 Organizational and Management Theory 45
DHC 9201 Quantitative Methods in Healthcare Management 45
DHC 9202 Fundamentals of Qualitative Research in Healthcare 45
DHC 9203a Essentials of Proposal Development and Academic Writing 22.5
DHC 9203b Ethics in Research and Management 22.5
DHC 9301 Thesis 3,000

Elective courses

Course Course code Course title Lecture hours
Elective courses


(Selected from among the MBA-Healthcare Management courses based on student’s research leaning and skills gap)

DHC 9401 Healthcare Entrepreneurship & New Venture Management 45
DHC 9402 Healthcare Management Information Systems 45
DHC 9403 Strategic Management in Healthcare Organisations 45
DHC 9404 Managerial Health Economics 45
DHC 9405 Marketing Management for Healthcare Enterprises 45
DHC 9406 Managing Healthcare Human Resources 45
DHC 9501 Decision Analysis for Healthcare Managers 45
DHC 9502 Management Communications and Media Relations in the Healthcare Environment 45
DHC 9503 Managing for Quality Patient Care and Efficient Operations 45
DHC 9504 Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations 45
DHC 9505 Healthcare Law and Policy 45
DHC 9506 Healthcare Financing and Health Equity 45

The programme has a total course loading of six (6) compulsory course units undertaken in the first year of study. These may be complemented by elective courses based on individual candidate requirements and focus areas. The course is taught in a modular format, with students reporting for the face-to-face classes for two weeks every eight to ten weeks. Passing of the taught courses is compulsory for upgrading from PhD studentship to PhD candidature at the end of the first year. The degree is awarded based on the completion a PhD research process, which entails completion PhD thesis, oral defense, and publication of at least three articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Admission requirements

Holders of a Masters degree in Healthcare Management, Public Health or any other health management-related discipline from a recognized university, with a minimum of three years management or research experience. Holders of a Masters in Business Management or any other management course from a recognized university, with at least three years management or research experience in a healthcare-related field; and/or Holders of other qualifications approved to be equivalent to (i) or (ii) above by the University’s Academic Council.


The Healthcare Management Programme adopts a pull mechanism in that candidates are predominantly admitted to the programme only after a potential supervisor indicates an interest to supervise them. The supervisor  does so based on the concept note submitted during the application process. This ensures that student’s research topics are from very early on aligned to faculty research areas and to the overall mission of the programme, the school and the University.

Application requirements

  • Complete and submit the online application form(Link below)as well as the below documents.
  • Short Curriculum Vitae
  • Certified copies of your bachelor’s and master’s degree transcripts and certificates
  • Your master’s research dissertation/thesis
  • A concept note (Approx. 1500 words)
  • Two reference letters (Both academic, where possible by someone who taught you or who supervised you at master’s level or one academic and one professional reference letter)
  • A copy of your Identity card / Bio page of your passport
  • Passport Photo
  • Application fees (non – refundable) – Ksh. 6,000 or USD 60 payable via mobile money or bank deposit. Once a complete application form has been received, it is reviewed by the admissions committee to check eligibility to the program and at the same time the applicant’s concept note is sent to appropriate faculty members for consideration. You will be notified at this stage if we are unable to provide supervision for your research area or if your admission to the program is denied.

Graduation requirements

The PhD-HCM degree will be awarded subject to the fulfilment of the following conditions


Board of Examiners recommendation for the award; three articles published/accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals; compliance with all the University regulations; payment of all required fees. The PhD in Healthcare Management degree shall not be classified.

Program cost

The programme fee is KShs 2,760,500/ USD 27,605.

This covers the PhD registration, supervision and administration costs, taught modular courses, conference attendance (one conference), industry collaborative visit/placement (one visit) and the PhD examination costs.

Doctoral Programmes Brochure Request Form

PhD in Healthcare Management Application Form

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  • Welcome to SBS PhD in Healthcare Management online application. To complete your application, ensure you have the following application documents:

    • Short Curriculum Vitae
    • Your bachelor’s and master’s degree transcripts and certificates
    • Your master’s research dissertation/thesis
    • A concept note (Approx. 1500 words)
    • Two reference letters
    • A copy of your Identity card / Bio page of your passport
    • Passport Photo
    • Application fees (non - refundable) - Ksh. 6,000 or USD 60 payable via mobile money or bank deposit

    The payment options are as follows:

    Mobile Money
    Mpesa: Paybill Number - 893801, Account Number - PhD

    Bank Details
    Bank Name: Barclays Bank of Kenya.
    Bank branch: Plaza Business Centre
    Bank code: 077
    Account Name: Strathmore University Business School
    Account Number: 0775044446
    Swift Code: BARCKENX
    Type: KSHS

    Bank Name: Barclays Bank of Kenya
    Bank Branch: Plaza Business Centre
    Branch Code: 022
    Account Number: 0227350180
    Account Name: Strathmore University Business School Account
    Swift Code: BARCKENX
    Swift Address: BARCUS33
    Type: Dollars ($)

    Bank Name: Standard Chartered Bank
    Bank branch: Karen
    Bank code: 075
    Account Name: Strathmore Business School
    Account Number: 0102044844-002
    Swift Code: SCBLKENXXXX
    Type: KSHS

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Key Details

Intake: February 2024

Cost: Kshs. 2,827,562

For more information write to

Academic Director – Francis Wafula (

Programme Manager – Pauline Onyoni (

Business Development Manager- Nelson Mandela ( or call +254(0)726 859 556.

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