Health Financing and Health Insurance

Advanced Certificate in Health Financing and Health Insurance

In this course, the students will learn the principles and set up of health financing and other health systems building blocks; principles and practices of health insurance, be able to assess and analyse the health care financing systems, bring about improved health service delivery in health units, efficient utilization of resources and ultimately contribute to improvement in the health of the people and universal health coverage.

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Course Fees

1,000,000 Ugx

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Course aims

The aim of this course is to equip students with knowledge, skills and positive attitudes in health financing and insurance services.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the key principles of health financing and other health systems building blocks
  2. Describe the key principles of health insurance
  3. Describe the nature and operations of health insurance industry as applied to the topic  of health services.                 


Teaching and learning pattern/course methodology

  • Teaching will be by:
  • Self-study (self-tests, assignments, assessments)
  • Case study
  • Seminars
  • Lectures
  • Field attachment
  • Tutorial sessions and practical sessions including site visits. Participatory learning methods shall be used. 



Bachelor’s degree in health related discipline and social sciences or equivalents.  Applicants with a National Diploma and relevant working experience may be considered. Prior working experience/knowledge of operational framework in health services or insurance industry is a must.


Indicative content

This is a four months program, divided into two parts: The first part shall be  two months delivered through classroom/distance learning  and two months of attachment/case report writing.  


Part I: Health Services and Financing  (Teaching hours: 30 hours)

  1. Health Systems Building Blocks
  2. Organization of Health Services
  3. Universal Health Coverage
  4. Health Financing Mechanisms and Health Financing Functions (collection, pooling and purchasing)
  5. Quality of care


Part II: Health Economics and Health Insurance (30 hours)

Health Economics

  • Demand and supply of health services
  • Supplier induced demand
  • Agent relationship
  • Scarcity and choice


Part III: Foundations of insurance (60 hours)

Fundamentals of Insurance

  • Insurance principles and ethics
  • Insurance law
  • Insurance business
  • Insurance financing
  • Insurance underwriting
  • Insurance broking practice and management
  • Reinsurance assessment
  • Risk management  and re-insurance
  • Professional indemnity


Part IV: Operations and Types of Health Insurance  (120 hours) 

Types of Health Insurance

  • Underwriting health insurance products and operations
  • Medical claims management
  • Community health insurance
  • Private commercial health insurance
    • Health Insurance and Health Membership/Maintenance Organization)
  • National health insurance schemes

The Health Insurance Terrain:

  • Global, East Africa and Uganda in particular

Rules to Ensure Financial Sustainability:

  • Assessing schemes/plans strengths and weakness
  • Steps to increase cost recovery
  • Member satisfaction.

Health Insurance Marketing

Financial Management in Health Insurance

  • Budgets,
  • Managing income and
  • Expenditure reports matching
  • Bank statements/bank reconciliation.

Monitoring and Evaluation in Health Insurance

  • Insurance data tracking and using insurance performance data to make results based decisions

The Regulatory Framework for Health Insurance in Uganda

Field Attachment and report writing (240 Hours)

Course Duration

Certificate Award

Advanced Certificate in Health Financing and Insurance - ACHFI of International Health Sciences University (IHSU). 

Course Facilitators

Sam Atuhura

Stella Nakiwala


Saul Sseremba

Contact Us

P.O. Box 7782 Kampala, Uganda

Tel: (+256) 312 307-400


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St. Barnabas Road, Kampala-Namuwongo

3rd Floor, International Hospital Kampala