Degree: Master of Arts in Theology and Health Care Management (MATHC)

Duration: Two years


Programme Rationale

The Master of Arts in Theology and Health Care Management (MATHC) is a two year degree programme with an emphasis on HIV and AIDS.  However, students on this programme will be introduced to other diseases that are related to HIV and AIDS.  It is common knowledge that HIV and AIDS remains a critical challenge to the church and society in Africa.  The scale and intensity of affliction of people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) continue beyond official statistics.  Uganda is one of the countries in Africa with the largest number of people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.  The MATHC programme will limit itself to the social care services.


HIV and AIDS continue to be a global concern due to inadequate access to HIV information, prevention, and treatment services.  The HIV pandemic remains one of the most serious challenges to Africa.  There is therefore need for the national and regional creation of awareness, education, and support to those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.  The Church, as part of its mission mandate, should play a critical role in providing leadership and human resource training.  There is therefore need to integrate HIV and AIDS management with pastoral care, counseling, and Christian ethics.  UCU provides integrated training for HIV and AIDS for Safe Motherhood and Nursing for Public Health, but the church whose mandate is with communities has not been catered for.  This programme closes this gap for the Church in Uganda, and in the region.  


Entry Requirements

A candidate for the MATHC degree must meet the general UCU requirements for the postgraduate programme.  Specifically for the programme, the applicant must have at least a second-class degree in Theology, Social Sciences, or a related discipine, and must pass an admission interview.


Programme Description

Programme Load

This two-year programme has a total of 60 credits.  Each semester is 15 weeks long.  In between the semesters (May and January), students will be assigned readings, and each student will be expected to give an oral presentation in the first week of the next semester.  In order to be awarded a MATHC, a student would have to pass all three-semester courses, plus a dissertation.  The topic of the dissertation must be related to a particular aspect of religion, theology, HIV, and AIDS. 


Programme Description

This is a challenging postgraduate degree programme whose aim is to prepare students for senior management roles at both national and international levels in health services management and HIV/AIDS prevention strategy for faith-based institutions.  The programme will explore the principles, techniques, managment, and practices in HIV adn AIDS prevention and sexual health strategy, and integrate them with church/institutional leadership.  This two-year programme is a pratical programme that provides advanced training in applied theological education and ministerial formation, with focus on HIV and AIDS management.


Course Details

Curriculum Structure

NB:  The practicum will be done during the break period between the first and second semester of the first year.



Course Code




Year One, Semester One


HIV and AIDS in Global Context

MTHC 1101




African Biblical Hermeneutics

MTHC 1102




Christian Ethics and Healthcare Management

MTHC 1103  48    4

Reproductive Health in Development

MTHC 1104




Year One, Semester Two





Theological/Biblical Dimension of HIV and AIDS

MTHC 1201 



Pastoral Care and Counseling

MTHC 1202 




Health Services Mangement  MTHC 1203 48 24 4

Research Methodology

MTHC 1204 




Practicum  MTHC 2103 48 24 6

Year Two


Research Proposal Writing  MTHC 2101   288 12

Seminars in Theology and Health Services Management






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