Training Course in Installation, use and maintenance of DHIS2



Course Description

The District Health Information Software (DHIS) is used in more than 40 countries around the world. DHIS 2 is a tool for collection, validation, analysis, and presentation of aggregate and patient-based statistical data, tailored (but not limited) to integrated health information management activities. It is a tool with an open meta-data model and a flexible user interface that allows the user to design the contents of a specific information system without the need for programming. DHIS2 and upwards is a modular web-based software package built with free and open source Java frameworks.

Health data and information is considered to be under-documented due to improper basic health and demographic record-keeping. T4D (Tech for Development) has organized this training that aims at building the capacity of researchers, health record managers and practitioners to monitor, manage and maintain demographic data and health information in a much more efficient and accurate way than using papers. This training course on Installation, Use and Maintenance of DHIS 2, will equip the participants with necessary skills and knowledge on how to report, analyze and disseminate data for all health programs.

Who should attend?

  • Health administrators, Health Information System Officers, researchers, field workers.


This course is designed for participants who are reasonably proficient in English and have an understanding of basic ICT concepts.


5 Days

Course Objectives

  • DHIS 2 setup
  • Understand what DHIS 2 is and what purpose it serves with respect to health information systems (HIS)
  • DHIS 2 key features supporting data collection, validation, visualization, presentation and information use
  • What are the major technological considerations when it comes to deploying DHIS 2
  • Data collection and data entry;
  • Data analysis and data visualization;
  • Data quality with DHIS 2;
  • Data elements, data sets and indicators;
  • Event capture, event visualizer, event report and tracker capture
  • DHIS 2 configuration to monitor health related indicators and progress towards targets such as international development goals
  • What are some of the benefits and challenges with using DHIS for HIS

Course Content

Module I

Introduction to DHIS 2 and information use

  • Information cycle
  • Organizational units
  • Benefits of using DHIS2
  • Legal and ethical requirement
  • Sources of data
  • Different kind of data needed by health planners and decision makers
  • Health information management and related concepts

       Exercise: List the information systems that the health system uses

Module II

Basic use and function of DHIS 2 software

  • The my datamart tool
  • Dealing with large amounts of data
  • Connecting to the DHIS2 data base
  • Pivot table design
  • Data assignment editor
  • Scripting in custom forms
  • Customs forms
  • Adding a new section form
  • Data set categories
  • Data set management
  • Data sets and data entry forms
  • Data element
  • Indicators
  • Strategy for getting started
  • Components of DHIS2
  • Key terms
  • Installation of DHIS 2

       Exercise : Producing pivot tables

  • Charts and dashboards
  • Charts and graphs
  • Data visualization

       Exercise :Building charts

Module III

Data design and Data collection

  • Data assignment editor
  • Scripting in custom forms
  • Customs forms
  • Adding a new section form
  • Data entry forms
  • Data set categories
  • Data set management
  • Data set

      Exercise: Data entry

Module IV

GIS maps

  • Editing and navigation
  • Maps consideration
  • Thematic layer
  • Usefulness of GIS maps
  • Introduction to GIS

      Exercise: creating maps in DHIS2

Module V

Data Quality and Validation

  • Improving data quality
  • Validation rules
  • Data validation analysis
  • Common data quality check
  • What makes quality data
  • Reasons for poor data quality
  • Measuring data quality

       Exercise : Using DHIS 2 to improve data quality

Module VI

Implementation strategy

  • Data analysis processing
  • Data maintenance and managing changes to the database
  • Meta-data set up
  • Import and export of data
  • Aggregation
  • Preparing repots and other information products


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professionals and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with a certificate of participation.

Training venue

The training is residential and will be held at T4D Training Centre in Westlands Nairobi, Kenya. The course fees cover the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.

Tailor- made

We can also tailor-make our courses for you. This way, you/your organization will benefit by:

  • Using own tools during the training
  • Being able to choose areas of interest you wish the trainer to put more emphasis on
  • Taking the course in-house or at a venue of choice
  • Cutting on the cost of transport and accommodation

For further inquiries, please contact us on details below: 

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: +254 (0) 729166479


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email: [email protected]

Mobile Number: +254 706909947

Training fee

The course fee is KES 75,000.00 or USD 1,100.00 exclusive of VAT. The course fees covers the course tuition, training materials, two (2) break refreshments, lunch and study visits. Participants will cater for their travel and accommodation costs.


Payment should be transferred to Tech For Development – T4D account through bank on or before the course starting date.

Send proof of payment to [email protected]

Cancellation policy

Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

  1. Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.
  2. No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.