Gulf Medical University opens new ‘College of Healthcare Management and Economics’ in Ajman

The first of its kind in the UAE, the College has international accreditation and will offer 65 seats in the bachelor’s course and 35 in the executive master’s course

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Professor Hossam Al Hamdy, Chancellor of the Gulf Medical University along with the faculty members of the College of Health care Management and Economics. – Supplied photo

Abdul Basit

The Gulf Medical University (GMU) has announced the opening of a new college that will offer bachelor and master’s programme in health care management and economics from spring 2019.

This was announced during a news conference in Dubai on Sunday (January 13). It’s a specialised college of healthcare management and economics and its main goal is to prepare the graduates to pursue careers in healthcare management, health economics, policy-making and administration in the region and international.

Executive master’s course in health management and economics will begin from March while the bachelor’s course will commence from Fall 2019. Admissions to both are now open, said Professor Hussam Hamdi, Chancellor of GMU at the news conference.

The healthcare sector today is much more advanced and sophisticated than yesteryears, thanks to its continuous innovation and technical advancements, as well as the rising focus on specialized care and patient satisfaction. Present and future healthcare managers and policymakers need specialized education and skills which will help them fulfill their roles in the rapidly changing, highly competitive health industry. It is with this fact in mind that GMU has launched its new College.

The first full-fledged college of its kind in the Middle East region, the college offers bachelors and masters programmes designed to respond to the constantly growing health industry. The college has been established in view of the huge expansion of the healthcare industry, in the region and worldwide. According to a 2018 GCC Healthcare Industry Report by Alpen Capital, the current healthcare expenditure in the GCC is projected to reach US$104.6 billion in 2022 from an estimated US$76.1 billion in 2017.

Furthermore, the GCC may require a collective bed capacity of 118,295 by 2022, indicating a demand for 12,358 new beds. To mitigate this demand, 700 new healthcare projects worth US$60.9 billion are under various stages of development throughout the GCC. All these signify an increased demand for expert professionals in healthcare management, economics, technology assessment, informatics, medical insurance and medical tourism.

The new college offers two programs: The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and Economics (BSc. HME) a four-year program designed to graduate professionals with a deep understanding of the healthcare industry, its language and unique culture.

The Executive Master in Healthcare Management and Economics (EMHME) is a 12-month program designed to benefit middle to senior level professionals in the healthcare industry. The program would be highly beneficial for working professionals to improve their career prospects and widen their professional networks.

Why study at GMU?
GMU is a specialized medical University offering the full spectrum of health professions education, including Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy etc. and the only University owning a network of teaching hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and diagnostic labs. The students learn in a truly inter-professional atmosphere, experiencing multifaceted interactions within various healthcare systems.

Accreditations & International Collaborations
The college as well as its programs is accredited by the Ministry of Education, UAE. The programs are offered in collaboration with leading international universities, the University of Milan, University of Arizona, American University of Cairo, University of Central Florida, etc. The college is a member of the European Healthcare Management Association, giving it seamless access to the network of faculty and collaborating universities. The faculty for the executive master’s program are top academicians and practitioners from renowned international institutions in the US, UK, France and Italy.

Scope & Career Prospects
The College of Healthcare Management & Economics enjoys strong ties with industry partners in the UAE and the GCC, as well as in India, US and Africa. One of the biggest advantages of the programs offered by the college is that the graduates have broad knowledge and skills in management, policy, economics, and in-depth experience in healthcare industry, innovation and informatics. These types of graduates will be highly needed for the healthcare sector and all related future businesses and services. -abdulbasit@theuaenews.com