New col­lege prom­ises lead­ers in health­care sec­tor

The Gulf Today - - HOME - BY IM­RAN MO­JIB

The Gulf Med­i­cal Univer­sity (GMU), Aj­man, has launched Col­lege of Health­care Man­age­ment and Eco­nomics to pre­pare fu­ture health­care lead­ers. The unique, spe­cialised col­lege will open doors for stu­dents from the Spring se­mes­ter 2019.

G mu chan­cel­lor prof. hos sam ham dy said that the main goal is to pre­pare the grad­u­ates to pur­sue ca­reers in health­care man­age­ment, health eco­nomics, pol­icy-mak­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tion in the re­gion and in­ter­na­tional.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia per­sons in Dubai on Sun­day, the Chan­cel­lor said that 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 spe­cialised care and pa­tient sat­is­fac­tion.

“Present and fu­ture health­care man­agers and pol­i­cy­mak­ers need spe­cialised ed­u­ca­tion and skills which will help them fulill their roles in the rapidly chang­ing, highly com­pet­i­tive health in­dus­try. It is with this fact in mind that GMU has launched its new col­lege,” he said.

The irst full-ledged 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 $104.6 bil­lion in 2022 from an es­ti­mated $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 $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,” added Hamdi.

The new col­lege of­fers two pro­grammes. The Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Health­care Man­age­ment and Eco­nomics (BSC. HME) a four-year pro­gramme 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 is a 12-month pro­gramme de­signed to beneit mid­dle to se­nior level pro­fes­sion­als in the health­care in­dus­try. The pro­gramme would be highly bene­i­cial for work­ing pro­fes­sion­als to im­prove their ca­reer prospects and widen their pro­fes­sional net­works.

Dr Abu Bakr Ibrahim, Dean of Col­lege of Health­care Man­age­ment and Eco­nomics, said that the GMU is a spe­cialised 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 will learn in a truly in­ter-pro­fes­sional at­mos­phere, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing mul­ti­fac­eted in­ter­ac­tions within var­i­ous health­care sys­tems,” he said.

The col­lege and its pro­grammes are ac­cred­ited by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, UAE. The pro­grammes are of­fered in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lead­ing in­ter­na­tional uni­ver­si­ties, the Univer­sity of Mi­lan, Univer­sity of Ari­zona, Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Cairo, Univer­sity of Cen­tral Flor­ida.

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