Courses Description

Introduction to Healthcare Management

This course is designed to introduce course participants to the key concepts and principles of healthcare management, and to engage them in a scientific dialogue and discussion that will trigger their professional thinking throughout their future work in the context of the key public health issues and health systems management challenges reported in the international health arena and understand and apply these scientific evidence and experiences of other countries health systems to the Saudi context and the Gulf region.


Principles of Epidemiology

This course first describes the history, principles, and concepts of epidemiologic research in order to have clear understanding and able to apply measures of disease incidence (risk, rate and odds) and prevalence, and measures of association and public health impact. It usually makes to assess strengths and limitations of different sources of epidemiological data on health status and health service utilization in both industrialized and developing countries. However more understanding of the relevance and benefit of the discipline of basic epidemiology in health will be established and clear distinction between different types of epidemiological study designs will be studied. This will make student capable to use it in planning, conducting and evaluating epidemiologic studies as part of their project work.


Principles of Biostatistics

Statistic as science is become important for use in the different aspects. It brings more understanding of the concepts of statistical inference, the fundamentals probability theory and related analytical techniques. So hypothesis tests will be used side by side with the construct of confidence intervals in medical and public health context and how to make interpretation of linear and logistic regression and appreciate their strengths and assumption for their applications. The student will be able also to analyze and interpret data from epidemiological studies, make differences between qualitative and quantitative studies and finally be capable to obtain a thorough understanding of modern statistical computing.


Environmental Health

This course sets out to examine environmental health science and occupational health with particular emphasis on the regional and local context. The aim of the course is to introduce students to the nature and scope of environmental health and occupational health theory and practice. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of environmental health science issues and how they relate to public health in the Saudi Arabian economic and socio-cultural context.


Social and behavioral sciences for healthcare

In the Social and Behavioral Science of Healthcare module, we begin with the multi-dimensional nature of the “New Public Health." To that end, the assumption underlying lectures, assignments, and class discussions is an ecological model of health status. By ecological model, we mean the integration of health status, health seeking behavior, exposure to pathogens, gender, lifestyle, physical and social environment, socio-economic status, cultural affiliation, communication, and literacy, among other factors. We will explore how socio-ecological factors responsible for health-related behaviors lead to morbidity and premature mortality and how social science approaches may profitable to be integrated into the resolution of health issues. This course will address the philosophical underpinnings, conceptual frameworks, and strategies for effective behavioral and social change efforts in public health.


Health Research Methods

This course will give students the opportunity to establish and advance their understandings of research methods in public health. The course is designed to provide the students with an introduction to the research process, research ethics, as well as proposal writing. Students will be provided with guidance on how to understand the language of research, ethical principles and challenges around research, and research methods qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. In addition, during this course, students will use the theoretical knowledge gained to critically review the literature relevant to public health. After completing the course, students will be able to prepare a research proposal, collect data, address research questions and hypotheses, and put together a research project paper.


Health Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

This course is designed to enable course participants understanding the new and emerging principles in health planning, monitoring and evaluation and to become competent in applying learned knowledge and skills in managing and leading health services organizations and public health programs.


Leadership and Change Management

This course intends to familiarize course participants with the key concepts and best practices of leadership and change management in healthcare. It aims to develop the students' capacity in order to lead and manage change in healthcare organization. at the end of the course, students will be able to systematically think and use the acquired knowledge and skills to analyze, evaluate, plan and implement change initiatives in different settings within health care system.


Health Economics

This course is intended to facilitate participants' knowledge and understanding of economic concepts, models, and tools and apply to health care sector. The course uses a balance of theory and practical application by emphasizing on conceptual issues, applied issues, analysis, and policy implications. The course also practically informs decision making roles of managers, practitioners, policymakers, or potential academicians, and gives students a treatment and perspectives of national, regional and international health care and systems.


Quality Management for Healthcare

This course is designed primarily to equip participants with the key knowledge and skills about quality management, quality improvement and patient safety in healthcare to enable health professionals in applying quality management principles, methods and tools in health service organizations and public health programs.


Financial Management of Healthcare 

This course is designed as an introduction to selected finance and accounting topics of relevance to the health care professional, supervisor and department head. Emphasis in the first half of the course will provide an organization-level understanding of the language, concepts, processes and functions of financial management. The second half of the course will emphasize managerial accounting principles and techniques including cost accounting and budgeting.


Human Resource Management in Healthcare

This course is designed primarily to introduce participants to the characteristics and scope of human resources management (HRM) for health. Participants will be given the opportunity to develop human resources management skills and to employ them in their work place.


Healthcare Quality Improvement

This course is designed to equip course participants with practical knowledge and skills for designing, implementing and evaluating Quality Improvement (QI) Project in their own work settings. Thus , the participants will be given hands-on training on how to design , implement and evaluate QI project , as well as how to communicate the findings and the lessons learned from the field to the appropriate audience, using the communication and dissemination tools such as quality storyboard and presentation skills


Research Project

The research project is designed to enable students to consolidate their previous knowledge and skills learnt to carry out a research project within area of specialty or interest. The research project is intended to give students the chance to apply background knowledge and master research skills. Each student has to identify a research topic, which is then guided by an assigned faculty supervisor. The supervisor guides and assists in planning, conducting field work, processing and analyzing data and writing up the research project.​