Executive Master in Healthcare Management and Economics (EMHME)

Program Director: Dr. Moon Moon Haque, Acting Dean and Associate Professor of Health Economics


Preparing for a Move at the Top: The Executive Master in Healthcare Management and Economics

  • Is 3 Semesters – 36 credit hour practice-oriented program geared for middle to senior level professionals in the health industry.
  • The strategic objective is to produce a specialized management executive with a deep understanding of the health industry, its language & unique culture. A decision maker, a visionary , a team builder and an ethical leader.

Cultivating Your Exceptional Leadership – Our Learning Approach

  • Clinical, case-based approach with a team of practitioners from the health industry.
  • Experiential learning with an emphasis on strategic decision making, innovation, leadership and team building.
  • Guest speakers including executives from the health industry as well as top scholars from North America and Europe.
  • Video conferencing and online discussion with healthcare management scholars worldwide.

Small class size to preserve the experiential learning case approach.

On Campus at our state-of-the-art facilities and on a flexible schedule that accommodates your work and life.

Program Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate substantive specialized knowledge of the various business functions as it applies to the healthcare industry.
  • Exhibit an ability to implement health economic concepts and technical tools in analysing and developing solution to complex problems or issues in the ever changing health industry environment.
  • Show analytical thinking and innovative approach in managing complex economics and policy issues in compliance with healthcare industry professional standards.
  • Display an understanding of health industry current and future strategic issues and trends.
  • Propose ways to drive strategic change, to work independently as well as in teams and to take responsibility and to lead effectively in various healthcare contexts.
  • Signal an ability to take initiatives and assume leadership role with highest professional standards and work ethics.
  • Illustrate a clear understanding of the economics of healthcare and ability to deal with complex business and policy issues under uncertain and turbulent health industry environment.
  • Manifest an ability to develop a report by employing medical terminology.


Program Completion / Graduation Requirements

The student will be recommended for the award of the degree of Executive Master in Healthcare Management and Economics upon:

  • Completion of 36 credits
  • Obtaining a minimum CGPA of 3.0
  • Obtaining a minimum pass mark of 80% (GradeB) for each course
  • Submitting and defending a project work up to the satisfaction of the project evaluation committee with a minimum pass mark of 80%
  • Securing a minimum attendance of 80%

“Both programs look very well designed, comprehensive in terms of contents, well refined in the teaching methodology, innovative in the mix between class activities and learning by doing activities. Further, it is of extreme interest that fact that both programs develop within a College of Health Economics, Policy & Healthcare Management that is strongly interconnected with a medical school.”

Prof. Federico Lega, Chair of the Scientific Committee
European Health Management Association [Link]

“I am happy to support your programme ………. I have no doubt that your intended four years Bachelor’s programme in Health Economics, Policy and Health Care Management and your subsequent Master’s degree will provide an important learning opportunity for students and generate a cohort of graduates, who will be very much sought after by employers. Health workers with skills in behavioural economics are in short supply in all the health jurisdictions………“

Professor Des Gorman, Executive Chairman of Health Workforce New Zealand
Prof. of Medicine & Former Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Auckland

Admission Criteria

  • Applicants shall meet all admission criteria for entry into the higher education programs offered by the University, as laid down in the Standards (2019) for Licensure and Accreditation published by Commission for Academic Accreditation, the Ministry of Education (MOE) – Higher Education Affairs.
  • Applicants for the Executive Master in Healthcare Management and Economics shall have a recognized Baccalaureate degree earned in a discipline appropriate for the prospective graduate degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent.
  • The Applicant must have proficiency in spoken and written English. The applicant can fulfil the English proficiency requirement via the TOEFL, IELTS, or UA CESL Endorsement Exam, minimum requirements are listed below. TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrolment.
    • EmSAT: Score of 1400 and above
    • TOEFL: Score of 79 on the iBT or 550 PBT (web-based) test or higher.
    • IELTS: Overall score of 6 is required, with a score of no less than 5 on any individual band or module.

Conditional Graduate Admission Read More

  • Graduate with less than the minimum score in English proficiency may be provided conditional admission that the student registers 6 credit hours in the first semester of his/her studies and obtains a “B” average or above.
    • Applicant must achieve and EMSAT score of 1400 or IELTS 6.0 or equivalent by the end of first semester of study
    • Applicant must achieve a minimum of CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent, in the first six credit hours of credit bearing courses studied for the Master’s program
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 to 2.9 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be conditionally admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is allowed take a maximum of nine credit hours of courses studied for the graduate program during the period of conditional admission and
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of courses studied for the graduate program to progress to second semester or be subject to dismissal.
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 to 2.4 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is required to successfully complete a maximum of nine graduate-level credit hours as remedial preparation for the graduate program. These remedial courses are not for credit within the degree program
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of remedial courses in order to be admitted to the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.

Admission to the program will be confirmed upon submission of:

  • Original Attested Degree Certificate & Transcript from a recognized University.
  • Equivalency Certificate of the Bachelor’s degree from the Ministry of Education, U.A.E.
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of Emirates I.D. card
  • Family book and Ethbara (For U.A.E. nationals)
  • Copy of valid English Language Proficiency Test (EmSAT/ IELTS / TOEFL)
  • 5 passport-size photographs
  • Updated CV
  • Experience letter (minimum two years supervisory or professional experience)
  • Statement of Purpose

Study Plan

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
Module I – Understanding the Healthcare
HME 601 Health Systems and Global Health 3
HME 602 Managing Healthcare Organizations 2
Module II – Understanding the Economics of Healthcare
HME 603



Accounting for Decision Making 2
HME 604 Health Economics 3
HME 614 Management Information Systems in the Health Industry 2
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
Module III – Building the Executive Leadership
HME 606 Operation Management in the Health  Industry 2
HME 607 Managing People at Work (Human Resource Management) & Leadership 2
HME 608 Financial Management in Healthcare  Organizations 3
Module IV – Developing the Executive Research Capability
HME 609 Statistics & Research  Methodology 3
HME 610 Health Technology Assessment 2
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
Module V – Building the Managerial Competencies
HME 605 Evidence-Based Decision, Public Health & Epidemiology 3
HME 612 Marketing  Management in Healthcare Organizations 3
Module VI –  Building the Strategic Decision Maker
HME 611 Executive Field Research Report 3
HME 613 Strategic Management: Social Responsibility, Ethics & Governance (Prerequisites: HME 606, 602, 607, 608, 612, 614) 3


Course Description

Semester 1

HME 601: Health Systems and Global Health

The course covers all global health issues that affects modern health systems, and the implications on health policy and the management of hospitals and other health providers. The effects of globalization on health behaviors, the impact of international governance of global health issues, the role of different international steering institutions (WHO,NGOs, etc.) are some of the topics discussed in-depth in the programme, as well as the threats and opportunities on single health providers and from the executive perspective.

HME 602: Managing Healthcare Organizations

This course focuses the management of the unique healthcare organizations. It cover the topics of healthcare environment, high performing healthcare organization, functions of management, strategic management, foundation of clinical performance, clinical support service, managing community health, environment of care management, knowledge management and the financial and marketing function in healthcare organization.

HME 603: Accounting for Decision Making

The course explores the role of Managerial Accounting in decision making. It focus on managerial accounting concepts and tools that are relevant for making decision. The course emphasize the use of management accounting information in decision making. It employs relevant cases in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

HME 604: Health Economics

The course covers major issues in health economics which impact on management and policy making: market failures, asymmetry, adverse selection, difficulties in performance assessment, equity vs. universalism. Participants will become familiar with all specific dynamics funding, resource allocation, consumer behavior, supply induced demand etc.) regulating or affecting the health sector.

HME 614: Management Information Systems in the Health Industry

This course introduces key topics in healthcare information systems that could assist executives in making healthcare related decisions. The course describes types of healthcare information systems and tools that are necessary for decision making. It provides students with the opportunity to learn about functions of health information systems, evaluation and E-Health.


Semester II

HME 606: Operations Management in the Health Industry

This course provides executive with knowledge and techniques in healthcare operation management. The objective is to ensure that managers could make learned decision. Topics include forecasting, performance improvement tools, process improvement and patient flow, healthcare quality management, supply chain management, scheduling and capacity management and project management.

HME 607: Managing People at Work (Human Resource Management) & Leadership

The objective is to prepare managers to meet the present and emerging human resource challenges of modern health organization. It covers the key human resource functions. The course also cover related topic of leadership. It provide executives with a balance of theory and practice of leadership.

HME 608: Financial Management in Healthcare Organizations

Healthcare in unique in the way it is financed. This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts and skills necessary to succeed as managers in increasingly complex healthcare environment. Topics include an overview of financial management, the organization of financial management, third party payment methodologies, Medicare and Medicaid; cost accounting and analysis; managing and financing of working capital; materials management; accounts receivable management; strategic planning; budgeting; capital budget and financial analysis.

HME 609: Statistics & Research Methodology

This course will equip the students with advanced knowledge in the application of descriptive and inferential statistics and also an overview of the different approaches, considerations and challenges involved in health care research. This course will help students to develop skills in analyzing and interpreting data from Health settings through classroom demonstrations and ‘hands on’ experience with XLSTAT / SPSS for data analysis. Provides an opportunity to understand the principles of quantitative research. The course covers international, national and institutional guidelines regarding research in human and vulnerable populations. This course will give focus to communicating complex statistical information effectively.

HME 610: Health Technology Assessment

This course covers advanced economic evaluation of healthcare technology and programs to reduce costs and improve health-related quality of life. It also includes complex analysis of health technology assessment methods used in different countries. Advanced strategies to perform a comprehensive evaluation to decide the merits and demerits of health technologies are also covered.


Semester III

HME 605: Evidence Based Public Health & Epidemiology

This course focuses on the key concepts in public health and the role of Epidemiologic studies to identify the determinants of disease to develop interventions to modify determinants. It emphasizes the importance of public health and encourages the student to pay attention to the core knowledge areas in the context of the totality. Also this course aim to improve a critical approach and helps student to develop substantive specialized skills in decision-making in healthcare. Student will upgrade their analytical thinking and innovative approach in managing complex economics and policy issues in compliance with healthcare sector professional standards.

HME 611: Executive Field Research Report

This course provides students with the opportunity to conduct a thorough field research investigation of a topic of interest to them. The research topic(s) is selected from the list provided in the syllabus and with guidance from the supervising faculty member in charge of the course. The Thumbay large network facilities as well as medical insurance business provide the ground for field work. Student may also with permission from the course instructor use their own health facilities to do their field research. All health institutions selected for field research must adhere to the college site selection criteria.

HME 612: Marketing Management in Healthcare Organizations

In the 1980s, healthcare marketing was recognized as an area of activity for health service providers. As a result of this formal recognition, many new marketing concepts and techniques emerged. This course focuses on marketing management in healthcare organizations. Topics include overview of marketing and its application to healthcare; the unique aspects of healthcare; marketing concepts; the nature of healthcare markets; factor that influence demand for health services; healthcare consumers; healthcare services and products; the concepts of healthcare needs, wants and utilization; marketing strategies and marketing techniques in healthcare; marketing research process and marketing strategy.

HME 613: Strategic Management: Social Responsibility, Ethics & Governance

This course builds on student’s previous courses and work experience and seeks to deepen their understanding of effective management of the health organization in the long term. It focuses on the concept of strategy formulation and implementation. Through case studies, readings, lectures, discussion, guest speakers, students become aware of the complexity of strategic decision making and the increasing competitive environment in the healthcare. The course will provide students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills needed by managers to navigate and prioritize interrelated strategic issues and in particular social responsibility and ethical issues. The course also examines governance in healthcare organizations.

There are many rewarding career opportunities not only in the UAE but also on a regional and global scale for graduates of the EMHME  as a result of the fast growing healthcare market in the UAE, GCC countries and worldwide coupled with the acute shortage of specialized healthcare management professionals such as: senior managers and executives in hospitals, health authorities, pharmaceutical companies, biomedical start-ups, government and nongovernment health organizations, health consulting firms, medical tourism, research centers as well as in international health organizations.

Career Opportunities: 

Healthcare Managers and Top Executives in various areas of management including:

  • Finance Director
  • Senior Health Economist
  • Biomedical Entrepreneur
  • Senior Health Facility Manager
  • Senior Market Access & Product Manager
  • Senior Healthcare Policy Expert