MBA-Healthcare Management

The Kingdom has the largest world-class health care facilities in the region. In addition to state-owned facilities, a large number of private establishments exist, offering health care services in all areas if specialization. While Saudi Arabia has one of the highest levels of health expenditure per capita in the world, there is a shortage of qualified hospital administrators who could manage the healthcare sector efficiently. Despite the efforts of the Ministry of Health to increase the number of Saudi medical professionals who specialize in management, the demand for qualified personnel to work in an already expanded healthcare market exceed the available local manpower. Alfaisal University’s College of Business responds to this important need by offering the MBA track in Healthcare Management, beginning fall 2016.

The MBA Healthcare Management track in the College of Business is offered jointly by the College of Business and the College of Medicine at Alfaisal University. It builds on the established strengths of the existing core MBA program and the university’s solid presence in medical education. The program is tailored to clinical and non-clinical medical professionals looking to enter the ranks of management or for those who are already healthcare managers wishing to improve their skills. Using an integrated world-class curriculum, students receive a highly relevant and timely education in the management of healthcare operations.

Mission Statement

The mission of the MBA Healthcare program is to produce graduates who understand the broader healthcare environment, who can meet the challenge of improving healthcare efficiency in various settings, and to prepare them for leadership and managerial positions in all areas of healthcare; including hospitals, clinics and consulting firms.

Vision statement

To develop world-class managerial knowledge, skills and ethics necessary to have a sustainable impact on the delivery of healthcare with the ultimate goal of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of local and regional health care services.

Admission Requirements

All the standard existing MBA admission requirements apply and, in addition, a student who wants to specialize in Healthcare Management must provide evidence that s/he is employed in or have professional experience in the Health Sector (this may include private medical practice or the medical supply industry). The standard MBA admission process is competitive and based upon the requirements:

  • A suitable bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of high good; this may be interpreted as minimum GPA of 2.5 out of 4.
  • Full-time professional employment of at least one year.
  • English proficiency demonstrated at IELTS 6, or equivalent TOEFL of 520 or higher.
  • A valid GMAT or GRE or the equivalent Post-Graduate Qudarat certificate from Qiyas Center showing an above-average total score and displaying the scores for abstract and quantitative reasoning.
  • Verification of the requirements during an admission interview.

Program schedule for MBA Healthcare Management

In addition to the eight Alfaisal MBA core courses, the following four core and two elective finance courses must be taken.

A. Core Healthcare Management Courses

MPH Core Courses

Course No

Course Title


MPH 515

Healthcare Management


MPH 513

Health Insurance and Health Policy


MPH 521

Health Informatics 


MPH 521

Healthcare Management Seminar


MPH 525

Healthcare Management Practicum or International Study





B.Elective Healthcare Management Courses (at least one from the list)

MPH Electives Courses

Course No.

Course Title


MPH 412

Quality Assurance in Public Health


MPH 511

Principles of Disaster Management  


MPH 506

Social & Behavioural Determinants of Health


MPH 502

Principles of Epidemiology


MPH 503

Environmental and Occupational Health


MPH 504

Communicable Diseases


MPH 505

Non-Communicable Diseases


C. Elective Business Management Courses (at least one from the list)

MPH Electives Courses

Course No.

Course Title


MBA 532

Supply Chain Management


MBA 534

Leading Organizational Change 


MBA 538

Entrepreneurship and Innovation


MBA 565

HR Development and Performance


MBA 582

Managerial Decision Making


MBA 575



MBA 528

Managerial Accounting


Program schedule for MBA Healthcare Management

The requirements to graduate from the MBA program is 42 credits (8 x 3 credits, i.e. eight compulsory core three-credit courses) plus 6 x 3 credits, i.e. six elective course). At least five of the six elective courses must be from the list elective courses in healthcare management. The following is the list of the elective courses:

MPH 500 Principles of Biostatistics or its equivalent MBA 511 (can be core MBA to replace MBA 511)

This course offers an introduction to selected important topics in bio-statistical concepts and reasoning for public health students. It is an introduction to the field and offers an introduction to data types and analysis. Specific topics include central tendency and variability in data; methods for performing inference on population means and proportions via sample data; statistical hypothesis testing and its application to group comparisons; issues of power and sample size in study designs; and random sample and other study types. This course includes some formulae and computational elements; still the emphasis will be on concepts and interpretation.

MPH 502 Principles of Epidemiology (Subject elective)

To teach students the basic principles and methods of epidemiology, including disease (outcome) measures, measures of association, study design options, bias, and confounding, so that they become critical consumers of the public health literature. Prerequisite: MBA 512. MPH 506 Social & Behavioural Determinants of Health The main purpose of this course is to teach the students the basic principles of the field of social and behavioural determinants of health including the theoretical & methodological approaches to the study of social determinants of health, the role of social determinants in the health of individuals and society, and present evidence for social determinants of health and their relationship to health outcomes.
Prerequisite: MBA 514.

MPH 510 Mass Gathering Health

The main purpose of this course is to describe and discuss the public health principles of Hajj as an event of mass gathering. Additional objectives include discussing the dynamics of the Hajj event, its boundaries, dates and available contingencies, define the main elements of the Incident Command System, describing the responsibilities of the various services participating in the preparation, monitoring, and response during Hajj, and finally summarizing interdependence of various services health and safety related to engineering, and health communications.
Prerequisite: MBA 512 and 514

MPH 513 Health Policy

The main purpose of this course is to provide the MBA students with a framework for understanding, developing and analysing a range of healthcare policy issues. The course begins by introducing an approach for analysing any public healthcare policy issue. It will explore how policy formation will impact access, quality, costs, as well as business and medical innovations. It will also discuss policy related issues such as health insurance.
Prerequisite: MBA 513 and 514

MPH 522 Global Health

This course concentrates on the developing world and emerging economies (LMIC) is an introduction to the major health issues of LMIC nations, social determinants of health, models for addressing health disparities, innovations for improving health, health and human rights and the role of international organizations in improving global health. Students will explore the major demographic and economic changes, causes of morbidity and mortality, review factors which influence these outcomes, look at health systems, examine the role of human rights and analyse strategies to improve health and recommendation sustainable solutions.
Prerequisite: MBA 513

MBA 560 Healthcare Management

The main purpose of this course is to develop the knowledge themes that management of healthcare depends on including leadership perspectives, healthcare policy, ethics and legal aspects of healthcare and the fundamentals of management. The development of such themes allows the MBA students to apply them in real life situations.
Prerequisite: 5 MBA core courses

MBA 598 – Seminar

The MBA health management seminar is designed to assist students in developing personal career planning and health management skills. Fundamentals of career success in health management are covered by invited local, e.g., MOH, and international experts in the field of health management.

MBA 599 - Practicum or International Study

The main aim of the practicum project is to align the activities with the student's career goals, as well as demonstrate application of health management concepts and critical thinking relevant to the student's area of interest. The practicum experience may include group projects or an individual effort. The practicum project can be either practice-based or research-based experiences that may be linked to a capstone project. For example, for a practice-based practicum experience, the result may be a deliverable appropriate to an outside organization; the student could then expand upon this experience for their capstone project. For a research-based practicum experience, the student could extend the analyses into a more detailed research report for their capstone project. If a student decides to link the two requirements, the student should have discussions early on in the planning process with their Faculty Advisor to ensure that the two requirements are distinct. The practicum is about 100 hours. The range of deliverables is decided by preceptor, and agreed upon by student. Deliverables are developed based on a health management practice need of the partnering health organization.

MBA Healthcare Management Course Study Plan

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