The Masters program in Public Health is a two-year program spanning four semesters. The MPH program is being offered as a 44-credit program. The core curriculum will be covered in the first three semesters (35 credits). In the fourth semester, the student will have an Integrated Practicum in the field he/she selects to collect and analyze the data in preparation of a thesis. On successful completion of the courses and thesis the student will be awarded the MPH degree.

The graduate program in Public Health aims at providing training to all health professionals who wish to pursue a career in Public Health and to those who are already working in this area to further improve their career opportunities. The course is designed to provide opportunities to gain advanced and up-to-date knowledge and skills that will equip the graduates not only for managerial and leadership positions in the field of Public Health but also for pursuing academic careers in institutes of higher education and research centers.

The GMU graduate program in Public Health shall strive to make an impact on the practice of public health in the region through the preparation of competent professionals who are capable of leadership in the public health services, education and research, dedicated to enhance health status and quality of life in local, regional, and global communities.

The GMU graduate program in Public Health shall:

Provide instruction in the specialized knowledge and competencies in the five areas basic to public health (social and behavior sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health science, and public health management) to practice the ten essential public health services.

Provide an opportunity to integrate the advances of research and evidence based practices, and contribute to scientific knowledge through independent and collaborative research projects and publications.

Provide an opportunity to develop professional skills required to analyze the regional needs, programs and policies in public health services, education and research, and to contribute in policy making and program planning.

Collaborate with appropriate community professionals and organizations to provide, enhance or support service activities to meet the health needs of the different sections of the community.

The Gulf Medical University came into existence with the Decree issued by the Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan on the 10th of July 2008 when the Gulf Medical College, Ajman was officially approved as the Gulf Medical University. The University had its humble beginnings as the Gulf Medical College, Ajman established with the Decree No. 1, dated 28 January, issued by his Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al-Nuaimi, the Ruler of Ajman and Member of the Supreme Council, U.A.E in the year 1998 as there was a felt need for a medical college in the United Arab Emirates.

The Gulf Medical College Ajman began with the M.B.B.S program and later the Bachelor of Physiotherapy program was added in October 2000. Today the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research has recognized the Gulf Medical University as a center of excellence and has permitted the University to foray into newer programs in Pharm D, DMD, Masters Programs in Clinical Pathology, Toxicology and Public Health.

The focus of the Gulf Medical University is in the three core areas of Medical Education, Healthcare and Research. The university will strive to develop these three core areas as spotlights of medical excellence in the coming years.

This was the first medical institution in the region, which offers admissions to both boys and girls of all nationalities. The university has infrastructure and facilities, which is on par with some of the established medical institutions in the world. Apart from the academic programs, Gulf Medical University is in the forefront of Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development Programs. The university has been organizing well acclaimed International and Regional conferences and Symposia. The university also publishes a quarterly Health magazine - GMC Health Journal, as part of its commitment to informative medical journalism.

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