Master of Public Health in Health Systems & Quality Management

The MPH in Health Systems & Quality Management aims to address the shortage of qualified health systems leaders and managers. It is offered by the College of Public Health and Health Informatics with a view to becoming the national and regional reference centre for health services management.
The MPH in HSQM is a full-time program delivered over two calendar years, offered within the College of Public Health and Health Informatics (CPHHI), King Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS). The program consists of 13 taught courses modules and applied research project. Students are enrolled for a minimum of four semesters and are required to complete the program within a maximum of four years upon registration. The MPH in Health Systems & Quality Management (HSQM) is a credit-based program consisting of 42 credits, comprising of 6 core college-wide course modules and 7 compulsory department course modules. The taught course modules account for 39 credits while the research project accounts for 3 credit hours.
University Graduates of Health and Social Sciences
Two-Year Full-Time Program
Riyadh Campus
Semester Course Title Course Code Credit Hours
Semester 1 Introduction to Healthcare Management PPHI 511 3
Principles of Epidemiology PPHI 512 3
Principles of Biostatistics PPHI 513 3
Environmental Health PPHI 514 3
TOTAL 12
Semester 2 Social & Behavioral Sciences for Healthcare PPHI 521 3
Health Information Systems PPHI 522 3
Health Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation HSQM 523 3
Health Economics HSQM 613 3
TOTAL 12
Semester 3 Leadership & Change Management HSQM 524 3
Quality Management for Healthcare HSQM 612 3
Financial Management  of Healthcare HSQM 621 3
TOTAL 9
Semester 4 Human Resource Management in Healthcare HSQM 611 3
Healthcare Quality Improvement HSQM 614 3
Research Project HSQM 620 3
TOTAL 9

COURSES DESCRIPTION

Introduction to Healthcare Management PPHI 511
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 PPHI 512
This course first describe 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 PPHI 513
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 PPHI 514
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 PPHI 521
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 others 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 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 Information Systems PPHI 522
This course describes the value of information as an asset and identifying the various types of HIS at central, local and facility levels. Based on this, it becomes feasible to identify needs, sources and quality of required data which needs advance application of the appropriate methods for data collection, data analysis with the aim of utilizing this information for planning, management, and decision making.


Health Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation HSQM 523
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 HSQM 524
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 HSQM 613
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 HSQM 612
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 Healthcaree HSQM 621
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 HSQM 611
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 HSQM 614
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 HSQM 620
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.