Associate Diploma of Health Management (ADHM) degree program is an undergraduate degree program offered at Khawarizmi International College (KIC). The program aims at preparing a knowledgeable staff as health managers that can provide services in the health management sector in the United Arab Emirates, the region, and globally.

The program emphasizes in the application of information technology as a management tool in daily activities, which include program planning, program implementation and evaluation, financial management, accounting, and human resources management. Furthermore, the program is offered in conjunction with the department of Business Administration (i.e., Management concentration courses).

Program Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the program, students should be able to:

A) Knowledge and Understanding

  • PLO1 Recognize health management concepts, practices, and theories.
  • PLO2 Demonstrate proficiency of how legal and ethical issues impact the delivery of healthcare services.
  • PLO3 Demonstrate specific knowledge and skills in the areas of management, decision-making, communication, planning and organizing.

B) Skills

  • PLO4 Analyze the major advantages and disadvantages of an interdisciplinary healthcare delivery.
  • PLO5 Analyze macro and micro factors that affect healthcare organization’s performance.
  • PLO6 Recognize planning and evaluation methods used in planning, implementing, evaluating, and marketing of healthcare organizations.

C) Competency

  • PLO7 Effectively present concepts through oral and written communication skills in English or visually through illustrative and technical rendering.
  • PLO8 Evaluate and utilize appropriate investigative and research strategies,
  • Internet sources and software applications when developing a body of work,
  • design brief or seeking inspiration.
  • PLO9 Work effectively as a contributing team member respectful of cultural diversity and individual differences.

Applied Learning

  • As a KIC graduate, you will stand out among others by accumulating hands-on experience throughout your 2 years program.
  • By completing designated hours of internship in cooperation with our several private and public hospitals as our partners for success, you will have the necessary skills to face real world challenges.

Career Opportunities

It is an exciting time for health management programs. Healthcare is changing more rapidly than almost any other fields in UAE as shift toward medical tourism recently. The field is changing in terms of how and where care is delivered, who is providing those services, and how that care is financed. Therefore, Health management now a days became in need for talented people to manage the changes taking place.  With growing diversity in the healthcare system, health management graduates are needed in many settings, including:

  • Clinics
  • Consulting firms
  • Health insurance organizations
  • Healthcare associations
  • Hospitals
  • Public health departments
  • Universities and research institutions
  • Ministry of Health and Regulatory Bodies

Careers in health management, incorporate different positions within different areas, such as:

  • Finance
  • Government relations
  • Human resources
  • Information systems
  • Marketing and public affairs
  • Material management (purchasing of equipment and supplies)
  • Medical staff relations
  • Patient care services
  • Planning and development

Admissions: Required Documents

  • Passing the interview with the KIC Admissions Committee.
  • Attested High Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent approved by the UAE Ministry of Education with a minimum grade of 60%.
  • A valid English Language Proficiency Certificate in one of the below certificates or its equivalent, at least as the following:
    • EmSAT : 1100
    • TOEFL ITP (Amideast) : 500
    • IELTS : 5
    • Passing the interview with the KIC Admissions Committee

Other Requirments

  • 1 Personal photo
  • Copy of Valid Passport
  • Copy of Valid Visa (Non-Local)
  • Copy of Valid Emirates ID card

Program Structure & Study Plan

Number of required courses to graduate are as follows:

Course Category Credits
General Education 30 credits (10 courses)*
Core Supporting Major  18 credits (6 courses)
Core Major 24 credits (8 courses)**
Total Credits 72 credits (24 courses)
  • 2 courses are non-credited •• Internship has 6 credits

Year 1: Semester 1

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite Cr. Hrs. Type
GEG101 General Study Skills None 3 GE
GEC101 Computer Literacy None 3 GE
GEE101 General English TOEFL/ IELTS / EmSAT 3 GE
GEI102 Islamic culture None 3 GE
ADR121 Medical Terminology TOEFL/ IELTS / EmSAT 3 CSM
Total credit Hours 15  

Year 1: Semester 2

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite Cr. Hrs. Type
ARL100 (A)


ARL100 (NA)

مهارات التواصل في اللغة العربية (للطلاب العرب)

مهارات التواصل في اللغة العربية (للطلاب غيرالعرب)

None 3 GE
MAT101 Business Mathematics TOEFL/ IELTS / EmSAT 3 CSM
MIC102 Microeconomics TOEFL/ IELTS / EmSAT 3 CSM
FAC101 Principles of Financial Accounting TOEFL/ IELTS / EmSAT 3 CSM
GEU202 UAE Society None 3 GE
AHM102 Principles of Health Management TOEFL/ IELTS / EmSAT 3 CM
Total credit Hours 18  
Total Credit Hours for Year 1 33  

Year 2: Semester 3

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite Cr. Hrs. Type
GEB201 Business Communication GEE101 3 GE
GEI201 Fundamentals of Innovation Entrepreneurship GEE101 3 GE
AHM232 Introduction to Computer Systems for Health Information Technology AHM102 3 CM
MAC202 Macroeconomics MIC102 3 CSM
PMA202 Principles of Managerial Accounting FAC101 3 CSM
AHM242 Legal Aspects and Ethics in Health Management AHM102 3 CM
Total Credit Hours 18  

Year 2: Semester 4

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite Cr. Hrs. Type
GEP401 Preparation for work GEE101 3 GE
AHM231 Public Health & Epidemiology ADR121 3 CM
AHM243 Health care delivery system AHM102 3 CM
STS102 Basic Statistics MAT101 3 GE
AHM233 Introduction to Electronic Health Records and Medical Office Workflow AHM232 3 CM
AHM241 Healthcare Finance FAC101 3 CM
AHM244 Internship/field training All major courses 3 CM (Capstone)
Total Credit Hours 21  
Total Credit Hours for Year 2 39  
Total Credits Hours for Year 1 & Year 2 72  

GE= General Education Course, CSM= Core Supporting Major (courses common with other programs), CM= Core Major (courses in the field of specialization)

ADHM Internship

The internship is a core requirement and the Capstone course of the bachelor’s degree in the Health Management program. This course differs in content depending on the type of student (working and non-working students). Working students are required to develop a project, which will be assigned by the academic advisor; moreover, at the end of the semester, the student (working student) is required to deliver a presentation on this project. On the other hand, for non-working students, this course is supervised work experience in the field of the program major. A minimum of 240 hours of work experience over a short semester is required. It offers essential benefits to the graduating student, including the opportunity to earn credits while exploring a career in their major and a chance to apply concepts learned in the bachelor’s degree program to real problems faced by healthcare-related organizations. The course is taken near the end of the program of study, and most content areas must be introduced and covered before taking this capstone course.

The student is responsible for securing an appropriate internship at a specialized clinical site, though help can be sought from his/her faculty advisor and college’s career office. The student's work will be monitored by an assigned faculty member with the student providing a formal written report at the end of the project and the field supervisor (Preceptor), giving an evaluation of the student’s work experience. The internship is an ongoing seminar between the student, the faculty advisor, and the preceptor. It involves professional experience, periodic meetings with the faculty advisor, and submission of the Internship Evaluation Form and the formal written Internship Report.

Healthcare Finance

This course deals with discipline matters of health financing applied to health services offering students an exploration of an introduction to fundamental models of health financing, basic financial analysis, and mobilizing financial resources, builds on concepts covered in Health Finance. Accordingly, the general basis of financial decision making in the health care sector will be based on understanding the whole financial subjects in this course.

Healthcare Delivery System

This course is designed to optimize students' views regards the health care system and how it is delivered. It demonstrates an overview of the health care delivery system and how performance assessing and how process improvements could be managed. It introduces the new knowledge related to system engineering: technologies and methodologies. It covered as well, the design, planning, controlling, and managing of health care systems (preventive care, telemedicine, transplant services, pharmacy operation, ED/ICU operation, OR management, decontamination services, laboratories, Emergency response and pandemics planning, Mental health, food, and supplies, tracking and information systems).

Introduction to Computer Systems for Health Information Technology

This course is designed to introduce the students to the principles of computer technology related to health care; the health information profession; the definition and the purpose of the medical record; the systems and processes for collecting, maintaining and disseminating health information; numbering, retention and storage of medical information; forms control and design; indexes and registers; release of patient information, security, privacy, confidentiality, and ethical issues; documentation requirements; regulatory requirements of healthcare organization such The Department of Health- Abu Dhabi (DOH), accrediting and licensing agencies, and computerized information management systems utilized by health information management departments. This course will also introduce the components and requirements of the electronic health record.

Introduction to Electronic Health Records and Medical Office Workflow

This course is designed to introduce the basics principle of an electronic health record (EHR) which is an evolving concept defined as a systematic collection of electronic health information about individual patients or populations. It is a record in digital format that is theoretically capable of being shared across different health care settings. In some cases, this sharing can occur by way of network-connected enterprise-wide information systems and other information networks or exchanges. EHRs may include a range of data, demographics, medical history, medication, and billing information, and responsible for the efficient and systematic control of the creation, receipt, maintenance, use and disposition of records, processes for capturing, automating, and maintaining evidence of and information about business activities and transactions in the form of records. Improving the Quality and Safety of Patient Care with Evidence-Based Guidelines E-Prescribing and Electronic Health Records are also covered in this course.

Legal Aspects and Ethics in Healthcare Management

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to health law and ethics. It starts with ethical theories, principles, and tools that are important when making ethical decisions. Then explores privacy and confidentiality within the context of the many uses of health information, and covers ethical dilemmas faced in the process of clinical coding, pricing, access, and quality management. It addresses the importance of patient safety and organizational values, research, and decision support for data acquisition, access, and reporting. The course will include a discussion of the UAE system of laws and regulations of healthcare providers; legal and ethical issues in providing health care services to patients; legal and ethical issues in organizing, managing, and regulating the delivery of health care services; and legal issues in health insurance programs.

Medical Terminology

This course introduces students to the language of medicine, were gain of understanding several terms: prefixes, suffixes, and word roots are valuable to build and analyze medical words and terms associated with the body as a whole. Accordingly, student will define, interpret, and pronounce medical terms relating to structure and function, pathology, diagnosis, clinical procedures, oncology, and pharmacology. In addition to medical terms, common abbreviations applicable to each system will be interpreted.


Microeconomics is an introduction to the operation of the market system and the role of markets in allocating scarce economic resources, the role of government in the economy and the impact of government policy on business and the economy at the microeconomic level. Major topics to be covered include elasticity, revenue, cost, price output determination, the factors of production and the determination of factor incomes.


This course teaches students the fundamental principles and methods of modern macroeconomic theory. The main topics include the determination of output, employment, unemployment, interest rates, and inflation. Monetary and fiscal policies are discussed, as are the public debt and international economic issues.

Principles of Management

The course introduces the development and use of organizational resources effectively.

Major topics include classical and contemporary theories of management, organizational culture, social responsibility, decision making, human resource management and motivation. Strategic management and foundation of planning are also covered. Additional topics may include understanding teams and groups.

Principles of Managerial Accounting

Students completing this course are expected to have a clear understanding of the concepts, theory and practice, the basic elements and procedures in managerial accounting, types of costs, cost behavior, job order costing, process costing, CVP, and information needed by management for future planning and forecasting.

Public Health

This course is designed to introduce concepts, issues, organizations, policies, strategies, and challenges of public and population health approaches. Some coverage of issues in other countries, involved in each of the areas of public health is presented. The course introduces students to key concepts related to the population and Public Health including occupational and environmental health, emerging threats/rapid responses, ethical and human rights concerns in global health, health care services and systems, maternal-child health, global and indigenous health, social and life course determinants of health, and epidemiology and biostatistics.

Principles of Health Management

This course is designed to introduce students to key concepts related to the principle of health management, including concepts, issues, organizations, policies, strategies of health management approaches. The provided knowledge will deal with discipline matters of management principles applied to health services offering students an exploration of an overview of health management, strategic management, decision making, assessment of information need, human resource management, leadership, team building, health management conflict, time management, operational health planning, program monitoring and evaluation.

Principles of Financial Accounting

Students completing this course are expected to have a clear understanding of the basic elements and procedures in an accrual accounting system, double entry accounting, the accounting cycle, be able to prepare the basic financial statements, preparing bank reconciliation statement along with ability to understand control over cash, and have a basic understanding of the acceptable methods of valuing assets, liabilities, and owner's equity.


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