|Health Services Administration Program is a unique specialization, and is stemming from Business Administration theory and paradigms, moreover, it is an amalgam from different disciplines; specializations; domains, which includes and not limited to various disciplines such as business administration, public or governmental administration ,accounting, macroeconomics, microeconomics, health economics and finance, applied health statistics, public health, applied epidemiology, specialized healthcare disciplines, likewise, healthcare delivery systems, comparative health systems, long term-care, health planning and policies, evaluation of healthcare programs, international health, health insurance, health ethics, and Health Information Management etc.
After assessing and evaluating academic plans for Undergraduate Associate Degree Health Services Administration Programs in different universities at Saudi Arabia, regional and International universities, and extensive review of curriculums based on best practices. And conducting extensive review of Saudi Community Curriculums requirements, Moreover, reviewing the curricula standards, as benchmarked against adopted practices in worldwide reputable universities and institutions. We did find necessity for developing the academic plan and curriculums to be abreast with changes in international approaches, in Healthcare Administration arena, for achieving sustainability in developing healthcare delivery systems at Medical Services Division/Ministry of Defence (MSD-MOD).
Since healthcare industry is evolving and developing dramatically, we have to take into consideration the evolved expansions in healthcare delivery systems. It is substantial to suggest modifications in curriculums to be abreast with the requirements of HSOs in all healthcare settings atMedical Services Division/Ministry of Defence (MSD-MOD), and society's demand on healthcare professionals, in all healthcare administration echelons, at hospital and healthcare facilities in Medical Services Division/Ministry of Defence (MSD-MOD) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Moreover, the Saudi healthcare system requires sustainable production of health professionals in operating the health system, which is vital and be the cradle component (Production of Human Resources for Health), i.e. health administrators; managers, who are managing healthcare systems. As result of this, we did find that, substantially we are in a stiff competition, which is propelling us to modify and adjust our programs, in accordance with curricula requirements, as perceived from students outcome based evaluations, our teaching learning interactions, our previous experience in different healthcare institutions and universities, healthcare administration paradigm and the community to be served requirements, needs and demands and healthcare organizations demand for effective and competent healthcare providers .
The designed curricula has taken into consideration the professional track and the academic track for the prospective students who are intending to make bridging to pursue their studies in the undergraduate major Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration in the future.
Dr.Mazen Abdulazeez Maswady
Assist. Professor, Head of HSA Department
PhD, M.Sc, B.Sc