Developing skilled professionals for improved healthcare management

The UTAR Faculty of Business and Finance building. UTAR offers the healthcare management programme under its Faculty of Business and Finance, for a career in healthcare management and administration.

HEALTHCARE management is an essential field of the healthcare industry that involves planning, coordinating and supervising the delivery of healthcare services. It could ensure healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and other medical practices are operating effectively and efficiently.

Healthcare managers are responsible for the overall administration of healthcare organisations, and they work closely with healthcare providers, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to ensure that patients get high-quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare services.

In view of the need for qualified professionals who can adapt to the constant evolving healthcare industry, especially during outbreaks like Covid-19, UTAR offers the healthcare management programme under its Faculty of Business and Finance, to address this need by preparing students for careers in healthcare management and administration.

“Apart from the Covid-19 pandemic, another issue that calls for the improvement of our healthcare system is the ageing population,” says UTAR Faculty of Business and Finance dean Assoc Prof Dr Au Yong Hui Nee.

“Malaysia will become a high-ageing population in the coming decade, and the healthcare industry is one of the important parts in this change as it would enable the improvement in the quality of lifestyle of citizens.

“Before Covid-19, Malaysia was one of the go-to countries for medical tourism. It was recorded that more than 1.5 million visitors around the world seek medical consultancy and treatment every year in Malaysia.

“With this programme, we can produce more quality and competitive healthcare talents for the industry, so more improvements can be achieved.”

Upon completion of the programme, students will acquire a comprehensive range of analytical, problem-solving, professional skills and knowledge in finance, budgeting, human resource, health facilities management, organisational behaviour, quality of health care services, health information management and technology; and medical and health terminology for effective communication which are increasingly valued not just among health service providers (clinics and hospitals) but also in other areas of health support organisations, managed care organisations, consulting firms, public health departments in an organisation and learning organisations.

When asked of the programme’s uniqueness compared to other institutions offering a similar programme, deputy dean for R&D and Postgraduate Programmes Dr Choong Yuen Onn said: “Several special courses such as disease prevention, health, safety and risk management, emergency control and response management are also offered in this programme, which are difficult to find in other programmes.

“Our programme is registered under the business management category instead of science and medical category, unlike most of the other higher education institutions that registered the similar programme under the science and medical category.

“This way, our programme is able to attract a wider range of groups, including students who studied in the art stream, such as Foundation in Arts, STPM, and even UEC.

“Students enrolled in this programme will not only explore healthcare related knowledge, but they will also learn the latest technology or digital courses such as e-commerce, IoT, digital marketing and digital entrepreneurship.

“They will also be learning about business and management, including strategic management, human resource management, organisational development as well as economic, finance and accounting-related courses.”

UTAR is a university offering courses in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Arts, Chinese Studies, Business and Economics, Biotechnology, Engineering and Build Environment, Information and Communication Technology, Life and Physical Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Media and Journalism, Education and General Studies, Agriculture and Food Science, and engages in the provision and conduct of research, consultation, management and leadership training and other related educational services at its campuses at Bandar Sungai Long and Kampar in Malaysia.

For as low as RM309, you would be able to enrol to UTAR foundation or undergraduate studies, you will also enjoy 100% application fee waiver. Check out UTAR Open Day information here, or call/WhatsApp 016-2233 557.

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