Healthcare industry offers fresh opportunities in the “new normal”

MDIS Partners with Northumbria University, UK to offer Healthcare Management & Public Health Master’s Degree Qualifications for Healthcare Practitioners!

COVID-19 has changed the daily lives of many as every country and industry prepares to enter a “new normal” where people from various backgrounds have to adapt and live with the pandemic.  The medical area is no exception and amid the global health crisis, the healthcare industry of Vietnam will offer fresh opportunities especially in the public health and healthcare management arena.

The economic growth and demographic changes are driving demand for healthcare services throughout Vietnam, and not just in the two economic centers of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Public and provincial-level hospitals funded by the respective governments are undergoing upgrades of their facilities and new departments will be opened for specialized medical and healthcare treatment. Such developments are creating new opportunities for medical devices and will result in the country being one of the highest growth markets in Asia for pharmaceutical products too.

Technology is a key tenant of the Healthcare 3.0 revolution.  Essentially, innovations in Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, e-Doctors, and Chatbots have not only been utilized for treating chronic conditions but also transforming patient care with big data, offering valuable insights to facilitate radical change in the healthcare sector.  Changes are already taking place and Healthcare 3.0 will continue to evolve in new ways.  For example, the US$15 billion gamification industry is moving into the medical field as well where Gaming can be used creatively to transform medical training and engage the public in medical advances.

Vietnam’s ambition to modernize the healthcare system will also generate plenty of business opportunities in the upcoming years and despite uncertainties of the global economy, the demand for upskilling of the workforce in the healthcare industry remains buoyant.  The employment of medical and health service managers is projected to grow significantly and the demand for these professionals to possess skills such as leadership, critical thinking, analytical, and critical decision-making skills is necessary for them to take on greater challenges such as planning and directing a large scale healthcare operation.

To support the growing demand of these healthcare professionals, MDIS is leading the way by introducing two new Master’s degree in Healthcare Management and Public Health.  Both the Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Master of Public Health from Northumbria University in the UK covers all the main components, including the critical analysis of models and skills of leadership, management, and systems-based collaborative functions in the public health and healthcare context. In addition to enhancing employability prospects locally and globally, these programmes are designed to offer the opportunity for experienced practitioners and professionals interested in the healthcare sector to focus on practices, policies, and the overall drivers and impact on the management of healthcare and public health.

Dr Tham Yieng Wei, Dean of MDIS says: “In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, opportunities abound in the healthcare industry!  Both the Master’s degrees in Healthcare Management and Public Heath are carefully designed and finely structured to enhance the competencies of middle-level health service managers, equipping them with the necessary skills to move to senior management positions.  The programmes will allow healthcare practitioners to investigate advanced issues in management through both industry-based projects and seminar topics offered at the postgraduate level.”


About MDIS

Founded in 1956, the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) is Singapore’s oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning. MDIS has two main subsidiaries: Management Development Institute of Singapore Pte Ltd which oversees its Singapore academic operations, and MDIS International Pte Ltd which focuses on the MDIS globalisation strategy.

MDIS offers internationally-accredited courses in Business and Management, Engineering, Fashion and Design, Health and Nursing, Information Technology, Languages and Education, Life Sciences, Media and Communications, Psychology, Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Safety and Environmental Management. These programmes are offered in collaboration with renowned universities in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

MDIS is EduTrust certified, attesting to its exemplary education and business excellence standards. The institute was first awarded the certification in 2010 – subsequently renewed for four years in 2014 and 2018. MDIS was also one of the first Private Education Institutions (PEIs) to be registered under the Enhanced Registration Framework.

The institute achieved a double win at the Singapore Prestige Brand Award (SPBA); it was one of four winners as well as the overall winner of the SPBA – Heritage Brands 2018. In 2017, MDIS was ranked 4th for the Enterprise 50 Award for its contributions in spurring Singapore’s economy.

Continuing with its long-standing tradition of giving back to society, the MDIS Education Trust Fund (inaugurated in 1999) supports deserving students facing financial difficulties in pursuing their education in Singapore. To date, MDIS has awarded more than 8,000 scholarships and bursaries totaling over S$6 million. The institute also actively supports several charities and provides community assistance, in reaching out to the young, elderly, and disabled.

Equally vested in corporate-level training, MDIS’ corporate training arm, the Management Development, and Consultancy was set up in 1995 to cater to the training needs of the workforce. In 2014, MDIS acquired the Service Quality Centre to diversify its offerings in training solutions – in its endeavour to be a premium provider of training solutions in the region.

Apart from the main Singapore campus, MDIS has international campuses in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as well as in Johor, Malaysia. MDIS also has representative offices in China, India, and Indonesia, as well as agents throughout Southeast Asia.

About Northumbria University

Northumbria is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence.  By putting students at the heart of an outstanding experience, and with world-leading research and award-winning partnerships, Northumbria is a new kind of excellent university.

Northumbria works with major global employers, including Nike, IBM, Nissan, Proctor & Gamble, the BBC, and the NHS, while more than 560 employers and 60 professional bodies sponsor or accredit the University’s programmes. Innovative and entrepreneurial, we are also ranked fourth in the UK for graduate business start-ups.

Northumbria University works with prestigious Institutions of Higher Education throughout the world, including MDIS. Together we offer an exciting portfolio of programmes that will develop international citizens who are equipped to work in a global marketplace. Northumbria University and MDIS have a successful working relationship for a number of years, starting initially with just one programme BSc (Honours) Biotechnology but has grown to now offering a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across a range of subject areas.

  • Ranked Top 50 in the Guardian Ranking 2020
  • Ranked Top 50 in the Complete University Guide 2020
  • Ranked 21st in the League Table for Health Professions in the Guardian University Guide 2020


Press release distributed by EloQ Communications.

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