Foundation of Health Sciences Institutes

The Ministry of Health has consistently pursued the development of human resources through staff development, training and qualification programs, with Health Sciences Institutes affiliated to the Ministry constantly providing Health Institutions with national qualified cadres in the field of nursing and midwifery. The first Health Sciences Institute was rolled out in 1982. Today, there are (13) Health Sciences Institutes (8) at the Institutes Compound and (5) in the rest of the governorates), in addition to the Foundation Program Center.

Educational Programs:
Health Sciences Institutes currently offer an array of educational programs that fall under the following educational and training categories:

Health Sciences Institutes offer educational programs for bachelor and higher diploma levels. The past three decades were marked by significant developments in the educational process, qualitative growth of the number of institutes and improvement of the quality of educational programs. All programs were reviewed and developed to keep pace with the evolution of the Sultanate’s healthcare system so that students acquire the academic skills necessary to their learning process, skills development and performance level enhancement. Furthermore, these programs now comply with the standards adopted in similar programs offered by Regional and International Educational Institutions.

Outcomes of Health Sciences Institutes:

Up until 2015, (12,809) graduated from Health Sciences Institutes with a Diploma (basic), while (2624) students graduated with a specialized Diploma (post-basic) and a bachelor degree. In 2014, Omanization rates ranged from 52% to 69% for the different health professions (Source: Statistical Yearbook – Ministry of Health 2014).

Table (1) shows the outcomes of the Basic Educational Program in Health Sciences Institutes as part of the 8th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015).

Total General Nursing Information Managers Lab. Technicians Radiographers Physiotherapists Asst. Dentists General Health Supervisors Health Educator for Bachelor Holders Asst. Pharmacists Year
689 485 13 50 26 15 15 18 22 45 2011
539 370 22 38 23 19 14 0 14 39 2012
586 444 0 47 29 18 0 0 0 48 2013
64 9 25 0 1 15 14 0 0 0 2014
553 394 20 43 27 10 18 0 0 41 2015
2431 1702 80 178 106 77 61 18 36 173 Total

Source: General Directorate of Human Resources Development – Ministry of Health (December 2015)

Scholarship Grants Abroad

The Ministry of Health has been consistently keen on granting health sciences national cadres scholarships to study abroad in order to promote them and provide them with the qualifications and expertise necessary to boost their competences, skills and capacities development. Table (2) shows the number of students from Health Sciences Institutes granted scholarships abroad up to December 2015.


Table (2): Number of Academics/Students/Individuals from Health Sciences Institutes Granted Scholarships Abroad up to December 2015

Category Qualification Number
Teaching Staff PhD 56
Masters 41
Bachelor 7
Total 104

Source: General Directorate of Human Resources Development – Ministry of Health (December 2015)

International Academic Cooperation:

The Ministry of Health has sought to establish academic cooperation between Health Sciences Institutes and many Regional and International Higher Education Institutions. Those include but are not limited to (US: Villanova University; UK: University of Glasgow, West Lancashire College and the University of Liverpool, Australia: University of Queensland, University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and the University of Sydney; Arab universities in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain).
Many educational programs have earned recognition from the aforementioned institutions. This helped top graduates in these programs to continue their university education, earning Bachelor, Masters and PhD degrees from these universities, in addition to obtaining specialized diplomas in some professional fields.
The scope of cooperation between Health Sciences Institutes and foreign Higher Education Institutions was expanded to include agreements with certain institutions, the design and implementation of a number of specialized programs, and more recently, the development of a bachelor program in nursing under the supervision of Cardiff University in the UK and a physiotherapy program under the supervision of Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland.