Dean Iman Hakim MBBCh, PhD, MPH recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates to visit Gulf Medical University (GMU) leadership, faculty and students in the dual degree Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Launched in partnership between GMU and the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in 2020, the dual degree program enables students to complete a U.S.-accredited degree entirely in the United Arab Emirates. Students complete coursework divided between both institutions, and earn two degrees at once: an MPH in Public Health Practice from the University of Arizona and an MPH in Public Health Practice from Gulf Medical University.
Students in the dual degree program are learning how to promote health and prevent disease and injury through research, education and community intervention, and how to eradicate health disparities across populations. Students are working in multidisciplinary teams to develop, manage, and evaluate public health programs while obtaining skills in the administration and fiscal management of programs that address the health beliefs in a variety of cultures.
In addition to GMU, the dual degree is also available for students at La Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico.
Dean Hakim and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health have long been leaders in advancing the University of Arizona Health Sciences global reach through their Global Health Institute. Learn More