Earn a Master’s degree in the United Arab Emirates from a top-ranked U.S. university

The University of Arizona and Gulf Medical University offer innovative programs that allow students to earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Practice, or a Master of Science (MS) in Environmental Health Sciences (launching Fall 2020), from the UA and GMU. The partnership enables students to complete a U.S.-accredited degree entirely in Ajman, United Arab Emirates.

UA + GMU Professors

Students learn from UA and GMU faculty, access UA and GMU resources, and become part of the UA’s network of 295,000 alumni around the world. Innovative course delivery prepares students for an increasingly technical world.

Ranked TOP 1% in the world

The University of Arizona ranks number 69 out of more than 20,000 universities in the world, according to the Center for World University rankings, and U.S. News ranks the UA 73rd globally in Public Health.

Study Abroad

Students may complete the program entirely in UAE or study abroad at the UA Tucson campus in the U.S. for a summer, semester, or longer. The palm-tree lined campus is known as one of the most beautiful in the country. The surrounding city features shopping, hiking, concerts, and world-class dining.



Public health is about health promotion and disease and injury prevention through research, community intervention, and education—as well as eradicating health disparities.

It involves disseminating reliable information for policy decisions; identifying systemic inequalities and problems; protecting health and safety through education and research; and fostering partnerships with individuals, communities, and organizations to promote good health.

The elimination of smallpox, stricter automobile and workplace safety standards, increased awareness about the dangers of smoking, and information on the nutritional value of foods are all attributable to work done in the field of public health.

MPH Competencies

The MPH competencies guide the development of the program curriculum and learning activities for the core and required courses in the MPH and MS curriculum. Students are able to obtain dual master’s degrees through the following concentration areas:

MPH Public Health Practice

Students follow Public Health Practice Program Level Competencies learning to work effectively as part of multidisciplinary teams to develop, manage, and evaluate public health programs designed to address health disparate populations. Students obtain additional skills in the administration and fiscal management of programs that address the health beliefs in a variety of cultures.

MS Environmental Health Sciences

Using an interdisciplinary approach, students follow Environmental Health Sciences Program Level Competencies and provide the critical link between environmental and occupational exposures and human health. (Launching Fall 2020)


Master of Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Arizona and from Gulf Medical University

Master of Science

Master of Science (MS) from the University of Arizona and from Gulf Medical University (launching Fall 2020)

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In-demand public health careers are found in areas such as:

• Research
• Public Policy
• Education
• Administration and Management
• Environmental Health Sciences
• Behavioral and Social Sciences

The dual Master of Public Health degrees prepare students for careers in government settings, hospitals, and community health centers. It is anticipated that graduates will occupy positions such as Medical and Health Services Manager, Public Health Management Analyst, Regional Medical Director, Public Health Educator, Community Health Worker, Health Communication Specialist, Hospital Administrator, Director of PubIic Health Agencies, Director of Programs and Services, amongst others.

The dual Master of Science degrees are designed for individuals who seek training in environmental health research and practice. It is anticipated that graduates will occupy positions as Project Leaders, Program Directors, and Research Personnel in academic, government, corporate, community and industrial settings.


As a leading medical university in the Gulf Region, GMU operates its own network of hospitals and clinics. Its Thumbay Institutes act as a hub for research and continuous professional development. Spread across 25 acres in Ajman, the main campus houses world-class laboratories, classrooms, and an extensive library. Students enjoy shops, restaurants, and indoor and outdoor sports complexes. The bustling city of Dubai is less than an hour drive away.



Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher, as well as introductory coursework in human or general biology and algebra or calculus.

Once admitted to Gulf Medical University, students receive application instructions from the University of Arizona. Students must meet the admissions criteria of both institutions.

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Contact Us

UA Ajman
UA Ajman
P.O. Box: 4184
Ajman, United Arab Emirates