Business Administration in Healthcare Management (PG Certificate/ PG Diploma/ Master)

Business Administration in Healthcare Management (PG Certificate/ PG Diploma/ Master)

What is IMU’s postgraduate studies in Healthcare Management about? In this digital and technology-laden era, the healthcare industry is evolving at such an astonishing pace that professionals who aspire to higher management can ill afford to stand still. Healthcare managers are required to address not only the expectations of patients’ but also of their families and communities. They face a host of challenges including tackling issues around cost and cost containment, new treatment modalities and technologies, increasing popularity of digital applications, changing disease patterns, and an aging population, health maintenance and health improvements. IMU aims to equip students with the essential management acumen necessary for assuming leadership positions in the healthcare industry. The programme is specialised for private and public health and health-related organisations such as hospitals, clinics and health authorities; non-governmental organisations; insurance and managed-care organisations; pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical equipment and related health industries. Working adults can enjoy the flexibility of IMU’s triple offerings of Business Administration-Healthcare Management Programmes from Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma to Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management. This allows graduates to possess the academic knowledge and competencies required to progress at different phases of their career pathways. The programmes offer full-time, accelerated, modular and blended learning. Students can graduate in 15 months of study but part-time options are also available to those requiring more time. The blended learning approach offers online study options that are more flexible for working professionals. Students undergo a robust curriculum that involves lectures, tutorials, case studies, written assignments, group project, presentations and discussion boards; to ensure a rounded understanding of the issues in order to formulate intervention, value creation strategies in class simulation or actual industry-based intervention.




March & September


• Postgraduate Certificate – 6 months
• Postgraduate Diploma – 10 months
• Master – 15 months

Tuition Fees

All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary (T & C apply).

MBA: A bursary of RM8,000 is available for international students joining the 2021 intake.


The MBA-HCM is a 45 credits programme and will offer 13 Modules, the PGDBA-HCM is a 30 credits programme and will offer 10 modules and the PGCBA-HCM offers 6 Modules.

Category Module
Postgraduate Certificate Human Resource Management
Strategic Management
Economics & Health Financing
Entrepreneurial Marketing
Financial Management and Accounting
Health Systems Operations
Postgraduate Diploma Operations Management
Organisational Leadership
Business Research Methods for Managers
Clinical Governance, Safety & Quality in Healthcare
Master Ethics, Business and Health Laws
One Elective (Health Informatics and Business Analytics, Methods in Epidemiology, Negotiation for Leaders)
 Management Project


The Management Project

This is a mandatory module for the MBA-HCM students to complete at the end of their third semester. These projects are ideal opportunities and act as a vehicle for integrating knowledge and skills learned throughout the Business Administration in Healthcare Management Programme. They may vary from introduction of new services, facilities or innovation to evaluating existing services with the intention of adding values to business, managerial or clinical outcomes. Students are expected to apply the appropriate business and management concepts, theories and tools to sharpen their ability to carry-out constructive criticism as well as to produce reports comprehensibly and well articulate in addressing the researched area.


For entry into Postgraduate Certificate programme, applicants are required to have obtained:

  1. Applicants must have a Bachelor Degree with a minimum cGPA of 2.50, as accepted by the University’s Senate or
  2. A Bachelor’s Degree in the field or related fields or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 and not meeting a CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment.

For entry into Postgraduate Diploma programme, 
applicants are required to have obtained:

  1. Applicants must have a Bachelor Degree with a minimum cGPA of 2.50, as accepted by the University’s Senate or
  2. A Bachelor’s Degree in the field or related fields or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 and not meeting a CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment.

For entry into Master programme, 
applicants are required to have obtained:

  1. Applicants must have a Bachelor Degree with a minimum cGPA of 2.50, as accepted by the University’s Senate or
  2. A Bachelor’s Degree in the field or related fields or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 and not meeting a CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment.
For Malaysian Students

Not applicable

For International Students

  1. IELTS : Band score 5.0; or
  2. TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 42; or
  3. Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) : Overall score of 154; or
  4. Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) : Overall score of 154; or
  5. Cambridge Linguaskill : Overall score of 160; or
  6. Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 47;

The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:

  • International students from countries in which English is the first language.
  • International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English.


Please refer to our Student Admissions Policy for more information.


Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fees 150 500
Registration Fee 1,100 3,400
Refundable Deposit 2,000  2,000
Student Association Fee per Semester– 40  40
Tuition Fees
Postgraduate Certificate 18,000 22,500
Postgraduate Diploma 27,000 33,700
Master 40,500 50,625
  • All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary.
  • Application fee is payable upon submission of application.
  • Registration fee and refundable caution deposit are payable upon acceptance of the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Office.
  • *Terms and conditions apply


Faculty Members

A/Prof Lai Poey Chin

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A/Prof PC Lai was the Scholarship holder for both her doctorates (DBA and PhD. with Distinction), a Chartered Marketer by profession and the Head of Innovation with UM Centre for Innovation and Commercialization as well as Research Fellow with UM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation). She received the fellowship twice from the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technology (APRICOT) and the Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG) as well as selected to be part of the MIT Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.

She has more than a decade of experience in the Asia Pacific region in various industries mainly in Telecommunication and Finance. Her works also involved corporate strategy, e-business, marketing and transforming business processes between the PEOPLE (employees), PRODUCTS, PARTNERS and CUSTOMERS by enhancing customer satisfaction level and ultimately resulting in enhanced Business Relationships, reduced costs, processes and increased revenue. She has won numerous Asia Pacific ICT Awards (incl the prestigious ICT Oscar award) and the only ASIAN voted 1 of Top 3 favourites at Next Bank Asia. Academically, she has more than 20 publications in top-tier journals, book chapters, conference proceedings, and popular media.

Dr Mohamed Hisham Hanifa

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Dr Mohamed Hisham has more than 15 years’ experience in teaching. He obtained his doctoral degree in Islamic Finance, Master’s degree and Bachelor degree in Accounting. To date, he has made significant contributions of research work which was published in renowned finance and accounting, ISI and Scopus cited journals. He won the best paper awards twice, dedicated to the quality of his work.

Currently, he is the Senior Lecturer at Department of Banking and Finance, University Malaya teaching wide range of topics in Finance and Accounting for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Prior to this, he was appointed as Research Manager at the Prime Minister Department, Mara Business Consultant and assisted in setting up the Taylor’s University subsidiary college in Seremban. He is also a member in the Malaysian Finance Associations (MFA).

Dr Vijayesvaran Arumugam

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Dr Vijayesvaran Arumugam is a Senior Lecturer of Community Medicine at the International Medical University, Malaysia. Currently, he is attached with the MBA in Healthcare Management programme. He has more than 12 years’ experience in lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate students. Prior to joining IMU, he was a Senior Lecturer and holds the position of Head of Collaboration at International University of Malaya-Wales from 2015 – 2019 and as Senior Lecturer who holds the position of Head of Postgraduate Studies in International University of Kuala Lumpur from 2007 – 2015. Dr Vijayesvaran Arumugam obtained his doctoral degree in International Marketing from School of Management, University Sains Malaysia.

Datuk Dr Tengku Naufal Tengku Mansor

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Dr Tengku Naufal is an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, as well as the Federal Territories’ Syar’ie Counsel and has been practicing since 1997, earlier with a medium size legal firm based in Johor Bahru i.e Messrs Abdul Raman Saad & Associates. After serving the firm as the Head of Litigation Department for more than 7 years, he established his own firm under the name and style of Messrs Tengku Naufal & Co. (TNC) in Taman Setiawangsa Kuala Lumpur. Currently he is in his 22nd year of practicing as a lawyer. He has been exposed to, and have conducted, many civil and business related litigation matters covering among others, construction litigation, contractual disputes, medical tortious claims (i.e. medical negligence), general litigation and conveyancing matters.

As a lawyer, he was also very much into Company Secretarial works and currently the Company Secretary cum Legal Advisor to a few government agencies and corporate bodies, such as Yayasan Sukarelawan Siswa and Yayasan Guru Malaysia Berhad, both Companies Limited By Guarantee (CLBG) which are under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education (MOE) Malaysia, under the purview of the YB Minister.

Lecturing/tutoring has always been his part-time job, his passion, since early of his career life, imparting legal knowledge basically to non-legal background students, majoring in Social Justice & Administration (UM) & Accounting and MBA (UPM). He has developed the curriculum and modules for Business Law & Ethics (BLE) at the Graduate School of Management (GSM) UPM (now known as Putra Business School PBS) and was the first practicing lawyer to teach at GSM/PBS until recently. The module of BLE covers Ethics Principles in Business, Laws relevant to the business world covering various industries, inclusive of but not limited to, the Health Industry.


I read in the PGDID programme prospectus that this is a one-year full-time course. I have my own private practice. Will I be able to complete the course in one year?

Yes, as this programme has been designed with the working dental practitioner in mind. Dental practitioners who have registered for the course are guided and mentored to fulfill the requirements of the course in one year. However, those who may not be able to commit the time to fulfill the requirements will be provided an allowance to complete the requirements up to a period of three years.

You will receive guidance from successful specialist practitioners on how to prepare your clinic to provide implant treatment for your patients for successful fulfillment of course requirements. Alternatively, dental practitioners may select to partially or fully complete the clinical requirements at the IMU Oral Health Centre.

As this course is a national-approved programme, will I be considered a dental implant specialist?

Implant dentistry, like anywhere else in the world, is not considered a specialist discipline. However, the degree qualification can be added to your credentials to certify that you are trained through an approved university course to provide implant treatment.

What is the programme structure like?

There is a total of 6 modules in the course. There will be a compulsory 5-day block for each of the modules. These will be held in IMU whereby there will be face-to-face activities such as lectures, seminars, practical sessions (hands-on), case-based discussion etc. There will not be any patient treatment during these sessions. After the 5-day block, the remaining teaching/learning activities eg. seminars and case-based learning are conducted online and through web conferencing. Students will have the option of treating the clinical cases in IMU Oral Health Centre under direct supervision or in their own dental practice with initial direct supervision and later by distant supervision using a  video recording system. The length/duration of each module is approximately 6-8 weeks. The entire programme stretches over 43 weeks covering teaching/learning activities and examinations.

When does the course begin? Do you have tentative module dates for the compulsory attendance?

The programme begins with a programme orientation from the 19 October – 23 October. This will be followed by the commencement of the 5-day teaching/learning blocks as follows for the six modules:-

Module 1.        24 – 28 Oct 2016

Module 2.        28 Nov – 2 Dec 2016

Module 3.        15 – 19 Jan 2017

Module 4.        10 – 14 Apr 2017

Module 5.        8 – 12 May 2017

Module 6.        17 – 21 Jul 2017

Who are the teachers involved in this programme?


  • Prof Toh Chooi Gait
  • Prof Seow Liang Lin
  • Dr Pravinkumar Patil
  • Dr Rohit Pandurangappa
  • A/Prof Dr Wong Keng Mun
  • A/Prof Dr Elvin Leong Woei Jian


  • Prof Swati Yeshwant Rawal
  • Dr Pulikkotil Shaju Jacob
  • Dr Ranjeet Ajit Bapat
  • A/Prof Dr Jeanette Chua Keng Ling
  • Dr. Daylene Leong Jack-Min
  • Dr Andrew Tawse-Smith

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon:

  • Dr Naresh Shetty

Oral Radiodiologist :

  • Dr Sham Kishor Kanneppady


For more details of teaching staff :  Click Here

Will I be eligible to get the Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh since this programme is benchmarked to this qualification?

In order to be eligible to take the RCS Edinburgh examination for the Diploma in Implant Dentistry, after completion of the IMU PGDID course, candidates will meet the requirements of the RCS Edinburgh Diploma in Implant Dentistry examination with at least a one-year recall of their cases treated during the course. The IMU PGDID course have outcomes matched to the standards of the RCS Edinburgh with similar examination format. IMU plans to have the RCS Edinburgh Diploma in Implant Dentistry examination conducted in IMU to facilitate dental practitioners who are interested to have the extra RCS Edinburgh qualification. Candidates will need to pay the examination fees charged by the College.

What implant system will be used?

Students will be required to understand the rationale for the choice of implant systems. The PGDID programme is not system-based. We shall be teaching/exposing the students to implant systems with good research evidence of success that include Nobel Biocare and Zimmer.

Does IMU provide patients for clinical training?

Patients can be arranged upon request to be treated at the IMU Oral Health Centre.

If I am currently practising in another country, will I be able to treat patients at IMU?

Yes, as long as you fulfill our entry requirements, you will be able to treat patients in IMU as a postgraduate student under supervision.

If I need to treat my patients who require dental implants at IMU would that be possible? What will be the arrangement and costs for the patient?

Yes, it would be possible to bring your patient to be treated by you at IMU under staff supervision. There is no extra fee chargeable to you for treating patients at IMU. It is part of your course fees. However, the patient would need to pay for treatment according to reduced patient treatment fees of IMU Oral Health Centre for patients treated by postgraduate students.

What will be the arrangement and costs for patients treated in my own clinic?

You will initially need direct supervision for patients treated in your own clinic for dental implants and for more challenging cases. For this, IMU will arrange for suitable supervisors to be present in your clinic. There will be extra fees that you will need to pay to support the attendance of the supervisors in your clinic. The quantum will depend on the time spent, travel and accommodation needs (where necessary) for supervisors to be on site.

What is the application process? What is the deadline for the registration?

Acceptance of candidates into the programme is on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon submission of your online application (link provided above), applicants will be short-listed for an interview. Successful applicants will be notified within three working days.

How much are the fees and how can they be paid?

The course fee is RM55,000. For the first cohort of students a RM5,000 bursary will be given ie. students need to pay only RM50,000. Fees are paid in total upon acceptance into the course. A special payment option can be arranged where students can pay in four installments with RM20,000 upon registration and the remaining RM30,000 is paid in three bimonthly installments. The fees include the provision of a video-recording system that can be installed at the chairside to facilitate distant supervision.

Where can I apply to join the course?

The online application is available via this link.


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Interested in applying for one of our programmes?

You will need to prepare the following documents for your application:

  1. Verified copies of your academic qualifications
  2. Evidence of English language proficiency
  3. A copy of your MyKad or the identification page of your passport

These supporting documents needs to be attached electronically to your application. Please note that all of our programmes require payment of a non-refundable application fee after the application has been submitted. Application will only be processed once the payment for application fee has been made. We wish you all the best with your application, and hope we will be welcoming you into one of our programmes soon!

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An Established Private Healthcare University

An Established Private Healthcare University

As Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university, IMU has put more than 29 years of its experience dedicated to healthcare education. IMU has SETARA-2018/2019 rating of 6 stars (Outstanding) under the Mature University category
Highly Experienced Faculty

Highly Experienced Faculty

Those studying this programme will benefit from the collective experience of a diverse cohort as well as learning from highly experienced faculty and leaders in the industry, combining academic excellence with industry expertise.
Develop a lifelong peer network

Develop a lifelong peer network

New perspectives and insights can be gained by working closely with peers from a diverse range of industries and form relationships with these leaders. These relationships will develop into a lifelong peer network
Strategic Thinking

Strategic Thinking

Our programme places a strong emphasis on strategy, with a view towards empowering graduates to help shape and lead the future of business locally and internationally. The programme will also help you develop the analytical and interpersonal skills necessary for successful management. A solid understanding of how various business disciplines contribute to organisational performance is gained together with an understanding of the role of the manager as a key decision maker and change agent.
Entrepreneurial Skills

Entrepreneurial Skills

Our programme will prepare its graduates for a future in entrepreneurship. An enterprising and creative mind-set can help them achieve business success, and adds value through new business activity and innovations.

“The IMU MBA in Healthcare Management programme aims to equip managers with relevant skills for leading and managing the various facets and challenges that confront professionals, managers and those keen to manage the healthcare industry. Learners have the opportunity to gain firm understanding to critically assess health systems and healthcare structures, apply core principles of management in the healthcare setting and to operate within prevailing legal frameworks. Graduates will benefit by building their personal and professional competencies, and glean insights into best practices and formulation of effective managerial and leadership strategies. In this ever-changing world, even organizations that are not health related may see the necessity to have a manager trained in business in healthcare management not only to assist in controlling the diseases within and outside of the organization but managing the resources efficiently. IMU MBA in Healthcare Management graduates will benefit by building their personal and professional competencies and glean insights into best practices and formulation of effective managerial and leadership strategies to ensure the organisation workforce health is optimized for better productivity.”

Senior Lecturer & Programme Director
BA (UM), M.IT (UM), PhD (USM)

Dr Vijayesvaran A/L Arumugan




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