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 (5) at the Institutes Compound and (8) in the rest of the governorates), in addition to the Foundation Program Center.

Educational Program

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 2017, (13,432) graduated from Health Sciences Institutes with a Diploma (basic), while (3247) students graduated with a specialized Diploma (post-basic) and a bachelor degree. In 2017, Omanization rates ranged from 58% to 73% for the different health professions (Source: Annual Health Report – Ministry of Health 2017).


Table (1) shows the outcomes of the Basic Educational Program in Health Sciences Institutes as part of the 8th Five-Year Plan (2011-2017).


Year General Nursing Information Managers Lab. Technicians Radiographers Physiotherapists Bsn Physiotherapists Diploma Asst. Dentists General Health Supervisors Health Educator for Bachelor Holders Asst. Pharmacists Total
2011 485 13 50 26   15 15 18 22 45 689
2012 370 22 38 23   19 14 0 14 39 539
2013 444 0 47 29   18 0 0 0 48 586
2014 9 25 0 1   14 15 0 0 0 64
2015 394 20 43 27   0 18 0 0 41 543
2016 416 13 48 26 18 13 3 0 0 46 583
2017 23 12 2 1 0 1 4 0 0 7 50
Total 2141 105 228 133 18 80 69 18 36 226 3054

Source: General Directorate of Human Resources Development – Ministry of Health (December 2017)

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 2017.


Table (2): Number of Academics/Students/Individuals from Health Sciences Institutes Granted Scholarships Abroad up to December 2017

Category Qualification Number
Teaching Staff PhD 45
Masters 14
Bachelor 4
Total 63

Source: General Directorate of Human Resources Development – Ministry of Health (December 2017)

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.