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The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), in collaboration with industry experts TAHPI, runs a suite of healthcare planning courses to provide you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to take on specialised professional planning roles in the region’s growing healthcare sector.
These programs are the first of their kind to be delivered in the Gulf and provide a unique opportunity for healthcare personnel based in the region.
The courses will commence on 7 November 2015.

Course Overview

Health Service Planning
The Service Planning certificate course will introduce you to the methodologies, theories and principles behind the planning of health services.

Health Facility Planning
This certified course will introduce the specialised aspects of health facility planning to candidates with an interest in developing the skills to take on infrastructure projects in healthcare-related sectors. 


The courses are designed for working professionals and are delivered on an intensive basis, outside of normal working hours. Each course involves 37 hours of classroom lectures, including three hours per evening, four days a week for two weeks, plus two seven hour daytime sessions each Saturday. Each course can be completed in just two weeks. Both of the courses are delivered in English.

The topics covered in the two programs are as follows:

Health Service Planning

  • Health service planning approaches and methods
  • In-depth explanation of concepts and terms used in health service planning
  • Health service data and conducting statistical analyses
  • Statistical framework and foundation of the TAHPI’s Service Planning Module (SPM) structure and functions
  • Service planning results and using them in planning practice
  • Communicating in written and verbal forms, handling clients and producing effective planning documents

Health Facility Planning

  • Introduction to health facility planning
  • Standards and guidelines
  • Local investigations and information gathering
  • Detailed briefing and schedule of accommodation
  • Functional relationships
  • Blocking and stacking
  • Functional planning units and special requirements
  • Capturing special requirements of rooms (room data sheets and room layout sheets)
  • Introduction to master planning

Who are the programs for?

Both courses are introductory and you are not required to have a detailed knowledge of health planning theory, techniques or tools. You should however have the following basic knowledge and capabilities to be comfortable in your selected program.

Health Service Planning

Health Facility Planning

  • Familiarity with health service planning concepts and terms
  • Familiarity with healthcare utilisation analysis and market evaluation
  • Basic understanding of epidemiology, population statistics and statistical projection
  • Understanding the organisation and delivery of health services
  • Understanding and application of geographic divisions to health planning analysis
  • Basic capabilities in the use of Microsoft Office and web browsers
  • Graduate Architect
  • Minimum 3 years of practical experience in general- practice Architecture (or)
  • Equipment Planner with 3 years minimum practical experience (or)
  • Health Official responsible for the evaluation and approval of applications
  • Basic capabilities in the use of Microsoft Office and web browsers




How much does the program cost?

The total cost for each program starts at $3,000, depending on your time of registration. Register before 15 October 2015 for a 10% early bird discount. Corporate discounts are available for groups of three or more, and government discounts are available for groups of five or more.


Throughout these programs you will learn from senior experts, with many years of international experience in their profession as well as strategic academic credentials.

Robert Martin
Health Service and Clinical Service Planner, Director

Robert is the co-developer and trainer for the Health Service Planning course.

Robert is a highly skilled and experienced health planning professional with a broad portfolio extending over 20 years. He has managed and directed a large number of complex and challenging health service and asset planning projects. 

Robert’s consultancy assignments have included the Universal Hospital Abu Dhabi feasibility study, the Clinical Services Capacity Plan for Dubai Health Authority, and the Medical City Service Planning Assessment for the Northern Region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Robert holds a Master of Health Planning from the University of New South Wales , Australia and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of New England, Australia. He is also a Registered General Nurse and a Registered Psychiatric Nurse.

Aladin Niazmand
Architect & Health Facility Planner, Project Director

Aladin is a Director of TAHPI and trainer for the Health Facility Planning course.

Aladin has 30 years of experience as an International Architect including 25 years as a specialist health facility planner. He has personally designed over 100 hospital projects in a wide range of disciplines and was largely responsible for the development of the new generation of Health Facility Guidelines in Australasia through his work in the creation of standard design components for the new Australasian Health Facility Guidelines (AHFG).

Aladin’s consultancy assignments have included GMC Private Hospital Dubai, Specialised Mental Health Hospital Sharjah, Bright Point Hospital Abu Dhabi, as well Children’s Hospitals in Bahrain and Oman, and a range of public and private hospital developments across Australia.

Aladin holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Honours from Sydney University and is a Chartered Architect, registered in New South Wales, Australia.


For more information on program schedule, please contact at +971 4278 1800 or email