National Institute for Health Specialties


NIHS Establishment

National Institute for Health Specialties (NIHS) was established by Cabinet Decree No. 28 of 2014 as a national institution mandated to spearhead, regulate, and organize professional development for the health workforce with a particular emphasis on specialty training. The NIHS is nested within the UAE University, the premier national higher education institution in the country, and is governed by a high profile Board of Directors chaired by HE Minister of Education.

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  • Set Standards
  • To Deliver Specialty Training
  • Accreditation
  • Specialty Training Curriculum
  • Residency & Fellowship
  • Professional Examinations
  • Issuance of Certification
  • Continuing Professional Development Programs
  • Admission Exams



Develop highly qualified health workforce able to support the health system and promote health and wellbeing.


  1. NIHS Board of Directors
  2. NIHS General Secretariat
  3. Advisory Committee
  4. Council of Scientific Affairs
  5. Specialized Scientific Committees
  1. Governance
    • Preparing Policies, Regulations and Organizational Structure.
    • Developing the five-year strategy for the National Institute of Health Specialties.
    • Forming eight (8) specialized scientific committees that include sixty (60) doctors representing various medical bodies.
    • Signing MOUs with regional and international entities: MOU with the Saudi Commission of Health Specializations and with the Royal College Canada.
  2. Introducing (8) priority residency programs
  3. Institutional and Program Accreditation
  4. Assessment

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Institutional and Program Accreditation

The National Institute for Health Specialties is mandated by Cabinet Decree No. 28 of 2014 to accredit Hospitals and Health Care Organizations to host specialty programs leading to postgraduate qualifications. This role aims to encourage workforce in the Health Sector to continue their educational path towards postgraduate studies in different specialized health fields.


The National Institute for Health Specialties aims to raise the level of performance of health practitioners in the country, by developing an integrated high-quality evaluation system that helps assess the experiences and skills of health practitioners by undergoing specialized professional exams in various medical fields using the latest applied and technological tools.

Training for Residency Programs

The National Institute for Health Specialties aims to provide the opportunity for health practitioners to enroll in the training programs in postgraduate studies, and to be able to benefit from the professional training opportunities provided by hospitals and health care centers within the country.







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Mar 14, 2024