SUMHS 2017 FALL Degree & Diploma Programs for International Students


The Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences is a new municipal medical university formed from the merger of the Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences, the Shanghai Medical Instrumentation College, and the Shanghai Academy of Health Sciences. For the past six decades, these schools have achieved national acclaim for their distinctive training of medical professionals and personnel. SUMHS has been honored with national recognition for the promotion of public health and for the training of outstanding nurses and medical equipment engineers. Within the fields of Chinese clinical medicine, medical technology and equipment, and related disciplines, it has cultivated generations of highly skilled students and has made crucial contributions to Chinese healthcare.


The school is the first to have 4 affiliated hospitals; in addition, SUMHS has many other teaching hospitals. It also has more than 10 national and Shanghai-municipal public training bases. It maintains a close cooperative relationship with hundreds of high-level medical service agencies, medical equipment enterprises and inspection agencies in all areas of the health care field. The school also carries out extensive international cooperation and student/teacher exchanges with well-known colleges and universities from the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan and dozens of other countries and regions. It has established stable long-term cooperative agreements which allow it to add tremendous value to student experiences. Many colleges and universities at home and abroad participate in the training program entitled ’A Fast Track to Associate’s Degree, Bachelor's Degree and Master’s Degree, ‘ which offers a barrier-free, high-level promotion space for personalized development of the students in the school.


The International Education College of SUMHS was established in 2004. Faced with the global shortage of nurses, the college leadership created the International Exchange College in cooperation with a number of overseas partners, just as other organizations in Shanghai have pursued a diverse international plan. In the years since its inception, the college has established extensive partnerships with institutes from more than ten countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania  The educational philosophy – combining Chinese and international methods, research, equipment, and approaches under the management of experienced global healthcare specialists – has been tremendously successful, and is demonstrated not only in student results, but in international faculty and student exchange programs, textbook publishing, and cooperative and bilingual teacher training.


The college has conducted an active international student exchange program for more than ten years. In the academic year 2016-2017, it will host nearly 200 international students of both degree & non-degree programs from the USA, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, Finland, and Denmark with medically related majors such as clinical medicine, pharmacology, nursing, laboratory science, dental nursing, and nursing assistance.


The college will continue to carry out international student exchange programs, accelerate the pace of exchange and cooperation expansion by working with overseas student enrollment institutes, set up a recruiting website, and establish new partnerships in order to develop degree programs for international students. The number of international students will be increased by as much as 30% annually in the next 5 years. The average recruitment will reach 250 a year.


SUMHS will continue to focus on internationalizing its educational approach by pursuing high-quality teaching resources and innovative approaches to student learning, both in faculty and student experience. As a result, the school’s international reputation will grow and it will emerge as a first-class Chinese medical university.

Facts & Figures

4 campuses in the Pudong and Xuhui Districts of Shanghai

  • Nearly 1,000 acres

  • 600,000 square meters indoors

  • 10 colleges with 38 programs

  • 4 affiliated hospitals & many other teaching hospitals

15000 Students on Campus of Shanghai University of Medicine & Health Sciences, of which

  • 55% studentsare from Shanghai

  • 45% students are from elsewhere inChina


International Education Partnership

  • 12 countries

  • 25 universities

  • 800 students with overseas study experience


The main campus, in the Pudong New Area, is located in the Shanghai International Medical Zone, creating excellent opportunities for ongoing cooperation in teaching and research and development between SUMHS, enterprise partners, and other universities. More than 30% of the faculty are professors or associate professors, and the school also includes instructors recognized by the national government as Orientalists, Pujiang Scholars, and Dawn Plan and Phosphor Plan Experts.


Degree Programs for International Students

The following degree programs are available for international students:

Chinese Language Instruction

Biomedical Engineering

Clinical Medicine

Health Management

Laboratory Medical Science

Medical Imaging Technology



Rehabilitation Treatment

English Language Instruction

Sino-American Joint English-Language Nursing

Chinese Language Instruction

Biomedical Engineering

The goal of the Biomedical Engineering major is to cultivate medical engineers to serve as professionals in biomedical-related fields and perform maintenance and quality control on medical instrumentation serving the particular needs of pre-hospital emergency, geriatric rehabilitation, and the general practitioner. The department is led by an experienced and expert faculty holding numerous awards and recognition for outstanding accomplishment, as well as multiple contributions to relevant professional publications and journals. Modern biomedical engineering requires vast resources to stay current within the field. The program at SUMHS is well-equipped and well-funded for this challenge. The department plans to develop new programs in clinical engineering, as well as offer bachelor’s and master’s level programs in medical instrumentation.

Career Direction

  • Bio-medical Related Fields

  • Maintenance and Quality Control Medical Instrumentation

Notable Facts

  • Large expert, experienced, and published faculty

  • Total research funding exceeding 10 million RMB

  • Laboratory space measures 1,600 m2

  • Equipment value exceeding 35 million RMB

  • Over 60 governmental and enterprise-sponsored scientific research projects

  • Over 150 articles published by national and international magazines

  • 11 Patents issued for new inventions

Degrees and Certificates

  • Bachelor of Science

  • Master of Science

Clinical Medicine

The Undergraduate Clinical Medicine Program began in 2016 with the goal ofdeveloping medical talent to meet the increasing healthcare needs of our country. Students in the program will gain a solid basic knowledge of clinical medicine and preliminary clinical diagnosis and treatments, while cultivating ethical professional qualities. Upon graduation, students can work in various medical and health organizations at all levels in service areas such as medical prevention, healthcare, rehabilitation, health education, and technical guidance in family planning. Students are trained to understand the benefits of healthy lifestyle and disease prevention, “treatment before becoming ill”, and the benefits of adopting this approach through a lifetime of learning. The practicum is stressed throughout the entire course of study. International exchange study is offered, presenting an international standardized approach to preventive care.

Clinical Medicine for Rural Doctors Program

The Clinical Medicine for Rural Doctors Program, founded in 2007 by the Shanghai Health Planning Council, has the goal of training rural doctors in a three-year clinical medicine specialty. The program seeks to provide a highly-needed requirement to develop medical professionals that will work in rural health posts, grassroots health institutions, and community health service centers. An emphasis is placed on preparing student competencies in the areas of common rural diseases, frequently-occurring disease diagnoses and treatments, rehabilitation guidance, rural and public health emergency treatment, disease prevention and health care knowledge, and management and guidance of family planning work.

Career Direction

  • Rural Health Posts

  • Grassroots Health Institutions

  • Community Health Centers

Sample Coursework

  • General Medical Competency

  • Specialized Diagnosis and Treatment Skills

Notable Facts

  • Founded 2007, Shanghai Health Planning Council

  • Students recruited from rural areas surrounding Shanghai

  • Emphasis on practicum

Degrees and Certificates

  • Three Year Clinical Medicine Specialty

Clinical Medicine for Pre-hospital Care Program

The Pre-hospital Care Program was founded in 2013, and serves the Shanghai Emergency Medical Care System by preparing students to be emergency and pre-hospital care professionals. Students are developed to acquire competencies in all areas of emergency management, with an emphasis on quick and safe transportation. After grasping basic medical knowledge and theory, students take part in simulation courses for the purpose of enhancing their practical skills in the areas of emergency and crisis management, cooperation, communication, and coordination. A strong emphasis on hands-on practice and experience works to help develop student’s decision-making and organizational abilities.

Career Direction

  • Emergency Management/Pre-hospital Care

  • The Shanghai Emergency Medical Care System

Notable Facts

  • Directly serves the Shanghai Emergency Medical Care System

  • International study exchange with City College of Chicago, USA

  • International hands-on experience with the Chicago Emergency Management System

Degrees and Certificates

  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Professional

  • Ambulance Internship

Health Service and Management

The objective of the Health Services and Management major is to prepare graduates for work in a broad range of fields related to health services and wellness management. The major consists of comprehensive training, incorporating a balanced approach of both theory and practice, in the areas of medical science, management science, and the basic theory of information science.Students will learn modern techniques and methods of healthcare assessment, early detection, and intervention. Upon graduation, students will be well-qualified to seek employment in the health administrative department, medical and health institutions, medical examination centers, and a wide range of other enterprises engaged in healthcare delivery, education, management, and consultation.

Career Direction

  • High Demand and Diverse Career Paths Available

  • Psychological Counseling

  • Nutritional Guidance

  • Disease Management

Sample Coursework

  • Modern Health Management Concepts and Systems

  • Theory of Management and Information Technology

  • Methods and Skills

  • Rules of Operations

Degrees and Certificates

  • Bachelor of Management

Laboratory Medical Science

The department of Laboratory Medical Science seeks to develop talented professionals with outstanding practical and comprehensive abilities, to be well-qualified to engage in the work of bio-medical laboratories. Advancements in modern testing measures have brought many improvements, making diagnosis one of the most dynamic areas of contemporary medicine. In the 21stcentury, medical laboratory technology has stepped into a new era with microvolumelization, information automation, and panelization of the analysis system. The department of Laboratory Medical Science at SUMHS meets these contemporary demands with programs of study divided into three tracks including undergraduate education, higher vocational education, and continuing education. Each program is structured to follow a strict standardized approach to education, helping to align the curriculum with professional standards with industry demands. With a disciplined approach, excellent facilities, and experienced faculty working together create a first-class program, graduates will be ready to contribute in the modern clinical laboratories of various hospitals and research institutions.

Career Direction

  • High Demand and Diverse Career Paths Available

  • Psychological Counseling

  • Nutritional Guidance

  • Disease Management

Sample Coursework

  • Clinical Testing

  • Biochemistry

  • Microbiology and Immunology

  • Medical Biotechnology

Notable Facts

  • Well-equipped facilities in partnership with the Shanghai Modern Medical Laboratory Training Center

  • Multiple and varied partnerships with area hospitals and healthcare enterprises

  • Accomplished and nationally recognized faculty

  • Curriculum emphasis on integrating practical skill with theory

  • International exchange program

  • Leading member of the National Demonstration Colleges (2006)

  • National training base: “Scarce Skilled Talents Construction Project”

  • National level quality courses

Degrees and Certificates

  • Bachelor of Management

Medical Imaging Technology

The Medical Imaging Technology program seeks to train professionals for work in all levels of China’s healthcare industry for organizations engaged in various aspects of medical imaging technology. Students will learn a comprehensive scope of medical imaging technology including management, maintenance, and quality assurance, as well as research and development on new medical imaging equipment. The program will develop the disciplines of teamwork, self-study, and a highly adaptable nature necessary to work in the healthcare industry. Graduates of the program will be well-qualified for careers in the demanding healthcare imaging industry.

Career Direction

  • Medical and Health Organizations

  • Medical Equipment Manufacturers

  • Educational Institutions

Sample Coursework

  • Human Anatomy

  • Electrical and Electronic Technology

  • Medical Imaging Physics

  • Medical Imaging Equipment Quality Control and Evaluation

Notable Facts

  • Diverse teaching faculty

  • Partnerships with dozens of top hospitals

  • International exchange opportunities

Degrees and Certificates

  • Bachelor of Science

  • Vocational Qualification Certificate (X-Ray)


The College of Nursing exists to meet the high demand for nurses in healthcare institutions and enterprises across our country and beyond. The program focuses on developing nursing professionals with strong interpersonal communication and clinical thinking skills, and with a spirit of independent learning and innovation. Nurses are taught a respectful cultural perspective as they build a solid foundation in scientific literacy, basic medical nursing theory, and knowledge and skills of preventive care. College of Nursing students have the opportunity to learn using the latest and best facilities available, and can engage professionals through partnerships with area hospitals.


An international perspective is featured as an important aspect through teaching and research partnerships with institutions from the United States, Canada, France, and Finland, as well as many other nations. Graduates will be able to serve their communities in the field of nursing care, prevention, healthcare, nursing management, or the teaching of practical nursing in medical and health institutions and enterprises at every level.

Career Direction

  • Professional Nursing

  • Nursing Management

  • Teaching of Practical Nursing

  • Innumerable opportunities in medical and healthcare enterprises at every level

Sample Coursework

  • Medical Chemistry

  • Human Anatomy

  • Health Assessment

  • Nursing Psychology

  • Nursing Ethics

Notable Facts

  • The demand for nurses in the healthcare industry is vast and expected to grow

  • Partnerships with area hospitals enhances learning with hands-on experience and expert interaction

  • International exchange partnerships with institutions around the globe such as United States, Canada, France, Finland, and many others

  • Program focus on professionalism, interpersonal communication, clinical thinking, independent learning, and an innovative spirit

Degrees and Certificates

  • Associate Degree

  • Bachelor of Science

  • Certificate of College English

  • Medical English Certification

  • National Nurse Practicing Qualification Certification


The Department of Pharmacy prepares students to serve in fields related to all aspects of pharmaceuticals, including drug manufacturing, quality control, research and development, as well as supply, management, and distribution. The department seeks to meet a growing global market shortage of professions qualified to work in these highly-specialized areas. The department works to equip creative and motivated students, with a discipline for self-study, with excellent communication, diathesis, and logical thinking skills. The program includes a broad and solid basic knowledge of pharmaceuticals, systemic fundamental theories, and experimentation.

Career Direction

  • High Demand and Diverse Career Paths Available

  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

  • Pharmaceutical Research and Development

  • Pharmaceutical Quality Control

  • Pharmaceutical Supply and Management

Sample Coursework

  • Human Anatomy

  • Pharmaceutical Botany and Pharmacognosy

  • Pharmaceutical Analysis

  • Clinical Pharmacotherapy

Notable Facts

  • High program entry standards

  • Flexible program options

Degrees and Certificates

  • Bachelor of Science

Rehabilitation Treatment

The goal of the program of Rehabilitation Treatment at SUMHS is to develop talented students toward high demand careers in rehabilitation treatment specialties. Students are taught a wide range of fundamental medicine and clinical practices relating to rehabilitation, making them well-qualified for physical rehabilitation jobs in various institutions and enterprises such medical centers, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and schools. Graduation requires one year of study, after which students may obtain certification after passing the rehabilitation qualification examination.

Career Direction

  • Rehabilitation Treatment Specialties

  • Medical and Rehabilitation Centers

  • Nursing Homes and Schools

  • Currently a Severe Shortage of Rehabilitation Specialists

Sample Coursework

  • Human Anatomy and Histology

  • Physiology

  • Kinesiology

  • Biomechanics

  • Nervous System Injury Treatment

  • Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy

Notable Facts

  • Standardized approach to study through the National Standards of Rehabilitation Therapy and the International Standards of Rehabilitation Therapy

  • Strong governmental department support

  • Multiple partnerships with well-known institutions such as Shanghai Sunshine Rehabilitation Center, Huadon Hospital, and the Shanghai 6th People’s Hospital

Degrees and Certificates

  • One year Study Course

  • Rehabilitation Qualification Certification

English Language Instruction

Sino-American Joint English-Language Nursing Program

The Sino-American Nursing Program, and English-language focused nursing program, is offered in partnership with Bob Jones University USA, a private liberal arts college in the southeastern USA in operation for nearly a century. The program has operated in Shanghai since 1997 with the provision of American instructors teaching full-time onsite in Shanghai. The program focuses on teaching international-standard healthcare techniques, knowledge of current practice in the USA, English-language skills, and patient communication and critical thinking abilities, producing graduates who are confident and competent not only in Chinese healthcare environments but also in international hospitals.

Career Direction

  • High Graduate Employment Rate (>98%)

  • International Hospitals

  • Further Education Abroad

Sample Coursework

  • Tailored English Language Learning

  • English Medical Terminology

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing

  • Nursing Communication

  • Critical Thinking in Nursing

  • Microbiology

  • Biochemistry

Notable Facts

  • Highly-qualified well-established onsite American faculty

  • Multiple and varied partnerships with area hospitals

  • Course of study integrates English language skill training

  • International standards-based healthcare education

  • Study abroad opportunities

Degrees and Certificates

  • Associate Degree in Nursing

  • Nurse Qualification Certification

  • Various nursing-related certifications

Application Procedure

Apply online

March 21 – May 15


End of May & Early June

Confirm Enrollment & Mail Materials


Admitted & Get Admission Package

End of June

Application Prerequisites

  • Healthy, non-Chinese citizen, foreign visa holders with senior high school diploma (or above). Applicants under 18 years old should submit a “Guardian’s Guarantee Statement.”

  • Applicants who have immigrated from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to other countries must have held a foreign visa or nationality certificate for 4 or more years, and in the last 4 years (before May 30, 2016) must actually have lived abroad for more than 2 years (more than 9 months of residence abroad per year may be considered as one year).

Application Documentation

  • Senior high school diploma or equivalent (Graduating students should provide an official statement as proof of graduation)

  • Official transcripts (or equivalent) from your high school, including courses taken

  • Official HSK Score

  • One photocopy of your passport and one passport-sized photo

  • Application fee of 600 RMB (approx. 90 USD)

Introduction to the 2016 Scholarship in SUMHS

Both full scholarships and partial scholarships are available based on your application qualification and date. A full scholarship (Grant A, Class C) covers your tuition, accommodation, medical insurance and your living expenses; a partial scholarship (Grant B, Class C) can provide you with tuition and medical insurance.

Application Method

All of the applicants should apply online at and upload the scanned application materials mentioned above before deadline.


Application Period: March 21 – May 15, 2017


Note: for any unsuccessful application caused by personal reasons, the application fee will not be refunded.

Semester Starts:

Early September

(The specific date will be given on the admission letter)


Application fee: 600 RMB (non-refundable)

Tuition: 18,000 RMB/academic year

Accommodation: 2,000 RMB/month(single room), or 1,500 RMB/month(shared room)