Posted on November 13, 2017

The Department of Public Health at Qatar University College of Health Sciences (QU-CHS) recently hosted a presentation on Qatar Public Health Strategy (2017-2022) by H.E. Sheikh Dr Mohammed Al Thani, Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Public Health.

The event engaged CHS students, faculty and staff. It was attended by QU Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences and College of Medicine (CMED) Dean Dr Egon Toft, CHS Dean and QU Biomedical Research Center (BRC) Director Dr Asma Al-Thani, and QU College of Pharmacy Dean Dr Mohammad Diab. Launched in May 2017, the Public Health Strategy is a roadmap for Qatar’s efforts to improve the health of citizens and residents by creating and sustaining an environment conducive to health. The strategy covers 16 key health areas, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health, occupational health, and road safety.

In his presentation, H.E. Sheikh Dr Mohammed Al Thani highlighted the objectives and details of the strategy, stressing the importance of public and professional engagement for the strategy’s success. He said: “I am extremely proud that public health has been identified as a priority by the College of Health Sciences at Qatar University and that a Public Health degree can now be awarded not only to physicians but also non-physicians. A graduate Public Health degree is an excellent way for students to qualify themselves for employment in a variety of health care settings within Qatar and the rest of the world. Importantly, this degree is a significant step forward for us as a nation to continue working towards and achieving the ultimate goal of disease prevention and advancement of health and wellbeing for the people of Qatar.”

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He added: “I sincerely thank Dr Asma Al-Thani, Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Qatar University, and the college faculty for giving me the opportunity to introduce students to the Public Health Strategy 2017-2022. They have always been one of our biggest and greatest supporters in achieving our strategic goals in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. I also appreciate the dedication and cooperation of the deans and directors from QU colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy.”

CHS Dean and QU Biomedical Research Center (BRC) Director Dr Asma Al-Thani provided an overview of CHS efforts to meet the growing demands of the health sector by establishing new high-quality academic programs, including the Physical Therapy program, which began in Fall 2017. She also highlighted the plans to establish a master program in Genetic Counseling. She pointed to the establishment of the Health Cluster at QU for inter-professional synergies, which will have a positive impact on Qatar’s health sector. She said: “The Ministry of Public Health is our most important stakeholder and strategic partner. It is both important and motivating for the students to meet the Director of Public Health and to get acquainted with Qatar Public Health Strategy.”

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