Posted on May 16, 2015

Qatar University’s College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) recently launched two Masters’ programs in Public Health and Applied Statistics, beginning Fall 2015.

The two programs are the first of their kind in Qatar and were designed to produce highly specialized and competent graduates in order to join the professional sectors within Qatar and beyond, in line with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the national development strategies. The MSc in Applied Statistics is hosted by the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, and will enable graduates to provide professional statistical training and consulting services within various academic and professional sectors in the local and regional workplace. The program requires 30 credits, and offers two options: a thesis (academic option) or a project (professional option).

The MSc in Public Health (MPH) targets health professionals and new graduates of health-related programs such as medicine, pharmacy, biomedical sciences, nutrition and public health. It requires 42 credits, and offers two concentrations in epidemiology or in health systems improvement. The concentration in health systems improvement addresses the country’s pressing burden of non-communicable diseases and lifestyle-related risk factors, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and road traffic accidents; while the epidemiological profile focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, as well as high-quality, evidence-based, and effective health care.

With regard to the two programs, Dr Eiman Mustafawi said that the College continues to deliver on its mission and vision of offering interdisciplinary programs applicable to a wide range of scientific and health issues, especially in R&D. “This displays its commitment to providing the labor market with professionals and specialists in the medical and health sectors, and to delivering a highly specialized and rigorous training program in statistics that would enable professional statistical training and consulting services to a range of academic and professional sectors. The rapid growth of Qatar thus places significant emphasis on public health as well as the need for statistical consultation in all sectors, and these programs contribute to the country’s aspiration towards becoming a knowledge-based economy, in line with national development priorities and objectives,” she said.