Posted on January 29, 2019

Qatar University’s (QU) College of Health Sciences (CHS) host an orientation session organized by the Office of Student Affairs on the requirements of the common year for undergraduate general health students. The common year is a requirement for QU students applying for the colleges under QU Health, Medicine, Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The orientation gives students a vital overview of the requirements of the common year, which is divided into two semesters. Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Nada Al Qubaisi, clarified that students who pass the requirements of the first semester —which tackles general chemistry, experimental general chemistry, biostatistics, medical education, human structure and function I as well as a core course—  can successfully become entitled to declare their majors.

Acceptance into the different programs of the College of Health Sciences is based on the academic performance in the first semester of the common year as well as the availability of seats in the chosen program. The common year was introduced to support interdisciplinary teaching among the colleges of QU health. It will also facilitate major transfer if required, in between the three colleges. Students were also briefed by representatives from the departments of human nutrition, public health, biomedical sciences and physical therapy and rehabilitation on the requirements for the undergraduate programs offered by their departments and on possible career paths and employment opportunities for CHS graduates.

The meeting was attended by Ms. Hala Mussa Director of Academic Counselling at CHS. The CHS is comprised of four academic departments: The Department of Biomedical Sciences, the Department of Nutrition, the Department of Public Health as well as the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. It offers internationally calibrated academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. The CHS works hard to increase the number of Qatari citizens working in the health sector in Qatar as stipulated by Qatar National Vision 2030 and the QU strategy. CHS has designed its Sciences Education and Human Health Activity (SEHHA) program, which targets Qatari students in secondary schools, with the aim of encouraging them to join academic health programs. More importantly, the number of Qatari citizens working in Qatar’s health sector has increased significantly in the last two years.