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3 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES Welcome to the University of Sharjah 04 12 06 14 08 16 10 18 Admission Requirements: University Ranking: Contents The College of Health Sciences Department of Health Services Administration Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences Department of Physiotherapy Department of Medical Diagnostic Imaging Department of Environmental Health Sciences Department of Nursing Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics University Website: Welcome to The University of Sharjah (UOS), a university that provides first class education to students from the UAE, Arab countries, and around the globe. The University of Sharjah offers academic programs in a broad range of disciplines that truly define it as a world-class university. Programs cover an impressive range of fields and scopes including the arts, humanities and social sciences, Islamic studies and Sharia law, international and civil law, communications and media, sciences, business, engineering and architecture, fine arts and design, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and health sciences. Studying at the University of Sharjah, a prominent and comprehensive university, offers many advantages. You will be exposed to numerous course and program options that will allow you to combine disciplines so that you may participate actively in addressing both today’s challenges and those of the future. You will also enjoy the flexibility of choosing from a wide range of options to choose the program that best matches your talents, aptitude and interests. Lastly, at the University of Sharjah, you will experience a wonderful journey of self-discovery and learning that will bring your best abilities to the forefront.

4 OUR VISION The College of Health Sciences at the University of Sharjah aspires to become a leading and recognized academic institution at national, regional, and international levels for quality education in health professions, research, and community service. OUR MISSION The College of Health Sciences at the University of Sharjah aims to prepare competent, culturally sensitive and safe professionals, through quality educational programs that emphasize evidence-based practices; foster self-directed learning; encourage research and community services; promote interdisciplinary collaboration; and build professional leadership and commitment. OUR GOALS • Prepare qualified, knowledgeable, and skilled health care professionals to assume their roles effectively as practitioners, administrators, educators, and researchers in different fields of the health care system. • Advance scientific knowledge through providing opportunities and support for faculty and students to engage in health-related research, especially research focused on local and regional needs. • Promote the health and well-being of the population and environment by actively addressing health related issues, particularly those with local and regional impact. Programs in the College embrace a multi disciplinary approach to education and a broad range of subject areas that focus on the intensive study of the allied health and social sciences to provide students with a comprehensive understanding and background in these areas. The College of Health Sciences, established in 1997, received extensive program support from McMaster University in Canada during its early stages. The College is endowed with a beautiful campus, within the University’s Medical Complex and in close proximity to the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry; to leading centers for research and clinical training; and to the University Hospital, thus providing an ideal integrated environment for students and professionals in these fields. The College of Health Sciences The College of Health Sciences (CHS) is among the first established colleges at the University of Sharjah, forming an integral part of the University‘s existence.

5 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES • Maintain an environment that is intellectually stimulating, culture-preserving, supportive, and facilitates learning, research, and community service. • Provide programs of study that match students’ aspirations and abilities while fostering the pursuit of personal, social, academic and career objectives of students. • Provide programs of study that fulfill the human resource needs of local and regional health care industry workforce, especially the needs of the Emirate of Sharjah and the UAE • Promote the quality of higher education in the UAE by adhering to themandates of excellence in all college undertakings andbycollaboratingwithother institutions. • Establish lasting links with other academic and non-academic institutions and alumni in order to continuously support students’ professional and career developments. OUR PROGRAMS Undergraduate Programs • Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences • Bachelor of Science in Medical Diagnostic Imaging • Bachelor of Science in Nursing • Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Sciences • Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Graduate Programs • Master of Science in Physiotherapy • Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences • Master of Science in Adult Critical Care Nursing • Master of Science in Environmental Health • Master of Science in Applied Nutrition

6 Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS), also called Clinical Laboratory Science, provides the laboratory information and services needed for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. It is the largest single medical domain to deliver health and disease status reports, laboratory tests, analyses and test results which the majority of critical medical decisions are based on. Medical laboratory scientists perform a variety of laboratory tests to detect and diagnose diseases such as diabetes, leukemia, heart disease, bacterial infections, genetic disorders, and many other diseases and health conditions. The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences and a Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences. UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences Our Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program is one of the premier programs established within the College of Health Sciences at the University of Sharjah. Our program enjoys a reputation of excellence, within the local, regional and global academic and medical communities, in addition to a strong record of professional success among our graduates. The MLS program prepares competent professionals skilled in performing and interpreting laboratory tests results vital to the diagnosis and treatment of disease. PROGRAM OF STUDY The MLS program is a four-year program leading to a B.Sc. Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences (B.Sc. MLS). A student’s first two years are composed of general college requirements and MLS prerequisites, while the third year is dedicated to MLS program requirements. The fourth year engages students in clinical coursework and training at regional hospitals. The extensive nature of the fourth year practical component guarantees students a high degree of technical and professional competency prior to graduating from our program.

7 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES MLS graduates are in high demand across the globe and experience a wide window of career opportunities as: • Clinical laboratory generalists in hospitals, clinics, or private laboratories. • Clinical laboratory specialists working in such areas as microbiology, hematology, chemistry, molecular biology/DNA, histocompatibility, immunology, and in blood banks or stem cell/bone marrow labs. • Clinical laboratory supervisors or managers. • Quality assurance/quality specialists in hospitals or industries (e.g. pharmaceutical quality operations). • Technical representatives, sales representatives or research and development specialists in laboratory industries. • Research technologists or research supervisors/ coordinators in academic medical centers. • Infection control officers in hospitals or clinics. • Educators for employee training programs or formal academic programs. GRADUATE PROGRAMS MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES The department of Medical Lab Sciences at the University of Sharjah prides itself on being one of few academic departments in the UAE and the Gulf Region to train competent medical lab scientists. However, as junior professionals, it takes our graduates many years of practice to gain the experience and knowledge necessary to work as senior lab managers. Additionally, there are batteries of advanced and technically-challenging biochemical and molecular tests that need special training and can only be conducted by senior specialists. The proposed program is designed in such a way to help prospective students to develop the theoretical background and technical skills needed for such professional roles through tailor-made theoretical and practical courses. Students will also acquire the theoretical and practical experience in lab quality control and quality assurance by enrolling in compulsory courses designed to help them achieve this goal. Gaining enough proficiency to be an effective liaison of the profession, be it with medical teams at their facility, government agencies, public and private health care sectors, or quality control/assurance entities requires much deeper knowledge and experience than what a regular undergraduate training program in medical lab sciences would usually provide.

8 Department of Medical Diagnostic Imaging Medical Diagnostic imaging (MDI) is an important part of the diagnostic process. The Program prepares students to work on different imaging modalities, including Computerized Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine (NM), Ultrasound (US) and digital imaging systems which are gradually replacing conventional films worldwide. UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS Bachelor of Science in Medical Diagnostic Imaging Medical Diagnostic Imaging (MDI) is a medical specialty that uses X-rays, ultra-sound waves, and magnetic fields to produce images of organs and other internal structures of the body in order to detect, diagnose and treat diseases. It is also used to monitor the progress of diseases and medical conditions and/or guide medical procedures. The MDI Department offers two plans to fulfill the career objectives and aspirations of its students. The Bachelor of Science in Medical Diagnostic Imaging (B.Sc. MDI) takes a minimum of four years full-time study, during which students complete 137 credit hours. The Bridging Plan (Track A) takes a minimum of two years full-time study (73 credit hours), while (Track B) requires a minimum of three years full-time study (99 credit hours).

9 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Demand for Radiographers and Medical Imaging Specialists (MIS) is exceedingly high across the globe. Students may seek careers in hospital settings or outpatient clinics. You may specialize in computed tomography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, digital imaging, PACS or nuclear medicine and/or be responsible for quality assurance and overseeing the implementation of new technology. Graduates might manage an entire radiology department, including its budget and personnel or assume academic teaching positions. The boundaries of your career in Medical Diagnostic Imaging are limitless, determined only by your abilities and interests. PROGRAM OF STUDY Students in the Medical Diagnostic Imaging program are introduced to an array of practical and theoretical courses on the safe use of imaging techniques. Students learn about skeletal radiology, imaging of the chest and abdomen, and fluoroscopy imaging of the digestive system, the heart, blood vessels and urinary system. Highly qualified faculty deliver courses in radiographic techniques, diagnostic equipment and patient care. Advanced techniques courses include Interventional Radiography (IR), Ultrasound (US), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), and Nuclear Medicine (NM). In their senior year, students receive supervised practical experience in clinics and hospitals to gain knowledge of the latest digital systems, link academic knowledge with practical skills and perform as team players with other health professionals.

10 Department of Nursing The Department of Nursing was established in 1999 with a bachelor program. The program is nationally recognized for excellence in nursing education. The department also strives for gaining an international reputation. The first Masters in Adult Critical Care was established in September 2020 to fulfill the increasing demand of nursing professionals in the local/regional market. This is the first program in the UAE. The Department of Nursing has grown significantly since its inception and is now offering a Master of Science in Adult Critical Care Nursing. The department is committed to excellence in the field of education, research, nursing practice, and administration. The program emphasizes the development of student analytical skills through problem-based and team-based learning. Hospitals and community partners provide quality-learning opportunities for nursing students and join faculty and graduate students in offering the latest in nursing through evidence-based research and clinical practice. UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS Bachelor of Science in Nursing Nursing is a dynamic ever-changing healthcare profession that offers unlimited opportunities for its graduates. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Sharjah prepares new students and nurses already in the field to become leaders and contributes to the advancement of health and the healthcare profession. BSN stream courses include: Students complete a total of 137 credits over four academic years to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. • The initial Health Sciences courses providing a sound background in basic and health sciences including biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and pathophysiology. • Nursing courses (theoretical and clinical) providing the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for providing nursing care to individuals, families, and communities in a variety of healthcare settings. • University required courses that provide a broad base of education. PROGRAM OF STUDY The nursing program offers two streams leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): the basic stream (BSN), a four-year stream open to high school graduates and the bridging stream (RN-BSN) open to registered nurses with a diploma in nursing; this may be done on a full-time or a part-time basis.

11 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Employment opportunities abound for graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.Sc.N) due to the high demand for nurses in the UAE and worldwide. Graduates from the program are employed as general nurses providing direct healthcare to patients, families and communities. Graduates may assume various roles in nursing practice, education, leadership and management, and research. GRADUATE PROGRAMS MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ADULT CRITICAL CARE NURSING The Master of Science in Adult Critical Care Nursing responds to the current and emerging health care needs in the UAE. This program supports the University’s strategic plan to develop post graduate programs and to continue the development of nursing within the UAE. The program is student centered, clinically focused, culturally relevant, geographically proximal and cost-effective. Moreover, it will strengthen the university’s interdisciplinary effort which implies inter-program collaboration in teaching, clinical practice, administration and research. RN-BSN stream courses include: • Health Sciences courses including Pathophysiology, General Microbiology, and Biostatistics. • Advanced nursing theory courses including Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Communication, Health Education and Health Promotion, and Theory Application in Nursing Practice. • Clinical courses that focus on health assessment and communication, community nursing and on student selected areas including nursing education, management and leadership, or advanced nursing practice. • University required courses.

12 Department of Health Services Administration The Health Services Administration (HSA) department at the University of Sharjah offers a rigorous, multi-disciplinary program in healthcare management that aims to prepare students to become health services administrators on the way to strengthen health care delivery systems and their management locally and at other countries in region. If you are interested in working at hospitals, managed care organizations, health insurance firms, or international organizations related to the health field we invite you to come join our programand prepare you for a career in healthcare administration. UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration Health administration refers to the business side of the healthcare industry. Healthcare administrators oversee the day- to-day operation of hospitals or medical practices, making decisions about how to save money, hire staff and handle quality of care, financial and legal problems. Students enrolled in the program attend a variety of multidisciplinary courses in healthcare management that prepare them for entry-level positions managing a wide range of healthcare facilities.

13 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES This program avails a wide range of challenging career opportunities at hospitals or healthcare delivery units as administrators dealing with the quality of health services, health economics, health planning, health information management, healthcare statistics, organizational structures, and human resources and financial challenges, as well as guiding ethical decision-making. PROGRAM OF STUDY After passing their foundation year, students take courses comprised of a sequence of interrelated interdependent courses, all of which combine management and health including: Health-related courses such as healthcare terminology and classifications, epidemiology, and population health; management-related courses focused on hospital management, healthcare delivery systems and management in primary healthcare systems; health information management courses emphasizing computer applications for healthcare managers, health information systems, and managing health information systems for health services; and advanced managerial courses in healthcare management such as quality management in healthcare, planning for health services, and marketing for health services.

14 Department of Physiotherapy Physiotherapy is a health care profession in the field of rehabilitation that promotes optimal health in individuals of all ages. Physiotherapists are qualified to provide preventive and therapeutic services which aim at restoring function and preventing disability arising from disease, trauma or injury. UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy The role of a physiotherapy graduate is to alleviate suffering, to enhance the physical abilities and wellness, and to improve the quality of life of people of all ages suffering from diseases/ disorders of bones, muscles, joints, heart, lungs, and nervous system. This role includes education, prevention, treatment and intervention, and rehabilitation. The University of Sharjah’s physiotherapy program is committed to serving its students, the community and the physiotherapy profession. The program accomplishes this by providing quality education, research and an array of community services. Through our responsive curriculum, the program delivers the highest quality of education to our students made evident by the career placement of our graduates, the continued growth of our program and our leadership role in the physiotherapy field within the community. The program further seeks to conduct quality and applicable research reflecting the unique needs of the broader region and the population by providing required physiotherapists to serve the area and perform community outreach and services. PROGRAM OF STUDY Students complete a total of 138 credit hours over at least four academic years to earn a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Physiotherapy (PT). The initial year covers basic topics such as biology, physics, chemistry and other college and University compulsory courses. In the second year, students are introduced to the core concepts of physiotherapy including biomechanics (the study of human movement), therapeuticmodalities (the study of modalities used in patient treatment) and assessment, as well as a moderate level of exposure to clinical training.

15 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Physiotherapists practice in many settings including outpatient clinics, hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, extended care facilities, education and research centers, schools, hospices, industrial workplaces, and fitness centers or sports training facilities. Students are also well prepared to pursue graduate studies towards a Master’s or PhD degree. Physiotherapists may assume non-patient care roles in areas such as health policy, health insurance, healthcare administration or as healthcare executives or professors. In the third year, students study more advanced topics in specialty areas, such as musculoskeletal coursework and neurology while engaging in their clinical practicum, which carries forward to the fourth year. In their senior year, students complete a research project and continue their clinical training in addition to covering other specialty areas such as geriatrics (study of elderly). GRADUATE PROGRAMS MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PHYSIOTHERAPY Master of Science in Physiotherapy program is expected to contribute to the diversity and specialization to the graduate programs at the University of Sharjah and complement academic and research programs that target community needs. Moreover, it will strengthen the UOS interdisciplinary effort which implies inter-program collaboration in teaching, and clinical research. Physiotherapy is a health care profession in the field of rehabilitation that promotes optimal health in individuals of all ages. Physiotherapists are qualified to provide preventive and therapeutic services which aim at restoring function and preventing disability arising from disease, trauma or injury. The University of Sharjah offers a two-year program leading to a Master of Science in physiotherapy (MSc.PT).

16 Department of Environmental Health Sciences The Department of Environmental Health Sciences graduates environmental health professionals equipped with an understanding of how the environment impacts health and how to assess and control environmental determinants that impact health. Students further learn to develop and modify plans that will help protect the environment. UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Sciences Environmental health sciences is the study of potential dangers and hazards that environmental factors may cause to human health. The program stresses the measures that may be taken to recognize, evaluate, prevent, and control dangerous environmental factors and their hazardous effects on health. Environmental health is a wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary field that embraces a broad range of subject areas. The Environmental Health practice covers the assessment, measurement, control and prevention of environmental factors that may adversely affect our health as well as the enhancement of environmental aspects that might improve human health. PROGRAM OF STUDY After completing the foundation year, students engage in the study of the following areas: Air pollution, global environmental issues (ozone depletion and global warming), (desertification, oil spills, etc.), water pollution, occupational health and safety, environmental and occupational toxicology, epidemiology, research methodology, food quality and safety, integrated solid and hazardous wastemanagement, local environmental issues, building and human habitation, biodiversity, leadership and management, and environmental legislation.

17 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Environmental health graduates are highly sought after nationally, regionally and internationally for a variety of dynamic career options including work in municipalities, Ministry of Environment and Water, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor, universities, environmental research centers and institutions, industries, petroleum companies, civil defense, the UAE Federal Environmental Agency, environmental research and wildlife development, consultancy agencies, the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, non-governmental organizations and other areas related to environment health and safety. GRADUATE PROGRAMS MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH The MSc EH program is a two to four year full/part time program (33 credits), accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. It comprises of two tracks – Track (A) Occupational Hygiene and Safety, and Track (B) Food Safety Management. Both tracks are essential in preparing Environmental Health professionals ready to become effective members of workforce and grab diverse employment opportunities at Ministries, municipalities, environmental agencies, various industries, airports and ports, consultancy firms, hospitality, oil and gas, research institutes, academia, among others. Graduates of the MSc EH program may also opt to pursue further doctoral studies in the field of environmental health science.

18 Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics The Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics prepares qualified clinical nutritionists to play a critical role in health care delivery. The program focuses on the intensive study of allied aspects of life, health and social sciences that are required in the understanding of food, nutrition and its relationship with health. The department offers a bachelor degree of Science in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics and a Master of Science in Applied Nutrition. UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics Nutrition and Dietetics involves the art and science of applying the principles of good food and nutrition in maintaining good health. Clinical nutritionists and dietitians play a vital role in promoting the health and nutrition of the community. The Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics (CN&D) Program provides a novel and integrated approach to nutrition, food management and public health and addresses local and national health issues. The program focuses on various aspects of food and nutrition, while integrating social, behavioral and life sciences. Comprehensive courses are delivered through diverse teaching strategies during classroom, laboratory and clinical practice sessions. PROGRAM OF STUDY The four-year Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics is a comprehensive degree program. The first year comprises the essentials of life and health sciences including chemistry, biology, physics, human anatomy, and physiology. The second year focuses on the applied sciences of biochemistry and microbiology with students being introduced to the fundamentals of nutrition, principles of food science, and the psycho- social aspects of food behavior.

19 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities dealing with food, nutrition and dietetics. Upon completing the program, the graduates successfully engage in leading professions as researchers, consultants and entrepreneurs. Popular careers include those in hospitals, clinics, schools, health centers, primary healthcare departments, the food industry, nutraceutical companies, wellness clinics and other related sectors. The third year introduces more specialized courses in nutrition related to nutritional assessment and nutritional demands during the life span, along with food processing, public health nutrition and medical nutrition therapy. The final year employs courses involving intensive knowledge and the application of advanced medical nutrition therapy, professional ethics and methods for nutrition research. GRADUATE PROGRAMS Master of Science in Applied Nutrition The master’s degree in Applied Nutrition program provides students with the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills to further advance in various career paths including community nutrition, clinical nutrition for chronic disease and nutrition research. Applied nutrition consists of the translational arm of the science of nutrition. It focuses on the application of the theory and basic sciences in nutrition into healthy lifestyles and practice that are geared to improve health and prevent diseases. The MSAN program at UoS is built around evidence-based nutrition practices and guidelines, research, and the application of knowledge and skills to both individuals and communities.

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