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QU launches first master's program in Health Professional Education | Qatar University

QU launches first master's program in Health Professional Education

2021-04-01

QU Health cluster graduate programs office has launched the first Master of Science and Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education (HPE) from Qatar University (QU). It is the result of a joint effort of the QU Health Cluster members: College of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy, College of Medicine and College of Dental Medicine with input from the College of Education and external stakeholders including Hamad International Training Center and the Medical Education Department at Hamad Medical Corporation.

The program aims to deliver a high quality, progressive co-educational graduate program that prepares competent graduates with the knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes to improve health professional education and associated research that actively contributes to the needs and aspirations of society.

The program is designed with future students in mind. The courses are designed to be flexible to fit the needs of healthcare professional’s busy calendars. Each course will provide the necessary underpinning of theories, principles, models and frameworks of design, delivery, assessment and evaluation to improve your teaching practices, whether it be at the bedside or in a classroom. Each course in this program has been expertly curated and designed as a blended curriculum. You can expect purposeful asynchronous activities to be blended with meaningful face-to-face activities using the best available evidence to inform our content.

The program consists of two tracks:
• MSc in HPE: 6 x 4 credit courses (total 24 credits) including a thesis (6 credits) over 2 years
• Certificate in HPE: 3 x 4 credit courses (total 12 credits) without a thesis over 1 year

Students who enter the certificate track may transfer into the MSc program, pending meeting the requirements for admission and supervisor availability. Students who enter the MSc track are expected to continue through the entire MSc program.

Dr. Derek Stewart, Professor and Manager of Academic Quality in QU Health led the development of the program. He says, “We are confident that this program will be at the forefront of health professional education in the region, and indeed across the world. We received excellent feedback on our proposal from three leading international experts in this field.”

Dr. Egon Toft, Professor and Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences said, “We are delighted to have received support for this program from Qatar University Board of Regents. This gives an opportunity to advance health professional education in the country enhancing the reputation of the university. It is an innovative and exciting development, directly aligning with the ‘Reform to Transformation’ 2018-2022 strategy of the university, Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Health Strategy 2018-2022.”

Dr. Daniel Rainkie, Acting Program Director said, “Applications are open for our first intake. We are excited to invite our first cohort of students to this important and innovative program.”

Interested students can visit the QU website for more information.