The field of Molecular and Cellular Biology has given scientists unprecedented control over species manipulation and development. This course will have an in-depth coverage of the structure, function, and synthesis of DNA, RNA, and proteins. We will discuss the nature of genes and chromosomes (the repositories of genetic information) and the mechanics of DNA synthesis and genome replication, followed by discussions on repair, recombination and transposition. We will also discuss the pathways of gene expression (transcription, RNA processing, and translation) and the mechanisms of regulating these pathways, with special emphasis on transcriptional control.
This course aims to give a broad but comprehensive introduction to the majority of the important techniques used today in biomedical research. It aims to give a background in the theory, practise and applications of the various techniques, as well as their limitations and pitfalls. It is hoped that, after having completed the course, students will be well equipped to embark upon research projects with a useful knowledge of the techniques covered and how to apply them to address specific research-based questions, and also how to interpret the data derived from these applications. It is not the aim of the course to teach students how to perform various procedures - this can only be achieved with extensive, repeated, supervised, hands-on laboratory training which is obviously not feasible in this context. The format of each session may vary according to the individual needs of each topic or presenter. Most session will commence with a tutorial covering the principles and practice of the technique at hand, followed by a less formal session where instrumentation can be seen in operation, experimental examples can be examined, and raw data can be viewed and discussed.
The course is mainly General histopathology, which deals with the basic concept of the various disease processes. This program offers the students a comprehensive review of the theoretical and practical aspects of general histopathology. The students will be exposed to formal lectures and laboratory practicals, which will emphasize the most modern concepts and methodologies in the fields of cell injury, inflammation, tissue repair, infection, hemodynamic changes, vascular disorders, environmental disorders and neoplasia.
This course will explore ways in which microbial pathogens, particularly bacteria and viruses, interact with their hosts. Topics that will be covered include bacterial-host cell interactions, role of bacterial toxins in pathogenicity, viral infections and escape strategies, emerging and re-emerging viral infections, host defense and innate/adaptive immunity, exaggerated immune responses and immunopathology, virus-host cell interactions in cancerogenesis, and strategies for vaccine development.
Pharmacology is an interdisciplinary field. This PhD course tackles major recent findings in divers’ area of pharmacology with a focus on cancer pharmacology, neurodegeneration and cognitive functions, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. This course emphasis is on the molecular mechanism of action of the most recent applied and experimental drugs including monoclonal antibodies, tissue engineering advances, and genome editing progress. Therefore, the contents of the course will remain dynamic and evolve from year to year depending on what is viewed as significant advances in that year. It is intended that the seminar should provide a more didactic and interactive meeting. During this course, students will also be introduced to the most advanced research methodologies and will have extensive training to develop their skills, including ethics and communication that will be achieved via written assessments and oral presentations and discussions.
This course is designed to cover selected topics and recently published articles that are influencing in a significant manner our understanding of human genetics and genomics with emphasis on recent advances in genomic technologies and disease mechanisms. Therefore, the contents of the course might vary from year to year depending on what is viewed as a significant advance in that year.
This course will focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying cancer progression, metastasis, and recurrence. Advances in cancer treatment, including targeted therapy and immunotherapy will also be discussed. This course will be based around seminars and interactive discussion sessions focused on the latest developments in the field accompanied by critical evaluation of published research articles. The content of the course will evolve from year to year depending on the latest advances in the field. During the interactive group sessions, there will be a round table discussion of selected research papers (which will be pre-circulated to all students) concerning important topics in cancer. The students will learn to dissect the study’s major aims, methodology and logic employed to address the question, the strengths and weaknesses of the results, and their implications. The emphasis will be on the methodological, conceptual and practical aspects of the research papers in the field. An important part of this course will be to develop the student’s ability to critically evaluate published research papers. The manuscript for evaluation will be selected by the course coordinators and provided to each student at the beginning of the course. In consultation with the course coordinator and co-coordinator, each student will also select a research paper/topic and prepare it for presentation to the whole class at the end of the course.
This course will guide students in learning advanced information on the microscopic structure of the cells and tissues of the human body and the biological features of their components. The correlation of structure and function at the cellular and molecular levels will be emphasized in lectures and laboratory sessions. The application of cell and tissue biology to research and clinical disciplines will be emphasized. For each topic, an introduction to the cellular architecture and specialized function of a given tissue will provide the necessary background that will explore contemporary research into the molecular and cellular basis of human diseases involving that tissue.
Advanced Topics in Neuroscience is a course that focuses on specific contents that are particularly relevant to modern neuroscience and pathophysiology of the nervous system, allowing students to discuss, critique, and interpret primary research literature in the field. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate comprehensive and integrated knowledge at the frontier of this discipline and explain critically the highly complex and diverse matters in this field. In addition, the course will explore training and practice on translational idea generation and refinement. It is a modular course that provides broad base to sample contemporary understanding and developments on normal and abnormal brain functioning, allowing each student to focus on selected topic of interest. The course will focus on specific contents that are especially relevant to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, how the nervous system works and what controls our behaviors, including consciousness learning and memory, brain plasticity, and motor functions. However, it also covers the most recent developments in the neurobiology of diseases, including neurodegeneration, movement disorders, autism, depression, stress related diseases and other neurological and psychiatric diseases. The course will also cover principles of the most recent cutting-edge technologies available to study brain function like connectomics, super-resolution microscopy, functional MRI, EEG, electrophysiology and calcium imaging. The course is composed of weekly seminar series in which various topics about modern neuroscience are discussed. Seminars are also presented by students or when suitable by visiting outside neuroscientists. At the end of the course, student will submit a reflection paper on a chosen topic of special interest/thesis relevance. The reflection paper can be structured as a literature synthesis, opinion paper, theoretical paper, or a research grant proposal. Together, the seminars and reflection paper will prepare the student for the course assessment during which the candidate will be examined on deep comprehension and critical thinking of a broader research topic/paper.
Pathophysiology identifies the changes that occur when a function of the body is compromised by disease, injury or other abnormality. In Advanced Pathophysiology course students will explore the application of advanced knowledge of the complex physiological functions and pathophysiological processes to understand the fundamental mechanisms of organ health and disease. The course will be focusing on pathophysiology of three bodily systems, including the cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal system as major focus points of research in the department. Selected topics from other bodily systems will also be explored. The course will enable students to discuss, critique, interpret and eventually contrast primary research literature in each and between those fields. At the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate comprehensive and integrated knowledge at the frontier of pathophysiology and explain critically the highly complex and diverse matters in this field. The course has modular structure with up 30% of the topics modifiable aiming to provide broad yet targeted knowledge and understanding of abnormal bodily functioning. Particular attention is given to the most recent cutting-edge technologies available to examine the alterations in function as well as adaptive, integrative and regulatory mechanisms of bodily dysfunction at the molecular, cellular, organ and system levels. The course combines seminars, lectures and presentations, and focused integration sessions led by students and faculty. At the end of the course, students will have to submit a reflection paper on a chosen topic of special interest/thesis relevance. The reflection paper can be structured as a literature synthesis, opinion paper, theoretical paper, or a research grant proposal. Finally, the course will insert a small focused discussion, training and practice on translational idea generation and refinement; here the main emphasis will be on comparative research of underlying pathophysiological processes across bodily systems. At the end of the course, students are expected to demonstrate deep comprehension and critical thinking of a pathophysiologic processes.
Computational sciences and artificial intelligence have been integrated in ubiquitous applications in the fields of sciences and medicine. This technology serves as a powerful tool to mark advancements in research, discoveries and medical practice. This course is composed of two parts: Computational Biochemistry and Artificial Intelligence. The first part covers computational sciences with focus on molecular docking, molecular dynamics, and quantum mechanics. It is a combination of theory and computational practical sessions. The theory will include the fundamentals and limitations of each of the methods, and the practical sessions will involve hands-on applications on chemical or biochemical systems. The second part covers artificial intelligence and its applications. It includes the fundamentals of statistics and machine learning algorithms. The theory of this part will be complemented by hands-on sessions that involve model building, technique validation and decision analysis, with focus on medical applications.
This course introduces students to the basic concepts and principles of epidemiology and biostatistics. After a review of the history and development of epidemiology as the basic science of public health, students will consider definitions of health, the determinants of health and the natural history of disease. They will then be introduced to the science of demography, measures of disease frequency and sources of data for measuring health outcomes. Students will distinguish descriptive epidemiology from analytical epidemiology and they will then cover the key epidemiological study designs in a logical sequence from ecological and cross sectional studies to case-control and cohort studies, and randomized controlled trials. They will learn how to ask public health research questions, propose hypotheses and select appropriate study designs. They will apply their new learning to practical public health problems. They will be introduced to infectious disease epidemiology and outbreak investigation. The biostatistics sessions will deal with the interpretation of results obtained from the practical applications of statistics used in medical research including descriptive statistics and inferential statistics.
This course will build on the concepts and principles of epidemiology and biostatistics that students were introduced to in BE1. After a revision session covering health outcome measures, students will cover rate adjustment, cause, bias and confounding. They will then be introduced to screening and clinical trials. Students will have an opportunity to practice literature searches and critical appraisal. They will learn more about ethics in medical research and will have a revision session on scientific writing. They will have sessions on chronic disease and injury epidemiology and will conclude with environmental epidemiology and an infectious disease case study. The biostatistics session deal with the interpretation of results obtained from the practical applications of statistics used in medical research including cohort studies and clinical trials.
Every PhD student must pass a Comprehensive Examination (CE) designed to evaluate the breadth and depth of the student’s knowledge of his or her discipline, as well as the student’s scholarly potential. The CE consists of an oral part and will be prepared, administered, and evaluated by an examination committee from the student’s concerned department. It must be taken before the start of the student’s fifth semester in the program. Students taking the CE must be in good academic standing after completion of the required coursework. Student is also expected to prepare a concise and complete Research Proposal that clearly defines the research problem and objectives, and outlines the research methodology and a plan that the student will follow for the dissertation work. The proposal should be completed under the direction of the student’s supervisor and must be approved by the Advisory Committee. The proposal’s content and format must follow the PhD Research Proposal Preparation Guidelines issued by the College of Graduate Studies. The CE may be repeated only once, no later than the end of the student’s fifth semester. A second unsuccessful attempt leads to immediate termination of the student’s enrollment in the PhD program. The CE course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
The course is for students who are at the stage of developing a research proposal. The course covers topics related to research protocol structure including research ethics, objectives, methodology and planning. Students will also be trained on different aspects of literature search strategies and scientific writing.
The aim of this course is to train students on the design, conduct, evaluation, and analysis of clinical research. The course will also help students develop the skills to design and conduct clinical research. Topics covered include searching the literature, writing research protocol, qualitative, observational and experimental research design, descriptive statistics for qualitative and quantitative variables, statistical hypothesis testing and its application to group comparisons in terms of means and proportions; measures of performances; measures of associations, and literature evaluation. The course provides an extensive application of the methodology through computer by using the SPSS software.
This module is designed to give an answer to the question ?what is public health?? and to introduce the main concepts, principles, and practices of public health, illustrated by selected major topics in both high income countries and emerging economies.
To introduce the basic statistical methods used in public health research. As part of this introduction, students will learn to make practical use of SPSS.
To provide an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of epidemiology.
To provide students with an overview and critical appreciation of the assessment of health needs and the evaluation of health care.
To provide students with a range of ways of thinking about health services and health systems. Drawing on epidemiology, history, medicine, economics and sociology, the module will help students understand how services function, the reasons services have developed in the way they have, the basis of some universal, persistent problems, and possible solutions to such difficulties.
To provide students with an overview and a critical appreciation of the nature and purpose of health promotion.
To provide a multidisciplinary framework for understanding the principles of interventions against infectious diseases, environmental hazards and emergency preparedness.
This is an introductory course for MPH students. The course will review the definition, history and scope of public health including notable public health successes. It will cover the determinants of and disparities in health and prospects for the future. It will describe the assessment of population health, demography and sources of data for public health. The course will also provide students with an introduction to public health ethics. It will introduce students to the Global Burden of Disease Study, Blue Zone Case Studies and the state of public Health in the Arab World. Finally the course will examine health care systems and emerging public health challenges. The course will use a range of teaching methods including lectures, mini-workshops, seminars and class-exercises. Assessment will be by a written examination using short-answer questions.
To provide students with an thorough overview of the scope and content and modern occupational health practice. This module will cover the curriculum and provide the necessary academic training for students to sit the accreditation examination of most boards, colleges and faculties of occupational medicine.
To provide an introduction to the main issues in clinical epidemiology including the design, analysis and interpretation of clinical trials.
This module will focus on the ways in which the environment can affect health. Students will be introduced to study designs in environmental health including ways in which exposure and outcomes are measured. The following topics will also be covered: environmental monitoring, surveillance systems for environmentally determined disease, investigation of disease clusters, GIS, main environmental hazards (chemicals, radiation) and media (soil, food, water, air). Students will also consider sustainability, climate change and environmental legislation and regulation. The focus will be on both high income countries and emerging economies.
This course is designed to broaden students thinking and build on their appreciation of current public health priorities and controversies. The course will concentrate on current perspectives and research findings about problems important to the health of individuals and communities. The sessions cover a broad spectrum of population-based, prevention-oriented issues relevant to the professional practice of public health in the private and public sectors of both domestic and international communities.
This course is designed for MPH students. The course will review the epidemiology of maternal, child and newborn health (MNCH) and relevant national and global policies and programs for MNCH. It will cover the health challenges posed by high-risk infants and children and in addition will address the key topics of reproductive health, maternal and child nutrition and adolescent health. The course will also address women’s place in development and lacatation management. The course will use a range of teaching methods including lectures, ini-workshops, seminars and class-exercises. Assessment will be by a written examination using short-answer questions.
This course will discuss non-communicable disease epidemics and their implications.
This course provides students with an introduction to the advanced concepts, methods, and study designs used in epidemiology.
This course is designed for MPH students. It will review the global burden of disease and injury and make comparisons between of health in developed and developing countries . The course will describe progress on MDGs. It will cover health inequities and a comparative analysis of health systems and health sector reforms. The course will use a range of teaching methods including lectures, mini-workshops, seminars and class-exercises. Assessment will be by a written examination using short-answer questions.
This course provides an introduction to the skills needed for effective public health practice for MPH students. It will cover sources of data and how to perform a literature search on PubMed. The course will review scientific writing, data presentation and plagiarism. It will provide students with an Introduction to critical appraisal of public health research. The course will also refresh students’ numerical skills by providing mathematics revision for epidemiology and biostatistics. The course will use a range of teaching methods including lectures, mini-workshops, seminars and class-exercises. Assessment will be by a written examination using short-answer questions.
This course covers advanced statistical methods used in public health research including multivariate methods and survival analysis. It will provide students with advanced skills in selecting appropriate statistical tools for analysis of complex data and interpreting the results of statistical analyses reported in the health literature.
This is an advanced MPH course in which students are expected to build on the fundamental knowledge gained from the basic Environmental Health course. The course is particularly focused on the health impact of environmental contaminants of air, water, soil, and food. Students are expected to integrate and solidify their knowledge in solving environmental health problems based on multi-disciplinary approaches. In addition, students will develop specific skills in advanced epidemiological methods used to quantify environmental health risks and be able to pursue careers in relevant scientific fields.
This course will review the major public health issues of local and global importance. It will provide students with an opportunity for advanced learning on the major threats to health and their distribution within populations. The course will cover the strengths and weaknesses of the main types of public health interventions and the challenges in dealing with uncertainty in making public health policies. Finally the course will address ethical issues and their importance to epidemiology and public health along with the philosophy underpinning public health action and how to apply it to health policies. The course will use a range of teaching methods including lectures, mini-workshops, seminars and class-exercises. Assessment will be by a written examination using short-answer questions.
This course provides students with skills in qualitative research methods used in social and behavioural sciences. It provides students with methodological and practical experience of planning and conducting qualitative or mixed research methods. The course will cover theory and practice of qualitative research, approaches used in designing and conducting qualitative research projects in the fields of public health and health services research. Students will gain hands-on experience in various qualitative methods and analytical techniques while carrying out a research project related to their area of interest.
This course provides a comprehensive introduction of epidemiological concepts and methods, including measures of occurrence and association, study designs, and validity. After completing this course, students are able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of various study designs, calculate and interpret epidemiologic parameters, and apply the principles and methods of epidemiology to the design and analysis of new research studies. The course reflects both the conceptual development of epidemiology and its increasingly focal role deali-ng with public health and medical problems.
This course covers some common statistical methods used in public health research including descriptive statistics, measures of association such as odds ratio and relative risks, measures of performances such as sensitivity, specificity and ROC curves, some common statistical hypothesis testing procedures and power and sample size calculations. The course exposes students to intensive hands-on computer applications using a portfolio of data sets from the medical and healthcare fields.
This course is an advanced self-learning and instructor-/student-directed seminar-based course for PhD students. The course will explore advanced epidemiology and public health topics of local, regional, and global impact. In this course, students will be assigned to research, explore, analyse, synthesize and present advanced health topics of current interest including, but not limited, to health problems of developed and developing nations, health promotion and disease prevention, role and importance of health informatics, public health genomics, healthcare delivery systems, health economics, environmental problems, spectrum of factors influencing the health status of populations and communities, and emerging/re-merging disease epidemics. Each session will has a theme (e.g. communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases). Each session starts with a theme-comprehensive presentation delivered by an expert faculty member. Students will then have to deliver 40-minutes presentation on a specific topic related to the session’s theme followed by 15-20 open discussion.
This course is designed to broaden students thinking and build on their appreciation of current public health priorities and controversies with presentations on current public health topics and interactions with presenters. Faculty and staff will present issues and encourage discussion and critical thinking. This course will concentrate on current perspectives and research findings about problems important to the health of individuals and communities. The sessions cover a broad spectrum of population-based, prevention-oriented issues relevant to the professional practice of public health in the private and public sectors of both domestic and international communities. The students will also present the relevant guidelines/policies on health interventions at local level.
This advanced level course builds on previous knowledge of epidemiology. It provides students with a deeper knowledge of many advanced epidemiological concepts, methods, and complex study designs. The course covers controversies and new thinking in epidemiologic practice including sampling, data analysis, confounding, and causal inference and reasoning. The course also introduces principles and methods of different contemporary epidemiologic research topics. Students who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in epidemiological methods and those who need such skills in their research projects are recommended to enroll in this course.
This course covers some advanced statistical methods used in public health research including correlations, multiple linear regression, binary logistic regression, survival analysis models. Poisson and negative binomial regression models. It will provide students with advanced skills in selecting appropriate statistical tools for the analysis of complex data and interpreting the results of statistical analyses reported in the health literature.
The course is designed to provide a broad knowledge base and deep understanding of contemporary environmental health problems. It is also tailored towards the development of students’ skills in identifying, and evaluating current environmental health issues in UAE and around the World. Lectures are focused on expanding the breadth and depth of students’ knowledge in the field of environmental health and the interaction between the environment and human health. It is also designed to enable students apply research methods in analyzing current challenges with respect to environmental pollution and human health and creating scientific approaches to provide strategic solutions. Environmental health priorities are also critically discussed in order to cultivate students’ critical thinking. Topics include air, water and land pollution, exposure to heavy metals, hazardous chemicals, and infectious agents. Specific methodological approaches with respect to environmental research are also covered.
The course will provide students with advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed for the effective design and assessment of community health promotion programs by building their skills in advocacy, networking, and policy analysis. It will cultivate students multifaceted practical and ethical competencies needed for community needs assessment, health promotion models and activities. This course will be building PhD students’ leadership that will cultivate their participatory efforts in program planning and evaluation strategies. Students will be engaged in developing and/or implementing and/or evaluating a community health education program. Strategies will be based on the best professional practices and social/behavioral theories and models. Students will conduct needs assessment, construct goals and objectives, and develop strategies and activities for health promotion program. They will be required to generate a report at the end of the semester that can be used to inform decision makers on the success or limitations of the program and can be added to the professional evidence base. Students will be able to choose topics that will promote wellness for the community such as prevention of chronic diseases, infectious diseases, injuries, sexual health, mental health, nutritional health or for special community groups such as children, youth, pregnant women, elderlies, smokers, drug users, etc. They will be able to design for the group an effective health education program tailored for their needs within a socio-cultural perspective and by considering the political and legislative context in the UAE.
This course is an advanced self-learning and student-directed seminar-based course for PhD students (elective course). The course will explore epidemiology and evaluate public health prevention and intervention programs to control infectious diseases of local, regional, and global threats, as well as its social and economic impact. In this course, students will be assigned to research, explore, analyze, synthesize, and present advanced topics on the epidemiology of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. Students will also research, critically summaries, compare, and evaluate the effectiveness of clinical and public interventions implemented in developing and developed countries to contain the spread of infectious diseases such as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Students will also learn how to evaluate disease control prevention and intervention programs for diseases of public health importance to underserved populations. Students will deepen their understanding of the epidemiology and control measures applicable to diseases of public health importance throughout the world, including but not limited to neglected diseases at local and regional levels. Interventions to be studied will be primarily pharmaceutical (e.g. therapeutic or prophylactic drugs, vaccines) and non-pharmaceutical (e.g. education campaigns, public lockdowns, and environmental modifications). Each session will focus on one or two infectious diseases. Each infectious disease will be discussed in terms of local, regional, and global epidemiology as well as in terms of prevention and intervention programs (e.g. vaccination, lockdown, and public awareness) to control the local and global spread of the disease. Students will have to deliver a 40-minutes presentation on a specific infectious disease agent followed by 15-20 open discussion.
The course introduces students to health policy and health economics for public health and health systems thinking. Drawing on epidemiology, medical and political concepts, the course focus on health policies and global health for health systems. Following this, the principles and concepts of economics will be introduced including the microeconomics and the microeconomics systems, economic evaluation tools, including; Cost Minimization Analysis, Cost Effectiveness Analysis, Cost Utility Analysis and Cost Benefit Analysis. Empirical examples of economic evaluations will be presented and discussed.
This course covers knowledge, attitudes and skills to fulfill public health and occupational health responsibilities to patients, communities and the UAE population as a whole.
The course is an introduction to some important topics in biostatistics. It represents an introduction to the field and provides plenty of data sets to be analyzed using some common statistical methods. Specific topics include type of variables in statistics; descriptive statistics for qualitative and quantitative variables and graphical representations; statistical hypothesis testing and its application to group comparisons in terms of means and proportions; measures of performances; measures of associations; linear regression; logistic regression and an introduction to survival analysis. The course provides an extensive application of the methodology through computer by suing the SPSS software. The course materials are designed with very limited mathematical formulas and the emphasis is on interpretation and concepts.
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