Dean's Message

Welcome to the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS).

We have established priorities in four distinct areas: (1) undergraduate education that enables our graduates to continue training in top international centers, (2) continuing education and professional development for all health care professionals consistent with the need for lifelong learning to serve patients and society, (3) research and the training of new researchers, and (4) the delivery and enhancement of medical and services to the community.

Our teaching programs include an internationally recognized undergraduate medical degree (MBBS), which has now been converted to a 4-year graduate entry MD program.  In addition, the College offers several postgraduate degrees including a Master of Medical Science, Master of Public Health (MPH), Doctor of Pharmacy, and PhDs in several subject areas.  In conjunction with affiliated teaching hospitals, CMHS also provides higher professional training for physicians at certificate, diploma, clinical specialty training and membership/fellowship levels in major clinical disciplines. CMHS has formed an Emirates Health Service to assist in the development of clinical skills and the maintenance of competency for healthcare professionals. The service has provisions and support for licensing exams, continuing medical education (CME) and continuing professional development (CPD) events, and hospital management and clinical activities.

Research projects and published output are strongly encouraged in our efforts to raise the international research standing of our College.  Multidisciplinary research has developed within departments and Colleges at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU); between colleagues nationally and in the Gulf region, and internationally with academic counterparts in North America, Europe and Australasia. Research areas at CMHS have focused on issues relevant to UAE society, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, road traffic injury and trauma, genetic disorders, infectious diseases and immunology, mental health and neuroscience.

To encourage collaboration, the University has established the Zayed Center for Health Sciences with the generous support of the Zayed Foundation.  The center is housed and managed within the premises of CMHS.  It has initiated research in global health and population health, with an emphasis on an increasingly mobile population in the region, and health issues of the UAE population.  At the end of 2013, the WHO designated the Institute of Public Health of the College as a WHO Collaborating Center for Occupational Health. It is the first center for the discipline to be accorded this designation in the Middle East. By this designation it joins the Department of Nutrition as the second collaborating center based at UAEU, and one of four WHO collaborating centers in the United Arab Emirates.

We hope that you will visit us to learn more about CMHS and the opportunities we offer for education and training, research, service, and collaboration.


Prof. Ruth Langer
Acting Dean, College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Feb 2, 2017