Posted on January 17, 2014

A high school activity, to be held on January 20 to 23 by Qatar University's Department of Health Sciences (DHS) at College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), will engage 15 students from five independent high schools in an in-depth learning experience in the health sciences field and awareness of future study and career opportunities.

The Science Education and Human Health Activity (SEHHA) is the department's inaugural high school initiative as part of its mission to expand awareness of the importance of health sciences to the welfare of the Qatari community, and to showcase the myriad of careers that can emerge from pursuing study in related fields. The department hopes to run the activity annually and expand it to more schools and students.

In the four-day activity, students from Amina Bint Wahab, Al Shayma'a, Um Ayman, Al Bayan and Al Resala high schools will participate in organised activities and hands-on lab experiences in DHS' public health, biomedical sciences and human nutrition programmes under supervision of faculty and experts. The aim is to involve the students in scientific inquiry, innovative technology and critical thinking to expand their vision to realise the importance of science in human health and provide them with the opportunity of a real-life campus experience through visits to facilities including the new research building, lecture halls, library and food court.

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The students will be introduced to the national health sciences professions through field trips to various medical and research institutions in Qatar, such as the Supreme Council of Health, Al Amal Hospital at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Anti-Doping Laboratory. 

"These visits will help the students to envision a career path following their graduation from our programmes," DHS head Dr Asma al Thani said. An alumnus of the department herself, Dr al Thani is proud of its accomplishments in education, research, and community awareness over the past 30 years. 

Director Biomedical Sciences Programme Dr Hassan Abdel-Aziz said that SEHHA will open the students' eyes on how to use science for the benefit of mankind.

source: Qatar Tribune

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