The department′s mission is:
To provide an undergraduate medical education programme in community medicine (public health, epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational medicine) oriented to the needs of the United Arab Emirates community. This must meet high international standards of quality and enable its graduates to compete successfully for advanced training in the best centres worldwide.
To be involved in the provision of community medicine and evidence based health care programmes of postgraduate medical education, continuing medical education and continuing professional development designed to develop, maintain and upgrade the competence of healthcare professionals practising in the United Arab Emirates.
To carry out research into community medicine with emphasis on areas of special need in the United Arab Emirates.
To be actively involved in the delivery and development of community medicine and evidence-based health care in the Al Ain Medical District and the enhancement of community medicine and evidence based health care throughout the United Arab Emirates.
The Department of Community Medicine was established in 1990 following the appointment of Professor Jock Anderson from Scotland as Chair of Community Medicine. He was succeeded by Prof. Owen Lloyd (1993-2000) and Dr. Graham Nicol (from 2001), also from Scotland. Members of the department provide expertise, teaching, research and service in the fields of public health, epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational medicine. Close links are maintained with other University Departments, the Preventive Medicine Department of the Ministry of Health in Al Ain, the Ministry of Health in Dubai, local and national hospitals, industry (for example, ADCO (Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations)), local and national municipalities, and local and national agencies such as the Road Traffic Police. We are also home to JSCAN, a continuing professional development activity, which scans and summarises all leading journals in the field of health care.
(last updated: 24-February-2004)
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