Programs

  • A- Undergraduate Programmes
  • B- Postgraduate Programmes

The Department continued to offer courses in Epidemiology & Medical Statistics to         various undergraduate students; Biostatistics for the College of Nursing; Principles of        Epidemiology; Special Epidemiology & Health Management for health statistics students from the College of Science; the Hospital & Community Attachment course for M.D.   students; the Research Methodology course and the Student Project for M.D. students in   Phase II of the curriculum.

 

            PRE-CLERKSHIP

            Introduction:

            During the Pre-Clerkship module that last for 10 weeks, skills, knowledge and attitude     are required to elicit the history and perform physical examination as a pre-requisite to the        clinical management of an individual will be covered. It was constructed to equip students       with generic skills (such as communications, history taking and physical examination    skills) that will help their subsequent bed-side-learning. Such was supplemented with          necessary basic behavioral medicine knowledge as a theoretical pre-requisite and         complimented with ethics and medical records (in hard and electronic HIS formats)             management skills. The main objective of this section is to prepare the students to start     clinical rotations.

            Course Objectives:

            A. Knowledge

            1. Define and describe the different diagnostic features and list common causes of the       symptoms originating from relevant systems covered in each week module.

 

            2. Relate the causes to underlying patho-physiological mechanisms.

 

            3. Discuss the patho-physiological mechanism of key abnormal physical examination       findings.

 

            4. Discuss interpretation of common investigations of relevant systems covered in each    week module.

 

 

            B. Skills

1. Demonstrate the ability to obtain an accurate and focused history of symptoms in a chronological manner developing the “presenting illness” including pertinent positive and negative history in simulated-patients/ patients

 

2. Demonstrate the ability to perform an appropriate, logical and thorough clinical examination of the appropriate system including relevant general assessment in simulated patients

 

3. Demonstrate the ability to detect normal and abnormal physical findings on screening physical examinations on patients

 

4. Demonstrate the ability to modify the sequence of history taking and performing physical examination depends on the patient conditions and circumstances.

 

5. Demonstrate the ability to record the patient’s history and physical examination findings in accurate and concise format

 

6. Present and discuss orally an accurate and concise history and physical examination findings of patients with the tutor

 

7. Formulate differential diagnoses based on the history and physical examination data gathered

 

8. Formulate logical investigations and treatment options based on the differential diagnoses (broad principles only).

 

            C. Attitude

1. Demonstrate effective interpersonal relationship with simulated patients/patients and families while gathering and providing information during and at the end of history and physical examination, including self-introduction at the beginning and thanking at the end. (Students, being early learners SHOULD NOT inform their findings, diagnoses or treatment options to the patients they encounter in the wards; instead direct such patients to the physician-in-charge)

 

2. Demonstrate the ability to obtain verbal consent before physical examination.

 

3. Apply the principles of hand hygiene before and after physical examinations

 

4. Demonstrate consideration for simulated patient’s/ patient’s feelings and privacy during history taking and physical examination and modify the approach depends on the patient characteristics like age, sex, physical and emotional condition of the patient.

 

5. Demonstrate reliability, dependability, integrity and courtesy during history taking, physical examination and communication with simulated patients/ patients/ relatives/ tutors/ fellow students/ other health related professionals.

            Assessment:

            1. In course assessment: a. Mini Cex: 60%

            Average of nine Mini-Cex scheduled every 3rd week. Mini-Cex assesses clinical skills,             communication skills, professionalism and skills of using electronic health records.

            2. Final assessment: 40%

            a. MCQ (A type): 20%

            b. SAQ (Short Answer Type): 20%

            End of pre-clerkship module- on week 10 (Tuesday).

            Assessment includes all topics covered in the lectures, workshops and clinical skills          learned in the ward/skills lab. Examination will be administered in Moodle; you are   advised to enroll Moodle course: PRECLERKSHIP at the beginning of the programme.

            3. Pass/ Fail criteria: as per Sultan Qaboos University: College of Medicine and Health   Sciences: Examination policy 2009

 

Course Coordinator:

Dr. Maha Al-Jabri
Specialist (A)

Department of Family Medicine and Public Health

College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Sultan Qaboos University

Tel #: (+968) 2414-7231
E-mail: maha.jabri@squ.edu.om

 

 

 

                JUNIOR CLERKSHIP

 

Introduction:

The Junior Clerkship rotation is a 5-week rotation where the students get the opportunity to practice taking focused history, performing focused physical examination, proposing differential diagnosis and plan the management. The emphasis is on the acquisition of knowledge that is required to manage a wide variety of health conditions (physical, social and psychological) in the context of family, culture, work and community. The rotation explores further the principles of patient-centered care. This will take place within the context of workplace-based learning and tutorials. Daily clinical teaching takes place in the SQUH FAMCO Heath Centre as well as in a number of accredited MOH Local Health Centres. The learning setting will enable students to learn by participation.

Course Objectives:


            At the end of this junior clerkship rotation, students are expected to be able to: 

 

            1. Establish relationship with patients and their families.

 

            2. Obtain a focused history.

 

            3. Conduct a focused physical examination appropriate to the age of the patient and                      nature of the clinical problem.

 

            4. Generate relevant differential diagnosis.

 

            5. Select and interpret appropriate diagnostic tests/investigations.

 

            6. Master the patient’s management in a comprehensive way including:

 

            a. Holistic approach. 

            b. Patient Centered Care.

            c. Patient’s ideas, concerns and expectations.

            d. Non-pharmacological and pharmacological management.

            e. Continuity of care.

            f. Community medicine.

            g. Health promotion and preventive measures.

7. Observe/perform common procedures typically conducted in family practice settings.

 

8. Recognize risk factors.

 

9. Participate in the different health facilities that are provided by the primary care services including: Vaccination, antenatal care, Integrated Management of        Childhood Illness (IMCI), school health, community health, etc.).

 

10. Objectives of the IMCI are:

 

a. To practice and use IMCI guidelines and manuals through (visiting EPI clinic, practicing how to asses feeding problems and giving advices accordingly, use AL-shefa_automated IMCI manuals).

 

b. To understand the syndromic case management steps of sick child (eliciting general danger signs).

 

            c. To conduct proper chest examination for assessment of cough including             counting breath in one minute.

 

d. To look for signs of diarrhea with dehydration (skin pinch test, sunken eye sign).

 

e. To check for throat and ear problems with the best position for examining the child.

 

f. To practice measurements of anthropometric parameter for each child including head circumference.

 

            g. To understand the management of sick child in the clinic (nebulizer session;      paracetamol syrup, tipped water sponging).

 

 

            h. To demonstrate good communication skills with caretaker and child.

 

 

            Assessment:

            In-Course (Formative): 50%

  1. Observed long cases ------------------------------------------------------------------------20%
    1. One observed long cases
    2. Minimum duration = 30 + 15 minutes (30 min observation, 15 min discussion)
    3. When = workplace-based (in the morning during or at the end of OPD)
    4. Feed-back required = optional
  2. Mini-CEX ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------20%
    1. Two Mini-CEX
    2. Duration = 15 minutes
    3. When = workplace-based (in the morning during or at the end of OPD)
    4. Feed-back required = Must (5 minutes)
  3.   Learning Portfolio (PCCP, Case Summary, Observe/conduct procedures) -------10%

            End-of- Junior Clerkship Year (Summative): 50%

  1. MCQ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------30%
  2. OSCE -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------20%

            Course Coordinator:

            Dr. Maisa Al-Kiyumi

            Specialist A

Department of Family Medicine and Public Health

College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Sultan Qaboos University

            Tel #: (+968) 2414-3407
            E-mail:
drmaysa@squ.edu.om

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            SENIOR CLERKSHIP

 

            Introduction:

            The Senior Clerkship in Family Medicine explores further the principles and practice of   patient-centered care, which were introduced in Junior Clerkship. The clerkship course     takes place in an out-of-hospital setting in the FAMCO clinic and a selection of nearby        Ministry of Health (MOH) clinics. The student learns how to deal with undifferentiated       health problems presented to the family doctor as well as how to manage chronic           illnesses among the members of the community. In addition, the course emphasizes an             outcome of graduate general (undifferentiated) physicians who are competent to deal             with the issues described above in accordance with the current best medical practice and in a professional manner. The learning setting will enable students to learn by   participation. Students will be empowered to build and expand their knowledge and skills for clinical reasoning and decision-making. The duration of Senior Clerkship is for three        weeks.

            Course Objectives:

            To enable the student to:

            1. Effectively communicate with patients and their families, health-care team and other    health-care professionals.


            2. Obtain a focused history, generate relevant differential diagnoses as well as eliciting     and interpreting relevant information from the patient, family and other sources in a     holistic way.

 

            3. Perform a focused physical examination and to select appropriate laboratory and other diagnostic investigations/procedures given the differential diagnoses generated.

 

            4. Generate a final diagnosis and to negotiate a treatment plan with the patient.

 

            5. Discuss clinical decisions based on current best evidence and sound clinical judgments             in order to offer an effective treatment plan to patients.

 

            6. Critically evaluate risk versus benefit as well as cost versus effectiveness of therapeutic             options.

 

            7. Provide opportunistic health promotion/preventive measures, including occupational    and environmental counseling,
            Assessment:

            The assessment would consist of ‘In-Rotation’ and ‘End-of-Clerkship’ rotation as follows:

 

  1. In-rotation assessment                                                                              50%
  2. End-of-clerkship assessment                                                                    50%

 

            In-rotation assessment would consist of the following:

 

            Assessment method                                                    Rationale

  1. Mini CEX                                                             Clinical skills + Professionalism
  2. Case-Based Discussion(CBD)                              Clinical reasoning + Record keeping
  3. Portfolio                                                                Clinical skills + Presentation Skills 

 

    • Assessment of tutorials
    • Case summaries
    • Practical skills (procedures)

 

      1. Mini CEX  (ONE per student)                                         20%

                                    Done in MOH

 

      1. Case-Based Discussion (CBD)  (ONE per student)         20%
        Done in FAMCO                                                                         

 

      1. Learning Portfolio: case summaries, procedures              10%

                                    & Case-Based Learning (CBL)                   

 

      End-of-Year Clerkship Assessment:

 

            FAMCO in block with Medicine, Therapeutics, Lab and Adult Haematology.
 

            Assessment will constitute 50% of the total marks and consist of three integrated   examinations:

 

  1. MCQs                   15%     Knowledge + Reasoning
  2. SAQ / MEQ         5%       Clinical Reasoning
  3. OSCE                   30%     Clinical Skills

 

           

 

Failure in up to two integrated examinations would mean:
 

  • Re-sit in the buffer period
  • Failure in the re-sit would mean repeating all the components of the failed exam.

 

            Course Coordinator:

            Dr. Rahma Al-Hadhrami

            Senior Specialist

Department of Family Medicine and Public Health

College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Sultan Qaboos University

            Tel #: (+968) 2414-1129
            E-mail: rahmasaid@squ.edu.om

 

Postgraduate Programs

Masters in Biomedical Sciences, Major in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics

Degree Option

Credits Required

Thesis

Mode

Duration

Coursework and Thesis

30

Yes

Full Time

2 Years

Coursework and Thesis

30

Yes

Part Time

3 Years

About the Programs

The Public Health Unit of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health offers a Master in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics program. The curriculum of the program focuses on the promotion of research culture, particularly among clinical trainees, fellows, and faculty for conducting clinical research. The program served two purposes: First, it will equip students with the skills necessary to enable them to work across the range of areas covered by the medical, bio-medical, and health-related fields and epidemiology; Second, it will train healthcare professionals to have in-depth knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics and its application to important clinical and public health issues in Oman and other countries, with a focused approach to regional problems and needs.

Program Curriculum and Structure

To satisfy the requirements of this program, students must successfully obtain 30 credits by completing six core (18 credits), two elective (6 credits) taught courses, and one core (6 credits) research project (Thesis) within 2 years for a full time mode and 3 years for a part-time mode. Details of the courses comprising as follows:

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

Category*

EPIS6000

Statistics and Computers

3

Core

METH6001

Research Methods and Critical Reading of Scientific Literature

3

Core

EPIS6001

Advanced Principle of Epidemiology and Inference Statistics

3

Core

EPIS6002

Advanced Statistical Methods

3

Core

EPIS6003

Categorical Data Analysis

3

Core

EPIS6004

Applied Epidemiology

3

Core

EPIS6005

Statistical Methods in Quality Control

3

Elective

EPIS6006

Epidemiology in Health Care Planning

3

Elective

EPIS7002

Research Project (Thesis)

6

Core

* Students can take up to 2 elective courses with 3 credits per course on level 6 offered by the College of Medicine and Health Sciences or other postgraduate courses offered by the University according to the Academic Regulations for Postgraduate Studies 2018 (https://www.squ.edu.om/ps/en-us/) subject to change without notice.

           

Core Courses

EPIS6000 (Statistics and Computers)

This course introduces the basic principles of applications of statistical methodology in designing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting biological experiments and observations. The topics include description and presentation of data, descriptive statistics, probability and sampling distributions, sample size and sampling methods, elements of hypothesis testing and one and two-sample tests, tests of association, analysis of variance, correlation, regression techniques, and non-parametric statistical methods. During the laboratory component of the course, students learn how to create data entry screens, merge and subset data files, derive new variables, conduct analyses and summarize results based on the topics covered using data from laboratory and field studies. For this, the SPSS package will be used extensively.

METH6001 (Research Methods and Critical Reading of Scientific Literature)

This course teaches critical analyses of refereed scientific publications of different qualities. Critical reading and oral presentation of scientific information are major components of this course.

EPIS6001 (Advanced Principles of Epidemiology and Inference Statistics)

This course instructs the students about the epidemiological approach and concepts of causation, epidemiological methods, epidemiological methods in genetics, developing research protocols, the concept of statistical inference, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, principles of clinical community-based prophylactic trials (designing of clinical and community-based trials, randomizing techniques, estimation of sample size), and biological inferences from epidemiological studies. Problems related to the topics covered, suited to real-life situations, are solved using statistical program packages.

EPIS6002 (Advanced Statistical Methods)

This course aims to give students a sound understanding of experimental design, both theoretical and practical. The course will explore the analysis method of variance and show how it is structurally linked to particular types of design. The student will be introduced to the principles and methods of efficient designing and analyzing comparative experiments. The influences of extraneous factors are either controlled systematically or prevented from getting confounded with the effects of the main factors under investigation. Topics included Completely Randomized designs. Randomized Block design Repeated Measure design. The Factorial Experiment and Regression. Simple and multiple regression models and correlation coefficients.

EPIS6003 (Categorical Data Analysis)

This course will cover applications of some statistical methodological studies when the outcome variables are categorical. The topics covered include analysis of two-way contingency tables, the testing for the trend in a 2 x r contingency table, estimation and testing of relative Risks and Odds Ratios, the Mantel-Haenszel test for the combination of several 2 x 2 tables with an estimation of the combined odds ratio and confidence limits, estimation of attributable risk, matching and confounding, and an introduction to multiple logistic regression model and log-linear models. Throughout the course, the application of the methodology will be emphasized using data from epidemiological and experimental studies and will be solved using SPSS or other statistical software.

EPIS6004 (Applied Epidemiology)

This course is designed to teach how epidemiologic methods are used in applied settings, focusing on issues faced by health departments. This includes screening test and its application, validity, and reliability of screening tests, evaluation of diagnostic tests, vital statistics (measures of fertility, mortality, and morbidity), estimation of population, standardization of rates (direct methods, in-direct methods, standardized mortality ratio), life tables and survival analysis (complete life table, abridged life table, clinical life table, estimation of net reproduction rate), demography and epidemiological investigation, cost-benefit analysis and role of epidemiology and statistics in health-care planning and evaluation.

EPIS7002 (Research Project – Thesis)

Students will conduct a research project will identify a problem to be studied, review the literature associated with the problem, collect data about the issue, analyze the data to either support or refute a pre-selected hypothesis or answer research questions, discuss the findings, present conclusions, and make recommendations based on the study in a Thesis.

 

Elective Courses

EPIS6005 (Statistical Methods in Quality Control)

This course includes using Statistical Quality Control techniques for quality/performance improvement in the health care environment. The course will enable the students to understand how to draw the appropriate control charts to improve the quality/performance of different healthcare parameters. Besides, the course will also elaborate on acceptance sampling techniques for attributes based on single and double sampling plans. The topics include; control charts for variables, control charts for attributes, and sampling inspection plans.

EPIS6006 (Epidemiology in Health Care Planning)

This course will cover the epidemiological aspects of health care planning. The course content deals with social choices, the planning process, and systems, application to health care services, objectives of evaluative studies, uses of health care information in planning, managing information system, epidemiological approaches to plan, use of probabilities in decision making, the planning environment, and professional interactions.

Language of Instruction

The program will teach in English

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences or Medical Laboratory Sciences or M.D. from Sultan Qaboos University or any recognized university.
  2. Candidates from other disciplines, such as Science or Agriculture, will be considered but may need to complete additional qualifying courses to provide them with the necessary scientific background in the field of study. Some of the courses may be offered in the afternoon.
  3. A cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.75 on a 4-point scale or equivalent in any other system and the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies will assess equivalency acceptance.
  4. Work experience is a must for candidates with a cumulative grade point average between 2.74 and 2.5 in the Bachelor's degree.
  5. Achieve Band (6) or higher in the IELTS or a score of 79 or higher in the International TOEFL-IBT.
  6. Pass the interview held in the department (if necessary).
  7. The above information was based on the Sultan Qaboos University, the Academic Regulations for Postgraduate Studies 2018 and is subject to change without notice.

 

Application Procedure

Please visit the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies of the Sultan Qaboos University, and follow the link (https://www.squ.edu.om/ps/en-us/ProspectiveStudents) to apply.

 

Tuition Fee

Omani Students:

International Students:

Cost for taught course per credit: 90 RO

Cost per Thesis: 840 RO

Cost for taught course per credit: 120 RO

Cost per Thesis: 1,120 RO

  1. All fees are in Omani Rails.
  2. Bridging Courses (For all Students): Fees per credit for bridging courses: 50 RO.
  3. All quoted fees described are subject to change without notice. Please refer to the most update information from the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies of the Sultan Qaboos University, Academic Fees, follow the link (https://www.squ.edu.om/ps/en-us/AcademicFeesRegulations) and subject to change without notice.
  4. Fees for Programs do not include bridging courses, or application fees.
  5. Fees will be paid every semester upon the number of credit hours; Students won’t be consider as registered unless he/she paid the full amount.
  6. Colleges select the study option based on the approved Master program requirements.

 

For further inquiries, please contact:

Dr. Moon Fai Chan, Ph.D., CStat

Head, Public Health Unit

Department of Family Medicine and Public Health

College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Sultan Qaboos University

Tel #: (+968) 2414-1132

E-mail: moonf@squ.edu.om

 

Ms. Zulfa Hamoud Al-Toby

Coordinator, Public Health Unit

Department of Family Medicine and Public Health

College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Sultan Qaboos University

Tel #: (+968) 2414-3528

E-mail altobyz@squ.edu.om