The College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) of the United Arab Emirates University
is the first and highest ranked medical school in the United Arab Emirates. It was first opened in 1984 by
His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific
Research, and Supreme Chancellor of the University. CMHS evolved rapidly from its
embryonic beginnings. In 1986 the first batch was admitted and graduated in 1993.
The College is internationally recognized and ranked highly, especially amongst similar
institutions in the Middle East. It is accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC),
listed and accepted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Educational Commission
for Foreign Medical Graduates, and recognized by American and Canadian Universities
and health institutions. CMHS strives to produce Emirati doctors educated to the highest
international standards. It organizes regular continuing professional development
and has an impressive record in establishing productive research programs.
Latest rankings (2021)
UAEU ranked in the world’s top 175 for clinical medicine and health
More than 3.5 times the field-weighted citation impact in clinical medicine and health
500 publications in top 25% journals in clinical medicine and health
22 publications in the top 1% Scopus journals by Cite Score in clinical medicine and
Top 40 New Medical Schools under 50
CMHS Top 200 Medical School in the world
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. Ahmed Alsuwaidi
Acting Dean of College of Medicine and Health Sciences
Vision, Mission and Goals
Sustain a world-leading International Academic Health Sciences Institution delivering
quality in undergraduate and postgraduate education and research, innovation and community
Improve continuously the well-being and healthcare of the UAE and Global Population
by innovative medical and health sciences education and research and best standards
in health services.
Student Journey from Outreach programs (into schools/colleges) to onboarding, student
experience, subsequent alumni relationships and post grad CME and training
Student curriculum from adaptive techniques, balanced curriculum portfolios (i.e.
PBL/TBL/Systematic/Self Directed Learning) to state-of-the-art learning including
multimedia and simulated learning and post grad training and CME
Research, innovation and commercial enterprise programs including intellectual property, and
spin out companies.
Faculty and Staff career pathway from early, mid and late phases including, recruitment,
retention, reward and recognition/promotion pathways.
External Partnerships including Government, Academia, Industry, Health/clinical Affairs
and Charity sectors, societal impacts and national/international policy change
Governance and HR processes to ensure oversight, strategic leadership and engagement
across and within Department and Centers/Faculties.
Administration and financial management to ensure appropriate and efficient use of
funds as well as strategic income growth in sustainable areas.
Recognized internationally as the leading national Medical School in the UAE.
Designated as an overseas examination center for Occupational Medicine by the Faculty
of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians (Ireland).
Recognized by the General Medical Council (UK).
Listed and accepted by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Listed and accepted by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.
Recognized by American and Canadian Universities and Health Institutions.
The College of Medicine and Health Sciences provides its students and faculty with
world-class facilities that include:
Research laboratories at the CMHS are provided with the necessary infrastructure and
resources including state-of-the-art equipment and technologies in addition to running
a store for general consumables, chemical reagents and kits. Research in our laboratories
is also supported by developing and maintaining central research facilities such as
the Imaging Unit, Analytical and a Molecular Unit, a Cellular Biology facility in
addition to the Animal Vivarium Unit.
The research animal facility at the CMHS is probably one of it s kind in the UAE. The aim of the facility is to support a proper, safe, and humane research effort by providing controlled environments for the care and maintenance of experimental animals. more..
The Anatomy Dissecting Laboratory is a key teaching facility for the training of medical
students in Gross Anatomy. The Dissecting Room caters for undergraduate as well as
postgraduate medical students. It is opened to students after regular classes.
The Dissecting laboratory has three large rooms and many other storage areas. It has
several stainless steel tables for the display of whole cadavers or parts of the body.
It also has many cabinets where original bones, plastic models and prosections of
joints, upper and lower limbs, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum are held. The
Dissecting Laboratory also houses a small collection of different stages of the embryonic
development. In addition, it contains sagittal sections of the whole body that are
neatly displayed in Perspex glass frames. The skeleton and its parts are also available
for student use. X-ray films and MRI scans of different parts of the body with X-ray
viewers, books and videos are also available to aid student learning of the use of
anatomy in clinical medicine. The Dissecting Laboratory contains an excellent collection
of coronal, sagittal and frontal sections of the human brain. The Anatomy Dissecting
Laboratory is equipped with computers, TV monitors and projectors to facilitate computer-based
These are Multidisciplinary Labs where the undergraduate practicals are conducted.
Students from first to fourth year in the College of Medicine & Health Sciences utilize
this facility. The labs are provided with modern de-fuming chambers, gas detectors
and a high quality gas and compressed air supply system. They are spacious enough
to accommodate around thirty students at a time. Biochemistry, Physiology and Pharmacology
departments conduct practicals regularly using these Labs.
The facility is provided with high quality lab infrastructure. All the labs are under
the computer network, with Internet surfing facility. Lab equipment are highly modernized
which enables the students to adjust to any sophisticated lab elsewhere. A number
of computer-based practicals have been introduced which enable the students to keep
pace with the fast growing involvement of computers in education. Animal usage as
subjects has been noticeably reduced. Instead highly protected and safe gadgets are
being directly used on human subjects. The labs are supplied with modern recording
and data collection systems.
These are located on the second floor of the block-D. Two of these labs have low benches
suitable for microscopy work. The third is a tall bench lab. Anatomy, Pathology and
Microbiology departments utilize these labs. Apart from the labs, the area is provided
with storage rooms, chemical stores and a pathology museum and office space.
The microscopy labs are provided with an adequate number of good quality microscopes.
The students have the advantage of handling microscopes individually. The microscopy
labs are also equipped with a high resolution CCTV system along with a computer aided
image analysis system.
The College has 3 well equipped computer labs. Each lab has 31 networked computers
including an instructor computer. The instructor computers are connected to a projector/smartboard.
Computer based courses including statistics, computer based laboratory teaching, online
library search tools etc. are engaged in these labs.
The Center is situated on the ground floor of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences
building. This 20,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Medical Simulation Center provides
opportunities for training in clinical skills, communication skills and procedural
skills for students, residents and practicing doctors, in a safe learning environment
without any risk to the patient. The center has many high-fidelity and low-fidelity
simulators, task trainers and standardized patient programs. A team of multi- disciplinary
faculty runs clinical skills sessions and courses in the center. The center also hosts
multi-disciplinary clinical assessments (OSCE) of the College of Medicine & Health
Sciences and the overseas Royal College examinations and Arab Board examinations. more..
A world standard assessment center as per international guidelines is available in
the College for conducting assessments online. The center has a seating capacity of
180 candidates at a time. The center has its own server room, reception, waiting area,
locker facilities and washroom facilities. The center is divided into two blocks to
facilitate gender segregation as well. The center is setup as per international standards
and is an authorized person test center. Other than the in-house CMHS student examinations,
many external examination including the licensing examination for medical professionals
are held here.
The College of Medicine & Health Sciences has one big multipurpose auditorium and
two theatres which can be utilized for educational activity for internal as well as
external users. The Khalifa Auditorium accessible from the main entrance to the building
can host 660 participants at a time. The auditorium is equipped with stage lighting,
amplified audio and a big screen projector. The two theatres Yanah Theatre and Fatima
Theatre are suited for small groups. They can host 120 participants each. The theatres
have desks along with seats and microphones and are ideal for seminars/presentations.
The National Medical Library at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS), is the first medical library in the United Arab Emirates .The primary mission of the library is to provide medical students and all health professionals in the community with current information and medical resources and to support teaching and research at the College. Find out about the National Medical Library s collections, services and facilities here.
We are a multidisciplinary laboratory committed with the research and development
of technology based on Data Science for healthcare. In our lab, there are five core
areas of Data Science that we apply, develop, and improve for healthcare: Artificial
Intelligence, Big Data, Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and Blockchain.
TheUAEU Genomics Laboratoryhas been established as a center of excellence for research to ultimately reduce the
impact of genetic disease on the UAE community. This new laboratory contains state
of the art equipment and technologies for studying Genomics, Metabolomics and Bioinformatics.
The Genomics laboratory is equipped with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) platforms
such as NovaSeq 6000 sequencing system, MiSeq Sequencing System in addition to Biomek
i7 Liquid Handling system, Covaris LE220-plus- Focused Ultrasonicator, Automated DNA
isolation system (QiACube and QiACube HT), RT-PCR- Machine (QuantStudio 7 Flex), PCR
Robotic workstation, several PCR machines and other ancillary and small equipment.
Bioinformatics Platforms for ultra-rapid sequencing analysis are installed with full
operational support from the CMHS and central IT team. An in-house information management
system is being developed to track and mange samples that can streamline the workflow.
These are some of the organizations that CMHS has formed partnership agreements with:
Al Ain Hospital
Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD)
Dubai Health Authority (DHA)
Dubai Health Care City (DHCC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians (Ireland)
Giving Back to the Community
The College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) is internationally recognized and
has a high global ranking. It has been providing community services for the UAE since
its establishment as a faculty in 1986. The range of community services include activities
by the staff of our 15 basic science and clinical departments, and our undergraduate
and postgraduate students. The services offered reflect the expertise of the academic
staff, and the interests of the students and faculty.
Emirates Health Services (EHS)
In June 2010, the Emirates Health Services (EHS) was established under the umbrella
of the College of Medicine & Health Sciences (CMHS). The overall objective of the
EHS is to facilitate clinical activity and provision of clinical teaching, assessment,
advice, management and patient care. Potential recipients of the services include
hospitals and healthcare facilities, health ministries, health care and other industries,
national and international medical and health organizations, and members of the UAE
community. more details
Zayed Bin Sultan Center for Health Sciences
The United Arab Emirates University, with the generous support of the Zayed Foundation,
has established the Zayed Bin Sultan Center for Health Sciences (ZCHS). This is the
Colleges flagship research center for population health. The center was established
to support and contribute to the UAEU's mission of becoming a world-class center for
applied research, with national and international outreach and innovation whilst preserving
the unique values of the UAE. The center will build an international reputation and
intends to forge formal links with other universities and institutions through equitable
memoranda of understanding.
Membership of Expert Advisory Committees
CMHS provide academic staff members to chair or serve as members on expert committees
for government departments, industry, and other organizations and agencies in the
UAE. Examples include the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (Ministry
of Health), the Blood Transfusion committee, the Dubai High Court, Abu Dhabi High
Court, and the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (for medico-legal cases). Academic staff
are also available to participate as external examiners, external assessors for promotion,
and in their area of expertise in regional and international expert committees.
Student Involvement in Community Services
Our medical students work in teams, especially during their clinical postings to provide
community services such as health screenings to the general public and provide advice
on the prevention of diseases prevalent in the UAE community such as:
Cardiovascular disease, including obesity and hypertension
Diseases due to lifestyle factors: tobacco consumption, unhealthy diet
Injury from unsafe driving habits, storage of medications in homes
Our students are also prepared to work with healthcare agencies regarding initiatives
in disease prevention in the community.
Access to National Medical Library
The national medical library is a facility maintained by the College. It houses a
range of reference resources including textbooks, journals, and electronic databases.
These resources are available for use by members of the community.
The College of Medicine & Health Sciences is keen to develop consultation and community
services in special subject areas reflecting the interests of the staff. These subject
areas include, but are not confined to:
Occupational Health (We are now a designated WHO Collaborating Centre for this field,
the only one in the Middle East)