The College of Health Sciences at AUIB is reflecting a national priority: Healthcare is a social imperative. With that in mind, the University will establish a College of Health Sciences as well as College of Medicine with the added benefit of English-language instruction. As healthcare and medicine becomes increasingly international in delivery, fostering skills that can work seamlessly in a global environment it will provide a significant benefit for society.
Education and training in healthcare services and medical practice is an expensive investment and will require substantial planning along with global collaboration. As a significant national priority, a national healthcare education strategy should will developed in close collaboration with the Iraqi government.
The College of Health Sciences will eventually be comprised of three schools including the School of Pharmacy, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing. A separate college of Medicine is planned for the future.
The School of Pharmacy and School of Dentistry will be the first elements to be established in the College of Health Sciences. The primary reason for establishing these two Schools first is that required labs are basic in nature (see below) and not terribly expensive or time-consuming to establish. In addition, an affiliation with a hospital is not mandatory (as in medicine and nursing).
Labs will include:
Establishing an English-based curriculum leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) will be unique in the Middle East. This provides AUIB with a distinct marketing advantage. The AUIB curriculum will be engaging, contemporary, relevant and challenging. Prerequisites for Pharm.D. applicants include:
The total duration of the program is, therefore, 6 years and is based on the best pharmaceutical science programs in the United States and will eventually be nominated for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
The School of Dentistry at AUIB will offer curriculum in dental assisting, dental hygiene, and doctor of dental surgery. The School will thoroughly prepare each of its graduates for their career and sets them on the path to success whether they enter the general practice of dentistry, the dental specialties, or dental allied health fields.