Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences at Ziauddin University is a recognised establishment known as one of the best institutes of health sciences in Pakistan. The purpose of the faculty is to lead an evolution in the discipline of applied science that deals with studying and researching on aspects that improve health conditions of humans. The knowledge gained at this faculty of sciences is furthermore, utilised to cure life-threatening diseases.

Studying health sciences is essential since with time, human health continues to deteriorate as it faces challenges such as global warming, pollution, pandemics, accidents, and diseases that make it impossible for the human body to function at its true potential. The aim of the healthcare sector at this point, is to devise strategies, create cures, and provide successful treatments that can nourish one’s health. Excelling in studying healthcare allows one to make a global impact and improve the quality of life of billions of people across the world. This is the kind of exceptional training that is provided at the Ziauddin University, Faculty of Health Sciences,

Being one of the top universities in Karachi, ZU places great emphasis in strengthening the healthcare sector by introducing teaching methods that encourage critical thinking, a problem-solving attitude, and the ability to be leaders in each field of study.

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the prestigious university includes, Ziauddin Medical College, College of Dentistry, College of Speech, Languge & Hearing Sciences, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Medical Technology, and the College of Podiatry. The programmes and degrees offered by the aforementioned colleges include MBBS, MPhil, PhD, as well as numerous diploma courses that can train students to master their area of interest.

Career opportunities in the field of health sciences range from clinical work, research and development, technicians, doctors, as well as positions in healthcare administration and management.

Ziauddin Medical College established in 1996, is currently one of the most renowned private medical colleges in the country. Strategically located within the university campus at Clifton, Karachi, the medical teaching programmes incorporated within the advanced curriculum are spread out over three of the main tertiary care hospitals in different parts of the city. These hospitals are well equipped with advanced diagnostic, monitoring and treatment facilities.

Due to these clinical sites where a vast number of patients visit regularly owing to different ailments, the students are exposed to rigorous training that aids them in exemplary patient care. The medical college furthermore, prepares its student to become skilled practitioners, researchers and teachers with leadership potential. The students develop skills to deal with health problems holistically and solve them at an individual, family and community level. The innovative MBBS programme emphasises on individual attention in small teaching/learning groups.

The undergraduate clinical programme is community-oriented and addresses the healthcare needs of the country. This enables students to acquire the art and skill of probing scientifically into health related problems of individuals and communities. Students are exposed to a variety of learning strategies for experiential learning through a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care.

The postgraduate programme in Basic Health Sciences is highly developed and has a structured curriculum which focuses on the growing need for research oriented medical teachers trained in modern teaching and learning strategies.

To meet the challenges posted by the exponential growth of information, students assume responsibility of their own learning, using student centred learning strategies such as Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and Case Based Discussions.

The Faculty of Ziauddin Medical College offers the following undergraduate and postgraduate programmes recognised by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) – the regulatory body responsible for issuing a license to practice medicine and the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • M.Phil
  • M.Phil leading to Ph.D in Health Sciences
  • Doctor of Medicine in Clinical Sciences
  • Master of Surgery in Clinical Sciences
  • Clinical diplomas

A part of the Ziauddin University Faculty of Health Sciences, the College of Dentistry started its Bachelors of Dental Surgery (BDS) programme in January 2010. The mission behind the creation of the college was to prepare confident dental professionals who are able to make a positive impact in the field of dentistry. Moreover, our aim is to produce individuals who are recognised for their skill internationally and consider their profession as a medium that provides them the opportunity to help people. 

Considered as one of the top dental colleges in Karachi, Ziauddin College of Dentistry is committed to excellence in the field of patient care and research that widens the horizon of knowledge, particularly in relation to community health problems. You will not only learn how to diagnose problems, but will also bear the responsibility of maintaining and improving people’s oral health. These are a few obligations accompanied with the profession of dentistry that are essential in order to prevent diseases.

The College of Dentistry offers a Bachelors of Dental Surgery (BDS) that is an exceptional four-year degree programme providing a highly qualified faculty, and quality education paired with hands-on training. This means those enrolled will be provided with ample opportunities in experiential learning of procedures and equipment. This is an aspect the college emphasises on since we want our students to immediately begin their professional career after graduation. It is also our belief the only way a student can master their skills and build the confidence to excel is when they interact directly with the patient. It is due to our exemplary training that most of our students find opportunities to practice abroad.

The Ziauddin College of Dentistry also offers an MPhil Basic Dental Sciences programme where the students spend two and a half years excelling in their course work and developing a unique thesis. The programme is recognised by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and Higher Education Commission (HEC) and follows regulations for registration to research studies.

Students who graduate from the College of Dentistry also have a wide array of career opportunities such as an endodontist, oral and maxillofacial radiologists, orthodontists, periodontists, prosthodontists, health improvement practitioner, health service manager, higher education lecturer, medical sales representative, teaching laboratory technician, career counselling, and researcher. 

One of the most prestigious institutes under the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Ziauddin College of Rehabilitation Sciences was established in 1999 with the aim of producing competent rehab specialists by providing quality education and hands on skills to improve patient care. It is these assets that make Ziauddin University a renown university in Karachi.

First and foremost, the purpose of Ziauddin College of Rehabilitation Sciences is to make the students understand the essential role rehabilitation sciences plays in improving ones quality of life. Rehabilitation Sciences is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on human function and disability and serves as an essential segment of the modern healthcare system. It focuses on assessment and evaluation of functional and structural disorders related to musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. 

Basic and applied research in the field of rehabilitation sciences are directed towards enhancing physical and psychosocial functioning, participation in life situations, and quality of life of people with disabilities by using non-invasive methods of treatment based on manual therapy, electrotherapy and occupational therapy. Hence, rehabilitation sciences cover basic parameters of healing that includes prevention, promotion, diagnosis, rehabilitation and cure. If you aspire to change the lives of those around you, the field of rehabilitation sciences is one that provides instant rewards.

The programmes offered by the Ziauddin College of Rehabilitation Sciences are as follows:

  • MS/MPhil in Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor’s in Physical Education Health & Sport Sciences
  • Associate Degree program in Physical Education Health & Sport Sciences
  • Accelerated Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Accelerated Doctor of Occupational Therapy
  • Diploma in Fitness & Training

More than 850 professionals till date have passed out from Ziauddin College of Rehabilitation Sciences and are working in major healthcare facilities within the country and internationally. 

The Faculty of Health Sciences at Ziauddin University launched a College of Medical Technology in 1998. The college initially offered a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology (B.Sc. in MT), and furthermore, introduced a Master’s degree as well as several informative diploma courses. As time passes, these programmes are graining more importance than ever since technology plays an eminent role in today’s world.

Physicians, surgeons and pathologists rely on the skills and expertise of the medical technologists and therefore they have a responsibility of diagnosing, analysing and reporting findings to the treating doctors. Studying medical technology also leads to the creation of devices that aid in improving the human quality of life. This includes replacement joints, pacemakers, heart valves, and numerous such instruments that were developed after years of research and analysis.

The College of Medical Technology, commits to bring forth an excellent learning environment to the students in order to attain global competencies in the specialised fields of Medical Technology. The Medical Technology Programme in Ziauddin University is continuously striving to educate international standard professionals by imparting specific knowledge, skill-based training, active clinical practicum in a disciplined environment to instill professional ethics for better global employment opportunities.

The programmes available at the college include:

  • Associate degree in Ultrasonography
  • BS Medical Technology
  • Master of Studies in Medical Technology
  • A year-long diploma programme in Ultrasonography
  • 3 months certificate course in Ultrasonography

The job market too, is quite developed for the students of medical technology, offering numerous areas that graduates can venture out into. Some of the opportunities include Cytotechnologist, Cardiovascular Technologist, Dental lab technician, Histotechnologist, Clinical lab scientist, Surgical technician, and several other jobs in the healthcare industry. Professions of medical technology are not only high-paying, but also provide inner satisfaction to those who want to make a difference in the world.

Studying ultrasonography on the other hand, has its own benefits. It is not only a rewarding high-paying profession, it is also a career that is expected to experience an employment boom in the near future. This is because studying ultrasonography is not easy and requires in-depth training in analysing images of the moving muscles and soft tissues displayed by the advanced technology.

If you are interested in keeping up with the evolving technology that may change the field of healthcare as we know it, the Ziauddin College of Medical Technology is the place to be.

Pakistan with a population of over 180 million individuals has an estimated 20 million suffering from communication, swallowing and/or hearing disorders. The Ziauddin University College of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences was formed to cater to this demand. This was made possible because the Speech and Hearing Association of Pakistan (SHAP) and Ziauddin University (ZU) toiled collaboratively to establish the ‘College of Speech Language & Hearing Sciences (CSLHS)’ in order to launch our nation’s first 4-year Bachelor’s programme in Speech Language Therapy in 2007. The motive of the college is to produce professionals who can provide aid to individuals with problems related to speech and hearing.

College of Speech Language & Hearing Sciences (CSLHS) is our country’s foremost and only institute of its kind, established to equip the Pakistani youth with aspiring new careers in the fields of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

The college successfully launched a dual degree programme of Bachelors’ in Audiology and Speech Language Therapy (BS ASLT) with a postgraduate MS Speech Language Pathology (MS SLP). The programmes ambitiously aim to equip graduates to independently evaluate and treat speech, language, hearing and swallowing disorders, conduct research and contribute to the development of the profession, nationally and in the world at large. It cultivates critical thinking to analyse and act in response to contexts that shape policy and practice in the fields of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology.

In addition to this, CSLHS is also offers a diploma course in Childhood Development and psychopathology. Thus, CSLHS also aims to surmount the tremendous dearth of qualified Speech Language Therapists and the subsequent neglect of individuals suffering from communication, hearing and swallowing disorders. The Clinical Services offered at CSLHS are for the following:

BABIES WITH

  • Feeding and swallowing difficulties
  • Cognitive and language delays Communication difficulties in children due to
  • Mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
  • Language delay
  • Specific language impairment
  • Specific difficulties in producing sounds (Articulation & Phonological Disorders)
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Cleft Plate
  • Stammering
  • Autism/ Social interaction difficulties (PDD)
  • Dyslexia
  • Voice disorders
  • Selective mutism
  • Motor Speech Disorders (dysarthria, dypraxia)

Adults with

  • Swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
  • Language disorders (e.g. aphasia after stroke)
  • Voice disorders (e.g. vocal fold nodules, VFparalysis, hoarseness)
  • Cognitive language deficit due to Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cognitive Issues (attention, memory, awareness, Alzheimer’s, degenerative diseases)
  • Communication issues after Laryngectomy
  • Stammering (dysfluency)
  • Physical disabilities
  • Motor Speech Disorders (dysarthria, apraxia)
  • Right Hemisphere Syndrome
  • Mental health issues
  • Learning difficulties Acquired Hearing loss

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is a five-year semester based degree program.

 

LEARNING AND TEACHING STRATEGIES

Both National and International qualified teaching faculty is involved to promote better understanding through:

  1. Presentation/Assignment/Seminar
  2. Tutorials
  3. Skills based labs
  4. Projects
  5. Clinical Practice (Supervised/Independent)

 

CLINICAL TRAINING

Students of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine have an exclusive advantage to be a part of an organization with large setup of tertiary care hospitals. The clinical training provides a better chance of learning and practicing the skills in the field hence, prepares future Podiatrists to play an important role in the improvement of healthcare quality in society. Students of 3rd, 4th and 5th professionals complete their clinical training in podiatric medicine at all three sites  of Dr. Ziauddin Hospital and clinical collaboration with other major healthcare institutions like Dow University of Health Sciences – OJHA campus (DUHS), National Institute of Child Health (NICH), Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, National Institute of Child Health (NICH), National Institute of Cardio Vascular Diseases (NICVD), Sindh Govt. Hospital, Tabba Heart Institute, Al-Umeed Rehabilitation Association (AURA), Rabia Moon Trust, Indus Hospital and Association for Children with Emotional and Learning Problems (ACELP).

SEMESTER SUMMARY

  • BASIC HEALTH SCIENCES
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Biomechanics
    • Applied Lower Extremity Anatomy
    • Biochemistry and Genetics
    • Pathology, Microbiology and Pharmacology
  • CLINICAL SCIENCES
    • Emergency and Traumatology
    • Psychology
    • Functional Orthopedics
    • Sports and Physical Medicine
  • PODIATRIC MEDICINE & SCIENCES
    • Peripheral Artery disease
    • Podiatric Medicine
    • Anesthesiology /or Protocol
    • Podiatric Surgery
    • Peads Podiatrics
  • SOCIAL SCIENCES AND RESEARCH
    • Sociology
    • Statistics
    • Biostatistics
    • Teaching Methodologies and Professional Practices
    • Community Medicine
    • Scientific Inquiry and Research Methodology
    • Bioethics and Hospital Administration
    • Evidence Based Practice
    • Clinical Decision Making
  • COMPULSORY SUBJECTS
    • English
    • Introduction to Computers
    • Islamic Studies / Moral Ethics
    • Pakistan Studies

ADMISSION POLICY

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is a five-year semester based degree program which is open to all science stream (Pre-Medical) students with minimum 50% marks from an accredited Institution in Pakistan or equivalent to international standards.

Therefore, candidates with O/A levels must acquire equivalency before taking admission.

All candidates are selected on merit, according to the following criteria:

  1. SSC Marks
  2. Entrance Test Marks
  3. HSC Marks
  4. Interview

The course is offered at Clifton Location.

Fee Structure

Admission Fee Rs. 25,000/-
Semester Tuition Fee Rs. 50,000/-
Security Deposit Rs. 25,000/-
Student Fund/Semester Rs. 2,000/-
Examination Fee/Semester Rs. 5500/-
Total Rs. 107,500/-

Note:

Any additional taxes imposed by the government will be the liability of the students/parents/guardian. The University reserves the right to increase the fees if required according to the recommendation of the Governing Body.

Advance fees to be paid semester-wise.

All dues need to be cleared within two weeks of commencement of the academic year.

2% surcharge per month will be levied on outstanding fees after the due date.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is popular both nationally and internationally. The incorporation of research and evidence based practice in the curriculum has opened the doors for autonomous practice.

Podiatrists may focus on a specialty such as pediatrics, geriatrics or sports medicine. In addition to private practice, podiatrist may

  • Work in hospitals (including in foot clinics associated with a hospital) and long-term care facilities
  • Teach in schools of medicine and nursing
  • Work in health departments

Because podiatrists in private practice set their own hours, it is a flexible career, making it a good fit for people who want or need a balanced lifestyle. Generally, podiatrists work between 30 and 60 hours a week.