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An education in health sciences can open doors to a highly rewarding yet challenging career. At the School of Health Sciences, you can choose from a diverse range of undergraduate programmes: Dietetics with Nutrition, Nutrition, Biomedical Science, Medical Biotechnology, Chiropractic, Chinese Medicine and Nursing Science.

You will be learning in an environment that promotes teamwork, mutual respect, lifelong learning and continuous development. As a graduate, you can apply the knowledge and skills to a multitude of settings. Our degree programmes will help provide you with a competitive edge that you need to meet tomorrow’s healthcare challenges.

As one of the five Schools within the IMU’s Faculty of Medicine and Health, the School of Health Sciences is committed to educating a new generation of competent and ethical healthcare professionals vital to the delivery of quality patient care.

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Message from the Dean

Prof Winnie Chee Siew Swee

Dean, School of Health Sciences, BSc (Hons) Dietetics (UKM), MSc (Nutrition) (UKM) PhD (Food Science & Nutrition) (UKM)

“The School of Health Sciences, IMU offers a diverse range of undergraduate degree programmes to address the demand for highly qualified health professionals for Malaysia and internationally. We are committed to preparing competent, caring and compassionate practitioners ready to make a vital contribution to healthcare. In each programme we offer, the faculty embraces the principles of inter-professional education, service learning and evidence-based practice as a foundation to quality healthcare education. Healthcare is a demanding yet exciting and rewarding field of study and practice, and graduates of the School of Health Sciences have gained employment in a multitude of healthcare settings, industry and public and private organisations in Malaysia and abroad.”

Achievement & Engagement Activities

  • Educational Visit to Malaysian Association of the Blind: An Eye-opening Experience for IMU Nursing Students
On 19 April 2021, Ngu Kah Fui and Rachel Netto A/P Joseph Gerald Netto (NU118 Nursing students) had the opportunity to visit the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB), Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur. They were accompanied by Madam Yee Bit Lian, their nursing lecturer, to the center to learn more about the visually impaired. It was an eye-opening experience for them to learn more about the everyday lives of the visually impaired, especially with regards to their education and to equip them with skills that can prepare them for their future careers. Continue reading about it on IMU News.
  • Gaining Knowledge on Medical Biotechnology at IMU’s Virtual Medical Biotechnology Day 2021
This year, a virtual IMU Medical Biotechnology Day 2021 (MB Day 2021) with the theme “Biotechnology Innovation for Diseases” was organised with an e-poster competition, game sessions and an intriguing talk. The emphasis is on the application of innovative biotechnology tools to prevent, diagnose, and treat current diseases. Students from IMU’s Foundation in Science programme (FIS) and external students, nationally or internationally, were invited for the e-poster competition. Continue reading about it on IMU News.
  • An Educational and Insightful Hands-On Workshop at IMU for International School Students
2 March 2020 – Eleven Year-13 students from the Tenby International School participated in a hands-on workshop on ‘Real-world Applications of Molecular Biology’ at the IMU campus in Bukit Jalil. Conducted by Dr Kok Yih Yih, a lecturer from the Medical Biotechnology programme, this workshop introduced the students to real-world applications of molecular biology and they were given the opportunity to experience the basic molecular biology techniques, gel electrophoresis, in the laboratory. The participants commented that the workshop was a great platform for them to experience what they have learnt in textbooks and it has enhanced their conceptual understanding on the selected lab technique. Continue reading on IMU News.
  • Learning about Research Opportunities at School of Health Sciences’ Research Day
Conducting research is an important component for the development of scientific thinking and adds to the body of knowledge. At the International Medical University (IMU), providing these opportunities for students at all levels, regardless of discipline is an important factor in their education. It is also important for these students to have a platform to present and share their research outcomes. With this in mind, the University’s School of Health Sciences (SOHS) organised its very first Research Day on 26 October 2018. The event, which was one of the key celebratory events held in conjunction with the SOHS 10th Anniversary Celebrations, showcased research works from students of various disciplines. The theme of the event was “Quality Life Through Innovation” and it was attended by more than 150 students and staff. Read more on IMU News.

Engagement Activities

  • Educational Visit to Malaysian Association of the Blind: An Eye-opening Experience for IMU Nursing Students
On 19 April 2021, Ngu Kah Fui and Rachel Netto A/P Joseph Gerald Netto (NU118 Nursing students) had the opportunity to visit the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB), Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur. They were accompanied by Madam Yee Bit Lian, their nursing lecturer, to the center to learn more about the visually impaired. It was an eye-opening experience for them to learn more about the everyday lives of the visually impaired, especially with regards to their education and to equip them with skills that can prepare them for their future careers. Continue reading about it on IMU News.
  • Gaining Knowledge on Medical Biotechnology at IMU’s Virtual Medical Biotechnology Day 2021
This year, a virtual IMU Medical Biotechnology Day 2021 (MB Day 2021) with the theme “Biotechnology Innovation for Diseases” was organised with an e-poster competition, game sessions and an intriguing talk. The emphasis is on the application of innovative biotechnology tools to prevent, diagnose, and treat current diseases. Students from IMU’s Foundation in Science programme (FIS) and external students, nationally or internationally, were invited for the e-poster competition. Continue reading about it on IMU News.

Achievements

  • Honouring Research at the First Virtual Malaysian Symposium of Biomedical Science
The 11th Malaysian e-Symposium of Biomedical Science (MYSYMBIOS), a national-level undergraduate symposium, took place on 6 and 7 March 2021 via the ZOOM platform. This year, the International Medical University (IMU) was conferred the honour to host this annual symposium, with the aim of gathering final-year students, researchers, and intellectual figures in biomedical science across Malaysia and providing them with the platform to present their research. Universities which had hosted this event include Universiti Malaya (UM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), the latter which was the preceding host in 2019. Despite a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, this year’s event, held on the virtual platform in accordance to the safety guidelines from the Ministry of Health, was a novel and exciting experience for many. Read more about it on IMU News.
  • Dr Premdass Ramdas Secured RM126,800 in 2020 Fundamentals Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) Awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), Malaysia
Dr Premdass Ramdas from the Division of Applied Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology (ABSB) had successfully secured RM126,800 In the recent 2020 Fundamentals Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), Malaysia. His research project titled “Comparative transcriptomic and proteomic analyses if three-dimensional multicellular breast tumour spheroids following treatment with tocotrienols” is a collaborative effort between International Medical University (IMU), Monash University Malaysia (MUM) and University of Malaya (UM). The co-investigators in this research project are Dr Mangala Kumari (IMU), Jeya Sheela Anandha Rao (IMU), Prof Ammu K. Radhakrishnan (MUM) and A/Prof Puteri Shafinaz Abdul Rahman (UM). With this research grant, his team aims to evaluate the tumour-targeted tocotrienol delivery systems in an in vitro 3D environment that resembles tumour microenvironment of human breast cancer.

Views from Our Community

Sylvia Ho Jie Ying

Alumna, Nutrition

My journey with IMU is remarkable and one life-changing event! As  IMU Nutrition students, we were blessed with enormous opportunities in community projects. I vividly remember my participation in the “First 1000 days” project where I took on the lead role in educating nutrition to mothers with young children. My biggest takeaways were involvement in Nutrition Society Malaysia (NSM) 2.0 roadshow activities and IMU-Deakins student mobility project. I am also grateful for my experience during practicum that enables me to showcase my leadership and project management skills. I would like to express my gratitude to my lecturers for their support and guidance, without them, I would not be who I am today, a courageous young Nutritionist who aims to take on new challenges.

Wong Soh San

Student, DME119 & Nurse

I have started applying what I have learnt to become a reflective practitioner. I am able to recognise my gaps and strengths as a practitioner, and engage in a process of continuous learning to improve my clinical skills. I have gotten good feedback from my patients. My referrals from doctors have increased. Recently, I received an invitation to speak at a nursing school to nursing students at a workshop.

Nah Ying Wa

Student, DME119 & Practicing Pharmacist

I noticed that the quality of care that I provide to my patients with diabetes has improved tremendously. Before taking this programme, I would mainly provide care in relation to medication issues when patients come to me. Now, I am able to provide a more comprehensive care plan that addresses the patient’s individual needs and empowers the patient to better self-manage diabetes in their day to day life.

Teo Chun Yi, Jennifer

Alumna, Nutrition

I am a person who is passionate about food, nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Joining the IMU Nutrition programme was the best decision I made! Over the 3 years of my studies, I enjoyed studying the programme, the student life, my co-curriculum activities and the food in IMU. We get to meet nutritionists from various industries and I appreciated the career exploration opportunities. This certainly helped me to build and develop my future goals and aspirations. I am very fortunate to be one of the Best Thesis winners in conjunction with the 34th Scientific Conference of Nutrition Society of Malaysia 2019.
 

Tan Zuanne

Alumna, Nutrition

A once in a lifetime experience does not come every day, so I jumped at the opportunity to attend the Winter Course 2019 with 57 students from different health professions and countries including, Indonesia, Taiwan, Timor Leste and Sweden. The course focused on interprofessional education through lectures, clinical observations and lab training. Along with the other Malaysians, we went with an open mind, not knowing what to expect, but little did we know that what was in store for us would be a memorable experience!” shared Zuanne, who had the opportunity to represent the programme to join the Winter Course 2019 organised by the University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, with the theme - Women’s Health and Wellness.

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