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Demand for WCM-Q online population health courses soars during pandemic

Healthcare professionals are flocking to online courses during the pandemic.
Healthcare professionals are flocking to online courses during the pandemic.

Demand for online population health courses offered by the Institute for Population Health (IPH) at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (IPH) has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to senior faculty at the college.

The courses, previously offered in-person at WCM-Q’s campus in Education City, were transitioned to online platforms when physical distancing measures were introduced to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The shift to fully online courses led to a surge in demand from healthcare professionals across Qatar and the wider region seeking to learn more about population health during the pandemic.

The past five online courses offered by the IPH covered a diverse range of subjects and competencies, encompassing a two-day introductory workshop on systematic reviews, two workshops on mastering emotional intelligence, a Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine course, and a workshop on cultural competence in healthcare. All five activities were fully subscribed shortly after the dates were announced.

Dr. Sohaila Cheema, Assistant Dean for the Institute for Population Health, said: “We have invested much time and effort in transitioning to online education with the purpose of sustaining optimum learning and learner engagement, while maintaining the high quality of the courses. The interest from local and regional healthcare professionals for our online activities since has been phenomenal, with more than 110 people participating in the last five events. We are happy that our online education initiatives will help health professionals use the lockdown period to gain new skills and knowledge.”

The IPH at WCM-Q is staffed by a team of population health experts, physicians, lifestyle medicine practitioners, researchers, and administrators who collaborate with local and global partners to develop and implement evidence-based  programs and activities with a view to promote the overall health of the people in the State of Qatar, the Middle East and beyond. In addition to providing learning opportunities, the IPH publishes research on population health topics in peer-reviewed journals, runs health information sessions at community events, local schools and corporate offices, and offers global health learning opportunities to both WCM-Q and international medical students, among many other initiatives.

Dr. Ravinder Mamtani, Vice Dean for Student Affairs-Admissions, Population Health, and Lifestyle Medicine, said: “Our activities are designed to give healthcare professionals and educators opportunities to develop competencies in a wide range of fields related to population health, as well as providing a forum for exchange of ideas and new collaborations. Population health has never been so important, and we are therefore extremely gratified that our activities are thriving in the online space during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

For more information about the programs and activities of the Institute for Population Health at WCM-Q, click here