CHS research committee is part of the Ministry of Health (MOH) “Health Research Committee”. It has structured Terms of reference and tailed with the CHS vision and mission serving the MOH strategy for staff development. The aims of the research committee are to create a research climate in the college by encouraging faculty to conduct research, help them in participating actively in research and assisting researchers when obstacles occur during research encounters by providing alternatives and providing extra resources of knowledge. Another aim of the CRC is to develop research skills of the students.
The CHS Research committee follows the MOH research policy for writing proposals and applying the ethical regulations:
The college has internal research Grants Scheme which is budgeted by the board of external projects; to support faculty to finance their research activities. The CHS grants scheme for research is circulated to individual faculty members. Additionally, The Health Research committee funds research proposals which meet its objectives and eligibility criteria.
The college of health Sciences offers research oriented subjects (courses) in all the programs. Example of these are: “Library Search & Seminar“ in the Pharmacy program and “Nursing Research“ in nursing. As part of these subjects, the students undertake a small project supervised by the concerned program faculty. The prime goals of these projects are to provide students with research basics; to develop their skills of health research analysis and to improve their academic writing skills. Student’s research allowed the organization of scientific days such as “Pharmacy Scientific Day”, “Dental Hygiene Scientific Day” and “International Nursing Day”.
Research committees were one of the standing committees in the college since its establishment. The existing research committee was reformulated in December 2009 and its members are master and PhD holders.
Faculty and students research studies are being published in a bulletin under the name “Research Digest”. This bulletin has also abstracts and summaries of any conference, workshop and postgraduate studies attended by the faculty.
The research committee activities are increasing steadily and planned annually to include different types of activities such as local and guest speakers talks, conducting research studies, organizing workshops on research basics such as study design and abstract writing. These activities are publicized in the MOH intranet, MOODLE and e-boards.