Undergraduate Focus: Helping combat issues facing humanity
THE Faculty of Allied Health Science University College Shahputra (UCSA) prepares students to pursue a careers as medical assistants, biotechnologists, pharmacists and medical laboratory technologists.
The lack of medical assistants is the one of the challenges in the health industry and a matter of global concern.
For some countries, the issues are about improving access to basic health services and tackling poverty-related problems such as communicable diseases and infant mortality. For others, it could be battling rising chronic, lifestyle-linked diseases and caring for an ageing population.
To help tackle these issues UCSA through the Faculty of Allied Health Science provides students an opportunity to make a difference in the world.
The Malaysian biotechnology industry has the highest growth experienced in the healthcare sector and there is great demand for biotechnology therapeutics (medicine and vaccines) and diagnostics as there is currently a shortage of trained biotechnologists in Malaysia, particularly for the demands of the BioValley project, which is expected to create about 17,000 jobs related to the biotechnology industries.
A pharmacist’s scope of work includes identifying and solving drug related issues, dealing with prescriptions of patients, or enforcing a ban under the enforcement division with one aim, to ensure that a drug is not misused and to oversee the administration or usage of a drug.
The job opportunities available to a registered pharmacist are endless, including the field of academics as a lecturer at an institution of higher learning, or as an entrepreneur by venturing into business.
UCSA intends to fill this void in these sectors by offering its Allied Health Science programme. For those who wish to enrol with their SPM or SPMV, they must obtain at least five credits including Bahasa Malaysia, mathematics or additional mathematics, any of the science subjects and two other subjects if they intend to take up the medical assistant programme.
For those who want to take up biotechnology, medical laboratory technology or pharmacy, they must obtain at least three credits in the SPM including Bahasa Malaysia, any of the science subjects and one other subject.
For more information www.universitycollegeshahputra.edu.my