Graduate School of Health Sciences - Uskudar University Institutional

General Information

Postgraduate education in the Graduate School of Health Sciences, in line with the aims and principles of the Higher Education Law No. 2547, was prepared in accordance with the provisions of the "Organization and Operation Regulation of Graduate Education Graduate Schools" and "Graduate Education Regulations" and published in the Official paper dated 08.01.2014 and numbered 28876. It is carried out within the framework of the “Üsküdar University Postgraduate Education and Examination Regulations” .

Graduate School of Health Sciences aims to train respected, creative and universal scientists and experts in their fields, who are preferred at national and international level, by using the experience and knowledge of our university in the fields of behavioral and health sciences, with its distinguished teaching staff.

Health Science graduate-school was established in 2011, and firstly, students were admitted to the Hospital Management and Neuroscience Master's programs in the 2012-2013 academic year. This was followed by Nursing, Occupational Health and Safety and Social Work Master's programs in the 2013-2014 academic year. Our first doctoral program was opened by the Nursing Department this year and started to accept students for the Fall Semester. In the graduate-school, courses are carried out theoretically and practically. Course passing and credit system in the curricula created by the departments are based on the student workload based on gaining the knowledge, skills and competencies determined in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and stipulated on the basis of the program. The most important stage in the Master's and Doctorate programs with thesis is the thesis work, in which the student will demonstrate his/her abilities independently and effectively. Since this stage is the most important criterion in demonstrating the quality of education, it is one of our most important goals to increase the rate of publication and citation of theses made in our Graduate School in journals scanned in international indexes.

Graduate Programs of the Graduate School of Health Sciences are;

  • Addiction Counseling and Rehabilitation (Thesis/Non-Thesis) Graduate Program
  • Nutrition and Dietetics (Thesis/Non-Thesis) Graduate Program
  • Child Development (Thesis/Non-Thesis) Graduate Program
  • Language and Speech Therapy (Thesis) Graduate Program
  • Midwifery (Thesis/Non-Thesis) Graduate Program
  • Occupational Therapy (Thesis/Non-Thesis) Graduate Program
  • Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation (Thesis/Non-Thesis) Graduate Program
  • Nursing (Thesis/Non-Thesis) Graduate Program
    • Psychiatric Nursing
    • Women's Health and Illness Nursing
    • Child Health and Disease Nursing
    • Internal Medicine Nursing
    • Community Mental Health Nursing (Non-Thesis)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (Thesis/Non-Thesis) Graduate Program
  • Neuroscience (Thesis/Non-Thesis) Graduate Program
  • Neuroscience (English - Thesis/Non-Thesis) Graduate Program
  • Perfusion (Thesis/Non-Thesis) Graduate Program
  • Health Informatics (Thesis/Non-Thesis) Graduate Program
  • Health Management (Thesis/Non-Thesis) Graduate Program
  • Social Work (Thesis/Non-Thesis) Graduate Program


  • Health Management Doctorate Degree (PhD)
  • Neuroscience Doctorate Degree (PhD)
  • Molecular Neuroscience Doctorate Degree (PhD)
  • Language and Speech Therapy Doctorate Degree (PhD)
  • Nursing Doctorate Degree (PhD)
  • Clinical Anatomy Doctorate Degree (PhD)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Doctorate Degree (PhD)
  • Medical Genetics Doctorate Degree (PhD)
  • Physiology Doctorate Degree (PhD)

The courses are conducted theoretically and practically at the Graduate School of Health Sciences. In addition to the subject courses, our students can take courses from the programs of the Graduate School of Health Sciences and other graduate-schools when necessary. The classrooms are technologically advanced, and the students have access to all kinds of information directly and online from the University library for their course and thesis studies.

Institute of Health Sciences Strategic Plan 2024-2028

The 5th Vision Meeting was held by our University, which adopts an innovative, future-oriented education approach in order to educate highly qualified people and produce knowledge. By analyzing the current situation and process, the strategic future vision and related transformation elements were discussed. The outputs of the vision meeting organized by our university with the participation of internal and external stakeholders formed the basis for determining the 2024-2028 Strategic Plan. The Institute of Health Sciences 2024-2028 Strategic Plan was created in line with the goals and objectives set by our university. Our Institute will continue to work with great determination and dedication to achieve our future goals with our management team, academic and administrative staff.

Mission, Vision, Values and Goals


In order to respond to the developing health needs of the society;

* To provide non-formal learning environments with its expert academic staff, laboratories and research centers,

* To train specialists and scientists who are compatible with R&D focuses, committed to ethical values, creative, universal, and able to shape health and science policies.


To be a respected and preferred leading educational and research institution in the field in cooperation with national and international institutes.

Institute of Health Sciences 2024-2028 Strategic Goals and Objectives

Objective 1: To strengthen the quality of education and training with technological, dynamic and sustainable approaches

The Graduate School of Health Sciences aims to strengthen the structure of graduate programs in accordance with the requirements of contemporary education and the courses offered are diversified in this direction.

Strategic Objective 1.1: It is aimed to prioritize value and quality-oriented education that will contribute to scientific progress and cultural development by supporting the motivation of students with a new generation university approach. The course curricula in graduate programs are updated to support the competence of students and in line with scientific developments in the field of health. Curricula will be continuously improved in this direction. In order to support the professional development of our graduate students, events will be organized where our students can meet with professional organizations and associations.

In order to sustain scientific progress, promotional and orientation activities will be increased in academic units to increase participation in international exchange programs. In order to create a project culture among graduate students and to encourage student projects, trainings will be organized to inform students. In order to increase students' interest in projects, the results of thesis activities derived from projects with high social contribution value will be shared as news. Supported projects related to the priority research areas of our country will be identified and students will be directed to priority areas.

In order to increase collaborative research activities between faculty members and students and to increase the application rate for projects that graduate students can be involved in, open calls will be announced to students.

Strategic Objective 1.2: It is aimed to increase the competencies of academic staff by supporting them with innovative methods and materials. The number of lecturers receiving project writing training will be increased. Faculty members, who have an important role in the effective execution of quality improvement processes, will be encouraged to participate in the training of trainers program, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to use innovative application methods as well as education and training methods, techniques and materials. In order to support the competencies of faculty members, their participation in mentoring programs will be supported. In order to improve the quality of education and training and to support the competencies of faculty members, the course loads of faculty members will be improved and the number of faculty members will be increased.

Strategic Objective 1.3: It is aimed to develop education and training processes in line with national goals and policies by ensuring their accreditation. Training will be provided to academic staff on the accreditation process. Among the parameters taken into account in accreditation processes are the quality of higher education activities, the existence of systems that evaluate the methods used to achieve the goals, and the existence of a model that ensures the improvement of the system with feedback. Although the higher education activities offered by our Institute are of high quality; in order to improve the activities offered, satisfaction surveys are applied to our graduate students and the feedback of our students is given great importance. In addition, course curricula in graduate programs are renewed and monitored. Another parameter taken into account in accreditation processes is the number of graduates from graduate programs and the number of graduate students who can find a job. The processes related to our graduate students will be monitored. With Üsküdar University Alumni Information System, it is aimed to establish more effective communication with our graduates, to enable graduates to maintain their communication with each other and with the university, and to maintain the strong bond created between our university and our graduates.

Strategic Objective 1.4: It is aimed to transform the content and knowledge production/service in order to increase the quality and recognition of its programs. In this direction, our Institute will ensure that the course curricula in graduate programs are developed in line with the developing science and technology. Faculty members will also be encouraged to participate in training programs to support their development. Feedback will be received through surveys applied to our internal and external stakeholders and necessary improvements will be made.

Strategic Objective 1.5: It is aimed to guide the sectoral orientations of our students and graduates. It is aimed to facilitate access to internship and work experience opportunities for our graduate students at the career days organized by our university. In this direction, it will be planned to receive support from students who graduated from graduate programs at the career days event. In cooperation with relevant professional organizations and institutions, seminars will be encouraged and the sectoral orientation of our students will be supported. In graduate courses, curricula will be updated in line with the orientation and needs of the sectors.

Objective 2: To strengthen research and development and interdisciplinary research activities with innovative and sustainable infrastructure

Our Institute aims to encourage participation in seminars by supporting project and research activities.

Strategic Objective 2.1: It is aimed to improve the infrastructure in research and development activities and to focus on innovative technologies and artificial intelligence. The Institute aims to develop course curricula with the support of artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence related trainings will be provided in graduate programs. 

Strategic Objective 2.2: It is aimed to increase the number of scientific research projects and publications in Q1/Q2 class journals by strengthening the research capacity of academicians. In this direction, participation in trainings and seminars on scientific research projects and publications will be encouraged. Academic staff promoted to faculty members will be encouraged to participate in research groups in order to increase their projects/publications.

Strategic Objective 2.3: It is aimed to expand the entrepreneurship ecosystem and increase the number of patents and utility models. Elective courses on entrepreneurship will be added to the curriculum. With the Entrepreneurship Center established by our University in order to reveal the entrepreneurial side of academic staff and students; the development of entrepreneurs who contribute to sustainable, value-added, social and economic development in society is encouraged.

Information about the activities of application and research centers is presented on the web page of our institute and a link is shared to facilitate access to application and research centers. 

Strategic Objective 2.4: It is aimed to support the research and development potential of students by encouraging their active participation in research processes. Students will be encouraged to use library resources and digital platforms more effectively. Access to up-to-date information will be encouraged through existing library and digital education opportunities. Various webinars are organized by our university library portal to support the academic development of our students. In order for our students to benefit more from the trainings provided, library access support will be provided on the web page of our Institute.

Objective 3: To strengthen cooperation between the University and its stakeholders

In line with this goal set by our university, seminars and events will be organized where our students studying in graduate programs can come together with external stakeholders.

Strategic Objective 3.1: In order to ensure a culture of cooperation, it is aimed to establish strategic partnerships with universities, private sector, public institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Each academic unit will be encouraged to organize at least one scientific/cultural/artistic/sporting event per year with its stakeholders; in this way, it will be ensured that students work in cooperation with NGOs. In order to direct our students to industry-oriented studies, our students will be informed about the calls and supports. This will increase the number of projects that will combine the knowledge and research potential gained in graduate programs with the experience of the industry.

Strategic Objective 3.2: It is aimed to increase the impact of university research and expertise on the public sector by participating in public policy-making processes. Our students will be directed to priority areas such as research and development studies based on public-sector/industry cooperation in the selection of thesis topics. The development of our students will be supported by strengthening the communication between universities, public administrations, local administrations, non-governmental organizations, industry and business world through seminars.

Strategic Objective 3.3: It is aimed to contribute to local economic growth by including university resources and expertise in regional development projects. Our Institute will encourage participation in national projects such as TUBITAK, Ministry of Industry and Technology. By strengthening cooperation with local businesses, public institutions and NGOs, more effective contributions will be made to regional development projects. With the activities to be carried out, it will be ensured that our lecturers come together with external stakeholders and the consultancy services that our lecturers can provide can be increased.

Objective 4: Strengthen internationalization

In order to strengthen internationalization, it is of great importance to develop relations with international educational institutions. In this framework, it is aimed to increase the number of international students in our Institute and the number of students participating in student exchange programs.

Strategic Objective 4.1: It is aimed to improve the international experience and network of students and staff. It is aimed to carry out promotional activities related to international exchange programs and to encourage our students and faculty members to participate in international exchange programs. There is an area on the web page of our Institute where our students are informed about exchange programs. Feedback will be received from our students and faculty members who have participated in international programs, feedbacks will be reported and improvement activities will be carried out. When the applications for international programs start, it will be announced to the Departments and students and the application announcement will be shared on our web page. In addition, participation in project markets will be encouraged to ensure that our students and faculty members take part in more joint projects.

Strategic Objective 4.2: To become a multicultural and international institute by developing the strategy of becoming a recognized and preferred institution in the fields of education and research on international platforms. Foreign students and academicians will be supported to establish international cooperation and partnerships and to promote a multicultural environment. 

Strategic Goal 4.3: It is aimed to increase the international quality of education and training in line with the United Nations sustainability development goals. Departments will be informed by our Institute in line with the United Nations sustainability development goals. International joint graduate programs will be opened. Courses focused on United Nations sustainability development goals will be added to graduate programs. In order to improve the foreign language skills of our students and faculty members, information will be provided about the courses offered at the Continuing Education Center within our University.

Strategic Objective 4.4: It is aimed to improve academic and social communication and cooperation with international external stakeholders. Our Institute will encourage collaborations with international research institutions and the development of joint research projects. By aiming to organize seminars at the international level where academic staff from different disciplines can meet, interaction with academic stakeholders will be strengthened.

Objective 5: To develop quality-oriented institutional capacity

In order to ensure ease of access to information, all current and planned activities and information will be openly shared on our website.

Strategic Objective 5.1: It is aimed to establish a big data management coordinatorship within the scope of institutionalization and integration. Students' satisfaction levels regarding the speed of access to education and training processes will be investigated. Feedback will be received from our students about their access to platforms such as call center and live support.

Strategic Objective 5.2: It is aimed to create an organizational culture and develop effective communication skills within the organization. In our institute, improvement activities will be carried out by taking into account the wishes and opinions of all stakeholders with a participatory management approach. Corporate culture plays a major role in the realization of the mission and strategies of the institution and in the change of institutional effectiveness. The satisfaction levels of our students, who are our internal stakeholders, are determined through satisfaction surveys. Reporting studies on satisfaction levels will be carried out and arrangements for improvement will be planned. Relations with our graduated students will be strengthened and their contribution to educational activities and seminars will be ensured. It will be planned for our graduate graduates to contribute to the career day activities of our university.

Strategic Objective 5.3: It is aimed to improve and develop the physical structure. As the number of students in our institute increases, the existing infrastructure will be improved. The existing and sufficient physical conditions in the classrooms will continue to be supported with new generation technologies.  The processes related to education and training will be digitalized.

Strategic Objective 5.4: It is aimed to ensure sustainability in all units of the university and to disseminate the quality system. Plans will be made for environmental sustainability within our institute. Content such as renewable energy, waste management, recycling will be added to graduate course curricula. Seminars will be planned and participation in seminars will be encouraged in order to raise awareness among academic staff and students about environmental pollution and sustainability. Seminars will be organized for our students in order to spread the quality culture.

Objective 6: To strengthen social responsibility and social contribution 

Students will be encouraged to participate in social responsibility projects within the scope of social contribution activities.

Strategic Objective 6.1: It is aimed to expand scientific and cultural activities and social responsibility activities that will support social development. Activities that will increase the awareness of social responsibility will be organized in our institute. Students and faculty members will be encouraged to participate in social responsibility projects. It is aimed to open an area on our web page where our internal and external stakeholders can be involved in the process in order to share social responsibility projects that emphasize the sense of solidarity and solidarity with all segments of society and to receive opinions on project ideas.

Strategic Objective 6.2: It is aimed to increase distance and continuing education activities within the scope of lifelong learning principle. Our graduate students will be informed about the trainings provided by the Continuing Education Center of our university and they will be provided to make a request through the request form for the trainings they will need. Feedback will be received from our students who participate in the trainings organized by the continuing education center. 

Strategic Objective 6.3: It is aimed to use energy resources efficiently and raise environmental awareness. Trainings and seminars will be planned to raise awareness about environmental awareness in our institute. Course curricula related to energy and sustainability will be developed.

Strategic Objective 6.4: Within the scope of the Twelfth Development Plan, it is aimed to develop social responsibility activities that will support social awareness with a new generation university approach. Social responsibility activities will be encouraged with multi-stakeholder cooperation such as local governments, non-governmental organizations, private sector and other universities by developing concrete solutions for the needs of society through solution-oriented research and project studies on social problems.

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