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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
  • Neuroscience
  • Molecular Neuroscience
  • Language and Speech Therapy
  • Nursing 
  • Clinical Anatomy 
  • Physiology

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.


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 experts and scientists who are compatible with R&D focuses, adhere to ethical values, creative, universal, and can direct health and science policies.


To be a respected and preferred education and research institution in cooperation with national and international graduate-schools.


Strategic Objectives Strategic Objectives (2019-2023)

Our Graduate School has set 12 strategic goals for itself by the Quality Commission, which was formed to achieve 4 main strategic goals.

In addition, within the scope of ORPHEUS (Organization of pHD in Biomedicine and Health Sciences European System, ORPHEUS), which carries out studies for the development of a PhD in Europe, especially in the field of biomedicine and health sciences, it aims to provide standards, studies and developments, and to raise the standards of qualifications that graduates of doctoral programs will have. It is an international organization of higher education institutions. An "Orpheus Study Commission" was established at the Health Sciences Graduate School, and Counseling Training and Orpheus Workshop were held in 2018. (https://uskudar.edu.tr/tr/icerik/2713/danismanlik-egitimi-ve-orpheus-calistayi-yapildi).

Goal 1: Strengthening Education and Training

When structural analyzes of training programs are made; Although the number of lecturers is less than the number of courses in some programs, and the number of lecturers is sufficient in some programs, it has been observed that the number of courses per lecturer is high because the number of courses is too high. In addition, it was observed that some of the elective courses of the graduate-school were not chosen at all. It may be considered to benefit from lecturers in these fields who are paid hourly lectures. Regarding the content of the education programs, the Graduate School of Health Sciences aims to strengthen the structure of its programs in accordance with the requirements of contemporary education. The courses opened for this purpose are also diversified in this parallel.

Strategic Objective 1: Despite the variety of elective courses, the curriculum in the programs that include the courses that have not been opened will be strengthened and revised by the end of 2019. By communicating with the departments, the educational objectives of the programs, course structure, credit load, number of faculty members, student recruitment and thesis process will be evaluated and will be organized at the end of the studies.

Strategic Objective 2: Students should be able to freely use their right to choose courses according to their own orientation and to take courses from other programs. These studies are important for students to know their rights and responsibilities and to create a positive educational atmosphere within the institution. In this sense, our students will be provided with the opportunity to benefit from the elective courses to be offered in other graduate-schools, and elective courses that can be given in other graduate-schools will be opened in our graduate-school in a way that will serve this purpose. In addition, consultancy interview reports will be prepared and consultancy activities will be monitored and recorded in order to carry out academic consultancy activities more effectively.

Strategic Objective 3: Within the scope of internationalization, it will be ensured that the experience gained through participation in European University Association programs and interactions such as Erasmus exchange programs will be transferred to the Graduate School's practices.

Strategic Objective 4: Distance and continuous education activities will be increased within the scope of lifelong learning principle, and it is aimed to ensure this culture and development with the trainings given through the Continuing Education Center.

Goal 2: Developing Institutional Capacity

The main purpose of postgraduate education, and especially doctoral education, is to train scientists who can conduct research independently. Therefore, perhaps the most distinguishing feature of postgraduate education is that it is based on research and new knowledge generation above all else. In addition, it has set strategic goals in order to enable our students to benefit more from the research and development opportunities of the institution, to contribute to their research in its laboratories, and to make the entire capacity of the institution available at the graduate education level. Strategic targets have been set to enable our students to benefit from the entrepreneurship ecosystem, to contribute to the ideas they have with incubation centers and technoparks, and to the product development processes they think have added value.

 Strategic Objective 1: In order to improve organizational functioning, human resources and corporate culture, all students will be given basic training on the thesis process. All students will be given seminars on thesis writing, scientific research, ethics and creativity within the graduate-school. A consultancy training program will be developed in order to improve the consultancy process and to guide the consultants. Within the framework of this program, guides to define institutional good practices and courses will be organized for faculty members who will just start counseling. Efforts will be made to benefit from EU resources and programs in this regard.

Strategic Objective 2: The thesis process will be controlled more efficiently in order to improve the functioning of the organization, develop human resources, and provide institutional and academic contribution. The role of the advisor in the thesis process will be defined in more detail. The quality of theses will be monitored through a measurable and traceable process. It is among our institutional goals to publish the results obtained from theses in journals scanned in international indexes. Surveys and evaluations will be made to evaluate the employment of graduates and their satisfaction in business life.

Strategic Objective 3: Entrepreneurship trainings will be provided to help our graduate students and graduates with their sectoral orientation, and also by organizing meetings with sector representatives, sectoral orientation of external stakeholders. It will be provided to guide their processes.

Goal 3: Developing Internationalization

In the Graduate School of Health Sciences, in-disciplinary courses are generally preferred. This situation causes education to be introverted and confronts us as an obstacle to development. Therefore, the Graduate School aims to disseminate practices that encourage change, such as taking courses between programs and from other graduate-schools, and increasing the rate of elective courses. It is of great importance to develop relations with international education institutions as a way of providing information about the outside world and opening up. In this framework, it is aimed to increase the number of international students at the Graduate School and the number of students participating in student exchange. We think that the increase in the activities of the Graduate School's Departments for cooperation in the national and international arena will greatly contribute to the creation of an education and research environment where diversity and multiculturalism are dominant.

Strategic Objective 1: In order to increase the international experience of students and staff, the number of courses taken and given from other graduate-schools and between programs will be increased and the number of joint projects will be increased. For this purpose, activities such as mutual visits, exchange of lecturers will be held to increase the cooperation of the Graduate School with domestic and foreign equivalent institutions. Policies will be developed for the use of European Union resources.

Strategic Objective2: In order to create a multicultural and international campus environment, postgraduate education programs will be opened, where foreign students will be admitted and who will teach entirely in English.

Strategic Objective 3: Participation in exchange programs such as Erasmus will be increased in order to increase the international quality of education. It will ensure that the programs are similar to equivalent programs in EU universities. In this framework, in addition to the activities specified in the 1st and 2nd strategic objectives, the preparation of the Graduate School catalog in Turkish and English will be completed, ECTS crediting of the courses and the implementation of exchange programs in the thesis period will be worked on. The Graduate School will be guiding and encouraging in making these changes, which are largely under the initiative of the Departments. For this purpose, joint coordination will be carried out with the international office. Personnel will be encouraged to participate in university language courses in order to increase the foreign language knowledge of the personnel in the development of the Graduate School's human resources and to provide foreign language support. In addition, the announcements and news areas on our graduate-school website will be used more actively and frequently, and will also be shared in English.

Goal 4: Strengthening Cooperation between the University and its Stakeholders

Health is of critical importance for the development of products with strategic and economic value for our country, especially with the developing technology in the field of Health Sciences, for the important developments in the field of Health Informatics to be met, and for our ideal of producing value-added products, which is also essential in the 10th development plan. Studies carried out on a global scale in this field in the sector, in academia and abroad have once again demonstrated the importance of external stakeholders. For this purpose, the focus has been on the following 2 main objectives.

Strategic Objective 1: In order to ensure a culture of cooperation, within the framework of cooperation with universities, private sector, public institutions and NGOs within the plan period, external stakeholders give seminars at certain periods under the title of sectoral meetings, and to ensure that the needs of the sector and the goals of the academy overlap, and that the curricula It is intended to be revised in parallel.

Strategic Objective 2: In order to strengthen the infrastructure related to externally supported projects, our students will be provided with trainings to inform and guide them about the support programs announced by BIDEB (Scientist Support Department), and they will be able to apply for these supports.

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