MHS Programs | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani
Medical & Health Sciences Department

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MHS Programs

The Department of Medical & Health Sciences (MHS) utilizes a U.S.-based curriculum, state-of-the-art equipment, and dedicated faculty to: 
  • Provide high-quality academic instruction in the field of medical and health sciences, 
  • Prepare students to lead their communities to a better future, 
  • Improve the healthcare sector in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, 
  • Provide opportunities for faculty members and professionals in the community to address medical and health issues via research and scholarship. 
The department currently offers a bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS), which opened to students in 2018 and graduated the first cohort in Spring 2022. 


The primary mission of the MLS program is to educate and equip students with the knowledge, critical-thinking, scientific literacy, problem-solving, and practical skills that are essential for a professional clinical laboratory scientist. The program aims to train highly-competent and socially-responsible professionals who contribute to the improvement of public health and well-being, as well as the development of research and the medical sciences practice in Iraq and the MENA region. In addition to preparing students to perform and interpret laboratory results in various physical, chemical, and biological specialties, the AUIS MLS program emphasizes the principles of ethical and pluralistic practices in the medical field.


The MLS program’s vision is to become a local and regional model in medical laboratory education and research. To accomplish this, AUIS has developed and implemented a curriculum of international standards, established modern state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure, and congregated faculty experts from around the world. The program adheres to national and international health and safety standards, seeks international accreditation, and addresses public health problems of high relevance to Iraq and the wider region.

After successful completion of the AUIS MLS Program, graduates will be able to:

  • Collect, prepare, store and transport human samples for analysis using appropriate preservation and handling methods.
  • Follow prescribed procedures, and with adequate orientation, perform routine testing in chemistry, microbiology, immunology, immunohematology, hematology, hemostasis, and molecular diagnostics.
  • Operate and calibrate clinical laboratory instruments or equipment after proper orientation.
  • Recognize and correct basic instrument malfunctions. Refer serious instrument problems to a senior laboratorian or a supervisor when necessary.
  • Prepare reagents or media from a prescribed procedure, including calculating necessary computations, using an analytical balance, and adjusting the pH if necessary.
  • Evaluate media, reagents, and standards according to established criteria.
  • Conduct established quality control procedures on analytical tests, equipment, reagents, media, and products; evaluate results of quality control and implement corrective action when indicated.
  • Establish basic quality control procedures, confidence limits, and normal ranges for new procedures or methods.
  • Perform comparison studies on new or existing procedures and report results according to conventional scientific formats.
  • Assess the reliability of laboratory results through correlation of data with common physiological conditions.
  • In prescribed instances, indicate the need for additional laboratory tests for definitive diagnostic information.
  • Provide clinical orientation and supervision for students and new or less skilled laboratory personnel. Lecture or provide class demonstrations.
  • Practice established safety measures.
  • Inform superiors of activities including unusual patient data or results.
  • Recognize and act on the need for continuing education to maintain and grow in professional competencies.
  • Present effective in-service continuing education sessions when asked.
  • Apply managerial/supervisory skills for completion of projects as assigned.
  • Comply with applicable regulatory statutes.
  • Practice quality assurance and performance improvement techniques for optimum laboratory analysis.
  • Manage laboratory operations and human resources to ensure cost-effective, high-quality laboratory services.
  • Communicate effectively with members of the healthcare team, external relations, and patients.
  • Evaluate research and published studies to remain informed of new techniques and procedures.
  • Utilize information management systems to provide timely and accurate reporting of laboratory data.
  • Behave in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Maintain focus on the patient to provide quality laboratory services.

Core Courses

Category Required Courses Required Credits
1st CSC 101 3
ENG 101 3
CIV 101 3
2nd ENG 102 3
MTH 133 3
3rd ENG 203 3
CIV 203 3
STT 201 3
4th CIV 204 3
Humanity Core 3
Total /30 credits
3 credit core/general education eligible courses: ECO 201; ART, LIT, ENG, POL, HIST, PHI, or GEO - up to 300 level

Major Courses

Suggested Semester Course Code Pre-requisite Credits
1st General Biology I + Lab (BIO 102 + BIOL102) None 4
Chemistry I + Lab (CHEM 232 + CHEML 232) None 4
2nd Biology II + Lab (BIO 203 + BIOL 203) BIO/L 102 4
Chemistry II + Lab (CHEM 233 + CHEML 233) CHEM/L 232 4
3rd Physics for Life Science + Lab (PHYS 224 + PHYSL 224)
PHYS/L 232 can also fulfill this requirement
MTH 133 4
Clinical Laboratory Science Methods & Techniques (HSCI 201) MLS Major Declaration 2
4th Organic Chemistry + Lab (CHEM/L 241) CHEM/L 233 4
Human Anatomy + Lab (BIO/L 231) BIO/L 203 4
5th Biochemistry + Lab (CHEM/L 351) BIO/L 203, CHEM/L 241 4
Human Physiology + Lab (BIO/L 341) BIO/L 231, CHEM/L 232, PHYS/L 224 4
Microbiology + Lab (BIO/L 351) BIO/L 203, CHEM/L 233 4
Bioethics (BIOE 301) BIO/L 203 2
6th Genetics & Molecular Biology + Lab (BIO 362) BIO/L 203, CHEM/L 241, STT 201 4
Medical Microbiology + Lab (MEDS 322) BIO/L 351, HSCI 201 4
Medical Immunology + Lab (MEDS 332) BIO/L 341, BIO/L 351, HSCI 201 4
Medical Hematology + Lab (MEDS 342) BIO/L 341, HSCI 201 4
MLS Operation (MEDS 401) HSCI 201, BIOE 301 2
Public Health (HSCI 411) MEDS 322, BIOE 301 3
Clinical Chemistry (MEDS 422) BIO 362, CHEM 351, MEDS 332, BIOE 301 3
Clinical Laboratory Rotation I (CLP 411) BIO 362, CHEM 351, MEDS 332, BIOE 301 6
Medical Laboratory Management MLS Senior Status 3
Clinical Body Fluids Analysis (MEDS 423) MES 322, MEDS 422, MEDS 401 2
Medical Parasitology (MEDS 421) MEDS 322, MEDS 332, HSCI 411 2
Transfusion Medicine (MEDS 445) MEDS 322, MEDS 342, CLP 411 3
Clinical Laboratory Rotation II (CLP 442) MEDS 322, MEDS 342, CLP 411 6
MLS Capstone Project (MEDS 450) CLP 411 3
Total /93 credits


Core 30 credits (10 courses)
Major 93 credits (23 courses + 15 labs + 2 clinical rotations + 1 research project)
Total 123 credits

After the Covid-19 pandemic there has been a global emphasis on public health. Unfortunately, within Iraq this has not been the case because of a general lack of medical and other professionals who are knowledgeable in public health. Providing our students with minor in Public Health not only allows them the advantage of leadership skills and opportunities in health management and development, but it also decreases the gap in public health professionals in the region. Developing Medical lab scientists, pharmacists, dentists, business managers, or political analysts with knowledge and awareness of public health will inevitably catalyze greater development of the health sector in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

As mentioned above, there is a huge gap in Iraq for public health specialists. Students who pursue this minor, will have multiple opportunities for employment. If students are taking a health major, this minor provides them with skills and knowledge to pursue leadership roles within health facilities, in addition to health development with the government, as well as Non-governmental organizations. The public health minor also will expose students to concepts of public health research and epidemiology, which again is a necessary field that has a significant shortage of professionals

This minor aims to act as a culmination of multidisciplinary teaching for multidisciplinary problems. The courses include multiple departments, including the medical sciences, math and natural sciences, and social sciences. The proposed minor and the courses within are designed to provide students with skills that span the variable disciplines in order for them to become well rounded, knowledgeable and critical public health individuals. The minor will apply theoretical knowledge to real life problems, and will provide students with the opportunity to bridge the gap between theory and practice

Currently, we have no public health program in the region or the country, so this program will be unique in offering the opportunity to get a high-quality public health education. 

Table 3. Minor Core Curriculum Requirements:


Prefix and Number

Course Title


HSCI 411

Public Health

3 credits

PSY 101

Intro to Psychology

3 credits

STT 201


3 credits

Table 5. Minor Electives (Select two courses) (MLS students should choose three courses)

Prefix and Number

Course Title


BIOE 301


2 credits

SCI 280

Gender Health in Developing Countries

3 credits

PHI 203

Intro to disability studies

3 credits

HST 103

History of Medicine

3 credits

SCI 260

Food Sciences

3 credits