ECNU will soon offer an undergraduate program in medical sciences, the first of its kind at the university. The program was approved by the Ministry of Education recently.
Thanks to the joint efforts of the Medical School Preparatory Office, the Department of Educational Rehabilitation Science under the Faculty of Education Sciences, and the Department of Students Affairs, ECNU will offer an undergraduate program in hearing and speech rehabilitation. (For more details, see the table below). The university submitted an application for the program to the Ministry of Education in 2019.
The new program will start to admit students in 2020. It is among the 84 undergraduate programs and 73 enrollment programs ECNU currently offers. Pooling together resources from the disciplines of speech and hearing sciences, education and rehabilitation sciences, cognitive psychology and life sciences, the program aims to provide high-quality speech and hearing rehabilitation courses and cultivate application-oriented talents for China's hearing and speech training development. They should be well-versed in natural sciences and humanities and social sciences, familiar with ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) concepts and application, and proficient in the basic theory and practice of speech, language, cognition, swallowing and hearing rehabilitation. They should be able to provide professional counseling services in the prevention, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of speech and hearing impairment and rehabilitate people suffering from voice disorders, articulation and phonology disorders, motor speech disorders, speech fluency disorders, swallowing disorders, aphasia, and autism.
The program conforms to the national strategy of building a Healthy China the requirements of Shanghai's economic and social development and scientific and technological advancement, and the pursuit of the general public for a healthy life. Fitting in perfectly with ECNU's Health Plus action plan, the program will alleviate the shortage of speech and hearing therapists in the country by providing high-quality professionals in this field.
ECNU will further clarify the program’s objectives and its priorities for development and optimize its curriculums and courses for better student cultivation.
Source: The Medical School Preparatory Office
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