About Us

Michael E. DeBakey High School – Qatar (DHSHP at Qatar) is an award winning high school, offering students a college preparatory curriculum in science, mathematics, and medical science. It is an alternative to the traditional high school experience that prepares students for careers in medicine and science. In collaboration with the Outstanding Schools Oversight Committee (OSOC) of the Supreme Education Council (SEC), DHSHP was invited to bring the first medical science focused high school in the Middle East.

Our Vision

To provide a challenging and well-balanced college preparatory program focused on academic excellence and character development, while empowering students to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Our Mission

Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions at Qatar, an outstanding multicultural institution, provides a well-rounded program dedicated to academic excellence and character development. Our exceptional faculty prepares students to compete in a global society through a rigorous American curriculum focused on science, mathematics, technology, and health science. The DeBakey community works together to create a collaborative and mutually supportive family atmosphere in which every student succeeds.

Michael E. DeBakey High School – Qatar is named in honor of Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, the renowned heart surgeon and medical researcher. The school is located in Al Messila, in close proximity to the Hamad Medical Center. It opened in September 2008. DHSHP at Qatar campus offers a U.S. curriculum including extensive Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The program will serve students in grades 7 – 12. The Seventh and Eighth Grade Academy focuses on preparing students for the rigorous high school curriculum in grades 9 – 12. Beginning with the graduating class of 2013, Michael E. DeBakey High School – Qatar will offer these students a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, which includes five years of science and mathematics, courses in engineering and technology along with an excellent introductory study of medicine. Students will have the opportunity to have experiences with medical professionals as well as earn credit through on-line “Virtual School” courses, dual credit courses with local universities and college credit through AP exams.


Dr. Michael E. DeBakey


Michael E. DeBakey High School – Qatar is accredited by AdvancED: http://www.advanc-ed.org/

AdvacedED Accreditation