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The Faculty of Health Sciences “At a Glance”

The Faculty of Health Sciences is located on three campuses of the University: within the St. George Health Complex in Achrafieh, Beirut; on the UOB Main Campus (Al Kurah) near Tripoli; at  Souk el Gharb. It offers Freshman courses, Undergraduate BS degrees and Graduate Master of Science degrees. Possibilities are available to complete pre-Medical requirements and Dual undergraduate degrees. English is the main language of instruction; however some degrees are available in both English and in French.

The Faculty is strongly committed to the integral relationship between academics, research and community service, with emphasis on the needs of Lebanon and the region. Academic programs are multidisciplinary; attempts are made to promote multidisciplinarity and complementary teamwork through having all students take Faculty required courses as well as University required courses. Furthermore, programs are designed to ensure that students become involved, through extensive practical experience in the hospital and in the community. This enables students to become qualified and capable professionals, with the professional attitudes, teamwork skills, and academic qualifications to assume effective operational and leadership roles within healthcare systems. Graduates are also prepared to continue on to higher education in disciplines and fields that relate to medicine, health, development, the environment, and education.

One of the most powerful assets of our Faculty is its supportive and friendly atmosphere, which creates strong bonds between students, and between faculty and students. Classes are small-sized, and instructors offer individual attention and mentoring to their students, working side-by-side in numerous projects and community activities.


The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) was founded in 1995 with the aim of contributing to the development of the health sector in Lebanon and the region. It was established in Achrafieh, Beirut, facing the St. George Hospital University Medical Center, and started off with 7 full timers (faculty and staff members) and 17 students enrolled in two BS programs in Nursing and Medical Laboratory Sciences. The Faculty opened on the Al Kurah Main Campus in Spring 2011, and then on the Souk el Gharb campus in Fall 2014. There are more than 45 full timers (faculty and staff members) with specializations in disciplines ranging from medical laboratory sciences, public health, toxicology, nursing, reproductive health, epidemiology, microbiology, molecular biology, epidemiology, anthropology, English, among others. About 500 students are enrolled in BS programs in Nursing (English and French sections), Medical Laboratory Sciences, Public Health and Development Sciences (begun in 1997), and Health Promotion (begun in 2000). A new track for pre-Medical requirements was launched in Fall 2004, a Master degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences in Fall 2005, a Dual degree in Public Health in Fall 2007, a BS degree in Nutritional Sciences in Fall 2008, Freshman programs and a professional Master degree in Laboratory Sciences with Laboratory Management in 2011, and a Master in Public Health degree program in Fall 2015.
From 1996 till 2015, over 700 students have graduated from the FHS. Many students have chosen to continue in graduate studies and have excelled in Lebanese, European, and American universities. Some have been awarded prestigious scholarships, such as the Chevening Scholarship from the British Council, the European Union Erasmus Mundus scholarship, and the American Fulbright Scholarship, while others have had graduate and teaching assistantships. Most of our graduates are now pursuing professional careers working in governmental bodies, academic institutions, international and national organizations, and private industries (hospitals and healthcare centers, medical laboratories, pharmaceutical industries, non-governmental organizations…).

Community Engagement and Research

In parallel to the academic programs, the FHS has been successful in founding a number of Co-Academic programs concerned with research, community service, and resource development. The Arab Forum for Social Sciences and Health was launched in 1995 and the Faculty continues to act as its home and coordinate its activities until the present. The Faculty has been active in establishing the Landmines Resource Center for Lebanon, the School Health Program, the School Feeding and Education Program, the Resource Center for Promotion of Mental Health, the SELDAS project on environmental legislation and application, the Continuing Education and Skills Development Program, the Quality Assurance Program, and other research projects and manpower development programs. The Co-Academic Programs currently work with international and national governmental and nongovernmental organisations to implement various community interventions, including a mine risk education and victim assistance program, hygiene and school health promotion, and youth support and capacity building. These programs have provided invaluable experience for students, who have been involved in various phases of their implementation, process, and evaluation. They are also integral to the Faculty's mission of fostering professional competencies within the framework of a multidisciplinary education and service to the community.

Student Activities and Co-Curricular Programs

The FHS offers a C​o-C​urricular Program​ in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) - that engages students in activities on and off campus - designed to promote an active and enjoyable university experience and build good citizenship, leadership, and teamwork skills in students. Through the actions of the Co-Academic, the Co-Curricular, and the Academic programs, the FHS develops networks and partnerships with international, regional, governmental, and non-governmental organizations, and contributes forcefully to University efforts to expand community outreach and build bridges between the University and society.

The Faculty values its on-going contact with its students and alumni, which it maintains through its website, social media links, periodic gatherings, and engaging its graduates in ongoing health training and community interventions.

Updated January 2016
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