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The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the University of Balamand is located on three campuses of the University. The core activities of the FHS are conducted by full-time faculty supported and complemented, to a significant extent, by professionals and staff on a part-time basis. The Faculty has around 400 students following Bachelor of Science degrees in Public Health, Nursing (English and French), Medical Laboratory Sciences, and Nutritional Sciences, and Master of Science degrees in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Professional Laboratory Management, and Master in Community Health (MPH). 
The FHS was originally established within the St. George Health Complex in Beirut, the facilities of which are used for purposes of applied training. Believing that Health Sciences have to be people-focused and community-related, the FHS has adopted a policy encouraging its students to broaden their horizons by (a) taking courses with other faculties and departments of the University, particularly those dealing with community issues and needs, (b) becoming actively involved  in community work related to their curricula as a means of building good citizenship and exposure to the practicalities of community work, and (c) undertaking community-based research that bridges academic and community-oriented work. Accordingly, the FHS has been active in promoting multi-disciplinary programs involving other faculties of the University, and engaging national and international organizations that are interested in linking university education with public interest community work. These feature especially in the co-academic and co-curricular activities of FHS, including activities in, for example, promoting community health and nutrition, environmental health, school feeding, community-based land mine education, and refugee aid programs, among many others.
The FHS is presently expanding with continued emphasis on the quality of education and research. Responding to need, the FHS has inaugurated programs combining a Pre-Medical track with BS degrees in various Health Science disciplines. It now offers Master Programs in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and a professional Master in Laboratory Management; a Master in Public Health degree specialization Community Health was launched in Fall 2015. Plans are underway to develop other Master degrees in various disciplines of Health Sciences and to offer continuing education programs. The FHS is particularly keen on reaching more students from underserved areas in Lebanon, particularly the regions of Tripoli, Al Kurah, and Akkar and Mount Lebanon. Accordingly, the FHS offers its programs at the Main Campus in Balamand and Souk el Gharb, and uses health facilities in these regions for applied training. These steps will open up opportunities for students from the above-mentioned areas, for whom Beirut is too far, to pursue Health Sciences education. Moreover, using local health facilities for field and clinical education offers possibilities of applied work in areas where health conditions and services are different from the Beirut environment. This will further promote FHS engagement in practical community service. Expanding FHS programs and activities through the Main Campus at Balamand and at Souk el Gharb will therefore benefit both the students and the community.
To fulfill its objectives, the FHS needs, over the next three years, to recruit additional full-time and part-time faculty, to offer scholarships to students from the underserved areas of the country, strengthen community-based research and related activities, increase space availability for faculty, classrooms and laboratories, upgrade the libraries and support  health facilities in Tripoli, Al Kurah, Akkar and Souk el Gharb for training purposes. At the same time, the FHS intends to continue to apply its successful co-academic and co-curricular activities, and enlarge partnerships with national and international organizations and with academic and research institutions and organizations.
Some of the most critical areas of growth for which additional resources are being sought over the next three years are listed below, together with rough estimates of the additional funding needed. More detailed information can be provided upon request.
1. Faculty and Staff Support
$   750,000
2. Scholarships and Student Assistantships
$ 1.500,000
3. Co-Academic and Co-Curricular Programs
$   700,000
4. Community Based Research
$   600,000
5. Library Enrichment
$   700,000
6. Additional Space Requirements
$   750,000
7. Upgrading of Health Training Facilities
$   400,000
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