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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Health Promotion?
Health promotion is "the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health" (Ottawa Charter).

Health Promotion is an integral part of the field of Public Health. It is a strategy for improving health by providing individuals, groups and communities with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions about their well-being. Health promotion practitioners concentrate their efforts on prevention rather than treatment. They investigate the social, physical, economical, and political factors that affect health- the "social determinants" of health, and work with people to improve them. As health promoters and educators, they act to implement and facilitate activities such as the promotion of physical fitness, healthy living, and good dietary habits. They also work with community stakeholders to lobby for public policies that will prevent disease and promote health and well-being.


What do Health Promotion specialists do?

  1. Plan and implement health education activities.
  2. Investigate health concerns and needs.
  3. Conduct needs assessments.
  4. Provide consultation for individuals and communities.
  5. Provide and organize services for disease surveillance and prevention.
  6. Develop public awareness campaigns.
  7. Train community workers and volunteers.
  8. Conduct pre-program and post-program surveys.
  9. Perform follow-up evaluations.
  10. Work with teams in disaster management and humanitarian relief.


What are the fundamental skills of Health Promotion graduate?

  • ​Assess individual and community needs.
  • Identify vulnerable populations.
  • Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate health education programs.
  • Identify resources and make referrals to health providers.
  • Manage programs and personnel using leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Mobilize communities for action.
  • Advocate for change in government policies.
  • Write grant applications.
  • Conduct research and write scholarly reports.  

Is Health Promotion the right field of study for me?

Health Promotion is a suitable field for people who:

  • Are interested in working in the fields of health, development, and education.
  • Are concerned with the health and well-being of their families and communities.
  • Are looking for a rewarding profession that combines personal fulfillment with commitment, activism, and innovation. 
  • Enjoy the challenge of trying to solve complex problems while working with others to help improve their health.
  • Find it appealing to participate in hands-on work in the community.

Are you someone who works at whatever they do with passion? …Who appreciates an ever-changing work environment? …Who cares about the welfare of their society enough to contribute through service, education, and research?

Health Promotion may be the right career for you! 



What will my degree prepare me for? What are the professional and career opportunities in Health Promotion?
Health Promotion is a relatively new profession that has arisen in response to global changes in health and development and a desire in the international community to work towards achieving health for all. There is a growing need for Health Promotion practitioners to work with health teams in disease prevention and management, in hospital administration and management, in health education -in schools, worksites and the community at large, in disaster and emergency response, in food hygiene and nutrition, in health and development research, and in community interventions.

With an undergraduate degree in Health Promotion, you can enter the work force directly, or proceed onto ​graduate studies.

To find out more about Public Health and Health Promotion, click here.
For more information about career opportunities and employment, click here.


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How can I apply to this program?
Click here to visit the University office of Admissions and Registration

For more information please contact the Faculty office at 01- 562 108/9 , or email fhsinfo@balamand.edu.lb

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