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Health Promotion Program 

WELCOME to the
Health Promotion Program (HP) 
at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), University of Balamand

Public Health is concerned with population-based efforts to prevent disease and to encourage affordable, accessible, and sustainable interventions that allow individuals and communities to become healthier. The FHS offers attractive options for students interested in this dynamic field, through BS degrees in Public Health and Development Sciences (PD),
Health Promotion (HP), Public Health BS degrees with a Pre-Med Track, Dual Degrees, and a Master in Public Health (MPH). Degree programs are offered on the campuses of Al Kurah and Achrafieh. Academic programs proceed in parallel with activities in research and community outreach and service.

HEALTH PROMOTION is an essential field within Public Health. It emphasizes the importance of prevention, education, and advocacy in order for people to achieve healthier lifestyles. The Program’s goal is to prepare students to become committed, creative professionals that can assume dynamic roles in enabling individuals, groups, and communities in Lebanon to achieve healthier lifestyles. The Program is actively involved in teaching, research, and community service. Degree programs are structured according to international standards and professional credentialing criteria in Health Promotion.

Generally speaking, faculty and students who join the Health Promotion team are "people" persons, who find it appealing to participate in hands-on work in communities to contribute to their development and welfare. Health Promotion enables students to achieve fulfilling careers combining commitment, activism, and innovation.

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Mission Statement

The Public Health Programs at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) are dedicated to preparing qualified and committed professionals for effective engagement and leadership in public health through education, research, and community service. The Programs adopt a holistic approach to health challenges and promote partnerships between academia and the community. They encourage excellence and integrity, and seek to further ethical practice and social justice in public health. 

Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion: Mission
The mission of the Bachelor of Health Promotion Degree Program is to prepare qualified and dedicated undergraduate students who can work with individuals, groups, and communities in a variety of settings, to prevent disease and achieve healthier lifestyles. The Program encourages students and faculty to engage in community service, to seek creative ways to eliminate health disparities, and to be advocates for social justice.




Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion: Objectives

The Health Promotion Program aims to:
  1. Give students an in-depth understanding of the field of public health and the role of prevention in promoting healthier communities, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups.
  2. Provide knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world as it relates to individual and population health.
  3. Equip students with requisite tools to develop tailored health education and health promotion strategies for a variety of community settings.
  4. Offer opportunities to develop skills in inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, information literacy, media tools, teamwork and problem solving. 
  5. Provide hands-on experiences for students to demonstrate know-how and to practice competencies through experiential learning, community service, health campaigns, and engagement with community partners. 
  6. Integrate professionalism and ethical values in education, research, and community service.
  7. Develop and expand research capacities in health promotion.
  8. Provide a stimulating environment for students, faculty and staff that enables continuous growth and development.
  9. Promote a culture of civic engagement and advocacy for social justice and health as human right.




Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion: Learning Outcomes

  1. Define what health promotion is and discuss its role in public health.
  2. Identify the related roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders and agents of health promotion and understand the role of a multi-sectoral approach in promoting health.
  3. Describe the multiple determinants of health, including social, cultural, behavioral, environmental, and biological factors and discuss their interplay in local, national, and global health challenges.
  4. Assess the values and perspectives of diverse individuals, communities, and cultures and their influence on health behaviors, choices, and practices.
  5. Be familiar with the methods of epidemiology, including disease surveillance, and discuss their application to safeguard the population’s health.
  6. Be familiar with and be able to explain the principles and components of community needs assessment.
  7. Outline the steps required to undertake and develop community interventions including health awareness campaigns through proper planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  8. Use creative strategies and engage in collaborative teamwork to help empower individuals, families, communities, and vulnerable groups to become healthier. 
  9. Search for and identify relevant sources of data and information, and critically evaluate their quality. 
  10. Identify and discuss human rights issues, ethical concerns, and conflicts of interest that arise in health promotion practice.  
  11. Develop health promotion materials and effectively communicate them to the public.
  12. Demonstrate acquired knowledge and competencies, and develop capacities in leadership and teamwork, through practice. 
  13. Be familiar with and discuss research methods to address health promotion concerns.
  14. Demonstrate the attitudes, competencies, and abilities to become active agents for change.​


History

The Health Promotion (HP) Program was launched at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Balamand on the Achrafieh campus in the year 2000. The undergraduate degree program in Health Promotion was the first of its kind in Lebanon at that time. It underscored the need for capacity building and training in disease prevention and behavioural changes in lifestyles. The Program has recently been launched on the Al Kurah Main Campus. 

The HP Program actively collaborates with colleagues at the University and at the St. George Hospital University Medical Center, and a wide range of stakeholders in the international, national, and local health and development sectors. There are opportunities for applied practice, community service, and professional experience through participation in the Co-Curricular and Co-Academic Programs of the Faculty and various community projects. ​​​​​​​​​​
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