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Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the University of Balamand currently has 400 students following Bachelor of Science degrees in Health Promotion, Nursing (English and French), Medical Laboratory Technology, Nutritional Sciences, and Public Health and Development Sciences and Master of Science degrees in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. The FHS is located on two campuses of the University. The FHS was originally established within the St. Georges Health Complex in Beirut, the facilities of which are used for purposes of applied training; it has now also opened on the Al-Kurah main campus near Tripoli. 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.

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, and community-based land mine education, among many others.

With its programs well-established, the FHS is expanding its work with continued emphasis on the quality of education and research. Responding to need, the FHS has inaugurated  programs combining a Pre-Medical track or a Pre-Pharmacy Program with  BS degrees in various Health Science disciplines. It now offers Master Programs in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and a professional Masters in Laboratory Management; a Masters in Public Health is being launched in Fall 2013. Plans are underway to develop other Masters in various disciplines of Health Sciences and to offer continuing education programs. The FHS is particularly keen on reaching more students from some of the underserved areas in Lebanon, particularly the regions of Tripoli, Al-Kurah and Akkar. Accordingly, the FHS offers its programs at the main campus in Balamand and is also using 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 will therefore benefit both the students and the community. Plans are also underway to open FHS programs in the new Souk el Gharb campus.

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, both at the St. Georges Complex and the Al-Kurah Main Campus, upgrade the libraries and support three health facilities in Tripoli, Al-Kurah and Akkar 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. It is expected that the number of students at the FHS will increase to more than 450 over the next three years.

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
$   600,000
2. Scholarships and Student Assistantships
$ 1.500,000
3. Co-Academic and cc-curricular Programs
$   700,000
4. Community Based Research
$   600,000
5. Library Enrichment
$   600,000
6. Additional Space Requirements
$   600,000
7. Upgrading of Health Training Facilities
$   400,000
 

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Balamand Al Kurah,
Lebanon

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