Message from the Dean

Dr. Huda Abu-Saad Huijer
Dean Faculty of Health Sciences

I consider it a true privilege to serve this prestigious university in Lebanon and a true honor to contribute to its continued development as one of the leading universities in Lebanon. The Faculty of Health Sciences currently has five departments/programs: Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing, Nutritional Sciences, Public Health, and Community Engagement. The Faculty continues to distinguish itself by its competitive academic programs offered on three campuses (Al Kurah, Beirut, and Souk El Gharb), vibrant student body of approximately 860 students, and accomplished cadre of faculty, dedicated staff, state-of-the-art community projects, and a large number of clinical partners serving the population of Lebanon.

We continue to work on achieving our vision to become a world-class Faculty of Health Sciences, transforming health education and being responsive to the needs of the population. To achieve this vision, we aim to provide inter-professional education in preparing health care providers of the future, to engage in scientific research of relevance to the population, and to engage the community in our academic programs. As such, we believe in leveraging our educational offerings to be responsive to the professional market place and in establishing partnerships with national and international universities and organizations. These steps would allow us to enhance training and to facilitate student and faculty exchange and research collaboration.

FHS aims to achieve accreditation of all four academic programs; all programs have started the process of accreditation by a US accrediting body. Nursing was approved by ACEN and is currently preparing the self-study in preparation of the site visit in 2024. Nutrition has been approved by ACEND, and is currently finalizing the self-study in preparation of the site visit in 2024. Public Health will be submitting the pre-application for accreditation by CEPH in 2023. New graduate programs and tracks were launched in nursing and public health, a certificate program in Health Informatics will be launched in 2024, and an interdisciplinary PhD program was approved and submitted to MEHE for approvals. FHS has also launched a Center of Excellence in Health Research, which includes a large number of intra-and extramurally funded projects. We have also created an International Advisory Board with renowned universities from Europe, US, and Australia.

Students remain our core business at FHS. Our marketing strategy for student recruitment at the undergraduate and graduate levels continues to be a major priority. A large number of schools were virtually visited and social media platforms were created to disseminate information on our academic programs and provide potential students the possibility to interact with faculty members and fellow students. Merit scholarships and financial aid for all students have rapidly grown over the past years, resulting in improvements in student enrollment and retention.

We strive to update this website on a regular basis to include information on new academic programs and certificates/courses of relevance to the community. We will be featuring faculty research, scholarly activities, and impactful community projects. UOB FHS will continue to be committed to excellence in academia and in remaining the leader in education, research, and service in this part of the world.

Dr. Huda Abu-Saad Huijer RN, PhD, FEANS, FAAN
Dean Faculty of Health Sciences