It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to the vibrant family and team of the University of Balamand, Medical Laboratory Sciences (UOB-MLS). UOB is a prime regional provider of higher education delivered at the highest American standards—ultimately conferring internationally recognized credentials upon you as UOB graduates. Recognizing that one of its primary objectives is to exercise its leadership in defining and supporting excellence in higher education, the University has invested a lot in developing and expanding the academic policies governing its programs, such that these policies more fully reflect the great emphasis UOB places on superior academic achievement. By enrolling in the MLS Program, you have chosen to walk the path of devoted hard work towards excellence and innovative thinking.
The MLS undergraduate program offers students a Bachelor of Science with two tracks-- a regular track and a pre-med track. The latter necessitates the completion of additional courses that are required for medical school application. The graduate program offers a thesis-based Master of Science and it also offers a Professional Masters in Laboratory Management.
The MLS Program aims at educating and graduating resourceful, multidisciplinary, competent, and ethical clinical laboratory scientists, with the needed experience and training to serve as medical laboratory science professionals, immediately after graduation. Additionally, it provides pre-med students with a valuable hands-on experience in a hospital setting prior to their medical studies, an asset not provided by most pre-med academic programs, in addition to academically preparing them to excel in the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Therefore, the MLS Program is distinguished by the acceptance rate of its students to medical schools. Lastly, at the graduate level, the Program is also committed to contributing to the field of basic and laboratory sciences through research and scientific investigation.
The MLS program provides you with substantial hands on experience and practical knowledge through its internships in reputable and leading hospitals across Lebanon. Students from all over the country have seen the value of the MLS Program as evident by the number of students currently enrolled in this program (352), which makes the MLS the largest Department at FHS.
We look forward to getting to know you all and helping you expand your potentials so as to reach the highest of goals and become exceptional professionals in your field of study.
Abir Abdelrahman, MPH, PhD
Chair, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
Tel: + 961 1 495 833/933 ext. 5129