Jinan University Faculty of Public Health

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Dean's Message

Dear Students,

I have the pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty of Public Health at Jinan University.  Established in 1999, FPH is one of the oldest faculties of Jinan University.  It offers undergraduate education in the fields of Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing Sciences, Medical Social Assistance, and graduate education in the fields of Control of Infectious Diseases, Health Education, and Public Health Genetics.

Our educational philosophy is geared towards a student-centered learning approach.  FPH students are given opportunities to gain numerous skills in state-of-the-art training and research laboratories at both campuses in Tripoli and Saida.  Our students are also offered scrupulous hands-on practice at competent local healthcare institutions.  To complement this paradigm, we offer support to FPH students to organize extracurricular activities to promote health and to protect our environment.

In the light of the “new normal” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to make a smooth transition to the new online learning environment while maintaining the high educational quality for which FPH is known.  Our outstanding students have risen to the challenge of finishing their studies via the Internet.

I would like to step away from the unprecedented time and take a moment to highlight some of the accomplishments of FPH.  Our research in big data analytics has been promoted by the World Health Organization as an important approach to evidence-informed decision-making in health research policy.  Our researchers, and their students, are incessantly unraveling the many powerful properties of extracts of Lebanese medicinal plants and their mechanisms of action to fight microbial superbugs.  Research in public health genetics at FPH is also reaching new frontiers with notable explorations in the fields of nutrigenetics, pharmacogenetics, and toxicogenetics.  Last but not least, the multitude of natural and human-made disasters that lead to spirals of turbulence in our region has turned our attention to focus on research in the vital field of emergency preparedness and response.

Student enrollment at FPH is witnessing an exponential increase with a remarkable representation from countries of the Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, and South-East Asia.  This could be attributed to the transformation of the health sector into a giant industry and to the severe shortage of millions of health care workers in the light of the recent threats to global health.  Yet, the implementation of finely crafted academic programs at FPH is a factor that cannot be ignored.

On the other end, graduates of FPH are recording high employability rates.  The depth of their knowledge and the breadth of their professional experience empowered them to go far beyond the act of searching for jobs, because many jobs are now searching for them!

If you desire to "Learn, Discover, and Make the World Safer", join the ever-exciting world of public health.  For this, there is no better place than the Faculty of Public Health at Jinan University and no better time than right now.

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Dr. Ghazi Tadmouri
Dean, Faculty of Public Health


The Faculty Objectives:

  1. Educate and prepare the next generation of public health practitioners to effectively meet the needs of the Lebanese and neighboring communities.

  2. Offer an environment that facilitates the development of core and integrated multidisciplinary competencies for public health.

  3. Provide opportunities for the current health-related workforce to gain higher education in public health.

  4. Support the skills of learning and discovery among students with an emphasis on the principle of communication, participation in research activities, and community engagement.

  5. Incorporate research findings and methods in classroom settings to allow the students better understand the role of science in public health practice.

  6. Conduct, disseminate, and translate research findings to advance knowledge and health worldwide.

Majors and Degrees - Faculty of Public Health

Faculty of Public Health

Public Health - Postgraduate

Control of Infectious Diseases - Masters in Public Health - 36 Credits
Health Education - Masters in Public Health - 36 Credits
Public Health Genetics - Masters in Public Health - 36 Credits

Public Health - Undergraduate

Medical Laboratory Technology - Bachelor of Science in Public Health - 99 Credits
Medical Social Assistance - Bachelor of Science in Public Health - 99 Credits
Nursing Sciences - Bachelor of Science in Public Health - 99 Credits
Nursing Express Program - Bachelor of Science in Public Health-Nurs-Ex - 50 Credits
Dean`s Office
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Dr. Ghazi Omar Tadmouri

Dean of the Faculty of Public Health
Ph.D., Molecular Biology and Genetics, Boğaziçi University, Turkey
PH@jinan.edu.lb
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Mrs. Diana Al Moustapha

Secretary of the Faculty of Public Health
PH.Assistant@jinan.edu.lb
Department Heads
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Dr. Khodor Awwad

Head of Medical and Social Assistance Department
Ph.D., Community Health Education, New York University, USA
MSA@jinan.edu.lb
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Mrs. Shams Issa

Head of Nursing Department
M.Sc., Nursing Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Nursing.Saida@jinan.edu.lb
Full-Time Faculty
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Dr. Saer Alwan

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Pharmacology, Iuliu Hațieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania
Saer.Alwan@jinan.edu.lb
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Dr. Sami Zreika

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Molecular Biology, University of François Rabelais de Tours, France
sami.zreika@jinan.edu.lb
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Dr. Salah Ghandour

Assistant Professor
M.D., Ph.D., Medical Physiology, Marmara University, Turkey
salah.ghandour@jinan.edu.lb
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Dr. Samer Bayda

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Nanotechnology, University of Trieste, Italy
samer.bayda@jinan.edu.lb
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Dr. Rasha Kerek

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Molecular and Cell Biology, Lorraine University, France
rasha.kerek@jinan.edu.lb
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Ms. Itab Sukarieh

Teaching Assistant
M.PH. Public Health Genetics Jinan University
itab.sukarieh@jinan.edu.lb
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Ms. Hyam Soufi

Teaching Assistant
M.Sc., Molecular Biology, American University of Science and Technology, Lebanon
hyam.soufi@jinan.edu.lb
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Mrs. Houda Mourad

Teaching Assistant
houda.mourad@jinan.edu.lb
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Mrs. Hala Mohamad Saleh

Teaching Assistant
hala.saleh@jinan.edu.lb
Laboratories
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Mrs. Suzane Hilal

Lecturer and LAB responsible of medical laboratories in Public Health Faculty
M.PH. Public Health Genetics Jinan University
PH.LAB@jinan.edu.lb
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Mrs. Lawahez Sablouh

Graduate PH LAB responsible
mph.lab@jinan.edu.lb
Selected Part-Time Faculty
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Dr. Rasha Tadmouri

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Saint-Joseph University, Lebanon
rachatadmori@yahoo.com
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Dr. Bashar Ismail

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Immunology, Ecole Normale Supériure de Lyon, France
bachar.ismail@gmail.com
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Dr. Arzu Demirel-Gandur

Lecturer
M.D., Specialty in Family Medicine, Marmara University, Turkey
a_demirel@yahoo.com
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Dr. Elie Deeb

Lecturer
M.D., General Surgeon, Kursk State Medical University, Russia
Roeld177@yahoo.com
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Dr. Rabea Yakan

Lecturer
Ph.D in Media & Communication
rabea.yakan@jinan.edu.lb
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Dr. Ibtihal Kassam

Lecturer
M.D., M.B.B.C.H., M.Sc., Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Simferopul University, Ukraine
i.alqassam@hotmail.com
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Dr. Jamil Halabi

Lecturer
M.D., Specialist in General Surgery, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
drjamilhalabi@gmail.com
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Dr. Omar Khaldi

Lecturer
M.D., American University of the Caribbean, Florida, USA
orkhaldi@yahoo.com
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Dr. Khaled Yassin

Lecturer
dr.khaled.yassine@hotmail.fr
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Dr. Malaka Nabulsi

Lecturer
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Dr. Khaled Safi

Lecturer
khaled.safi@jinan.edu.lb
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Dr. Jean Darek El Basha

Lecturer
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Dr. Rayan Nabulsi

Lecturer
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Dr. Mohamad Baitieh

Lecturer
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Dr. Jihad Falou

Lecturer
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Dr. Chadi Hemdash

Lecturer
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Dr. Ali Abdulrahim Al Mouhamad

Lecturer
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Dr. Chawki Awaad

Lecturer
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Dr. Mazen Khaled Zaylaa

Lecturer
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Mrs. Maha Fazaa

Teaching Assistant
M.Sc., Nursing Sciences, Saint-Joseph University, Lebanon
mahafazaa09@hotmail.com
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Mrs. Siba Maraachli

Teaching Assistant
M.Sc., Social Work, Saint-Joseph University, Lebanon
sabsoub81@hotmail.com
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Mr. Abdullah Mikati

Lecturer
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Mrs. Marie Fayyad

Teaching Assistant
M.Sc., Community Health, Lebanese University, Lebanon
marie.fayad01@gmail.com
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Mr. Rabih Chahal

Teaching Assistant
M.Sc., Chemistry Education, Lebanese University, Lebanon
rabihchahal@yahoo.com
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Mrs. Nini Mikhael

Teaching Assistant
M.Sc., Research in Sciences of Education, Saint-Joseph University, Lebanon
ninimikhael@hotmail.com
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Mrs. Christine Sweif

Teaching Assistant
M.Sc., Management of Healthcare Facilities, Sainte Famille University, Lebanon
chrissweiff@hotmail.com
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Ms. Habiba Dabboussy

Teaching Assistant
M.Sc., Hospital Management, Saint-Joseph University, Lebanon
habiba-dabboussy@hotmail.com
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Mrs. Mireille Zreika

Lecturer
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Ms. Oula Hussein

Lecturer
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Mrs. Houda Ismail

Lecturer
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Mr. Omar Ankoud

Teaching Assistant
M.Sc., Nursing Sciences, University of Montreal, Canada
omar.ankoud@gmail.com
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Mrs. Roula Jundi

Lecturer
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Mrs. Afaf Nazer

Teaching Assistant
Dean`s Office
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Dr. Ghazi Omar Tadmouri

Dean of the Faculty of Public Health
Ph.D., Molecular Biology and Genetics, Boğaziçi University, Turkey
PH@jinan.edu.lb
Department Heads
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Dr. Khodor Awwad

Head of Medical and Social Assistance Department
Ph.D., Community Health Education, New York University, USA
MSA@jinan.edu.lb
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Dr. Hanan Saad

Coordinator of the Medical Laboratory Technology Department / Lecturer
Ph.D., Biology, University of Paris VII - Diderot, France
MLT.Saida@jinan.edu.lb
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Mrs. Shams Issa

Head of Nursing Department
M.Sc., Nursing Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Nursing.Saida@jinan.edu.lb
Full -Time Faculty
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Dr. Khodor Awwad

Head of Medical and Social Assistance Department
Ph.D., Community Health Education, New York University, USA
MSA@jinan.edu.lb
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Dr. Hanan Saad

Coordinator of the Medical Laboratory Technology Department / Lecturer
Ph.D., Biology, University of Paris VII - Diderot, France
MLT.Saida@jinan.edu.lb
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Mrs. Shams Issa

Head of Nursing Department
M.Sc., Nursing Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Nursing.Saida@jinan.edu.lb
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Mr. Francois Bassil

Lecturer
francois.bassil@jinan.edu.lb
Laboratories
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Ms. Doua'a El Houdari

Laboratory Officer
B.Sc., Medical Laboratory, Lebanese University, Lebanon
PH.LAB.Saida@jinan.edu.lb
Selected Part-Time Faculty
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Dr. Mahmoud Koabaz

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Physics, University of Bordeaux I, France
m.koabaz@gmail.com
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Dr. Salim Khouri

Lecturer
Pharm.D.
salim_khoury@hotmail.com
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Dr. Abdou Aakhouch

Lecturer
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Dr. Mohamad Ahmad Dahboul

Lecturer
Zadaabul72@hotmail.com
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Dr. Haysam Yassin

Lecturer
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Dr. Ahmad Aarafat

Lecturer
ahmad_arafat24@hotmail.com
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Dr. Mohammad Loutfi

Lecturer
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Dr. Ahlam Fathi Abou Al Hajal

Lecturer
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Dr. Fatima Dahboul

Lecturer
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Dr. Houssein Ali Mouhaidali

Lecturer
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Dr. Dima Safadi

Lecturer
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Dr. Pamela Bachour

Lecturer
pam_usk@hotmail.com
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Dr. Oussama Jeradi

Lecturer
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Mr. Rachad Issmaeil

Lecturer
rashad_icu@yahoo.com
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Mrs. Rouba El Hajj

Lecturer
roro-hajj@hotmail.com
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Mr. Mounib Aakoum

Lecturer
akoummounib@hotmail.com
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Mrs. Hayat Aakoum

Lecturer
hayatraee@yahoo.com
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Mrs. Hiba Quanawatti

Lecturer
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Mrs. Sabah Sakakini

Lecturer
skakinisabah83@hotmail.com
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Mrs. Aida Darazi

Lecturer
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Mrs. Nahla Henaineh

Lecturer
nahla.huneineh@hotmail.com

 

Department of Nursing Sciences

Vision

The Department of Nursing Sciences at Jinan University is committed to advancing the nursing profession by fostering an environment that enhances development of competent professional nurse graduates.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Nursing Sciences at Jinan University is to create and provide opportunities for nursing students to develop a sound theoretical and clinical foundation for the competencies essential for professional nurses by nurturing a learning environment that prepares the graduates to meet the health care needs of the local and regional community.

Values

  • Collaboration: Value interdisciplinary and community collaboration that advance learning process and practice (University Values #6, 9, and 12).
  • Accountability: Holding oneself accountable for behaviors, actions, results, and professional development (University Values #4 and 10).
  • Respect: Everyone is treated with courtesy and dignity (University Values #1, 2, and 7).
  • Learning: Effective and efficient use of resources to maximize the potential of the individual (University Values #7 and 11).

Strategic Goals

  1. Establish and sustain a culture in which students, faculty and staff are open, respectful, and committed to create an environment for growth.
  2. Graduate competent nurses that are equipped to address nursing workforce needs.
  3. Create an engaging student-centered learning environment.
  4. Improve learners’ experience throughout their educational journey.
  5. Encourage nursing research, strengthen research infrastructure, including human capital, space and technology that promote continued growth in nursing research.
  6. Improvement of Community Health through building students capacity to promote community engagement and health improvement.
  7. Application of high quality standards that agree with the International, regional and national standards required for quality assurance in nursing programs. 

The Philosophy of the Department of Nursing Sciences

  • Nursing is one of the most respected and trusted professions in society.
  • As a client-centered practice, the profession of nursing is obligated to develop nursing students into individuals capable of providing culturally competent care based within mutually respectful interactions.
  • Students of nursing have a responsibility to society in learning the academic theory and clinical skills needed to provide nursing care.
  • Education is based on humanistic approaches that foster critical thinking and promote awareness of social and cultural diversity among individuals.
  • Each student is a unique person with special talents, abilities, needs, and goals. Cultural diversity, varying life experiences, and changing socioeconomic factors affect each student differently.  To this end, faculty try to provide an environment that help students to recognize their full potential.  The acquirement of professional knowledge and the development of clinical competence occur through active involvement of the student in the learning process.  Students assume primary responsibility for learning, while faculty provides educational opportunities for knowledge acquisition and professional role development. An atmosphere of shared growth offers the maximum potential for development.
  • Nursing student are educated and influenced by the society of nursing, and have a conducting role to educate and influence others.

Intended Learning Outcomes of the Nursing Program:

At the completion of Bachelor in Nursing Sciences Program, the graduate nurse will be able to:

  1. Function within an ethical framework while demonstrating professional accountability and responsibility for their actions.
  2. Provide professional, holistic, culturally competent nursing care for patients, their families and relative community.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills, communicates openly, share decision making, and coordinate safe effective nursing care with multidisciplinary team members.
  4. Utilize research and science based knowledge to deliver nursing care that promotes health and prevents illnesses.

 



Skills acquired upon graduation

Medical Laboratory Technology:  The Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Jinan University provides our students with advanced scientific and technical skills that enable them to enhance their entrepreneurial proficiencies and contribute effectively to their communities.  The availability of state-of-the-art laboratories at both Tripoli and Saida campuses and the intensive hands-on practice at competent diagnostic centers expose the student to diverse career options ranging from biochemical, microbiological, to genetic testing.  With a large majority of medical decisions being based on diagnostics conducted by medical laboratory scientists, job prospects in the field are expected to grow strongly within the few next years.  With the combination of independent thought, teamwork skills, and the ability to take ethical and social responsibilities, Jinan University graduates have carved out unique roles in traditional and non-traditional laboratory science careers.

Medical Social Assistance:  The Medical Social Assistance Program is designed to prepare students for the rapidly growing and changing job opportunities in health and social work settings.  Courses are broadly distributed across the triad of sociology, psychology, and public health.  Students are mentored to develop proficiency in gerontology, management of chronic diseases, proactive health planning, and genetic counseling.  Students receive off-campus training in medical practices within social settings and learn how to conduct social and professional communication with individuals, identify the social and psychological needs of patients, refer patients and their families to specialized health care workers, and negotiate with local, regional, and international organizations.  With only a handful of universities offering a degree in Medical Social Assistance in Lebanon, Jinan University students are usually employed by graduation time.  With experience and postgraduate training, employed graduates can advance to supervisor, assistant director, and executive director or program manager positions.

Nursing Sciences:  The Nursing Sciences Program at Jinan University is designed to provide opportunities for students to develop a sound theoretical and clinical foundation for the practice of professional nursing.  The department hosts two Nursing Skills Labs in the Tripoli and Saida campuses whereby students work with mannequins or human simulators to help them reduce errors, improve safety, and elevate the quality of patient care.  Jinan University also offers intensive clinical training for its students in partnership with major hospitals in North and South Lebanon.  At this level, students acquire the necessary skills that enable them to work with patients, including those in surgery, pediatric, maternity, geriatric, and emergency wards.  Nurses make up the largest workforce within the clinical industry.  Employment in the nursing profession is projected to grow much further within the next decade.  This growth is mainly driven by an increased emphasis on preventive care, growing rates of chronic conditions, and demand for healthcare services by the aging population.

Health Education
:  The Professional Master's Program in Health Education is designed for individuals seeking academic and specialized training in the areas of health education, promotion, and communication.  The program aims to provide students with the needed skills and knowledge to be influential and productive professionals who serve the needs of their communities through private or public sectors.  The emphasis on working with individuals, organizations, and communities is the core element of the curriculum of the Master's Program in Health Education.  The program offers a solid and evidence-based learning in health education with subjects including principles and theories of behavioral sciences, epidemiology, disease prevention, and advanced skills in needs assessment, program planning, implementation, and evaluation.  The program gives students the opportunity to undertake a full-time supervised thesis project allowing them to obtain valuable work experience.  The placement host is any institution, company, or organization within the health, healthcare, or health related industry.  This includes but not limited to media, health departments, hospitals, community centers, non-profit organizations, and international organizations.  With a Master's degree in Health Education, students could pursue a wide range of leadership and management positions in governmental, non-profit, corporate, and academic settings.  Typical responsibilities of health educators may include preparation and distribution of materials, coordination and management of health programs, and the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health education programs.  The degree also provides students with a strong foundation to pursue further education.

Control of Infectious Diseases:  The Master's Program in Control of Infectious Diseases aims at providing the students with an in-depth knowledge in the fields of virology, bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, and Immunology.  This multidisciplinary program will equip students with specialized skills that will allow them to investigate the transmission of endemic and epidemic infections, select appropriate methods of control, design, implement and evaluate coordinated control methods, assess constraints of local public health delivery systems, manage available resources in the context of the control of infectious diseases, and focus their efforts on particular geographical regions or specific diseases.  Graduates from the program are expected to actively participate in improving the quality and safety of care as staff of health ministries, health departments, national or international disease control agencies, aid organizations or universities.

Public Health Genetics:  Public Health Genetics is an emerging field of study which assesses the impact of genes and their interaction with behavior, diet, and the environment on the population’s health.  The Master's Program in Public Health Genetics at Jinan University is an entry-level professional degree, focused on training the students in the fundamentals of public health genetics and preparing them to become leaders in public health practice, governmental public health agencies, voluntary health agencies, community-based organizations, or non-governmental organizations around the world.  The public health component of the curriculum integrates the disciplines of epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics, patho-biology, and health services research, with ethics, social sciences, law, public policy, health economics, and health outcomes research.  The genetic component of the curriculum incorporates a large array of disciplines aimed at understanding genetic susceptibility to disease in populations and communities and addressing the ethical, legal, cultural, economic, and policy issues involved in applying genomics to public health.  In between these two components, focus is also given to molecular diagnostics, forensic sciences, genetic counseling, bioinformatics, genetic epidemiology, and biostatistics, just to name a few.  Towards the end of the program, students will be able to explain how genetics and genomics contribute to the study of population health and how they intersect with other public health disciplines.  They will also be capable using their knowledge to interpret disease risk, to identify the pathology of human diseases including rare and common genetic conditions, cancer, and chronic diseases, and to address ethical, legal, and social implications of the use of genetic principles and technologies in clinical and research settings.  At a broader level, graduates will be able to translate genetic information into policy development programs and communicate such information effectively and appropriately with diverse groups of professional and public constituents.  Graduates from the Master's Public Health Genetics Program are expected to assume key management roles in health organizations and provide competent leadership nationally and globally.  The program also qualifies students to apply for admission for a doctoral research project at any university or research institution with focus on public health, medicine, biological sciences, and related fields.



Research Directions

Members of the Faculty of Public Health are actively engaged in research.  Some of the research projects are conducted in collaboration with local, regional, and international science groups.  Main research areas at the faculty cover many important aspects of health, including:

  • Mapping biomedical research networks in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
    Research Group: Ghazi Tadmouri and colleagues.
    Project Support:  This is a big data research study supported by the World Health Organization's Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office.
    Latest Published Results:  2017 [https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29178119]
    2019 [https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31774139].

  • Scientometric analysis of biomedical research outputs from Arab countries.
    Research Group: Ghazi Tadmouri and colleagues.

  • Assessment of bactericidal activities of extracts of indigenous medicinal plants of Lebanon.
    Research Group: Dr. Saer Alwan and colleagues.
    Latest Published Results:  2019 [https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30738755].

  • Studying the genetic variation in Lebanese people in relation to health and disease.
    Research Groups: Ghazi Tadmouri and colleagues, Dr. Azza Dib and colleagues, Dr. Rasha ElKerek and colleagues, and Dr. Abdou Akkouche and colleagues.
    Project Support:  This project is part of a Pan-Arab initiative launched by the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies [http://cags.org.ae/] (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) to record all human genes and genetic phenotypes described in Arab people.
    Latest Published Results:  2014 [https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25780794],
    2016 [https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26010040].

  • Monitoring and control of multidrug resistant superbugs in Lebanon.
    Research Group: Saer Alwan and colleagues.

  • Knowledge about tobacco risks and its relation to smoking cessation among Lebanese smokers.
    Research Group: Khodor Awwad and colleagues.

  • Emergency preparedness and disaster response in the Lebanese healthcare system.
    Research Group: Salah Ghandour and colleagues.

  • The relationship between warning signs and suicidal ideation to suicidal risk factors among Lebanese communities.
    Research Group: Khodor Awwad and colleagues.

  • The relationship between COVID-19-related misconception and stigmatization.
    Research Group: Khodor Awwad and colleagues.

  • The role of emotional intelligence in determining human behavior.
    Research Group: Mohammad Daaboul and colleagues.

  • Thought, media, modern communication, artificial intelligence and public health.
    Research Group: Yakzan Takki and colleagues.


 
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