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Established in 1999, the Faculty of Public Health is one of the oldest faculties at Jinan. The faculty offers undergraduate education in the fields of Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing Sciences, and Medical Social Assistance, and graduate education in the fields of Control of Infectious Diseases, Health Education, and Public Health Genetics. Education and research at the Faculty of Public Health are guided by the collective effort of a multidisciplinary academic team with professional experience in biological, health, medical, and social sciences. Teaching at the Faculty of Public Health is greatly supported by the availability of state-of-the-art laboratories at both campuses in Tripoli and Saida and through intensive hands-on practice at competent local healthcare institutions.
Over the last few years, student enrollment at the Faculty of Public Health at Jinan University has witnessed an exponential increase. While this increase may be attributed to the transformation of the health sector into a growing giant industry, the recent implementation of meticulously crafted academic undergraduate and graduate programs at our faculty is a factor that cannot be ignored.
Besides classroom education, extracurricular social activities are seen as a part of our teaching philosophy. In this sense, our students are regularly involved in the organization of seminars, panels, and conferences aimed at professional or public audience. They have also contributed to various campaigns in coordination with governmental and local or international non-governmental organizations involved in public health.
It is heart-warming to see the international recognition of the Faculty of Public Health at Jinan University with many of our students pursuing their graduate studies in eminent institutions in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Nevertheless, our students who decided to practice their respective professions in the region have managed, through the breadth and depth of their knowledge, to go far beyond the act of searching for jobs, for many jobs are now searching for them.
If you want to find your place in the ever-exciting world of public health, there is no better place than the Faculty of Public Health at Jinan University and no better time than right now.
Dr. Ghazi Tadmouri
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.
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. Research directions at the faculty involve many important aspects of health, including:
In addition, the Faculty of Public Health is a main contributor to the Catalogue of Transmission Genetics in Arabs (CTGA) Database. This is a Pan Arab initiative launched by the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) to record all human genes and genetic phenotypes described in Arab people.