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Major Requirements

MSA100 - Pathway to Public Health (3 Credits)
This course provides an overview of public health with an emphasis on the population perspective, the public health system, and the work in measuring health, disease and illness, and its endeavors to promote population health. It also provides an overview of the five core public health disciplines: epidemiology, health education and health promotion, environmental health, social and behavioral health, and health policy and management.
MSA106 - Social and Health Environment (1 Credits)
This course examines the broader aspects of the social and health environment by focusing on the health, political, and social dimensions of culture. It intends to provide students with knowledge on the prospective and various environmental health and social issues. It will also focus on the negative effects and risks that environmental health problems have on society.
MSA116 - Social Transformation (1 Credits)
This course explores the concept of social change, including the nature, factors, conditions and agents of change. Emphasis is put on the explanations in historical and comparative perspective of social events, structures and processes, in particular, social upheavals and cultural formations.
MSA121 - Biostatistics in Social Sciences (2 Credits)
This course places a great emphasis on concepts rather than in-depth coverage of traditional statistical methods. It intends to illustrate the importance of statistics in social sciences. Topics include sampling and experimentation, descriptive statistics, probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation, single sample, two sample hypothesis tests for means and proportions and other topics that are selected by the instructor.
MSA122 - Psychiatry and Mental Health (2 Credits)
The course presents psychiatric principles that are fundamental to practice for health care providers. It will help the student apply these principles to specific clinical disorders and describe the modalities of psychiatric treatment in hospital and community based settings.
MSA200 - Introduction to Gerontology (2 Credits)
This course introduces the student to the interdisciplinary study of aging includes social psychological, economic, cultural, health, and policy issues. It includes basic introduction to discussion of normal vs. abnormal (disease-related) aspects of aging.
MSA206 - Management of Chronic Diseases (2 Credits)
This course is aimed at preparing students to effectively contribute to chronic illness prevention and management. It focuses on chronic diseases that are common to older patients. It also aims to empower students via providing them with information, skills, and techniques on how to improve self-care and doctor-patient interaction, with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life.
MSA211 - Social Marketing (2 Credits)
This course is designed to examine the nature of social marketing, and how marketing concepts, frameworks and techniques developed for the purpose of solving social and public health problems. It provides information, tools, and skills to help students learn how to apply social marketing to effect social change or address community’s health related problems and issues. It places an emphasis on consumer behavior, social marketing planning, situational and stakeholder analysis, targeting, research, and evaluation.
MSA216 - Perspectives of Medical Sociology (2 Credits)
This course places an emphasis on the relationship between social factors and health, and with the application of sociological theory and research techniques to questions related to health and the health care system.
MSA221 - Creative Thinking and Problem Solving (2 Credits)
Groups, and individuals need creativity skills to solve problems, identify opportunities, implement initiatives and manage change. This very enjoyable Creative Thinking & Problem Solving course aims to provide students with an opportunity to understand creativity and explore techniques which can be used both individually and on group level. Moreover, it intends to help students develop both a creative and structured approach to problem solving, placing an emphasis on some of the real problems faced by groups and individuals, and guard them with a range of techniques they can use to run 'creative thinking & problem solving sessions.
MSA226 - Abnormal Psychology (3 Credits)
This course presents the central concepts and methods of clinical psychology. While this course is intended to provide an overview of the process of psychological assessment, intervention, and the current scope of clinical practice, it also focuses on theories of psychopathology; etiology, dynamics, symptomatology, diagnosis, and treatment.
MSA227 - Community Health Intervention (3 Credits)
Lebanon and many countries of the world have witnessed tremendous growth in the area of community health interventions. MSA 225 focuses on the activities of Medical Social Assistants; the identification of health problems in specific target populations and the development of plans for the community health education programs and campaigns. Moreover, it provides students with knowledge on basic elements of community health intervention such as program planning, implementation, and evaluation. This course also provides students with potential career path in health education and promotion and other related health professions.
MSA230 - Behavior Modifications (2 Credits)
The goal of this course is to teach students behavior modification and other concepts and terminology in the field. Moreover, the course aims to provide students with an introduction to techniques of behavior modification and to tackle theory and application of behavioral techniques.
MSA236 - Practicum I (3 Credits)
Students undertake a total of 7 Credit Hours of work and observation in settings that meet MSA students’ career goals. The school approves sites. Faculty members oversee the practicum and conduct regular seminars for participants. Moreover, students are expected to complete academic assignments that accompany the work.
MSA241 - Professional Ethics (1 Credits)
This course intends to examine certain problems that arise when people try to make moral judgments: problems such as cultural relativism (“What’s right for us is not necessarily right for them”), subjectivism (“What’s right for me is not necessarily right for you”), and the role of religion in morality (e.g., “What’s right is just what God says is right”). It also intends to improve students’ thinking about the considerations that may count as reasons for and against the moral judgments they are tempted to make.
MSA300 - Persuasive Communication (2 Credits)
This course aims to provide students with information on persuasive theory including methods of attention, suggestions, motivation, and adaptation employed to influence feelings, attitudes, change and action. Moreover, it tackles the current theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of the process of persuasive communication in contexts ranging from public communication to interpersonal
MSA306 - Research in Social Sciences (3 Credits)
This course is designed to introduce students to the principle and methods of research. In this course, students will acquire the skills they need to undertake research. It provides an examination of the methodological foundations of the social sciences; the logic and technique of empirical inquiry; the nature of social facts, the operationalization of concepts, and the construction of research questions; research designs including questionnaires, interviews, experiments, observation, and evaluation; the organization and analysis of data; graph and table construction and interpretation; the common problems of empirical social research; and research ethics.
MSA311 - Mid-Level Counseling I (3 Credits)
These courses provide students with a resource of essential educational tools/techniques for dealing with various health problems. It intends to introduce students to a practical manual which can be used in different ways and settings. This manual includes exercises to help counselors put the process into perspective. It sets out counseling techniques and provides advice on how to conduct sessions. Moreover, the manual provides an important reference that uses information from a variety of sources and modalities. It also encompasses the essential components of counseling, facilitating cognitive and experiential learning and provides a clear theoretical framework as a counseling guideline.
MSA316 - Law of Syndicates and Labor Law Legislation (3 Credits)
This is an introduction to the fundamentals of Syndicate law including all primary and secondary functions, roles and responsibilities. In this specific course, students will learn about syndicate strategy, structure, policies, and the way to regulate, control and manage professional performance. In addition, students will acquire new information about the syndicate law principles and themes in order to better assimilate the value of professionals as a major asset in today’s competitive environment. Throughout this course, students will better assimilate the importance of the presence of syndicate law and how to improve professionals’ skills and competencies that are required in their profession in order to develop, grow, and thrive to ensure quality service in today’s competitive environment taking into consideration the internal and external challenges.
MSA321 - Human Rights (1 Credits)
This course aims to provide students with a critical knowledge of central aspects of human rights law, and an ability to contextualise and problematise them Moreover, it introduces students to the main United Nations and regional systems for human rights protection and promotion and, in so doing, provides a tool for analyzing conflict and various forms of interventions attempting to promote peace and justice.
MSA326 - Mid-Level Counseling II (3 Credits)
These courses provide students with a resource of essential educational tools/techniques for dealing with various health problems. It intends to introduce students to a practical manual which can be used in different ways and settings. This manual includes exercises to help counselors put the process into perspective. It sets out counseling techniques and provides advice on how to conduct sessions. Moreover, the manual provides an important reference that uses information from a variety of sources and modalities. It also encompasses the essential components of counseling, facilitating cognitive and experiential learning and provides a clear theoretical framework as a counseling guideline.
MSA331 - Global Social and Health Organizations (1 Credits)
This course aims to examine major health & health-related challenges of developing, resource-limited and emerging nations. Students will study and analyze a variety of health priorities among various populations and cultural settings in relation to global health organizations goals and partnerships. Moreover, this course will tackle the important role that global health organizations play in promoting health, and disease prevention and control.
MSA336 - Seminar - Current Issues in MSA (3 Credits)
This course is designed to provide a framework for students to integrate a variety of public health topics, issues, and skills into a culminating experience for the MSA program. Students are expected to enroll in this course in their final year, but they are expected to work on elements of the course throughout the MSA program.
MSA341 - Practicum II (4 Credits)
Students undertake a total of 7 Credit Hours of work and observation in settings that meet MSA students’ career goals. The school approves sites. Faculty members oversee the practicum and conduct regular seminars for participants. Moreover, students are expected to complete academic assignments that accompany the work.
MSA346 - Genetic Counseling (2 Credits)
Introduction to the genetic counseling career. Inheritance patterns, taking genetic history, risk assessment, availability of genetic testing, the family's need and perspective, normal and abnormal development, teratology, cancer risk analysis, metabolic conditions, and ethnocultural issues.
MSA351 - Addictive Behaviors (3 Credits)
This course will explore the build-up, meaning, and cultural and psychological impact of addiction. It will also focus on the addictive personality and the process of addictive disorders. Importance will also be given to various models of addiction including several disorders involving chemical and substance addictions (alcohol, drugs, and others) as well as behavioral addictions (internet, sex, and others). The course will also examine various treatment approaches including effective intervention strategies.
PHA276 - Basic Nutrition (2 Credits)
This course introduces the nutritional concepts encountered in nursing practice. It describes the science of nutrition and its use for a healthy lifestyle in all life stages. It also discusses the nutritional needs and concerns in different disease states and, accordingly, the optimal nutritional care that should be provided.
PHA441 - First Aid (2 Credits)
This course presents the methods of First Aid and CPR. Emergency first aid/emergency care, adult and infant basic life support, CPR, airway obstruction (choking).
PHE161 - Medical Terminology (1 Credits)
This course is considered an introduction to medical terminology, designed to increase familiarity with medical terms such as basic anatomy and physiology terms. It will help the student to learn root words, and to learn how to analyze unknown words.
PHE190 - Introduction to Genetics (1 Credits)
Basic principles of classical genetics. Meiosis and chromosomal basis of Mendelian inheritance. Linkage, crossing-over and gene mapping. Sex and heredity. The genetic material. Mutations and chromosome aberrations. Pattern of inheritance. Cytoplasmic inheritance. Population genetics.
PHE217 - Immune System and Infectious Disorders (1 Credits)
The Infectious Disease Course is designed to give an understanding of the basic biology of microbial pathogens and the mechanisms by which they cause disease. It introduces the basic methods for infectious disease epidemiology and case studies of important disease syndromes and entities. The course will also give students knowledge of the signs and symptoms of major infectious diseases and practice in developing differential diagnoses and fundamentals of treatment and prevention for these diseases.

General Education Requirements

ADM 105 - Introduction to Information Technology (3 Credits)
Topics include the Internet; computer hardware; operating systems and application software; multimedia; network communication; personal, social, and ethical issues. Systems and application software; multimedia; network communication; personal, social, and ethical issues.
LIT 110 - Arabic Language I (3 Credits)
The primary aim of this course is to familiarize the students with correct writing styles, to avoid linguistic and spelling errors, to use proper punctuations, and to master various correspondence styles. The course also discusses the main principles of Arabic grammar through selected texts, spelling rules, writing paragraphs about subjects related to the selected texts, summary techniques, punctuations, rules of number spelling, common linguistic errors, titles, Curriculum Vitae editing techniq
LIT 120 - English Language I / French Language I (3 Credits)
This is a study skills course that aims at developing potential teacher’s proficiency in the skills of test taking, studying, word attacking, paraphrasing, restating and handwriting.
LIT 125 - English Language II / French Language II (3 Credits)
This course aims at helping potential teachers extend their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar, as well as develop their oral/aural language proficiency through watching videos, conducting role-plays, simulations, and interviews, as well as presenting reading materials (of various sources: the internet, newspapers, magazines, and so on).
LIT 105 - Arabic Civilization (3 Credits)
This course introduces the overall concepts of civilization and the most important factors that contributed to the emergence of Islamic civilization. It also encompasses the main characteristics of the Islamic civilization with particular focus on the human dimension. Manifestations of Islamic civilization in policy, management, economy, society, and sciences are emphasized.
LIT 113 - Research Methodology I (1 Credits)
This course aims at the development of a scientific orientation in the solution of educational problems. This course develops students' skills in identifying and developing research problems dealing with a variety of research designs. Basic statistical concepts are included.
LIT 114 - Research Methodology II (2 Credits)
This course aims to cover what the activity of research is, how to proceed, how to measure progress, and what constitutes success. Students must understand the research process and the rules that guide it. It provides students an overview of qualitative and quantitative methods, data collection, recording and analysis and final output of a research proposal. It also provides students with tools to look at things objectively, develop critical and scientific attitude, as well as disciplined thinking to observe objectively and finally, skills of research particularly in the age of information. By the end of this module students should be in a position to prepare and carry out a small research proposal within a three month project.

Remedial Courses

BIO100 - Introduction to Biology ( Credits)
This course is designed to introduce freshman students to key biological concepts that is fundamental to animal biology. The topics include: biological history; structure and function of cells; cell division; reproduction; respiration; nervous system; immune system; genetics and heredity of population; protein synthesis and evolution.

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