American University of Beirut

Department of Environmental Health

Chairperson: Jurdi, Mey
Professors:Habib, Rima; Jurdi, Mey; Nuwayhid, Iman
Associate Professor:Massoud, May
Assistant Professor: Dhaini, Hassan
Lecturer: Nasr, Joumana
Instructor: El Helou, Nida​

The Department of Environmental Health offers a three-year undergraduate program in environmental health, which is accredited by the United States Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Students are admitted to the department after the completion of the freshman science program or its equivalent and are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon graduation. The curriculum provides a broad education in basic sciences and fundamental knowledge of environmental health. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation and control of major environmental health problems in developing and developed countries in such fields as indoor and outdoor air pollution, water, sanitation and hygiene, food safety, risk analysis, municipal and hazardous waste, occupational health and safety, environmental impact assessment and audits, climate change and sustainable development. During their senior year, students in the program are also given the opportunity to complete an internship in pre-approved work settings, thus providing them with the opportunity to supplement their theoretical and laboratory experience with real life practical field experience. Moreover, as part of the program, students are also required to take public health courses in epidemiology and biostatistics, health management and health promotion, which facilitates acquiring a minor in Public Health (refer to Minor Policy page 590). Additionally, students can follow a pre-medical track, if interested in joining the medical school.

Due to increased environmental concerns, Lebanon and countries in the region are in great need of qualified personnel capable of planning and implementing policies, strategies and programs to enhance human health and ecological vitality. This provides great job opportunities in various sectors, such as public/governmental agencies, international organizations, private companies, non-governmental organizations and academic/research institutions.

Course Descriptions

Modes of Analysis

Understanding Communication - English and Arabic (9)

Cultures and Histories(9), Human Values(3)

Societies and Individuals (6)

Understanding the World (12) Quantitative Reasoning (6)

Major Courses (42)

Community-Engaged Learning (3)

Lecture Course (9+12+6+

Required Arabic Course (3)

Required English Courses: ENGL 203 (3), 204 (3)

Cultures and Histories electives (9)

Phil 209 (3)

HPCH 237(3)

Elective (3)

ENHL 220 (3)

BIOL 200(4)

CHEM 208(3)

EPHD 203(3)

EPHD 213(2)

EPHD 203A(1)

220 (3), 227(3), 221(3), 239(3), 231(3), 232(3), 233(3), 234A(3), 235(3), 238(3),
ENHL 242(3), 243(3), 245(3)
HMPD 204 (3)
Lab (4+4)    

BIOL 200(4)

CHEM 209(2)

ENHL 232(3), 234A(3), 233(3), 227(3)  
Seminar (2)     ENHL 242(3), 243(3) 
Research Project (1+3)     ENHL 242(3), 243(3) 
Fieldwork     ENHL 236(3) 

Students take, in addition to the required courses above, 9 free elective credits in various fields and modes of analysis.

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