American University of Beirut

Department of Health Promotion and Community Health

Chairperson:Makhoul, Jihad
Professor:Makhoul, Jihad
Associate Professors:Abdulrahim, Sawsan; Kabakian-Khasholian, Tamar; Nakkash, Rima[1]
Assistant Professor:Sieverding, Maia
Senior Lecturer:PEl Kak, Faysal
Instructors of Public Health Practice:Kalot, Joumana; Najem, Martine
Lecturers:PAl Barazi, Rana; Kanj, Mayada; Khawam, Grace
Research Affiliate:Salloum, Ramzi

The Department offers a three-year Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Health Communication (HCOM) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Promotion and Community Health (HPCH).

The HCOM program prepares undergraduate students to develop, deliver, and evaluate health communication tools and activities; and to communicate health information to diverse audiences. Students enrolled in the program will receive most of their disciplinary training in the HPCH Department but will also take courses in the Media Studies Program at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). HCOM courses are designed to train students in Public Health theory and methods; planning, managing and evaluating health communication; and communicating health messages to audience of interest.

The HPCH Department also contributes to teaching courses in other undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences and in a Teaching Diploma in Health Education with the Department of Education at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Course Description

Modes of Analysis


Communication - English and Arabic (9)

Cultures and

Histories (12),

Human Values




Understanding the World (6) Quantitative

Reasoning (5)

Major Courses



Learning (3)

Lecture Course



Required Arabic course (3); Required English courses: ENGL 203 (3), 204(3)

12 credits in Cultures and Histories

MCOM 215 (3)


Societies and

Individuals (6)

Understanding the world electives (6)

EPHD 203(3)

EPHD 213 (2)


HPCH 200(3); HPCH 201(3); HPCH 203(3); HPCH 204(3); HPCH 205(3); HPCH 207(2); HPCH 208(3); HPCH 209(2); HPCH 210(3); HPCH 211(3); HPCH 212(3); HPCH 215(2); HPCH 237(3); MCOM 202(3); MCOM 215(3); MCOM 246(3); MCOM 247(3); MCOM 228(3)HPCH 204 (1); 207 (1); 208 (1)
Lab (3)    

EPHD 203(3)

EPHD 213 (2)


Seminar (2)     HPCH 251(2) 
Fieldwork     HPCH 250(2)HPCH 250 (2)

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