SHARP Master of Sciences

​​​​​​​​Course Description

The SHARP master degree is a natural continuation of the summer certificate program.  It builds on the foundations/credits acquired in the summer certificate program, which are pre-requisites and constitute an inherent part of the master degree. It adds additional required courses, electives, the longitudinal Seminar Series, and the thesis.

After completing the SHARP Summer Certificate, students will complete the degree requirements that include additional required core courses, the Longitudinal Seminar Series, and a mentored NCD research project culminating in a thesis. In compliance with AUB requirements, students will also sit for a zero credit comprehensive exam (pass/fail) course in their last semester. The Master’s program can be completed in one to two years. 

The total number of allowable credits per semester is 16 credits/semester unless otherwise approved by the Graduate Committee Studies.​

Training Program Curriculum

SHARP Summer Certificate Courses(Required)
Total 12 credits

SHARP 315​​

Principles of Epidemiology
Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
Basic Biostatistics
Introduction to Research Ethics and RCR
Library Science/Informatics
Analysis and Reporting of Large Clinical Datasets I​​

2 credits
2 credits
4 credits
1.5 credit
0.5 credit
2 credits

Fall/Spring Courses(Required)
Total 24 credits

EPHD 321
SHARP 321a
EPHD 328
HMPD 318 
MNGT 306

Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials
Advanced Topics in Clinical Trials
Systematic review and Meta-analysis
Policy and Decision Making in Health Care
Leadership and Behavior in Organizations
Advances in Non-communicable Disease Research
Longitudinal Research Seminar Series I/II
Research Thesis
Comprehensive Exam

2 credits
2 credit
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
2 credits
2 credits
4 credits
6 credits​

SHARP labeled courses were specifically developed for the SHARP Training Program


SHARP will be abiding by General University Academic Information​, in which to be eligible for graduation with a Master’s degree from the American University of Beirut, a graduate student:

  • must have attained a cumulative course average of 80 or above.
  • is not placed on probation by the time the course work is completed.
  • must have completed the minimum credit hours of course work designated by the specific program.
  • must have passed comprehensive exam.
  • must have completed thesis requirements for thesis option degrees.
  • must have completed project requirements for the non-thesis option degrees.
  • must have met the residence requirements specified for the Master’s degree.