The Graduate Public Health Program (GPHP) students at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) of the American University of Beirut (AUB) have the opportunity to enroll in a Certificate embedded within the GPHP entitled: “Public Health in Conflict and Protracted Crises." Students are selected on a competitive basis and need to demonstrate their interest in using the competencies gained through the certificate in their future work.
While fulfilling the requirements of the overall GPHP, the students specialize in issues pertaining to conflict and protracted crises over 12 credits (of the total 42 credits of the MPH and 30 credits for the Masters (MS)). For the practicum, MPH students choose from a range of conflict-related sites and conduct their Integrative Learning Experience project on a conflict-related topic. While MS students are required to choose their thesis topic and site related to health in conflict and crisis.
All enrolled students are required to choose two of the three relevant electives offered at FHS mentioned below, in addition to a one-credit course
and an online course on the humanitarian system and public health in conflict settings from a
selection of approved online courses.
The certificate has been carefully benchmarked with leading programs in institutions worldwide. It is currently enrolling the third cohort of students. Graduates work in humanitarian and other agencies in Lebanon, the region and beyond.
By completing this certificate, students gain the following competencies:
Demonstrate an understanding of the multidisciplinary literature on conflict and forced migration from a critical public health perspective.
Apply public health tools and methods in research and evaluation in refugee and other humanitarian settings.
Demonstrate the capacity to plan, implement and evaluate a health intervention in a variety of humanitarian contexts.
Describe the ways in which conflict, forced migration and humanitarian crises shape public health program management and coordination.
Demonstrate ethical conduct in dealing with populations affected by war and forced migration
Regarding the electives, students are requested to choose two out of the three courses below:
Public Health and Armed Conflict (3 credit)
Forced Migration and the Humanitarian Relief System (3 credit)
Humanitarian Engineering (3 credit)
addition to that students should complete the one-credit required course
“Research Methods in Humanitarian Settings” that will be offered as the core
requirement of all students in addition to the online course.
As each program requires a certain number of credits for electives, students need to take additional credits on top of their program requirements to complete the certificate requirements.