American Univesity of Beirut

Humanitarian Engineering Initiative

​The Humanitarian Engineering Initiative at the American University of Beirut is a partnership between the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and the M​aroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA). It offers annually the Humanitarian Engineering course "Designing Solutions for Health Challenges in Crises". The course encourages participants to use engineering designs to address humanitarian challenges through multidisciplinary reflections; thus, it is attended by professionals and students from all backgrounds (public health, humanities, engineering, etc.).​

Next Course Offering  

January 3–18, 2020 at the American University of Beirut. Register before space runs out!

The course model is made of several components including interactive lectures and field visits to refugee settlements and facilities for interviews with care workers and refugees. Students work in teams to conduct needs assessments, identify problems, ideate, design, and prototype solutions. We welcome all students and professionals from all over the world. Additional Information about the course is available in this brochure .

​AUB Students interested in taking the course for credits during winter 2020 can register the cross listed course under either PBHL 220 (GE social science), BMEN 798CC (engineering technical elective/ special topics course), or PBHL 320CC (public health technical elective), according to AUB's registration calendar.

Practitioners interested in registering the course for a certificate are requested to fill the following fo​rm by December 16, 2020.

For inquiries, please email

Engineering Health Innovations for Human Wellbeing and Global Development

In a rapidly changing context fraught with conflict and a rise in the burden of disease, there is an ever-growing need for innovative, multidisciplinary solutions to emerging public health problems in the Arab region. The broad objective of the Humanitarian Engineering Initiative is to combine disciplinary methods to address global challenges, which is particularly important given rapid transitions in health in the region, and the urgency of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).​

Objectives of the Humanitarian Engineering Initiative

  • ​​Build the capacity of engineering students in designing solutions for social wellbeing, and of public health students in engineering design and methodologies​
  • ​Initiate collaborative research and/or service projects and applying for funding opportunities
  • Establish international partnerships and collaborations
  • Offer joint diplomas and/or certificates
  • Organize national, regional and international forums or conference on current topics
  • Generate joint intellectual property for AUB through patents or licenses​​​

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