Graduate Programs at American University of Beirut (AUB)
American University of Beirut (AUB)

American University of Beirut (AUB)

The American University of Beirut (AUB)
The American University of Beirut (AUB), a private, non-sectarian, non-profit university located in the heart of Beirut, Lebanon overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, was established one hundred and fifty years ago (1866).. AUB is one of the region's premier higher education institutions focusing on a liberal arts education, and offering more than 130 programs leading to Bachelor's, Master's, MD and PhD degrees.
The American University of Beirut (AUB) campus
AUB, with its diverse student body of more than 8,800 students from 86 different countries, provides an ideal environment for intellectual and cultural growth with embedded principles of mutual tolerance, critical thinking, respect, civic responsibility and freedom of thought and expression. The Office of International Programs at AUB offers International Student Services including a Mentor Program to support all international students at AUB, enabling them to integrate into the community and enjoy a rich academic and cultural experience.
Students at The American University of Beirut (AUB)
AUB ranks 235 among universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings), first in Lebanon and second in the Middle East. AUB is chartered by New York State Education Department (NYSED) and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
Student social life at The American University of Beirut (AUB)
For 150 years, AUB has been educating many of the brightest minds in the Middle East and the world. Presidents, diplomats, revolutionaries and Nobel prize-winning scientists have passed through its doors. AUB offers world-class training in a wide variety of disciplines and provides graduates with a network to leading companies and individuals in one of the world's most dynamic regions. If you're looking for an enlightening educational and life experience, then AUB is the right place for you.

AUB has six faculties:

  • Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS)
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)
  • Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA)
  • Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)
  • Faculty of Medicine (FM)
    - Rafic Hariri School of Nursing (HSON)
  • Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB)
The American University of Beirut (AUB)

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Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS)
FAFS is organized into three departments that offer outstanding undergraduate and many graduate programs in various disciplines. The departments of Agriculture, Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management, and Nutrition and Food Sciences.At FAFS, we promote interdisciplinary educational programs and we encourage students to think holistically outside narrow disciplines and seek collaboration and partnership with other Faculties. This is evident in our interfaculty programs and in the collaborative research we conduct.Researchers and students at the Faculty are involved in international collaborations that span the globe. Much of the region's pioneering work in nutrition and dietetics, landscape, environment and natural resource management, and community and rural development has been conducted by FAFS faculty and students in fields and laboratories
Duration: Varies
Deadline: Ongoing
Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)
Offering degrees in the humanities, natural sciences, quantitative thought and social sciences, in addition to four PhD programs (in Arabic Language and Literature; Arab and Middle Eastern History; Cell and Molecular Biology; and Theoretical Physics this faculty offers world-respected teaching in arts and science. Building upon its rich tradition, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is determined to position itself at the heart of free inquiry in the Middle East. Free and critical thinking is central to the faculty’s teaching, its research, its engagements with the wider community, and its commitment to the thoughtful transformation of all of its activities and structures. The faculty’s enhanced undergraduate programs will graduate innovators with a breadth of vision who can be agents of positive change wherever they live and work.
Duration: Varies
Deadline: Ongoing
Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA)
The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA) is the leading school in the Middle East offering undergraduate and graduate programs contributing to the advancement of the engineering and architecture knowledge through teaching and research, and providing services to the community at large, while addressing the needs of Lebanon and the region. All degrees are accredited by the US-based Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.. ABET is an internationally recognised accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. The accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with quality education.
Duration: Varies
Deadline: Ongoing
Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)
Established in 1954, the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) was the first school of public health in the Arab region. It engages in a rich array of relevant interdisciplinary research, community-based public health projects, and policy dialogues in Lebanon and the region. FHS provides students with multiple opportunities for interaction with committed faculty members, who are actively engaged in research, practice, and community service activities. Our professors take an interest in their students; follow their progress; and assist them in academic and professional matters alike. FHS hosts the Graduate Public Health Program (GPHP), which provides advanced training in public health to prepare professionals, both practitioners and academicians, to competently assess, research, and respond to the health needs and public health issues in Lebanon and the region. The program applies multidisciplinary and community-based research as well as community service to improve instruction, to advance knowledge, and to address the public health issues and needs of the population served. The GPHP became accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in 2006 and was reaccredited in 2012 for seven years. 
Duration: Varies
Deadline: Ongoing
Rafic Hariri School of Nursing (HSON)
The Rafic Hariri School of Nursing (HSON) aspires to become the leading school of nursing in Lebanon and the region; nationally and internationally recognized for excellence in education, research, and service. The school is committed to offering cutting-edge culturally relevant and internationally recognized graduate and undergraduate education, fostering life-long learning and scholarship, developing the leaders in nursing and health care, and attracting a competent and culturally-diverse student body.The Mission of the HSON s to promote and maintain the highest educational standards of excellence, integrity, and professionalism in nursing, following the American model of nursing education and practice. The School aims to provide learning opportunities that will enable students to develop into competent nurses who respect cultural diversity while coordinating and delivering high quality, compassionate nursing care in Lebanon and the region, guided by ethical principles. The faculty believes education is an interactive process between faculty and students with both taking responsibility for active learning.The undergraduate and master's programs at the HSON are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). HSON is the first school to be accredited by CCNE outside the US territories
Duration: Varies
Deadline: Ongoing
Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB)
The BBA program is for university entrants focused on translating their thinking and interests into career opportunities in business. The program combines business and arts and sciences in a rigorous learning environment to help students gain a holistic understanding of the social, cultural and economic environment in which they operate. The curriculum's liberal arts-based operational focus is deeply grounded in analytics, while emphasizing soft skill areas such as leadership, decision-making and ethical reasoning.After becoming the first business school in Lebanon and the hundredth in the world to be accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – in April 2009, OSB is now internationally recognized as being among the top 5% of business schools worldwide. OSB continues to sharpen its focus on pursuing high quality research, excellence in the design and delivery of academic programs, academic innovation and continuous improvement.
Duration: Varies
Deadline: Ongoing
The Faculty of Medicine (FM)
The Faculty of Medicine was established to give properly qualified candidates, particularly from Lebanon and the Near East, the opportunity for sound education in both the art and science of medicine.  The Faculty of Medicine offers a Medical Doctor (MD) Program as well as numerous graduate medical programs.
Duration: Varies
Deadline: Ongoing

Testimonials

Mr. Masahiro Morita, MSc Agricultural Economics, Japan

Why AUB?

I chose AUB because it is known as a university that provides high quality education and a good academic atmosphere.

How would you describe FAFS and the MSc Agricultural Economics?

FAFS faculty members and students are friendly and the program is perfect.

I was really happy to study at AUB and really enjoyed invaluable cultural exchange.

Best experience at AUB so far?

I was involved in several activities at AUB such as AREC day and club activities. AREC day was the best experience I had at AUB so far; it is a great example of the Lebanese culture and traditions.

How will your education and experience at AUB help with your future plans?

My educational experience at AUB will help in advancing my career.

Mr. Masahiro Morita, MSc Agricultural Economics, Japan
Ola Kdouh, Lebanon, (MPH‐HMP) 2014<br />Current Position: Assistant PHC Director at Ministry of Public Health Lebanon

The MPH program helped me widen my scope and look beyond individual practices to the social determinants of health. It opened my eyes to ethics, social justice and inequities around the world. The program offered me numerous opportunities to explore both the research and field world. Being part of the MPH program was a life changing experience on every front. Professionally, it built my skills and equipped me with tools to handle a wide array of work responsibilities in the health field. Personally, it changed my viewpoint and attitudes on important global issues like poverty, inequities and environmental awareness.

Ola Kdouh, Lebanon, (MPH‐HMP) 2014
Current Position: Assistant PHC Director at Ministry of Public Health Lebanon
Sara Safieddine, MS Physics

My AUB experience was great. It shaped who I am now as a scientist and as a person. It is where I met my best friends! I was a student, a lab instructor and a research assistant. It was my first teaching experience, which was a base for the teaching I've done during my PhD. Being a research assistant is what got me to love atmospheric sciences, which is the career I am pursuing right now.

I did my MS in physics but my thesis was done with Alan Shihadeh from mechanical and Klushin from physics. My research at AUB was carried at the Aerosol Lab and was atmospheric sciences related. Because of that, I got a PhD in atmospheric sciences in France.  I am currently a Postdoc in atmospheric sciences at MIT. I owe it all to AUB, and I am very proud of it!

Sara Safieddine, MS Physics
Malak Krayem, BA and MA Education

It was a great environment both academically and socially. I participated in activities organized by the social committee and volunteered in SMEC. Also, academics were based on group work, working in pairs and individual assignments which made it a more interesting and enriching experience.  I got the job of my dreams, being a teacher at ACS (Beirut), but unfortunately now I had to quit because I had to travel and I'm applying for a new job here in Canada. The advantage though is that I am an AUB student, and it is very well known here and it has a great reputation! 

Malak Krayem, BA and MA Education
Hisham El Khatib, MA English Literature

I am certain that whoever had the chance to study at AUB agrees that this learning experience is one of a kind. I graduated in Spring 2016 with a Master degree in English Literature. Not only I earned a reputed academic degree from the best university in the region, but also I had the chance to be prepared for my PhD program which I am joining this Winter in Canada. Professors in the English Department are keen to train and coach their students to compete, among the rest of the students worldwide, and get admitted to the best PhD programs in Canada, United States, and the UK. What is interesting about the English Department is that it gathers amazing professors from different nationalities (Australians, Lebanese, and Americans) and with different backgrounds, interests, and experiences to convey them to their students in their academic years. International students also take part in this important experience because professors and local students care so much about their success and contribution to the programs.

Hisham El Khatib, MA English Literature
JadTaha El Baba, MS in Energy Studies, Lebanon

I joined the masters in Energy studies during the first year of its launching, the decision certainly came with its own risks. I was fully aware that it was going to be a challenging learning experience for both, us student and the administration alike. But I can confidently say, now, that it was an invaluable experience filled with challenges and opportunities that few teaching programs can offer. The key benefit of the program is its multi-disciplinary aspect, the diversity of thinking, experiences, approaches and methodologies that tackle the energy sector from different angles are extremely important in gaining knowledge and coming up with creative solutions for energy problems. I think that the masters has the potential to grow in a very interesting way especially that the energy sector is evolving rapidly in the region under the new market conditions.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone that was involved in making the program a reality.

JadTaha El Baba, MS in Energy Studies, Lebanon
Rabih Baz Radwan, MBA student, Strategic decisions Group

"I enjoyed every minute of my time, while pursuing an MBA at OSB. The predominantly young, energetic, and inspiring faculty made sure that both the quality of education as well as the level of instruction are at very high standards. In addition to that, OSB taught me that when you face a problem, trying to look for scapegoats is a waste of time while finding a solution is the priority. Both the education and the maturity I gained from the program made me a powerful candidate for a career in management consulting."

 

Rabih Baz Radwan, MBA student, Strategic decisions Group
YaraTawk, MFIN student, Associate, Deal Advisory, KPMG PCC

“Being part of masters in finance program was one of the most life changing decisions that I took. The year I spent at AUB was an added value on both the personal and educational level; it was a continuous learning process. I learned from the best professors in the finance field and I learned from my colleagues who came from different backgrounds and with different expectations but eventually formed a big inseparable family. Masters in Finance at AUB was a door to a whole new life.”

YaraTawk, MFIN student, Associate, Deal Advisory, KPMG PCC
Sahag Grag Pailian, MFIN student, Middle Office Analyst, SFB Wealth Management

"There is no doubt that the American University of Beirut is the best university in Lebanon, and one of the bests in the region. I am glad that I had the opportunity to continue my education at AUB in order to pursue the Masters in Finance degree.

This program is undoubtedly a very good one, since it enriches students' financial knowledge and gives them an extra depth in the understanding of advanced concepts related to finance.

On the other hand, having this degree from AUB gives students an additional edge when it comes to finding a job after graduation. Finally, it is worth mentioning that the highlight of my journey at AUB was the new people that I met from students and colleagues to faculty and staff.

Sahag Grag Pailian, MFIN student, Middle Office Analyst, SFB Wealth Management
Sahar Naim, MS Degree in Chemistry

Achieving my Master’s degree in Chemistry from AUB  was a great experience because I was interacting with brightest professors and some of the best scientific minds, which was a way of my intellectual development (e.g. seminars, courses, thesis mentoring, etc). In my opinion, this interaction was the most valuable part of my education at AUB.

Another great experience at AUB was living on-campus. The university environment assisted the educational purposes, promoted safety, and made precious memories. Also, it gave me the opportunity to form lifelong friendships with international students coming from different countries, such as, Sudan, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, Singapore, Taiwan, United States, Italy, France, etc.

The location of the AUB campus is boarded by the sea at the lower campus side and the crowded streets of Hamra from the upper campus side. Many activities are possible due to this location, such as, walking at the Corniche, biking, swimming at the AUB beach, and also going to restaurants, cafes, pubs, shopping centers, and all of this can be reached just in a few minutes walking distance.

AUB facilitates and encourages the volunteering activities among which I had the opportunity to volunteer at Saint Jude’s Children’s Cancer Center for one year and to participate in ushering at one of the AUB commencement ceremonies.

AUB made a very high impact on my current career. The reputation of AUB affected my acceptance in my current job. As well as, I knew about the vacancy from an AUB alumna.

Sahar Naim, MS Degree in Chemistry
Tuqan Al Muthanna, BS Chemistry and MSIn Analytical Chemistry

Academically, given my field of study I was fortunate to be taken under the mentorship of Dr. Ghauch for several years during both my undergraduate and graduate studies. This has greatly helped in laying a solid foundation in my academic research journey which later translated in great career achievements. This could not have been done without Dr. Ghauch’s mentorship and endless support and teachings.

Socially, as an international student being subjected to various nationalities and mentalities has greatly contributed in sculpturing my personality today, enriched my experiences and left me with priceless memories shared with a great number of friends around the world with whom I am still in touch with today. This was also translated during my last year at AUB by becoming a member of the USFC as a graduate student.

AUB’s liberal education methods and encouragement of critical thinking has greatly influenced me, the diversity of my knowledge, and my way of thinking. These education methods made me a more insightful, flexible, and diverse person with the ability to easily adapt to change and fit in any scenario disregarding of the task and surrounding environment.

This was translated into my career post-graduation, where I worked in various sectors in both R&D environments and field application environments in multiple industries ranging from Pharmaceuticals to Oil&Gas. Given this also, I was able to work my way up from the bottom to top executive ranks today in international highly successful corporations with great ease, and in no time. I was also easily able to always adapt to my post, my surroundings, my work environment, and with my colleagues of all corporate levels, nationalities and backgrounds.

Tuqan Al Muthanna, BS Chemistry and MSIn Analytical Chemistry
Dr. Canan Çakırlar, MA Archaeology

My experience at AUB was excellent. I came from Turkey, where I had finished a BA other than archaeology. I took a semester of BA courses at AUB first. This was good preparation. I had regular and frequent contact with my supervisor, for whom I worked as a student assistant. My student assistantship was very useful. It was AUB that I edited for the first time, a journal article; I proctored an exam; I assisted international scholars visiting the university. The courses could have been harder, with more reading, more challenges.

The international and Lebanese student body consisted of very interesting individuals; I had a fantastic, memorable time in Beirut and Lebanon.

My mentor and supervisor was instrumental in arranging the PhD placement in Tuebingen University. I had an opportunity to get involved with three excavations (and post-excavation projects) in Lebanon. I now co-publish with the international and Lebanese scholars I met at these projects. And I hope our collaboration will continue and grow through more structural teaching and research exchanges between Groningen University (where I am an ass. prof now) and the AUB. In summary, it had a great impact, which, to be honest, I had not necessarily expected or calculated.

Dr. Canan Çakırlar, MA Archaeology
Heba Hodeib, BA and MA in English Literature

AUB had a great effect on my social life as I was an active member of student clubs and because I ran one, I learned a lot about public relations since then. 

Academically, I enjoyed my majors since I chose them both and had no problem with the assignments or projects given. 

I have used everything I have learned from both my education courses and my English courses at work. Though I have graduated from education for more than a decade, and from the English dept. for five years now, a lot of the theories and practices that we studied are still up to date and revived in workshops, which again helps me with work.

AUB is an excellent place to develop one's personality. 

Heba Hodeib, BA and MA in English Literature
Anthony Shamoun (RN, BSN, MSN): Chief Clinical Nurse Specialist and Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist at the American University of Beirut Medical Center

I hold the position of Chief Clinical Nurse Specialist and Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist at the American University of Beirut Medical Center.

Being an Academic Associate at AUB- Hariri School of Nursing enriched my skills and expertise in academic education. By blending academic with clinical education, I have been successful in providing undergraduate and graduate nursing students a wider clinical exposure, dynamic learning environment, and an easy transition to the nursing career at various levels.

Anthony Shamoun (RN, BSN, MSN): Chief Clinical Nurse Specialist and Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist at the American University of Beirut Medical Center
Rima Saad (RN, BSN, MSN): Clinical Nurse Specialist at Saint Jude Children Cancer’s Center

My enrollment in the graduate studies at HSON was one of the greatest milestones in my professional life. Here I learned how to translate knowledge into practice in the most efficient and structured ways and met exceptional role models in Nursing who always encouraged me to expand my potentials and goals to positively impact patient care at the institutional, national and international levels.

Rima Saad (RN, BSN, MSN): Clinical Nurse Specialist at Saint Jude Children Cancer’s Center
Rawya Khodor, Lebanon, (MPH‐HMP) 2015<br />Current Position: Social Officer at United Nations Development Programme

The Health Management and Policy concentration of the MPH program has opened new doors for me to work on several interesting and remarkable projects related to community support and healthcare reforms. The HMP program, specifically, gave me a better understanding of the management of healthcare organizations, the health politics in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and world‐wide, as well as of the social and economic factors embedded within them. It has otherwise allowed me to combine both in‐depth health management and policy knowledge with great practical experiences. The two‐years of HMP‐MPH has not only equipped me with all the needed theoretical and experiential skills, but also made me a better public health practitioner.

Rawya Khodor, Lebanon, (MPH‐HMP) 2015
Current Position: Social Officer at United Nations Development Programme
Abdo Salam H. Hamade, Lebanon, (MPH‐HMP) 2015<br />Current Position: Quality System Manager

My journey at the Faculty of Health Sciences began on a morning walk to Van Dyck building Hall after I had recently completed my degree in International Affairs and was considering the next step in my academic career. The MPH program at FHS leads the way for future healthcare professionals to be well rounded leaders with various skills and trains them on how to operate, prosper, and work alongside others.

Abdo Salam H. Hamade, Lebanon, (MPH‐HMP) 2015
Current Position: Quality System Manager
Emily Field, United States of America, (MPH‐ HPCH) 2014<br />Current position: Evaluator at Great Lakes Inter‐Tribal Epidemiology Center (GLITEC), Wisconsin, USA

The Health Promotion and Community Health concentration of the MPH program dramatically changed my approach to the world. It introduced me to new and effective ways that prepare me to be an advocate for others and for causes I care about. It developed my understanding not only of how community‐based approaches are both ethical and necessary, but also helped me realize why they are the most sustainable and effective means to make long‐lasting positive impacts on the health of communities. Beyond the curriculum itself, the faculty members are, in my experience, also outstanding. They are especially dedicated to the field of public health and tirelessly devote themselves to the philosophies and practices they profess. The relationships I cultivated as a result of being a part of HPCH remain invaluable to my work today. This program broadened my horizons more than I ever could have hoped it would.

Emily Field, United States of America, (MPH‐ HPCH) 2014
Current position: Evaluator at Great Lakes Inter‐Tribal Epidemiology Center (GLITEC), Wisconsin, USA
Diana Maddah Abou Kansour, Lebanon, (MPH‐HPCH) 2014<br />Current Position: Recruitment and Impact Measurement Manager at Teach for Lebanon (TFL), Lebanon

The Health Promotion and Community Health concentration of the MPH degree had a great influence on my life, in general, and on my work in specific. The joining of the MPH‐HPCH program was the point of transformation in my life. Every course I attended, every class was an addition to my professional and personal development. My professors inspired me to work on my ability to be an agent of change who is able to contribute in building a society with better ecological and socio‐economic framework.

Diana Maddah Abou Kansour, Lebanon, (MPH‐HPCH) 2014
Current Position: Recruitment and Impact Measurement Manager at Teach for Lebanon (TFL), Lebanon
Sarah Assaad, Lebanon, (MPH‐EPBS) 2015<br />Current Position: Research Assistant at Faculty of Health Sciences, AUB, Lebanon

The MPH program set the foundational knowledge and skills needed to initiate my career as a researcher and gave me the opportunity to get involved in ongoing research activities led by my professors. What I value most is the chance the program offered me to widen my professional network through friendships I made with classmates of various nationalities and with professionals I worked with in the field of public health during my practicum.

Sarah Assaad, Lebanon, (MPH‐EPBS) 2015
Current Position: Research Assistant at Faculty of Health Sciences, AUB, Lebanon
Nadia Fanous, Lebanon, (MPH‐HMP) 2011<br />Current Position: Senior Project Coordinator,Tobacco Control Center at Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar

In an inequitable world where we still find people striving for adequate food, water and shelter in the absence of governmental actions, I chose the MPH for the mere reason of believing that people are the catalysts of change and if we do not create the future, the present extends itself. The MPH‐HMP program provided a unique balance between practice and theory. It provided me with an understanding on public health advocacy and the means to translate knowledge into evidence‐based policies. The MPH at the Faculty of Health Sciences in AUB is “More than just a degree”! My MPH years offered me lifetime asset of friends; classmates and professors.

Nadia Fanous, Lebanon, (MPH‐HMP) 2011
Current Position: Senior Project Coordinator,Tobacco Control Center at Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar
Nabil Natafgi, Lebanon, (MPH‐HMP) 2011<br />Current Position: Graduate Research Assistant and Doctoral Student at Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

The MPH‐HMP program does an exceptional job in preparing its candidates for careers in health management, policy and research because of three distinct elements: (i) the rich curriculum that fosters knowledge about the complexity of health care systems in Lebanon, the region, and the world; (ii) the methodological toolkit that promotes analytical skills and critical thinking; and (iii) the systems‐thinking and interdisciplinary approach that stimulates collaboration between and among students and faculty across different fields in a productive environment. On a more personal level, the FHS community nurtured life‐long friendships among its graduates.

Nabil Natafgi, Lebanon, (MPH‐HMP) 2011
Current Position: Graduate Research Assistant and Doctoral Student at Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA
Lea El Korh, Lebanon, (MPH‐HMP) 2010<br />Current Position: Fundraising and Outreach Coordinator / Project Manager at Institute for Development Research Advocacy and Applied Care (IDRAAC)

Of the most important things I learned at FHS is to understand my community, its needs and to critically analyze situations affecting the health of the individual as well as its hosting community. This is not only taught in the classroom but also during the practicum experience. The MPH experience by itself was also very enriching to me on a personal level given the diversity in the students' backgrounds; in terms of age, professional and educational background, nationality and culture; where each student brought part of his/her experience to the classroom. I would strongly recommend the MPH program to professionals in the healthcare field irrespective of their background as it would definitely open new horizons in their careers.

Lea El Korh, Lebanon, (MPH‐HMP) 2010
Current Position: Fundraising and Outreach Coordinator / Project Manager at Institute for Development Research Advocacy and Applied Care (IDRAAC)
Wissam Doudar, Palestine, (MPH‐HMP) 2010<br />Current Position: Emergency Health Specialist, Health Consultant

The MPH program helped me in different ways on how to challenge myself and mobilize others and to step outside my comfort zone. The curriculum is well designed and is being regularly reviewed and tuned to recognize the increasingly broad applications for public health knowledge and equip MPH candidates with the academic and practical skills they need to be distinguished in their careers. The MPH program changed my way of thinking and made me have a panoramic view on how things go on and what health strategies to think about for different settings.

Wissam Doudar, Palestine, (MPH‐HMP) 2010
Current Position: Emergency Health Specialist, Health Consultant
Lara Kahale, Lebanon, (MS‐EPID) 2015<br />Current Position: Research Coordinator at Department of Internal Medicine at Faculty of Medicine

Before joining the program, I wasn't well aware of many health‐related issues present in our side of the world. The MS‐EPID program introduced me to global health issues and equipped me with tools to think outside the box and to tackle public health concerns with professionalism and competence. I am currently working in the field of Clinical Epidemiology and Methodology and my next aim is to build on these skills and tailor more community‐important fields.

Lara Kahale, Lebanon, (MS‐EPID) 2015
Current Position: Research Coordinator at Department of Internal Medicine at Faculty of Medicine
Moubadda Assi, Lebanon, (MS‐EPID) 2015<br />Current Position: Information Management Officer at World Health Organization

“FHS is the ideal home for capacity building and personality growth. Like any other academic program, the benefits are unlimited, but the uniqueness of what it offers lies in the nurturing policy established by the members of this faculty. Above any other, the ultimate unspoken objective is developing self‐belief and shaping characters. There is so much positivity surrounding the realms of FHS building, which encourages you to be proactive and motivated to maximize your exposure and learning curve during your tenure. In a world that dogmatically pursues binary visualizations and inferences of right and wrong, you are trained to leapfrog this delusion and realize that there is no right way, only a combination of perspectives and ideas where yours matters as well. This is primarily facilitated by the nature of the interactions and exchanges inside and outside classrooms where learning seems to flow bidirectionally.

The MS‐Epidemiology program offers an array of polyvalent aptitudes that guarantee your professional relevance in almost every field. You are trained to gain statistical skills, which are coupled with sound and rigorous scientific methodologies that enable you to have a solid platform in designing studies. In parallel, you are shaped to be constructively critical of the material you come across, which is the primary way through which progress in scientific research occurs. The program prides itself in the cultural diversity of its students, thereby enabling unique exposure to different perspectives that are a reflection of the mixture of different social backgrounds.

The journey is a wholesome experience where one grows in every different aspect. This program helped me become a better data analyst, a better epidemiologist, a better public health professional, but more importantly a better human being.”

Moubadda Assi, Lebanon, (MS‐EPID) 2015
Current Position: Information Management Officer at World Health Organization
Nabil El‐Ayoubi, Lebanon – Venezuela, (MS‐EPID) 2010<br />Current Position: Medical Doctor at Department of Neurology

The paradigm of richness in the heterogeneity of the students, the freedom of thought and expression, the holistic view of all health phenomena, as well as the compassionate health education and practice are among the many important things I learned and enjoyed while at FHS. But above all, the feeling of being at home was the most important asset of the years spent with this great team. As a neurologist undergoing a Subspecialty in Neuroimmunology/Multiple Sclerosis in the Therese and Nehme Tohme MS Center at AUBMC, the greatest pleasure is to see how the skills acquired at FHS helped me contribute in the Department I work at and how it even shaped my way of treating the patients. Thanks to these skills, I am now on the right track to USE AND GENERATE KNOWLEDGE.

Nabil El‐Ayoubi, Lebanon – Venezuela, (MS‐EPID) 2010
Current Position: Medical Doctor at Department of Neurology
Reem Mahmoud, ME in Electrical and Computer Engineering<br />Country: Palestine

I still replay walking into AUB when I was around 7 years old, as my uncle was submitting his Masters’ application; I remember thinking “Wow…”. When I walked into AUB Fall of last year, I entered through the medical gate and realized that the long green lanes from my childhood memory were actually the street that I now stood in, 14 years later.

I am Palestinian, I grew up in Lebanon as a child, and I then moved to Saudi Arabia to complete my elementary school, high school, and undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering (a peculiar field for women, according to what I was told). I fell in love with what I could do and all I got to learn. I had an overwhelming urge to know more, so a Masters at AUB was all I looked forward to. AUB accepted me into the Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate program with a graduate research assistantship (GRA), that fully supported me financially and allowed me to engage in tasks and research that enriched my experience from day one.

As I expected, AUB came to encompass me into a vibrant environment and surrounded me with a set of extraordinary individuals from whom I have learned plenty. AUB pushed me to my limits; I was able to do so much more than I knew I could within only my first semester. I was involved in an active research community and a competitive atmosphere that motivated me to test myself at academic and personal levels. I believe that AUB is not satisfied by just educating me, but I believe AUB has come together in all its aspects to make me today a wiser and more competent me. I am thankful and proud to be a member of such a prosperous institute.

Reem Mahmoud, ME in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Country: Palestine
JadTaha El Baba, MS in Energy Studies<br />Country: Lebanon

I joined the masters in Energy studies during the first year of its launching, the decision certainly came with its own risks. I was fully aware that it was going to be a challenging learning experience for both, us student and the administration alike. But I can confidently say, now, that it was an invaluable experience filled with challenges and opportunities that few teaching programs can offer. The key benefit of the program is its multi-disciplinary aspect, the diversity of thinking, experiences, approaches and methodologies that tackle the energy sector from different angles are extremely important in gaining knowledge and coming up with creative solutions for energy problems. I think that the masters has the potential to grow in a very interesting way especially that the energy sector is evolving rapidly in the region under the new market conditions.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone that was involved in making the program a reality.

JadTaha El Baba, MS in Energy Studies
Country: Lebanon
Ramona Badr, MS in Energy Studies - Country: Lebanon

Success has always been a main goal in my life and in order to fulfill this goal I knew it was essential for me to not only enter a field that is unique and challenging, but also to obtain my master’sdegree from one of the most prestigiousuniversities in the Middle East.That is when Iknew Ineeded to apply to the American University of Beirut.My twoyears in the Energy Studies program at AUBwere among the best years of my life. Why choose the EnergyStudies program?It’s an interdisciplinary program involving multiple departments: engineering, public policy, economicand other social science research perspectives. All that is enough to shape a graduate student into a professional energy leader.

The best thing about this program was the diversity it offered, combining both the science aspect of engineering with the capability to assess challenges from a business and managerial mindset.

By acquiring a MS degree in Energy Studies, I now have the ability to present myself as a science and business trained professional, acquiredvarious desirable work skills that are essential to have in today's competitive job market, specifically in addressingthe complex needs of the region and issues linked to energy development and economies.

Ramona Badr, MS in Energy Studies - Country: Lebanon
Omar El Souki, MS in Energy Studies - Country: Lebanon

My experience as a student in the Masters of Energy Studies program has been unforgettable from the start! This well-tailored program allowed me to bridge the gap between my two interests: petroleum engineering and management. As an energy studies student, I was able to gain an insight on the full spectrum of the energy value chain yet focused my research on a particular topic of interest, optimization in the oil and gas industry. The interdisciplinary nature of this Masters combined with a myriad of student resources provided me with a platform to grow both my internal and external network, giving me the opportunity to meet students, professors and industry leaders with various backgrounds and experiences. Through this program, I was able to sharpen both my analytical skills and my soft skills, which boosted my positing in the recruitment rounds. Prior to graduating, I was fortunate enough to secure a full-time job with one of the leading management consulting firms in the world.

Two other events pertaining the energy studies program that happened during the AUB career fair in Spring 2015 confirming the early success of the masters in energy studies.

The first one was during the recruitment presentation of the Boston Consulting Group, a leader in management consulting and specifically in the oil and gas industry. After introducing myself to a project manager during the presentation, the project manager showed a lot of interest in the energy studies program especially when he learned that it is an interdisciplinary program that bridges technical and non-technical fields. He encouraged me to apply immediately. 

The second one was during the recruitment presentation of A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm ranking among the top 10 in the world. After the presentation, I introduced myself to a partner in the firm, and he was surprised to learn that a program like that is now available at AUB. He was very excited about this masters and not only encouraged me to apply to the firm but also requested that I send him my CV so he can make sure I get an interview.

Omar El Souki, MS in Energy Studies - Country: Lebanon
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