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Tripoli, Lebanon

Program Description

This course will provide an insight into Lebanon’s vast cultural, ethnic, religious, geographic, and linguistic diversities. Students will get to visit beautiful places in Lebanon through different field trips to learn about this diversity along with the country's ancient history. These visits will include museums, different places of worship, historical landmarks, and nature attraction locations.

The course will also introduce the students to the major public health challenges that the populations face and assess the determinants of health that are influencing the well-being of refugees/underserved communities in Lebanon.  

Finally, the course will offer the students an opportunity to compare the structure of the healthcare system in Lebanon to that of the United States.

Location Description

Classroom Main Location: University of Balamand (UOB), Tripoli City, Lebanon. UOB empowers scholars to become professionals and build successful careers. The university welcomes all students and does not discriminate based on religion, race, sex, nationality or physical disability. UOB will provide JMU students with a classroom that is equipped with all that is required to have a great learning experience. JMU students will also be offered access to the computer lab and the library along with their resources (internet, printing services, etc).

Aside form the in-class learning, JMU students will have an opportunity to visit various places in Lebanon. UOB will help organize these visits by providing a route guide and all means of transportation.

Field Site Visit 1:
Students will visit the Syrian refugees/underserved communities to understand the major health determinants that are impacting this population and to fully identify their needs. They will become aware of the role that the public health professionals play to help/support these communities.

Field Site Visit 2:
Students will have the opportunity to visit a hospital in Lebanon to compare the structure of the healthcare system in Lebanon to that of the United States.

Field Site Visit 3:
Students will get to experience Lebanon's diversity through this 3rd field site visit. They will visit different places in Lebanon to understand its vast cultural, religious, linguistic, and ethnic diversities. This visit will extend for 2 days and include different places of worship, museums, historical landmarks, and nature attraction locations.


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Students Residence: UOB will provide our JMU students with fully furnished dorms in a modern student housing facility. Each of the dorm rooms will accommodate 2 students. This facility strives to offer an experience-led accommodation and places much emphasis on providing exceptional customer service. The community in which the facility is located is very safe and located proximal to the University Campus (walking distance).

This residence is located on the top of “The Balamand Hill" with a panoramic view covering the mountain all the way to the sea.

The housing provides a core of services for its residents.

• Rooms equipped with a telephone, bed, mattress, closet, desk & chair; heating unit, air-condition, book shelves, private baths in each room, Internet access, and hot water all day long.

• Two communal kitchens on each floor which have an oven, fridge, microwave and an eating space to share meals with the other residents.

• Beautiful Garden (First Floor), 2 Study rooms and lounges (Ground Floor), 2 TV rooms, Computer lab (Ground Floor), Vending machines (Ground Floor), Laundry room (Basement), Tennis table, Music Room

• Guards are available on Campus & the dorms 24/7.

There are 2 options for students to receive meals:

Option 1: The School of Tourism and Hotel management will be happy to accommodate the breakfast and Lunch needs of the students at the School’s restaurant within the University. A monthly stipend would be provided to this school.


Option 2: Students can attain food from the numerous restaurants that are at a walking distance from the University's campus.

Additional Items to Consider

•  Campus Bus passes by the dormitories every 15 minutes.
•  Taxis are always available by the University main gate.

Visa Status:

Visas are not required to enter Lebanon and stay for 4 weeks. The American passport is sufficient.

Vaccinations and medical exams:

Lebanon requires ALL travelers from the US, regardless of their vaccination status, to undergo PCR tests before traveling to Lebanon, with no more than 96 hours from the time that their test result is issued to their time of arrival in Beirut (Lebanon's capitol) until further notice.

Other Vaccines:

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, and Measles vaccines are recommended but not mandatory.

Communication with the USA:

It is best if the students download Whatsapp in order to communicate with their families in the USA as they are completing the 4 weeks- course in Lebanon.


North Lebanon where students will be residing is a very safe community; furthermore, University of Balamand also provides extra safety measures through the strong security system it has.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

No foreign language needed

Prerequisite: HTH 101

Junior or senior status

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay
  • Interview with Program Director 

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


HTH 391: Special Topics In Health Sciences (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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