About the Faculty of Health Sciences
The Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is dedicated to excellence in the education and training of doctors and medical professionals, as well as to excellence in medical research of all kinds. The mission of the FOHS is to educate medical professionals who consider patients holistically, within their familial, social and cultural contexts. This unique community-centered approach is evident in our applicant screening process, which is based on individual interviews, in student involvement in community health projects, and in the curriculums of our various schools and programs, emphasizing the bio-psycho-social approach.
Advanced world-class scientific research at the Faculty's research departments and centers, clinical divisions, and schools encompasses a broad range of topics and fields – from basic science to the clinical. The scope of activities at the FOHS encompasses medicine in the widest sense, characteristic of our comprehensive and humanistic understanding of sickness and health.
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Since its establishment in 1973, the Faculty of Health Sciences has done much to improve health services in the Negev by raising the clinical and academic standards of community clinics, establishing new services, and designing new programs to promote health, prevent diseases and improve the availability and accessibility of the various services.
At present, the FOHS has about 3,000 enrolled students. 30% of these are studying for graduate degrees and conducting research in our various departments and programs. Graduates of the FOHS are recognized and valued throughout Israeli healthcare systems, as well as abroad, for their high level of professional training and for their unique humanistic approach to patients.
The FOHS is currently leading a comprehensive strategic planning process involving all units of the Faculty. The aim of the process is to formulate and implement the faculty's vision, mission and strategic focus areas for the next 15 years.