The Faculty of Health Sciences was established in 1974 out of an urgent need to address the special health-care problems of the Negev, where a large and diverse population is dispersed over a wide geographic area.
The Faculty's goals include:
(1) training humane and skilled physicians and medical personnel oriented towards primary care, community service and research
(2) pursuing advanced medical research at the very highest standards
(3) improving health-care delivery in Negev communities while implementing innovative care models.
The Faculty's constellation of educational, research and health-care institutions consists of:
Joyce & Irving Goldman Medical School, including its framework of primary care teaching clinics, community-based outreach programs and medical facilities; MD Program in International Health, extending the Faculty's community mission to include the health of the regional and global community; Leon & Matilda Recanti School for Community Health Professions; School for Medical Laboratory Sciences; School of Pharmacy;
Undergraduate program in Health Systems Management in collaboration with the School of Management; Undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering Sciences;
Graduate programs in Medical Sciences, Sociology of Health, Gerontology, Epidemiology, Public Health and Health-System Management; A network of research and academic Centers promoting studies in specific health related and scientific areas.
The factors that make a difference in the Faculty are:
A fully interdisciplinary approach to both research and clinical care; Deep involvement in the community, including the establishment of a Division of Community Health; A medical school whose innovations in student selection, curriculum and educational methodology have transformed how we train physicians; A close partnership between teaching and research, so that practical questions raised by clinicians are often solved by collaborative research in the basic sciences;
Special programming that integrates students into community work and research from the beginning of their training