The Faculty of Allied Health Sciences (FAHS) of the University of Ruhuna was established in September 2017. Initially, it was started in the Faculty of Medicine as Allied Health Sciences Degree Programme (AHSDP) to provide undergraduate studies in the disciplines of Medical Laboratory Science and Nursing in 2008, and Pharmacy in 2010. The need for such undergraduate degree programmes were felt for several decades in the health sector of the country, which increasingly demanded highly trained individuals to cope with the trends in modern healthcare system. These degree programmes have been commenced with the aim of producing graduates suitable for employment nationally and internationally.
This is the only FAHS located in Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The faculty now has three departments offering four-year degrees namely, Bachelor of Science Honours in Medical Laboratory Science, Bachelor of Science Honours in Nursing and Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours. Dean’s office, Departments of Pharmacy and Medical Laboratory Science are located at Uluvitike (about 6 km from Galle city) and Department of Nursing is located at Teaching Hospital, Mahamodara temporarily, until the construction of buildings at Walahanduwa (Galle) is completed.
Many academic staff members of these departments have foreign and local postgraduate qualifications. In addition to the permanent academic staff members, all the departments employ temporary academic staff members as assistant lecturers and demonstrators for supporting the academic activities of the departments. The permanent non-academic staff members who work in all the departments and the office of the Dean of the faculty provide services for the smooth running of all the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes of the faculty.
All three-degree programmes are conducted in English medium and each degree programme consists of 120 credits. The curricula have been designed for four years complying with Sri Lanka Qualification Framework (SLQF) guidelines with essential components including individual research projects and appropriate training programmes (hospital, clinical, community and industrial).
The FAHS, University of Ruhuna intends to commence several new undergraduate degree programmes and postgraduate degree programmes relevant to health sciences in near future.