Currently, various health ministries and institutions in Arab countries are continuously working on establishing positions for social work in all their medical and health centers. This comes after officials have realized the significance of the social aspect in treatment, and this refers to the efforts of the pioneering social workers who have worked in this field. Ministries and health centers , of all kinds have recognized the importance of medical and rehabilitation social work roles, which led to the establishment of departments for medical social work, similar to the management of medical treatment and preventive medicine, and so on, with specialized medical management departments.

Humans are holistic beings, where the elements of their personality – mental, biological, psychological, and social – constantly interrelate. Any disturbance in one of these elements results from an unsynchronized interaction with the other elements. Moreover, this disturbance leads to a disruption in different aspects and vice versa.

Recognizing human dignity and believing in their value means that we care for the patient not only from a medical perspective but also because they deserve care. It is their right to satisfy their psychological and social needs to benefit from medical treatment positively.

Human beings are the noblest living beings in terms of rank and value among living beings. Medical social work is a tool that confirms this human value. They are a timeless expression of human respect and care for fellow humans, with each individual having special needs. Even though they may share a particular illness or condition with others, they still have individual differences. Therefore, they need a particular type of treatment and specific care and services. Human beings’ social and psychological factors are closely related to illness, and they may even cause it. Thus, medical and psychological treatments should go hand in hand. Medical treatment is only one factor that leads to recovery, but is not the only factor. Neglecting the social and psychological treatment may lead to relapse or failure of medical treatment.

In conclusion, we hope for more attention to be given from the authorities in Arab countries, particularly in Palestine, to the field of medical and rehabilitation social work, and we should learn from the experiences of advanced countries in this field. At the same time, we should acknowledge some outstanding efforts in some Arab countries, where interest, development, support, and progress in this social field play a significant role in treating patients, raising their morale, and integrating them into society. This way, after their recovery, they can become active contributors to the development of their nations.

General Outputs

Enriching the public health sector, private health centers, and relevant social institutions with highly skilled professionals in psychology and social work. They will professionally cooperate with the medical and administrative staff to diagnose patients’ conditions and assist in developing appropriate treatment plans. Recognizing that a patient’s health largely depends on their psychological and social well-being is essential.

Specific Outputs

1. Graduates who possess scientific research skills and have a high ability to conduct medical and rehabilitation social research and studies with great proficiency.
2. Graduates who have skills in dealing with beneficiaries, patients, their families, and medical staff in health and rehabilitation centers.
3. Graduates who are capable of decoding acquired knowledge and applying it in health and rehabilitation fields.
4. Qualified professionals who are capable of connecting medical and rehabilitation social work with the external environment and conducting all necessary external communications.
5. Professionals with the skills to raise awareness of goals and the importance of medical and rehabilitation social work and clarify their role and significance.
6. Graduates who are able to integrate and coordinate efforts among various teams involved in patient care and treatment. Social workers’ role extends to patients and their families and the medical and social groups, including doctors, nurses, and other staff in medical and social centers.
7. Professionals who can pursue further advanced academic studies, such as doing a Ph.D.

The program aims to bridge knowledge gaps and provide practical, preventive, and therapeutic solutions to social science graduates, especially those who work in health and rehabilitation centers. The goal is to equip them with high-level qualifications to play a significant role wherever they are, whether in universities, hospitals, training and rehabilitation centers, etc.

The proposed program aims to achieve the following:

1. Build and develop cognitive capacities and enhance medical and rehabilitation social work research skills.
2. Contribute to a deep understanding of medical and rehabilitation social work, philosophy, and underlying framework.
3. Provide the public and private sectors with medical and rehabilitation social work specialists.
4. Provide practicing social workers with new knowledge and skills in medical, health, and rehabilitation social work.

General Objective:

The program aims to add a distinctive addition to medical and rehabilitation social knowledge and equip Palestinian government and non-government institutions with academically and professionally qualified medical and rehabilitation social work experts.

Specific Objective:

Establishing a specialized master’s program in medical and rehabilitation social work at Palestine Ahliya University that allows graduates to continue their education and obtain a master’s degree. Many undergraduates in Palestine seek to pursue higher education.


Graduates of this program can work in the following areas:

1. Public sector institutions in health, psychological, educational, and social fields.
2. Universities, research centers, and civil society organizations.
3. Private hospitals, medical, rehabilitation, social, and educational centers.


The study plan includes the list of courses offered in the program, along with their numbers.


First: General Rules:


This plan follows the general framework for postgraduate studies programs at Palestine Ahliya University, and applicants should have specific criteria to be accepted to this program, such as having a bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, psychology, or human sciences in accordance with the instructions and decisions of the Higher Education Council.

The MA. A degree in medical and rehabilitation social work will be given upon the completion of all the requirements of the program, including completing the assigned courses and any remedial courses as determined by the Graduate Studies Department. The students also should Complete at least (36) Credit hours with a cumulative GPA of no less than 75%, Prepare a master’s thesis, and pass the thesis.


Second: Remedial Courses:

Students who are enrolled in this program must pass the remedial courses if the committee deems it necessary based on the student’s transcript when applying for the program.

The remedial courses aim to enable graduates of social and psychological sciences to understand the fundamentals of medical and rehabilitation social work. Additionally, these remedial courses aim to equip bachelor’s degree holders in various branches of social sciences who apply for the program with written and spoken English proficiency by passing a global English language proficiency exam such as TOEFL with a minimum score of 80 or its equivalent in similar exams


Third: Course Distribution:


The program requires the completion of (36) Credit hours successfully, as shown below. The courses of the MA. Degrees in Medical and Rehabilitation Social Work are distributed as follows:

The pro:

Compulsory Courses 18 Credits
Elective Courses 12 Credits
The Thesis Track 6 Credits
Total 36 Credits


Compulsory Courses: The student should complete 18 compulsory credit hours, as follows:

Course Number Course Name Cr.H.  
780101 Medical social work philosophy  3  
780103 Training & Supervision in social work 3  
780102 Management of health institutions in social work 3  
780104 Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies 3  
780105 Criticism and evaluation of social studies 3  
780106 Medical and rehabilitative care in social work 3  
Total = 18

Elective Course: The student chooses at least 12 credit hours as elective courses from the following list:

Course Number                 Course Name Cr.H.
780107 Medical psychology 3
780108 Rehabilitation psychology 3
780109 Social organization of the medical institution 3
780110 Principles of Advanced Social Statistics 3
780111 Social policy 3
780112 Special topics in social work 3
780113 Advanced skills in the health field 3
780114 Rehabilitation in the health field 3

Training in health and rehabilitation institutions


780116 Social welfare organizations 3
780117 Thinking and advanced scientific research 3
780118 Electronic social work 3
780200 Comprehensive Exam. 0
780207 Project (Seminar1) 3
710208 Project (Seminar2) 3



Master’s thesis: 6 Credit hours are allocated to the Master’s thesis

Course Number Course Name Cr.H.
780120 Master Thesis    6

Comprehensive Exam: If the student cannot complete the thesis on time, he/ she will switch to the comprehensive exam track. The comprehensive exam is to be done in all compulsory courses and two elective courses. The work accomplished in the thesis is counted as 3 credit hours, or the student can register for the ” Seminar” course, adding 3 additional credit hours to the graduation requirements. Therefore, the graduation requirements for the comprehensive exam track include:

18 compulsory credit hours

12 elective credit hours

6 credit hours in the thesis course / or 6 credit hours in the research project (Seminar).

Compulsory Courses:

  1. Philosophy of Medical Social Work: This course integrates the individual’s four dimensions: physical, psychological, intellectual, and social. It addresses the significance of medical social work, concepts of medical social work, and its significance for patients or disabled individuals, connecting medical institutions with the external community and its organizations. It also covers the foundations of medical social work and the relationship between social workers and all individuals working in the medical field (doctors, nurses, management, all departments, caregivers, etc.).
  2. Training & Supervision in Social Work: This course covers the concept of supervision in social work, its significance, and objectives. It explores the philosophy and characteristics of social work, the main functions of supervision in social work, the principles of the supervision process, essential supervision skills, elements, methods, and techniques. It includes stages of professional development, the foundation of the supervisory, rehabilitative relationship, and supervisory situations. It covers preliminary interview procedures, observation, group and individual supervisory meetings, and field training requirements. It provides typical examples, focusing on evaluative supervisory meetings and supervisory reports.
  3. Management of Healthcare Institutions in Social Work: This course addresses the concept and content of healthcare institution management in social work. It covers healthcare institutions’ principles, foundations, types, and functions, the distinctive relationship between social work and healthcare institutions, and the considerations that necessitate healthcare social work management. It examines the location, development, medical facilities, medical institution and local community, internal departments, service capabilities, healthcare services, their characteristics, and quality. It covers the management and administration of medical social healthcare institutions, aspects of management crisis, and management of change in healthcare institutions.
  4. Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods: This course introduces students to quantitative and qualitative scientific research’s nature, significance, and steps. It seeks to equip students with the necessary skills and fundamental knowledge for conducting quantitative and qualitative scientific research. Students are required to conduct operational research and stick to scientific methodology.
  5. Critique and Evaluation of Social Studies: This course aims to review, analyze, and evaluate several social and psychological studies in health and rehabilitation. This allows students to become acquainted with various recent rehabilitation studies, consider them methodologically, and compare what they learn in the academic courses with real-life practices. They are required to discuss this information and their impressions and do reports.
  6. Medical and Rehabilitation Care in Social Work: This course includes theories and factors related to illness, the psychological and social effects of illness, preventive measures, socially oriented diseases, the functional roles of social workers in the health field, the development and evolution of social and medical care for disabled people in terms of growth and objectives of social and medical care for disabled people, the magnitude of the disability problem and its definition, causes and types, the needs and rehabilitation of disabled people in terms of their needs and care programs, vocational rehabilitation for disabled people, and the functional roles of social workers in the rehabilitation area.


Elective Courses:

  1. Health Psychology: This course covers psychological theories, scientific psychological discoveries, and methods such as psychotherapy, behavioral modification, life therapy, family and interpersonal therapy, and cognitive techniques to improve the physical and mental health of patients without medical treatment.
  2. Rehabilitation Psychology: This course aims to introduce students to rehabilitation psychology theories and the factors influencing chronic illnesses and disabilities. It focuses on psychological adaptation methods and reducing adverse effects and disabilities in the lives of individuals and families receiving care.
  3. Social Organization of Medical Institutions: This course covers medical institutions as social organizations, the concept of medical institutions, the relationship between the framework of social work and medical institutions, and the considerations that make social work integration essential in medical institutions. It also addresses the foundations of working within the framework of medical social work, organizing and managing medical social work, and the relationship between medical social work and medical staff members. It explores the challenges medical social workers face in institutions, whether related to patients, medical institutions, cultural and economic limitations of the environment, or the social work profession itself.
  4. Advanced Social Statistics Principles: This course covers data classification and presentation principles and foundations. It emphasizes the significance of quantitative data and theories of their performance. Students have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in this course. The course also involves studying statistical concepts’ logic, application, and interpretation in the social sciences, including descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation, hypothesis testing, statistical symbols, and data.
  5. Social Policy: This course deals with social policy concepts, components, and processes. It analyzes the theoretical backgrounds and influences that affect policy development and implementation. It also examines policies concerning phenomena, issues, and population development. Additionally, it compares the concept of social policy in different countries and societies.
  6. Special Topics in Social Work: This course covers topics of particular importance in medical and rehabilitation social work. The chosen topics address social problems with a priority during the course. As a result, students delve deeply into the medical and rehabilitative social work position towards these social issues.
  7. Advanced Skills in the Health Field: This course provides social work specialists with historical knowledge of the social activities in the health field, leading to professional training based on scientific professionalism. It introduces the profession, its activities, characteristics, objectives, bases, and components contributing to the success of social work practice in the health field. Students learn about social work in terms of definition, goals, and elements of preventive social work, as well as the cost of healthcare for individuals and the community.
  8. Rehabilitation in the Health Field: This course covers rehabilitation, its concepts, and significant ideas in the health field. It defines and explains the concept of rehabilitation and distinguishes it from treatment. It explores the philosophy of rehabilitation, the historical evolution of care and rehabilitation of disabled individuals, types of rehabilitation, comprehensive rehabilitation, contemporary principles and foundations, and the relationship between rehabilitation and special education. It also delves into the economic eligibility for rehabilitating the disabled and the factors contributing to developing rehabilitation services. Additionally, it studies rehabilitation teams and rehabilitation in Arab countries.
  9. Practicum in Health and Rehabilitation Institutions (Remedial): This course aims to familiarize students with several social institutions, health centers, and rehabilitation centers. Furthermore, it allows students to understand the social worker’s role in these institutions and their effectiveness. Students can compare the actual services with what they learn in academic courses and discuss this by writing reports.
  10. Social Welfare Organizations: This course covers the essential modern organizational principles, foundations, and theories related to work and social welfare institutions. It addresses the specific features of these institutions and their employees. The course also focuses on the hierarchy of work methods and management of welfare institutions in Palestinian society.
  11. Advanced Thinking and Scientific Research: This course investigates deeply the concept of logical thinking and scientific research, presenting various scientific and theoretical methods proposing approaches and interpretations of social phenomena and processes. It also clarifies the relationship between social theory and its usage in the theoretical analysis framework. It allows students to apply what they learn in this course.
  12. E-Social Work: This course explores the ethics, objectives, theoretical foundations, and various Apps for using information and communication technology at all levels of e-social work practice. It examines the features, benefits, drawbacks, success indicators, life cycle, and citizenship and democracy in e-societies. The course also covers e-prevention and therapy in terms of its definition, objectives, forms, beneficiaries, characteristics, criteria, activities, strategies, and skills. It discusses group work online, provides examples and Apps in e-social work, and electronic empowerment for social workers through field studies in youth care.

The number of credit hours for each course, which are necessary to complete the requirements of graduation, and clarifying  whether they are theoretical or practical:

The number of Credit hours assigned for each course is (3), except for the thesis, which is (6) credit hours. All courses include scientific, research, and applied components according to the nature of the course and where applicable.

Academic  Plan: The distribution of courses during the four semesters:


First year/ Thesis Track or Comprehensive Exam

First Semester Second Semester  
Course No. Course Name



Course No. Course Name Cr.H.
780101 Medical Social Work Philosophy 3 780102 Management of Health Institutions in Social Work 3  
780103 Training & Supervision in Social Work 3 780104 Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods 3  
Elective Requirement 3 Elective Requirement 3  
Total 9 Total 9  


Second year/ Thesis Track
First Semester Second Semester
Course No. Course Name Cr.H. Course No. Course Name Cr.H.
780205 Critique and Evaluation of Social Studies 3 780206 Medical and Rehabilitative Care in Social Work 3
Elective Course 3 Elective Course 3
780120 Thesis 1 3 780120 Thesis 2 3
                   Total 9                      Total 9


Second year/ Comprehensive Exam Track
First Semester Second Semester
Course No. Course Name Cr.H. Course No. Course Name Cr.H.
780205      Critique and               Evaluation of Social Studies 3 780206 Medical and Rehabilitative Care in Social Work 3
Elective Course 3 Elective Course 3
780207 Seminar 1 780207 Seminar 2 3
3 780200 Comprehensive exam 0
Total 9 Total 9


Program Admission Requirements:

  1. Applicants should have  a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, or any other related humanities field with at least a good grade, in accordance with the instructions and decisions of the Higher Education Council.
  2. Applicants should Successfully pass the interview with the program committee.
  3. Applicants should have approval of the program committee in case the number of applicants exceeds the program’s capacity.
  4. Applicants should do some remedial courses in case his/ her first degree is outdated or does not cover some basic knowledge.
  5. Master’s degree in Medical and Rehabilitation Social Work will be granted after fulfilling the following requirements:

a. Fulfilling the requirements stated in the instructions of the Master’s program at Palestine Ahliya University.


b. Doing the assigned remedial courses by the Department of Graduate Studies.


c. Studying at least (36) credit hours and passing them with a GPA of no less than 75%.


d. Preparing a Master’s thesis and passing its defense.


The target groups for the proposed program are:

  1. Graduates with excellent academic performance in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, or related fields.
  2. Employees of the Ministry of Health, health institutions, counseling centers, and healthcare organizations.
  3. Employees of the public and private sectors of the educational field.
  4. Employees in the private healthcare sector and non-governmental health organizations.
  5. Employees in governmental and non-governmental social and psychological institutions.


Assessment and Evaluation
The Lowest Grade. % The Highest Grade. % Grading Scale
90 100 Excellent
80 89 Very Good
75 79 Good
74.9  or less Fail