Message from The Dean

You are warmly welcomed to the Faculty of Health Sciences

The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) is the premier Open and Distance Learning institution in Sri Lanka facilitating lifelong learning. The Faculty of Health Sciences is one of the six Faculties of the OUSL. The mission of the Faculty of Health Sciences is to promote lifelong learning by facilitating learner-centred open and distance education opportunities in health and allied health sciences, with quality teaching and innovative research leading to excellence in collaborative professional practice.

The Faculty of Health Sciences was established in 2015 as the fifth Faculty of the Open University of Sri Lanka. It was an upgrade of the Department of Health Sciences of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, that had initiated the first-ever undergraduate degree programme in Nursing in Sri Lanka through Distance Education, for Registered Nurses in 1994 with the assistance of the Athabasca University, Canada.

We, as a relatively new Faculty, cater mainly for the health professionals who are working in the public and private health sectors to upgrade their diploma level qualifications to the degree level. Medical Laboratory Scientists/Technologists, Nurses and Pharmacists can upgrade their existing diploma level qualifications to Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences Honours degree, Bachelor of Science Honours in Nursing degree and Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours degree, respectively. Further, the Faculty of Health Sciences has launched the Bachelor of Science Honours in Psychology degree which is open for school levers and the relevant professionals with three (03) Pass grades in one sitting at the G.C.E. A/L examination, in any stream of study. Further, the Faculty has launched Master of Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degree programmes in 2022, which are the first-ever postgraduate degree programmes in the public sector for nurses. More information about these 04-degree programmes and postgraduate programmes can be viewed from the respective Departments’ web pages. All the courses were designed with course materials, online support, practical classes, and limited face to face classes which enable you to study at a distance even while you are working.

On behalf of the Faculty of Health Sciences, I invite you to register for our programmes for a very nominal fee, but you will receive high-quality education through well qualified permanent and visiting staff panel with true public university culture. Being a government University (OUSL) degree holder, you will open up your future higher education pathway not only in Sri Lanka but also in many other countries all over the world.

To see the difference, join the Faculty of Health Sciences and become a world-renowned graduate!!!


Dr. B. Sunil S. De Silva,
Dean / Senior Lecturer in Nursing,
Faculty of Health Sciences,
The Open University of Sri Lanka,
Nawala, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka.
Telephone: +94 11 2881075

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