Faculty of Allied Health Sciences (FAHS) is the youngest and the 8th Faculty of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and was established in 2007. Since the medical faculty was not in a position to expand its capacity to conducting these allied health degree programmes under its umbrella, this faculty was inaugurated on the 16th January 2007 at the Old Dental Faculty premises, Augusta Hill, Peradeniya just 1 km away from the main campus.
This faculty is currently offering five 4 year undergraduate degree programs in nursing and allied health sciences for the qualifications of B Sc Nursing, B Sc Physiotherapy, B Sc Medical Laboratory Science, B Pharm (Pharmacy) and B Sc Radiography. The FAHS has 5 departments of study catering for each discipline and conducting courses only in English medium.
The first batch admitted to this faculty (171 students) is now following above courses amidst the fast tracked infrastructure development process of the new faculty in parallel. The first batch is expecting to graduate in June 2011. At present, there are 711 students are following degree programmes on various discipline mentioned above. And, the faculty has made collaboration with national and private hospital authorities to provide hospital based clinical training to their students, accordingly, at present, students of this faculty are undergoing for this training programme. This faculty is functioning within a paradigm of theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills being imparted within the university premises and most hospital based practical training conducted in the nearby state and private run health care institutions ( TH/Kurunegala, Asiri Hospital, Hemas Hospital, Angoda mentel hospital and Maharagama hospital)
The curricula of the FAHS are designed to prepare a new generation of allied health workers whilst assisting the current workforce to adapt to new knowledge to face the new challenges in modern medical practice, where, doctors, nurses, medical laboratory scientists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, radiotherapists and radiographers work in a team for quality health care delivery. Their dedication, training, ability and attitudes form the basis of quality health care.