The Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences was established during academic year 1996 by the University of Haifa's authorizing bodies and the Council for Higher Education. Until 2006, the Faculty operated under the name of Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies. At this point the name was changed to Sciences in order to reflect the high disciplinary development undergone by all the departments and schools comprising the Faculty.
Initially, the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences comprised the School of Social Work, the Department of Human Resources, and the Department of Occupational Therapy. The Department of Nursing was established in 1995, the Department of Gerontology in 1999, the Department of Physical Therapy in 2000, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2001, the School of Public Health in 2003, the Department of Community Mental Health in 2005, and the School of Creative Art Therapies in 2008. The Departments of Nursing and Occupational Therapy are joint programs with the Technion and the School of Creative Art Therapies is a joint program with the Faculty of Education at the University of Haifa.