The University of the Philippines Manila is located in Ermita, Manila, the birthplace of the UP System in 1908. It is where the UP System spent its formative years until its transfer to Diliman, Quezon City in 1948. Much of the evolution of UP as the country’s national university and premier learning center for many disciplines occurred in the Manila campus. As such, the history of UP Manila is entwined with that of the UP System. More so, UP Manila’s historical beginnings also trace back to the founding of its first and oldest college, the College of Medicine, which begun in 1905 as the Philippine Medical School.
Today, UP Manila is home to nine degree-granting units, the National Institutes of Health, the Philippine General Hospital, and several academic and administrative support offices.
As the Philippines' health sciences center, UP Manila is distinguished by pioneering and innovative academic programs, relevant researches that respond to the country’s major health problems, and significant community services that benefit marginalized sectors of people and communities. The programs and services address the priority health concerns of Filipinos and are being undertaken through close partnership with its colleges and units and collaboration with the government, policy makers, other health institutions and professional health groups.
UP Manila develops programs that serve as models and benchmarks of health education and health care in the Philippines. Many of the pioneering curricular programs are offered only in the University even until now, such as the Integrated Arts and Medicine Program (seven-year medical program); Master of Rehabilitation Science; MS in Clinical Audiology; MA in Health Policy Studies; and, the step-ladder curriculum of the School of Health Sciences, which now has three campuses – the main campus in Palo, Leyte, and the two extension campuses in Baler (Aurora) and South Koronadal (Cotabato City).
In research, UP Manila has been pursuing its mandate by generating and disseminating knowledge and technologies that can effectively contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of Filipinos. Its research outputs have greatly influenced the thrusts and directions of national health care programs and have been used as basis for policy formulation and implementation. Recent initiatives in research during the past six years under my administration are meant to provide a more conducive and facilitative atmosphere for research pursuits.
To strengthen its community services, UP Manila is implementing an expanded Community Health and Development Program in San Juan, Batangas, that serves as a common field practicum site for its students. More programs are being implemented to intensify its public service role.
The details of these specific programs and the rest of what define UP Manila as the Philippines' leading health university are what you will find in this website.