The establishment of the School of Health Sciences (SHS) in Leyte in 1976 was based on the ideas of socially-concerned UPCM faculty who were alarmed by the "brain drain" and the maldistribution of health manpower in the country. SHS aims to produce a broad range of health manpower who will serve the rural communities. It also designs and tests program models for health manpower development that can be replicated in various parts of the country and in other countries as well.
Its unique feature is the step-ladder curriculum–the only one of its kind in the country–which was designed to meet the needs of the rural communities. Here, instead of the usual approach to health science education, the training of a broad range of health manpower from the barangay health worker to the medical doctor is integrated in a single, sequential, and continuous curriculum. Each program lasts from one to more than 10 quarters (one quarter = 11 weeks) and is followed by a service leave of an indefinite period.
This curriculum has been featured in many monographs, journals, magazine articles, and official reports of WHO for serving as a model for shifting health science education from the hospital to the community.
The Step-Ladder Curriculum of SHS
Doctor of Medicine
Certificate in Community Health Nursing
Certificate in Community Health Work