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General Information

  1. Classification of the institution: Co-educational
  1. Academic year calendar: semester and trimester
  1. Degrees Conferred:

Associate Degrees




Post Bachelorís Certificates


Graduate Certificates




Doctor of Philosophy


Doctor in Public Health


First Professional Degrees ( Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy )


Post Doctoral Certificates in Clinical Sciences

  1. Academic Structure:

The Medical Sciences Campus is the only campus of the University of Puerto Rico system specialized in health sciences. It is composed of the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry, the Faculty of Biosocial Sciences and Graduate School of Public Health, the School of Pharmacy, the College of Health Related Professions and the School of Nursing. Three support deanships i. e., Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Administration, assist the Chancellor and the schools in daily operations. The School of Nursing and the College of Health Related Professions  (CHRP) offer different undergraduates programs.  This CHRP includes 3 associate degrees and 8 bachelorís degrees. Also these Schools and others as the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry and the Graduate School of Public Health offer a total of 53 graduate programs

  1. The Library

The University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus Library is the main health sciences information resource in the island and the most complete collection of its kind in the Caribbean. The Puerto Rican Collection contains unique and valuable information about the history and development of the health sciences in Puerto Rico. One of the most important is the Bailey K. Ashford Collection. The Medical Sciences Campus Library is a resource of the Library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and it is also member of the Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries (CONBLS). The health information databases may be accessed through the campus web page .

Library Collections


Resources Number
Monographic Titles 43,383

Journal Titles

Graphic Material 519
Audio Cassettes 217
Motion Pictures and Videos 1,504
Databases 17
Professional Staff 11
Support Staff 20
  1. Computer Facilities

    CompuCentro is the computer services and information unit of the Deanship for Academic Affairs. The Center holds several activities through the year from which users may select, depending on their needs: workshops, formal courses, small group teaching, one-on-one teaching and others similar activities. The facilities of CompuCentro consist of two distinctive areas: a two room PC technology section used for training and/or independent work; and electronic classroom section, dedicated to formal courses and/or specialized training. Also each school has a computer center for these students and faculty members.


  2. Some Special Facilities

    Animal Resources Center is responsible for the daily care of all animals used for teaching and research at the Medical Sciences Campus.

     Caribbean Primate Research Center consists of three facilities with close to 2,000 rhesus monkeys available for biomedical and behavioral research. It has the worldís largest collection of complete nonhuman primate skeletons for osteological research. 

     The Institute of Neurobiology of the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus is an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary research facility devotes to and equipped for the study of excitable cells and the neurobiology systems formed by them.

    Puerto Rico Cancer Center is an integral component of the Medical Sciences Campus and comprises programs of basic research, clinical research, medical care education, and community services. It also includes the Islandwide Cancer Management System.

    The Natural Products Laboratory screens natural products for potential anti-HIV, anticancer, and anti-malarial bioactives. Through the National Institutes of Health Research Centers for Minority Institutions grant, an AIDS Screening Laboratory was established in house, being the only one of its kind in the Caribbean and Latin America.

     The Drug Information Center of the School of Pharmacy is the only existing drug information service available to health care professionals in Puerto Rico, and one of the best of its kind in Latin America.

    Title X Family Planning Program provides comprehensive health services for women and men of reproductive age throughout Puerto Rico. The University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, Graduate School of Public Health has been a Title X grantee since July 1969. In 1982, it was designated the sole Title X grantee within the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

     The School of Pharmacy and the School of Dentistry are the only schools in Puerto Rico that offer academic degrees in Pharmacy and Dentistry. 

The Graduate School of Public Health and the College of Health Related Professions offer some academic degrees that are unique in Puerto Rico. The first offers Doctorate in Public Health and Masters in Public Health and Masters of  Science with specialty  in Epidemiology, Demography and Evaluation Research , Health Services Administration and others. The last offers Masters of Science with specialty in Audiology, Health Information Administration and Physical Therapy and Bachelor in Occupational Therapy and others.



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