About UP Manila

Welcome to the University of the Philippines Manila, one of seven constituent universities of the UP System and the Philippines' leading university in the health sciences.

The University of the Philippines Manila 

Website: http://www.upm.edu.ph

UP Manila is located in historic Ermita, Manila east of Manila Bay which was UP's birthplace in 1908.

As the Philippines' health science center, UP Manila fulfills its role of improving the health of Filipinos by constantly ensuring the relevance and excellence of its academic programs, generating significant knowledge and technologies through its researches, and rendering varied forms of health, training and extension services to Filipino communities. The programs and services address the priority health concerns of Filipinos and are being undertaken through close partnership and collaboration with the government, policy makers, other health institutions and professional health groups.

The health colleges, units, programs and facilities that comprise UP Manila include the nine degree granting units that offer a total of 25 undergraduate programs and 33 graduate courses; the Philippine General Hospital, the largest government hospital in the country which provides health care services to about half a million patients a year from all over the country and trains hundreds of medical interns, residents and fellows, and students of allied medical professions; the National Institutes of Health, which serves as the coordinating unit for health research programs, projects and activities; and several academic and administrative support offices.

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; the step-ladder curriculum of the School of Health Sciences, its unit based in Leyte south of Manila, which consists of integrated courses on barangay health work, community health work, midwifery, nursing, and community medicine; and recent offerings that include the MS in Medical Informatics and the Diploma in Bioethics, a joint program with UP Diliman's College of Social Science and Philosophy.

For years now, the university's graduates have been occupying positions of leadership in government, private, and nongovernmental institutions and professional organizations where they exercise a great deal of influence and advocacy in determining directions and policies on national health care program planning and implementation.

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.

Researches which exerted the biggest national impact on Philippine health care include several research-based program recommendations generated through the national surveys on blindness and the studies on Hepatitis B, diarrhea, and common parasitic infections, which were adopted by the Department of Health; commercialization of five herbal medicinal formulations (lagundi, yerba buena, tsaang gubat, sambong and akapulko); textbooks and instructional manuals which are also used by other academic institutions; and very recently, the evaluation by NIH of the performance of PhilHealth, the country's national health insurance program .

The excellence of UP Manila's health courses is proven by the consistent 100% passing of its graduates in nearly all health licensure examinations every year, their placement in the top 10/20 posts of each exam, and consistently garnering the highest national passing rate among all health universities and colleges in the country, a feat which has been recognized many times by the Professional Regulation Commission.



Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Vice Chancellor for Research
Director, UP National Institutes of Health

Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development

Vice Chancellor for Administration

Special Assistants to the Chancellor:

Director, National Graduate Office for the Health Professions

Director, Office of Alumni Affairs

Director, Information, Publications and Public Affairs Office

The College of Arts and Sciences

Website: http://cas.upm.edu.ph

The College of Arts and Sciences is the liberal arts college in the Health Sciences Center of the UP System. The College, besides granting degrees of its own in natural, social and behavioral sciences, provides General Education courses to the students of the professional health colleges.

The current dean is Reynaldo H Imperial, PhD, a professor of political science. He is assisted by Prof Gina S Salazar, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and professor of linguistics; Dr Jocelyn C del Mundo, Associate Dean for Planning and Development and professor of behavioral sciences; Prof Josefina J de los Reyes, College Secretary and professor of biology.


The College of Arts and Sciences is an academic leader committed to intellectual excellence in response to international and global strategic challenges.


The College of Arts and Sciences, an accountable and responsible constituent of the University of the Philippines Manila, should continuously engage with relevant stakeholders in the production and deployment of cutting edge knowledge towards increased human capability and agency in teaching, research, community partnerships and advocacy.


CAS has the following major staff offices assisting the Office of the Dean:
  • Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (OADAA)
  • Office of the Associate Dean for Planning and Development (OADPD)
  • Office of the College Secretary (OCS)
The departments providing the teaching to the students are the following:
  • Department of the Arts and Communication
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Behavioral Sciences
  • Department of Physical Education
  • Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • Department of Social Sciences
Aside from the above offices, significant units under the CAS are:
  • College Library
  • Graduate Office
  • Alumni Office
  • Manila Studies Program - a research unit specializing on Manila and urban development and policy and coordinates with NIH and OVCR

Degree Programs

CAS offers the following undergraduate degrees (The acronym that follows each entry pertain to the department handling that program):
  • BS Biochemistry (DPSM)
  • BS Computer Science (DPSM)
  • BS Biology  (DB)
  • BA Behavioral Sciences (DBS)
  • BA Social Sciences (Area Studies) (DSS)
  • BA Development Studies (DSS)
  • BA Political Science (DSS)
  • BA Organizational Communication (DAC)
  • BA Philippine Arts (DAC)
  • Master of Management (Business, Public and Education Tracks)
  • Master of Arts in Health Policy Studies (Co-offered with College of Public Health)
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics (BioInformatics) (Co-offered with College of Medicine)


CAS has a total of three buildings. The main building, Rizal Hall (RH), is on Padre Faura Street, flanked by the Supreme Court buildings. Gusaling Andres Bonifacio (GAB), the annex and houses the biology and biochemistry laboratories, is found inside the RH compound.
The Sports Science and Wellness Center (SSWC), the area of the PE subjects are held, is located on Pedro Gil Street, beside the College of Nursing.

Research and Extension: International Conferences, Short Courses on Applied Health Research and AIDS

As a liberal arts and social science unit, the College boasts a various accomplishments in the areas of teaching, research and extension. Just last year, the College has hosted two international conferences, the 7th Asia Pacific Social Science and Medicine Conference and the 1st International Conference on Myths and Symbols.

This year, aside from other activities, the College has organized two short courses on applied health research, one course on principles of AIDS and STI (with grant from Fogarty International), and will hold another course on research for LGUs, NGOs and health workers.

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