The Ponce Health Sciences University is an institution of academic excellence located in Ponce, a city on the southern coast of the tropical island of Puerto Rico.
The institution was founded in 1977 by the Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Two years later, the University decided to phase out the barely established medical program. In January 1980, the Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc., assumed responsibility for the school’s operation. Ponce Health Sciences University graduated its ﬁrst class of 23 students in 1981. Since then, it has operated uninterruptedly and has graduated more than one thousand health professionals.
It offers four academic programs: The Medicine Program (1977); the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (1988); the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (PsyD Program-1999), recently incorporated a PhD in Psychology and a certiﬁcate in couples and family therapy. The Public Health Program (2001) offers three master’s degrees in: public health, environmental health, and epidemiology, and a PhD in epidemiology. All offerings are accredited by their corresponding accreditation agencies.
The Ambulatory Center for Medical Research (CAIMED in Spanish) was initiated in 2001 and is participating in over forty clinical studies aimed at improving the quality of healthcare being offered to our population.
MultiMed Services, an intramural multispecialty ambulatory healthcare center, was inaugurated in 2001. It also serves as a teaching site for clinical clerkships.
Afﬁliations with prestigious educational and scientiﬁc institutions, training programs, and healthcare services (both in the continental
U.S. and in Puerto Rico) have also been established.
The school was chosen by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, Ofﬁce of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, to operate one of 62 Regional Extension Centers (RECs) in the United States, in order to help primary care physicians successfully adopt and implement health information technology.
Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences was acquired by University Ventures Corporation
in September 2014, to operate Ponce Health Sciences University. Unique in mission but global in its vision, University Ventures is developing a global network of afﬁliated health sciences universities and related institutions that are driven by a common and unrelenting commitment to superior student preparation that leads to excellent patient care and discoveries that improve the human condition.