Congratulations on being selected to study at The Premier Innovative University of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Region. This University provides a quality academic environment for learning, friendship, sporting, religious, and other activities. In return the University requires self-discipline, and commitment to achieve success in your studies.

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is a large School which is responsible for the training of Doctors, Dentists, Medical Laboratory Technicians, Pharmacists, Radiographers, Nursing Specialists, and Postgraduate Health Professionals. The School caters for Papua New Guinean students, as well as students from the Pacific Islands and other parts of the world. The academic staff are highly qualified in their respective areas, and are committed to training high quality health professionals for the nation and the Pacific Region. The School expects students to perform at a very high standard, which will be confirmed by your commitment and academic performance.

The public expects high standards of personal and professional work ethics and behaviour from its health professionals. The School has a responsibility to develop and nurture those qualities in its students, and does not tolerate unprofessional and unethical behaviour. Students are required to exhibit self-discipline, and commitment to their studies. The curricula that are offered by the School vary with the programs that are offered. The MBBS program is based on Problem Based Learning (PBL), while other programs are taught traditionally.

The Port Moresby General Hospital is a teaching hospital which plays a major role in the training of our students. Students are expected to behave professionally at all times, particularly towards patients, staff, and its facilities, while engaged at the hospital. Every student who is accepted to study at the School can overcome the challenges that are part of their professional training. You can become our future leaders who have the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to meet the health service needs of the nation’s rural and urban communities. Your performance in the Science Foundation Year Course will determine your eligibility to study medicine at our School, and enable you to select your specific program of study.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought many personal and community health and safety protocols with the “Niupela Pasin”. I am proud to say that, in keeping with the Port Moresby General Hospital’s directives, all of our practical students have been vaccinated. Please show your maturity and community responsibility and get vaccinated, to protect yourself, your family, your fellow students, and the University Community.

Professor Nakapi Tefuarani
Executive Dean
School of Medicine and Health Sciences