5 of the Best Courses to Take at University of the Philippines Manila

Fun fact: Its College of Medicine is the oldest college in the entire UP system!
by Nicole Lindsay Ramos   |  Oct 14, 2022
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If you frequent the district of Ermita, you might have noticed that there are a lot of heritage buildings and structures around, some of which are housed in University of the Philippines Manila (UPM). This public and secular institution is the oldest among all the universities under the UP system. In fact, some of its units such as the College of Medicine and Philippine General Hospital predate the establishment of UP. Its College of Medicine is also the oldest college in the entire UP system, and the first medical college in the country to offer the sought-after shortened medical curriculum called Integrated Arts Medicine (INTARMED) program.

With the help of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the institution has made significant contributions in healthcare improvement as most of their research has served as basis for health-related national policy formation and program planning. Today, UPM is recognized as the country’s premier institution for the health and sciences. Furthermore, a lot of their graduates have also consistently topped and excelled in the licensure examinations administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).


If you’re an aspiring Isko/Iska, below are five of the best undergraduate programs that UPM offers:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy

If you’re interested in helping people live their lives to the fullest, you might want to take UPM’s Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (BSOT). Beyond its usual perceived meaning, “occupation” refers to any activity that adds meaning to a person’s life, and there are some factors that can limit an individual's ability to perform such. Through the use of Outcome-based Education (OBE) approach, the College of Allied Medical Professions (CAMP) will definitely provide you with relevant training to hone your clinical and ethical reasoning. Such reasoning is important to provide effective interventions that can improve your future patient or client’s quality of life.

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  1. Bachelor of Arts in Philippine Arts

Want to immerse yourself in our own culture and history? Consider taking UPM’s Bachelor of Arts in Philippine Arts! If you take this multidisciplinary program, you can opt for cultural heritage or arts management as an area of concentration. Either way, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)’ Department of Arts and Communication (DAC) will equip you with a comprehensive view and detailed analysis of Philippine art in various forms—literary, visual, and performing arts, and aspects of production, promotion, and consumption. Graduates of this program can be an art practitioner, art critic, or museum curator among others.

  1. Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics

If you seek to learn about the principles behind technological innovations, opt for UPM’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics. With UPM’s health-oriented education, their Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics (DPSM) will enable you to learn about the fundamental concepts and principles of physics, as well as its application in health and medicine. Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate an understanding of how health and medical physics-related research can contribute to national development. With an Applied Physics degree, you can also pursue careers in various fields including the academe.

  1. Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (Area Studies)

Another program offered by CAS through its Department of Social Sciences (DSS) is Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences. By taking this multi- and trans-disciplinary program, you can have an in-depth understanding of specific geographical and cultural areas particularly in the Philippines and Asia by utilizing the different social science disciplines of history, politics, economics, geography, anthropology and sociology. Its curriculum also includes elective courses on social science and non-English foreign languages such as Spanish, French, and Bahasa Mandarin. The DSS deemed such courses as an excellent preparation for a career in diplomatic service or in a multicultural work environment.

  1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing

You probably already know that Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is one of the in-demand programs in UPM. If you take this outcome-based, community-oriented, and value-based program, the College of Nursing will definitely develop your competence in providing safe, quality, holistic, and compassionate nursing care. You can also expect that your collaborative skills will be honed as the College prepares you to become a nursing practitioner, manager, and researcher. The College of Nursing is also accredited by the Philippine Professional Regulatory Board of Nursing which signifies the quality of education it provides.


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