Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

The program utilizes the theories and methods of anthropology, psychology, and sociology to engage in a holistic and transdisciplinary study of human behavior. Behavior is viewed as a product of the dynamic interplay between biology, individual choice, and social and historical influences. To provide students with a broad, systematic, and transdisciplinary understanding of human behavior, it examines the biological, psychological, cultural, and socio-political factors that influence such behavior. The program stresses the mastery of key behavioral science concepts; exposure to significant behavioral science theories drawn from psychology, sociology, and anthropology; and the development and utilization of rigorous investigation, observation, and research skills common to the behavioral sciences. The program provides practical knowledge and skills with enduring career applicability.

Upon completion of the program, students are expected to:
1. Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skills in behavior analysis and behavior change such as community diagnosis, intervention and advocacy, psychological evaluation and therapy, and/or human resources management;
2. Demonstrate a high level of creative and critical thinking in analyzing and solving issues at the personal, organizational and societal levels;
3. Participate actively in the generation of new knowledge such as engagement in self-directed research endeavors;
4. Demonstrate a high level of service orientation, professionalism, and leadership skills in the practice of the profession; and
5. Display a nationalist, ethical, gender, and culturally sensitive orientation in diverse local and global settings.

Development Studies is a multi-disciplinary field of study that includes an understanding of the economic, political, social, technological and cultural aspects of social change especially in underdeveloped and developing countries. It contributes to policy-making by seeking solutions and strategies to address problems and obstacles to genuine human development. These issues are examined within a historical, comparative and international perspective, taking into accounts the country's specific circumstances, history and culture.

The graduates of Development Studies easily find careers in the undertaking and supervision of socio-economic projects both in the local and international scenes, in government institutions, Foreign Service, non-government organizations and in the academe.

The program also offers opportunities in business, particularly in the fields of economic and financial analysis and managerial work. It could also serve as a preparatory course for taking up law studies and community medicine. Cognizant of the global and local patterns of change and continuity in the realms of economics, politics and culture, the Development Studies Program considers it as an imperative to adapt to this prevailing condition in order to remain relevant and engaged in its pedagogy, research and public service. These emerging conditions necessitate the retention of original subjects as well as the inclusion of new ones which are both critical in producing development scholars and workers who are holistic, critical, creative, community-oriented, nationalist, and internationalist.

At the end of the program, graduates are envisioned to be able to:
1. Apply theoretical foundations in analyzing Philippines and Third World realities.
2. Demonstrate research and communication skills for development work with the aid of appropriate information and communication technologies.
3. Advocate nationalist and community-based development in scholarship and practice.
4. Employ learnings from the development experience of other countries for community and policy development in the Philippines.
5. Contribute to the improvement of marginalized communities through advocating participatory development

This program seeks to address the ever-increasing demand for expertise in modern communication as related to organizations in the Philippines.

This program seeks to address the ever-increasing demand for expertise in modern communication as related to organizations in the Philippines.

At the end of the program, graduates are envisioned to be able to:
1. Demonstrate effective, persuasive, and strategic communication in a multi-cultural, organizational context;
2. Advocate ethical communication, as well as media and information literacy (MIL), in the workplace;
3. Engage in continuing education and other forms of professional development in the various fields of organizational communication; 4. Adopt organizational communication practices rooted in “Filipino historical and cultural heritage” (based on RA 7722) balanced with international perspectives;
5. Lead organizations in communication campaigns;
6. Collaborate in local and global organizational communication projects and advocacies

The program focuses on the study of Philippine art within the context of national culture and history, with special attention to its contribution to the definition and formation of a national identity and the role it plays in social transformation.

The program provides rich sources of information and insights into Filipino consciousness and values that are essential to the student’s appreciation of his/her cultural heritage and understanding of himself/herself and his/her relationship with society.

At the end of the program, graduates are envisioned to be able to:
1. Demonstrate the values derived from the study of Philippine Arts that are contributory to the continuous formation of a national identity amidst cultural diversity.
2. Effect a sense of civic pride that translates as social change through culture and the arts, while maintaining sensitivity to and respect for cultural differences.
3. Demonstrate strong ethical grounding as a cultural heritage professional.
4. Engage in continuing education and other forms of professional development in the practice of the arts and art management.
5. Practice effective communication in art research, criticism, production, and management.
6. Create art pieces that demonstrate knowledge of artistic mediums and traditions.
7. Collaborate with government and non-government institutions in policy-related work on cultural heritage preservation and conservation programs.
8. Curate art exhibits, cultural heritage projects, and cultural events including programs integrating art and health.

The program is multidisciplinary and covers the traditional study of politics, emerging issues on health social sciences, Islamic and other religious movements, peace and conflict resolution, human rights, gender studies, sustainable development and the organizing, ethics to people’s diplomacy, from the static approach to the civil society approach. The program offers opportunities in law, teaching, research, advocacy, and foreign service and international affairs.

At the end of the program, graduates are expected to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities, and attitudes and values:
1. Compare and contrast the major concepts, theories and methods in political science (Knowledge)
2. Design and execute research using rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods guided by appropriate theories or conceptual frameworks (Skills and abilities)
3. Demonstrate written, visual and oral presentation skills to produce and present analytical skills (Skills and abilities)
4. Critique and respond to current issues and problems based on substantive understanding of the historical and contemporary developments in the national and global contexts (Skills and abilities)
5. Be predisposed towards ethical political involvement and practice in various forms and on different levels of engagement (Attitudes and values)

The program is a multi- and trans-disciplinary program that studies specific geographical and cultural areas, in particular the Philippines and Asia, utilizing the different social science disciplines of history, politics, economics, geography, anthropology, and sociology. The program prepares the students for careers in teaching, research, policy studies, advocacy works, and employment in NGOs, government and private offices, and in the civil society sector.

It is also very good preparation for law school and graduate studies in any field of the social sciences. With its extensive social science preparation and basic knowledge of a non-English foreign language, the degree also serves as excellent preparation for a career in the diplomatic service or in a multi-cultural work environment.

At the end of the program, students are envisioned to be able to:
1. Demonstrate proficiency in Filipino, Asian, and some Western history and heritage by conducting comparative studies
2. Apply multi-disciplinal and multi-cultural approaches in conducting research on social issues. (e.g. as researchers, as urban planners, as Asian specialists, as International Studies and Foreign Service experts, as academicians, as Juris Doctors, or as medical doctors, among others)
3. Utilize Social Science disciplines in the analysis of Philippine issues in an Asian and global context in the practice of their profession
4. Communicate effectively multi-disciplinal and analytical study outputs to relevant stakeholders especially to the non-academic audiences in ways that ensure real-world impact
5. Exhibit ethical and social sense of responsibility as Filipino citizens having a holistic and dynamic view as inculcated in the Area Studies approach
6. Attain Filipino national identity and civic consciousness, as Area Specialists, in relation to other nations through studies on various aspects of Asia

This aims to provide the students with a broad and adequate training in physics as a foundation for careers in applied or interdisciplinary sciences like electronics, computing, biophysics, superconductivity, thin film processes, liquid crystals, geophysics, and physics chemistry.

At the end of the program, the student should be able to:
1. Apply theoretical, computational, and experimental physics in a workplace;
2. Conduct research related to health and medical physics that contribute to national development;
3. Advance towards higher knowledge and experience requisite to assuming a leadership role in the health and medical physics profession;
4. Collaborate with members of the health and medical physics community and representatives from related health and safety professions;
5. Synthesize and effectively communicate scientific information in both English and Filipino; and
6. Act in recognition of professional, social, and ethical responsibility.

This is a degree program that provides students an understanding of physiological processes at the molecular level.

A student graduating from the BS Biochemistry programme should be able to:
1. Demonstrate mastery of fundamental scientific principles and a command of basic knowledge underlying Biochemistry/Chemistry.
2. Apply appropriate laboratory techniques and skills, including the utilization of modern equipment in the practice of Biochemistry/Chemistry.
3. Interpret qualitative and quantitative data in a scientific study.
4. Communicate significant scientific results of a study clearly and concisely by written, verbal and/or graphical means.
5. Relate basic knowledge of Chemistry and Biochemistry to practical applications.
6. Integrate moral, ethical and social responsibilities as a Filipino citizen to the practice of the profession

The program aims to develop individuals equipped with scientific competence for future professional study and the social conscience that will motivate them to continuously seek ways and means to improve the living conditions of the Filipino people through science and technology.

BS Biology Program is structured to meet the needs of professional biologists who:
1. can be employed in government and private institutions and other agencies where scientists with biological expertise are needed.
2. conduct researches in the various areas of biology.
3. undertake post graduate education in Biology and allied fields.

This is a degree program that provides a solid technical background and experience in real systems to enable the students to handle various aspects of systems development, data management, and scientific computing. It further aims to produce highly capable graduates who will provide manpower expertise in developing software systems and databases for health institutions, biomedical computing, health informatics, and other computer industries and businesses.

Program Outcomes for BS Computer Science:
1. Incorporate the latest developments in Computer Science and Information Technology in the design of software systems for various applications
2. Create innovative solutions through research and development projects in Computer Science
3. Exhibit moral, ethical and social responsibilities as a professional and as a Filipino citizen
4. Work collaboratively in teams
5. Communicate computing solutions effectively


Graduate Programs

The improvement of the health status of their population is a major priority goal of all governments. Through the application of appropriate health technology and the use of sound management principles, health care systems aim to combat diseases, prevent premature death and disability, and improve the quality of life. However, despite considerable progress in terms of new theories and advance technology in the past decades, old problems continue to persist. In the Philippines, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases together with cardio-vascular diseases and new problems like the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), remain the major threats to the health of the population. But poverty and limited resources constrain government efforts from achieving desirable health objectives. Insufficient budget allocation for health services result in an unhealthy workforce with low productivity. Poverty also limits access to health services and quality case. The reliance on imported, sophisticated and costly technology and the low regard for traditional medicine cause further strain on limited resources.

Health professionals and practitioners involved in the health delivery systems find their efforts frustrated by the socio-economic and politico-administrative conditions in the environment. In the Philippines, the devolution of the health function to the local government units has decentralized the health policy process. At this point, more and more health specialists are beginning to realize the need for a broader understanding of the social context within which they operate. Health technology alone is not sufficient to address these multifarious concerns. These issues are best tackled at the level of policy. Health policy is concerned with the allocation of scarce resources, the structures and processes of governance which allocate these resources, and the tradition and culture of the people who are the ultimate beneficiaries of health care.

The contribution of sound policies in the pursuit of better health is well recognized. For this reason, a number of countries like Great Britain, the United States, and Thailand have instituted research and academic programs on health policy. They recognize the need for leaders and managers in health to be supported by appropriate management skills and research-based knowledge to arrive at rational decision making.
The Master of Management (MM) degree program currently being offered has three areas of competencies: Public Administration, Business Management, and Educational Management. Approved during the 1131st meeting of the U.P. Board of Regents held on 27 May 1999, the MM serves as an umbrella program to highlight the varied specialism of the faculty of the Department of Social Sciences.
Health informatics covers the organization and management of information in the areas of patient care, research and administration. It focuses on the structuring of health data and knowledge to support data analysis and decision making in medicine and health care with the use of information systems. It covers a wide spectrum of applications, from computer-based patient records in general practices and hospitals to electronic communication between health care providers, from signal analysis and image processing to decision support systems. Effective delivery of health care requires correct decision making on proper management of health information.

The MSHI program has two tracks: bioinformatics(handled by the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics) and medical informatics (handled by Medical Informatics Unit).


The program is designed to endow prospective leaders in health informatics with solid competencies in health informatics such that the at the end of the program, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate the application of informatics concepts, skills and principles for the efficient solution of health informatics problems;
  2. introduce perspectives in health informatics that can be used in the critical study of all levels of health information systems;
  3. plan, undertake, evaluate, and monitor health informatics research projects; and
  4. deliver technical services to health professionals and agencies for both public and private sectors concerned with management of information which could be the bases for health policy formulation, thereby providing leadership and excellence in health informatics
The Master of Science in Applied Physics (Medical Physics) program is a two-year program which offers qualified students, particularly those with backgrounds in physics, applied physics, and engineering, the opportunity to do graduate course work and research in the applications of the concepts and methods of physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease.

Graduates of the proposed MS Applied Physics (Medical Physics) program are eligible to undertake a clinical residency leading to board certification in three specialty areas namely: radiation oncology medical physics, diagnostic radiology medical physics, and nuclear medicine medical physics. The clinical residency and board certification is done by the Society of Medical Physicists in the Republic of the Philippines (SMPRP).