Ponce Health Sciences University has as its mission to provide high quality education and graduate training, strengthen students character, moral fiber and ethics, and prepare physicians and scientists for a fast-changing world in the area of healthcare delivery and research. Ponce Health Sciences University was founded by the Catholic University of Puerto Rico in 1977 with a chartered class of just 26 students. In January of 1980, a group of lay and professional leaders in southern Puerto Rico, established a non-profit organization, the Ponce School of Medicine Foundation, for the purpose of operating the Ponce School of Medicine, now Ponce Health Sciences University. In July 1980, the Council of Higher Education of Puerto Rico (CHE-PR) authorized the Foundation to operate the Ponce School of Medicine.
A new campus for Ponce School of Medicine was inaugurated in January 1995. The new facilities include a research building, library, classrooms, and a teaching laboratory building, and the gross anatomy building.
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