Department of Nursing

Department of Medicine

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

This Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program is designed as a five year program to produce doctors with a commitment and clinical competency to serve the population of Papua New Guinea. Through an innovative curriculum, Divine Word University seeks to provide an educational experience that nurtures our students to become both outstanding doctors and medical leaders of the future capable of transforming patient care. Opening of this program is in response to inadequate health service delivery to the rural population challenged by lack of doctors. Eligible for enrollment are predominantly the applicant with successfully completed science foundation or equivalent. This five-year program provides meaningful early patients experience and has 3 stages (sometimes called 1+2+2): year one is foundation of biomedical sciences; years 2 and 3 - transition from sciences to clinical practice, years 4 and 5 – clinical practice. We embraced systems approach which allows for early integration of knowledge including correlation between structure and function as well as underlying molecular causes of diseases. For the last two years the students will have an ample opportunity to have hands-on experience doing supervised clinical practice in rural and urban settings. MBBS program are to prepare graduates, who are competent and confident to provide clinical services, who are accountable for their ethical and professional standards, and are able to lead the team of health professionals in a district.

Services Management and the Advanced Diploma in Emergency Medicine.


 Contact Details

The Executive Officer to the Dean of FMHS
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
Phone: (+675) 422 2937 Ext: 770
Fax: (+675) 422 2812
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The Registrar
Phone: (+675) 422 2937 Ext: 704
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Message from the Dean

As we continue supporting vision 2050 of the Government, the National Department of Health in the implementation of the National Health Plan 2011 – 2015 and the Health Workforce Enhancement Plan 2013 – 2016 the Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to producing human resources with the right attitude and mindsets that are able to provide quality care to everyone in Papua New Guinea.

We want to introduce the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the basic building block for character building and changes in attitude of students that attend the classes at the Faculty of Health Sciences in the Divine Word University. I encourage all students to read and understand the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights that was endorsing by the United National in 1948.

“Think of it! If one understood the basic principles of the Universal Deceleration on Human Rights; as a public health leader could one make a decision that is contrary to equity, access and quality of health care to the majority of people in Papua New Guinea?”   NO! It would be difficult to make choices and decisions that will have negative effects on the lives of all people.

The values enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights cut across, religion, gender, age, and race; discourages all forms of discrimination. Understanding these values enables any person to be respectful of others and ensures leaders to make the right choices for their populations.

Awareness of the principles of human rights by young people of today can only create a responsible and caring future for all who have chosen service to the health sector in Papua New Guinea. By creating responsible and caring individuals the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Divine Word University will contribute to overall peace, harmony and a just society for Papua New Guinea.

The hope of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Divine Word University is that all students attending the Divine Word University and all higher learning institutions in Papua New Guinea are made aware of the principle of Human Rights.

Associate Professor Clement Malau (MBBS, DTM&H, MMed, MPH)