Universities of Medical Science

Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Camaguey (Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas de Camagüey)


Province: Camaguey
AccreditationCuban Ministry of Higher Education

Medical education began in the central-eastern Cuban province of Camaguey in 1968 when a group of students from the University of Havana School of Medicine arrived there to conclude their training. The group was accompanied by a small contingent of teachers, who for love of country, decided to remain in there.


The implementation of educational programs and scientific research, which resulted in ensuring rigor and quality training of future healthcare professionals has been validated by the National Accreditation Board of the Ministry of Higher Education due to its quality of teaching in the careers of Medicine and Dentistry, academic activity and the implementation of international professional training standards.

Higher Institute of Medical Sciences

It is not until 1980 that the Carlos J Finlay University of Medical Science in Camaguey was created and in 2010 it reached the university category.

To date, the university graduated more than 13,000 medical professionals in the fields of medicine, dentistry, nursing, health technology and psychology.

Currently, the total enrollment at the center exceeds 11 thousand students, out of which just over a thousand are foreigners with the recent addition of 300Argentinian students.

Educational careers:

  • Medicine
  • Stomatology
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Health technologies

Faculty of Medical Sciences of Ciego de Avila (Facultad de Ciencias Medicas de Ciego de Avila) (UNICA)

Province: Ciego de Avila
Accreditation: Cuban Ministry of Higher Education

Founded in 1978, Universidad de Ciego de Ávila (University of Ciego de Avila) is a public higher education institution located in the town of Morón, Ciego de Avila.

Higher Institute of Medical SciencesOfficially accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education/ Cuba, (UNICA) is a coeducational higher education institution offering courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. UNICA also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.


Faculty of Medical Sciences of Cienfuegos Raul Dorticos Torrado (Universidad de Ciencias Medicas de Cienfuegos)

Province: Cienfuegos
Accreditation: Cuban Ministry of Higher Education

Established in 1979 in Cienfuegos, Cuba. It is currently affiliated with the “Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima”Provincial General Hospital which offers education degrees to the university.

Presently, students from 52 countries are registered in different medical departments.



The institution is now led by a rector, Dr. Roberto Baños, who assumed the responsibility of maintaining the highest levels of academic professionalism and organizational adaptation, both administratively and academically.

Higher Institute of Medical Sciences

The University of Medical Sciences of Cienfuegos finds reasons in its history and its future to offer the highest educational standards for both pre and postgraduate training. It maintains its unconditional commitment and support to public health to the people of Cienfuegos, Cuba and the world.


Faculty of Medical Sciences of Guantánamo (Facultad de Ciencias Medicas Guantánamo) (UCMGT)

Province: Guantánamo
AccreditationCuban Ministry of Higher Education

The University of Medical Sciences of Guantanamo, offers training educational programs for health professionals and continuing education in 53 medical specialties.



Havana Higher Institute of Medical Sciences (Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas de La Habana) (ISCM-H)

Province: Havana (La Habana)
AccreditationCuban Ministry of Higher Education



Established in 1976, Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de La La Habana (Medical University of Havana) located in the city of La La Habana, Ciudad de la La Habana. Officially accredited/ recognized by the Ministerio de Educación Superior, Cuba (English: Ministry of Higher Education, Cuba), Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de La La Habana (ISCM-H) is a coeducational higher education institution.

The University of Medical Sciences of Havana is a higher education institution with the following12 faculties in multi campus:

  • 9 Medical Sciences;
  • 1 Stomatology;
  • 1 Nursing; and
  • 1 Health Technology

Its primary function is to offer superior academic training and comprehensive medical programs to students of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Health Technology and Psychology in all  undergraduate and postgraduate and training, diploma, masters and doctorates. These programs are intended to serve students, teachers, researchers and other health professionals.

The institution also has the social order to generate new knowledge through research work, the results are reserved in the faculty and administration and in the field of healthcare services in our country and developing countries, where our professionals provide health services. The University has a highly qualified teaching staff  and investigative assistance teams (more than 8000 teachers) with broad experience, both nationally and internationally.

The university has the following facilities:

  • FCM. Manuel Fajardo Rivero.
  • FCM. Calixto Garcia.
  • FCM. Dr. Salvador Allende.
  • FCM. October 10th.
  • FCM. DR. Miguel Enriquez.
  • FCM. Enrique Cabrera.
  • FCM. Julio Trigo.
  • FCM. ¨Finlay- Albarran.
  • ICBP Victory of Girón.
  • Faculty of Stomatology “Raul Gonzalez Sanchez”.
  • School of Nursing Lidia Doce.
  • School of Health Technology.

Latin-American School of Medicine (Escula Latinoamericana de Medicina) (ELAM)

Province: Havana (La Habana)
AccreditationCuban Ministry of Higher Education


Latin-American School of Medicine (ELAM), formerly Escue la Latinoamericana de Ciencias Médicas (in Spanish), is the chief of medical school in Cuba and considered to be an important pillar of the Cuban healthcare system.

Established in 1999 and operated by the government of the Republic of Cuba, ELAM has been distinguished as being the largest medical school in the world by enrollment with approximately 19,500 students from 110 countries reported as enrolled in 2013-2014. All those enrolled are international students from outside Cuba and mainly come from Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Africa and Asia.


Faculty of Medical Sciences of Holguin,Mariana Grajales (Facultad de Ciencias Medicas de Holguín, Mariana Grajales)

Province: Holguín
AccreditationCuban Ministry of Higher Education



Faculty of Medical Sciences of Holguin, Mariana Grajales is a medical University with outstanding national and international prestige. Its beginning was in 1983 when it started as a teaching department for Hospital General Docente “Mártires de Mayari“.  It’s strong focus on human resource, quality and technical scientific commitment, in addition to high political, ideological and ethical preparation, have resulted in it meeting national and international commitments toward improving the primary healthcare of the Cuban population and disadvantaged countries.

The Mariana Grajales Coello Medical Sciences University was established within the Lenin Hospital in the 1967-1968 academic year, as a teaching department in collaboration with Universidad de Oriente.  In 1973, the teaching unit was transformed into a School of Medicine geared towards 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th years students. By 1978, the university began to offer classes in the basic sciences for 1st year students. In the 1981 – 1982, stomatology program began to be offered and by 1982, Bachelor of Nursing was offered.

The Mariana Grajales Coello Medical Sciences University offers the following programs:

  • Medicine
  • Stomatology
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Health Technologies:
    – Clinical Laboratory
    – Imaging
    – Pharmacy

University of Medical Sciences of Villa Clara (Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de Villa Clara) (UCMVC)

Province: Villa Clara
AccreditationCuban Ministry of Higher Education


The University of Medical Sciences of Villa Clara was established in 1966. Currently, the university offers medical training to students from Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Palmira, Cumanayagua, Manicaragua, Esperanza, Ciego Montero, Morón, Cabaiguán, Ranchuelo, Perico, Camajuaní, Caibarién, Santo Domingo, Vueltas and Santa Clara.

University of Medical Sciences of Villa Clara is a center of Cuban Higher Education, which is responsible for the comprehensive training and development of human resources in the health sector in the Villa Clara and other provinces. The programs are offered in accordance with the principles of the Cuban Ministry of Public health and through integrated fusion of teaching exercise, health, research and university extension.

The university plays an important role in responding to current demands and perspectives of the various levels of care, with special emphasis on Primary health care.

Graduate programs:

The university offers the following professional training programs:

  • Medicine (6 years)
  • Stomatology (5 years)
  • Lic. In Nursing (5 years)
  • Imaging
  • Optometry and Optics
  • Clinical bioanalysis
  • Integral rehabilitation
  • Nutrition and diet
  • Phonoaudiology
  • Hygiene and Epidemiology
  • Health Information Systems

Post Graduate:

  • Other scientific specializations, in addition to masters and doctoral programs. Such programs are coordinated by the Directorate of Vocational Training and the Department of Educational Planning and Methodology.

In addition, the university is proud to be a signatory of educational agreements and exchanges with 27 European, Central and South American universities and educational institutions.

The UCMVC, offers different options for self – financed studies.


University of Medical Sciences of Santiago de Cuba (Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de Santiago de Cuba) (UCMSC)

Province: Santiago de Cuba
AccreditationCuban Ministry of Higher Education



The university’s mission is to help preserve and improve the health of the population through training of Health Professionals and human capital from other countries through the extensive utilization of educational technology coupled with a higher sense of patriotism, dedication, and a solid humanistic education.

Such priorities have led to the strengthening of modesty, responsibility, leadership, creativity, initiative and high social commitment values which benefited Cuba and the peoples of the world.  which were formed in several stages.

University of Medical Sciences of Santiago de Cuba (Medical University of Santiago de Cuba) is a public higher education institution located in the small city of Santiago de Cuba and established in 1979.

The university is responsible for the training of health professionals in the following two branches of medical science:

  • Medicine and Health Psychology; and
  • Post graduate training in 24 Medical Specialties in different areas of primary and secondary care.

It spans over three buildings which include 10 classrooms, 15 specialized labs, 8 computer labs, a library, 12 teaching departments and 3 non-teaching as well as the office of the dean, 3 associate dean offices, an independent theater with capacity for 350 people a teaching module with 12 classrooms (outside the institution) and other logistical facilities.

Accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Public Health, Cuba, the University of Medical Sciences of Santiago de Cuba (UCMSC) is a coeducational higher education institution. University of Medical Sciences of Santiago de Cuba (UCMSC) offers officially recognized courses and programs leading to higher education and bachelor degrees in Several areas of study. Furthermore, UCMSC provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students.


University of Medical Sciences of Santiago de Cuba (Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de Santiago de Cuba) (UCMSC)

Province:  Sancti Spíritus
AccreditationCuban Ministry of Higher Education


University of Medical Sciences of Sancti Spiritus was founded in 1994. The university distinguishes itself in the training of human resources in the health sector to deal with the various humanitarian health missions that extend to about 40 nations. The university’s department of higher learning aid workers receive training and hone their skills in the various disciplines according to health problems affecting the country where they will serve.

The institution today welcomes more than 4 thousand students in various fields of medicine, including postgraduate health sector specialists who are trained and reclassified to face epidemics affecting various regions of the world.

Faculty of Medical Sciences of Sancti Spiritus or FCMSSP O UCMSSP Also called University of Medical Sciences of Sancti Spiritus (UCMSS) on Sancti Spiritus medical university is also famous as faculty Medical Sciences Faustino Perez de Sancti Spiritus, located in Sancti Spiritus, the capital city of Sancti Spiritus Province, Cuba.

A large number of foreign students have been registered since its foundation. Currently the university holds more than 700 foreign students from all over the world. The university is affiliated with ELAM (Latin American School of Medicine in the Capital city of Havana)


Faculty of Medical Sciences of La Tunas Zoilo Marinello Vidaurreta (Facultad de Ciencias Medicas La Tunas, Zoilo Marinello Vidaurreta)

Province: La Tunas
AccreditationCuban Ministry of Higher Education


Established in 1982, the institution has graduated more than 10,000 doctors, dentists and nurses, including about 800 young people from across the globe and mostly from Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Today the university has about 270 teachers and 11,157 students in 25 field of medical specialty. Graduates of this university have assumed their role in 142 hospitals, clinics, laboratories including other educational settings, where they contribute to improve care to the people while honing their skills.


Faculty of Medical Sciences of La Tunas Zoilo Marinello Vidaurreta (Facultad de Ciencias Medicas La Tunas, Zoilo Marinello Vidaurreta)

Province: Matanzas
AccreditationCuban Ministry of Higher Education


Universidad de Ciencias Médicas “Juan Guiteras Gener” de Matanzas dates back to 1969 with the enrollment of thirty, sixth year internal medicine students. The successful graduation of this student group led to the expansion into a complete medical program and the development of a comprehensive healthcare and in order to address the need of the health sector of the province.

1972 was culminated with the establishment of the Institute of Higher Education and medical teaching degree institute with the enrollment of 216 students.

In 1976, the Faculty of Medicine, was created and a full 6-year medical program was created. The program was later linked to the University of Matanzas.

In 1980-1981, the faculty was awarded an economic and administrative independence and the medical science budget unit was created, followed by joining the faculty with the Ministry of Public Health and the Higher Institute of Medical Science of Havana

In 1982 and 1983 respectively, the Stomatology program and Nursing degree were incorporated.

In 1985-1986, the university was legally elevated from the Faculty of Medicine to the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Matanzas.


Faculty of Medical Sciences “Celia Sanchez Manduley” of Granma (Facultad De Ciencias Medicas Celia Sanchez Manduley)

Province: Granma
AccreditationCuban Ministry of Higher Education


Facultad De Ciencias Medicas Celia Sanchez Manduley dates back to the 1980s with the construction of Building I, II, and III and all supporting medical facilities. During such stage, the construction of the branch of medical science was established in the city of Bayamo, the capital of the province of Granma.

It is an institution of Higher Medical Education with a multi-based Teaching Assistance Research integration structure, it is responsible for the training and development of human capital with a strong scientific and revolutionary preparation for continuous improvement of the health system of the territory and Cuba’s international commitments.

The university takes credit for the graduation of 30,668 Cuban and foreign health in different specialties, including 9,000 doctors and 1437 dentists and 10,448 registered nurses with a proven academic and scientific quality.

The first students’ enrollment took place in between 1984 – 1985 with the admission of first year of medicine from the same province.

In 2003 -2004, a new medical educational model was adopted with the enrollment of 6813 students from different medical specialty.

The university conducts full medical certification programs in 21 specialties including a bachelor degree in nursing.

Higher Institute of Medical Sciences

Higher Institute of Medical Sciences

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