The main objective of the university is to provide higher medical education for Specialist's, Bachelor's and Master's degrees, as well as postgraduate training in internship, mastership, postgraduate study, residency and refresher courses for physicians and pharmacists.
There are 8 faculties at the university (Medical Faculty No. 1, Medical Faculty No. 2, Medical Faculty No. 3, two Pharmaceutical Faculties (intramural and extramural), International Faculty No. 1 (Foreign Citizens Training Center), International Faculty No. 2, Faculty of Postgraduate Education), 61 departments, Medical College and University Clinic MESC for 160 patients and 240 consultations at an outpatient clinic.
The training at the university includes pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate periods of study. Foreign students are trained at the International Faculty No. 1 for further studies at higher educational institutions of Ukraine.
During their training at the University both Ukrainian and foreign students get higher education for the Master's degree ("Medicine", "Pediatrics", "Dentistry", "Pharmacy, Industrial Pharmacy", "Technology of Perfume-Cosmetic Preparations").
Postgraduate education includes training in internship, mastership and postgraduate study in 28 specialties, in doctoral candidacy — in 12 specialties, as well as refresher courses for physicians, pharmacists, cosmetologists (27 courses in total).
As of September 1, 2021, there are 11,497 students, postgraduates, interns, students of refresher courses, teachers-probationers, masters and clinical residents studying at the University. There are more than 3,200 foreign students from 42 countries at the University. 1,024 students are taught in English. The University has gained authority and recognition by training foreign citizens from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe for more than 40 years. About 10,500 specialists have got medical and pharmaceutical education and are working now in more than 100 countries of the world, taking up high positions in the public health systems of their countries.
At Zaporizhzhia State Medical University students acquire knowledge subject to the requirements of the European system of education. The academic curricula are based on the best models of native and foreign practice of specialists' training.
Students, bachelors, interns, masters, postgraduates, teachers working for Doctor's degree as well as students of refresher courses study at 61 departments. The training is carried out with the use of the most modern scientific and pedagogical technologies.
There were 798 lecturers at the University as of September 1, 2021: 127 professors and Doctors of Sciences, 488 associate professors and Candidates of Sciences are engaged in scientific-pedagogic work. There are one Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 46 members of international academies of sciences and international scientific societies, 7 Honorary Workers of Science and Technology of Ukraine, 4 State Prize winners, 5 winners of Prize of the Ukrainian Academy of Medical Sciences, 1 winner of Prize of the President of Ukraine, 2 winners of Prize of the Cabinet of Ministry of Ukraine, 6 Honorary Physicians of Ukraine, 5 recipients of scholarship for young scientists from the Cabinet of Ministry of Ukraine, 2 recipients of scholarship for outstanding health care workers from the President of Ukraine, 2 honors students in education, two honored trainers, one honored journalist and 4 masters of sports among them.
The scientific schools of the University are well known outside Ukraine. Cardiological, surgery, pharmaceutical schools are among them. The specialists of Zaporizhzhia State Medical University have been the first in Ukraine to successfully performed the transplantations of heart. More than 500 transplantations of liver, kidney and pancreas have been performed. More than 20 preparations have been worked out by the scientists of the pharmaceutical school, produced and brought into medical practice in many countries abroad. The results of scientific work were reported at international forums in Sweden, Czech Republic, Spain, Holland, Brazil and Austria. The University has its own periodic scientific and practical journals: "Zaporizhzhia Medical Journal", "Current Issues in Pharmacy and Medicine: Science and Practice", "Pathology".
There is a developed infrastructure of scientific units at the University including SRI (Scientific Research Institute) for Medical and Ecological Issues, Institute of Clinical Human Pathology, NVO "Pharmatron" (scientific manufacturing association), Educational Medical Laboratory Center with vivarium, certification-testing laboratory of perfume and cosmetic preparations and household products, department of doctoral candidacy and postgraduate study, editorial publishing department, Innovation and Technology Transfer Service, Metrology Service. SRI and laboratories are equipped with unique facilities for conducting fundamental and applied scientific researches.
There are Specialized Councils of Higher Attestation Commission of Ukraine for defense of Candidate's and Doctor's Degrees in different specialties. 30 theses for Doctor's degree in 23 specialties and 143 theses for Candidate's degree in 35 specialties were defended at the University during the last five years. 35 theses of Doctor's degree and 137 theses for Candidate's degree are being fulfilled ate the University according to the plan of preparation of scientific and pedagogical specialists. 10-15 All-Ukrainian scientific-research and practical conferences with international participation are held annually.
The introduction of computer technologies into the teaching-studying process, scientific research and management is one of the priority-driven University's activities. 42 computer classrooms and 1,300 PC provide students with academic curricula based on multimedia technologies and test control in the main disciplines. ZSMU has its own information Internet server. There is a centre of telemedicine and distance learning at the University which provides the participation in international scientific conferences held on the basis of videoconference technologies, organization and holding of scientific-methods videoconferences, organization of distance refresher courses for University teaching staff, using of distance technologies in training of students by correspondence.
For ten year, Zaporizhzhia State Medical University has been participating in international projects and programs: Erasmus+, TEMPUS (ePBLnet), Training Against Medical Error (TAME), Support of Higher Education in Ukraine, Doctors' Education, Empowerment of Patients, Regarding Atrial Fibrillation & venous Thromboembolism (DeepRaft), EU Study Days and others.
ZSMU signed agreements on collaboration with Medical Institute After Mehrabyan (Armenia), Yerevan Haybusak University (Armenia), Sports Traumatology Department of Vienna Private Hospital (Austria), Сorin-Austria GmbH (Austria), Amazonas State University (Brazil), Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), University of Fortaleza (Brazil), Medical University of Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Canadian College of English Language (Canada), Canadore College (Canada), University of Applied and Environmental Sciences (Colombia), Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek (Croatia), Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic), Faculty of Medicine, University of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Medical Faculties Network (Czech and Slovak medical and healthcare faculties) (Czech Republic, Slovakia), European Union Foundation for the Development of Education and Research (Ecuador), Gabriel Network Mérieux Foundation (France), Kutaisi University (Georgia), New Vision University (Georgia), Tbilisi State Medical University (Georgia), Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Sri Sri Holistic Hospital (India), Astana Medical University (Kazakhstan), Karaganda State Medical University (Kazakhstan), West Kazakhstan Marat Ospanov State Medical Unversity (Kazakhstan), Rīga Stradiņš University (Latvia), Vilnius University (Lithuania), Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania), First Education Corporation (People's Republic of China), Hubei University of Medicine (People's Republic of China), Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa (Poland), Medical University of Bialystok (Poland), Silesian University of Technology (Poland), Wroclaw Medical University (Poland), Belarusian State Medical University (Republic of Belarus), Grodno State Medical University (Republic of Belarus), Vitebsk State Order of Peoples' Friendship Medical University (Republic of Belarus), Nicolae Testemițanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Republic of Moldova), Avicenna Tajik State Medical University (Republic of Tajikistan), Bukhara State Medical Institute named after Abu Ali ibn Sino (Republic of Uzbekistan), Central Institute of Science and Technology (Sri Lanka), Academy of Business Management (Switzerland), Ankara University (Turkey), Koç University Hospital (Turkey), MediTürk (Turkey), Ondokuz Mayıs University (Turkey), Autonomous University of Baja California (United Mexican States), National Institute of Health (United States of America), Hanoi Medical University (Vietnam), Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Vietnam).
Zaporizhzhia State Medical University takes one of the first places in Ukraine in technical-material supply. The prestige of the University is formed by the availability of its own training facilities. Zaporizhzhia State Medical University is one of the few medical higher educational institutions in Ukraine that has its own Medical Educational and Scientific Center "University Clinic" in which practical classes are conducted and medical aid is delivered. The University has the unique equipment: computer tomographs, devices for ultrasonic diagnosis, angiographic and endoscopic checkup, radioisotope diagnosis and many others to conduct fundamental and applied scientific investigations.
There is an electronic library and electronic catalogue in the scientific library of the University. The users have access to the electronic database of the library and can carry out a search from any computer connected with Internet and get full text-books.
Zaporizhzhia State Medical University looks like a student campus on the picturesque bank of the river Dnieper, the biggest river in Europe. It is a detached territory on which there are 5 academic buildings, 5 hostels, scientific and popular literature libraries with reading halls and computer rooms, medical centre, student's sanatorium-dispensary, several canteens and cafes, sports center, courts and stadium. There is an amateur art club for students who are keen on singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. Ukrainian historical and cultural parties, festivals of international friendship, competition parties are held at ZSMU.
All academic building, hostels, scientific library have access to Internet. There are Wi-Fi access points at the territory of the University. The student campus is under the University security round-the-clock. The campus and hostels are equipped with the means of video surveillance and control.