The Faculty of Medicine is one of six faculties within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Iceland. The other faculties are Faculty of Nursing; Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition; Faculty of Psychology and Faculty of Odontology.
The University of Iceland was founded in 1911. The Seminary, the School of Medicine and the School of Law were merged, and each formed a faculty: Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Philosophy. The Faculty of Medicine is therefore amongst the oldest at the University of Iceland. Since its inception roughly 2000 doctors have graduated from the Faculty of Medicine.
Instruction in physiotherapy at the University of Iceland began in 1977, and in radiography and biomedical science in 2005. The departments of physiotherapy, radiography and biomedical science are based at the Faculty of Medicine. Since 1980, 452 students have graduated from the department of physiotherapy. The public health sciences programme is based at the Faculty of Medicine, but is an interdisciplinary programme with components from several faculties. Lecturers at the faculty are the nation's foremost specialists in all fields of life and medical science and physiotherapy. The faculty employs roughly 100 lecturers and specialists in permanent positions, in addition to which several external lecturers take part in teaching, all of whom have graduate educations from the leading educational and health care institutions in the Western world. The Faculty of Medicine takes part in vigorous research activities, and lecturers at the faculty publish findings from dozens of research projects each year, in internationally recognised academic journals.
Construction of a new building for the Faculty of Medicine commenced in 1980, and the faculty moved into the building, named Læknagarður, in 1987. The departments of physiotherapy, and radiography and biomedical science, and the public health sciences programme were allocated the former facilities of the Icelandic Student Services at Hringbraut, who moved to the University Centre, and the building was named Stapi.
The number of new students at the Faculty of Medicine has been capped since 1982.