Founded in 1995 by the Ziauddin Group who also managed its research and financial funding, it is one of the premium institutions of higher learning in medical and biological sciences. With a strong emphasis on medical, health, and biomedical engineering, the university offers undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral programmes. Due to its health research, it consistently maintained its high ranking position and currently placed as one of the top institution in "medical category" by the HEC. In addition, its faculty and the university itself has taken initiatives to improve the health care system of Pakistan.
The university's official mission seek to commit to have a futuristic approach in imparting knowledge, skills and service rendered with the highest sense of moral uprightness and social responsibility to the nation, region and the world at large.