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Master Degree Course in Public Health

General information

Official Code: 6239
Acronym: MSP


  • Public Health (120 ECTS credits)
  • Public Health (60 ECTS credits)

Courses Units

Seminários Temáticos

MSP17_1 - ECTS

Administration and Health Policy

MSP12_1 - ECTS

Biostatistics I

MSP12_2 - ECTS The main objective of this training program is that students acquire both theorethical and practical knowledge in basic biostatistics.

Ethics in Epidemiology and Public Health

MSP12_4 - ECTS - To provide students with a solid base of knowledge with regard to ethics and philosophy of science, in particular emphasising the object of public health.

- To analyse the historical background that frames the emergency and the epistemology of ethics and philosophy of science.

Essentials of Epidemiology

MSP12_5 - ECTS

Acquisition of knowledge on concepts and methods of epidemiology. Recognition of characteristics, advantages and limitations of the main types of study and aspects related to its planning. Recognize the main types of epidemiological measures. Understand the main types of error in epidemiology.

Projeto Individual

MSP17_2 - ECTS

Health promotion techniques

MSP12_7 - ECTS

Biostatistics II

MSP12_14 - ECTS

The objective of the course is to provide knowledge and comprehension on multivariable statistical models: (1) conceptual comprehension of the principles and practical applications of these models, (2) to be able to choose the appropriate analytical and model building strategy, discussing the different options for the inclusion of the variables, (3) understand and discuss the concepts of confounding and interaction, (4) to acquire practical knowledge how to realize an analysis and to interpret the results, using a statistical software.

The student will acquire skills to select the appropriate multivariate statistical model for the scientific question under analysis; to know how to build the model and to implement it an statistical software; to critical analyse and interpret the results.

Applied Bioestatistics

MSP12_13 - ECTS

Risk Communication

MSP12_15 - ECTS

Control of Communicable Diseases

MSP12_20 - ECTS This programme aims to address the challenges posed by infectious diseases in the 21st Century by discussing strategies in surveillance, prevention and control, as well as evaluating how they impact public health.


MSP12_16 - ECTS

Acquisition of basic knowledge of demography and demographic analysis; acquisition of skills in the use of different data sources and in the calculation the main demographic measures; acquisition of skills in the application of analytical methods and techniques for analysing demographic data; understanding the demographic and epidemiological transition and the impact of population dynamics in public health.

The student should be able to use different data sources and to calculate measures of mortality, fertility, migration and population growth and to use different methods for standardization of these indicators; should be able to interpret life tables; should be able to describe the demographic and epidemiological transitions and to assess the effect of population characteristics and growth in Public Health.

Chronic Diseases

MSP12_19 - ECTS To know the burden and secular trends of the most frequent chronic diseases and of their main determinants in human populations.

Lectures by specialists in topics related to the epidemiology of different groups of highly-frequent chronic diseases (cancer, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, rheumatic diseases and diabetes) will allow students to know the specificities of each nosological group and the corresponding implications in the study of the burden of disease in the population. A lecture by primary care professionals will show the provider’s perspective of the management of chronic disease.

Health Economics and Management

MSP12_17 - ECTS

Genetic Epidemiology

MSP12_18 - ECTS Acquisition of knowledge on the fundamental concepts and specific methods of genetic epidemiology. We aim that the students: (i) recognize the importance of Genetic Epidemiology in Medicine and in the Biomedical Research and (ii) are able to interpret a Genetic Epidemiology study from the evaluation of the genetic component to the identification of the genetic factors responsible for that disease.

Health Services Management

MSP12_21 - ECTS

Health Measurements: Questionnaries and Scales

MSP12_31 - ECTS

To gain theoretical and practical knowledge in the development and application of instruments for the evaluation of objective and subjective health determinants.


Qualitative Methods in Health

MSP12_22 - ECTS

This unit aims to understand the contribution of qualitative methods for epidemiological research, exploring contexts of application and different methods of data collection, analysis and interpretation of data. Identifying contexts of application of qualitative methodology in health. To design a qualitative investigation. Identifying sampling techniques and methods of gathering information. Assessing the quality of qualitative research

Nutrition and Public Health

MSP12_23 - ECTS

Health Care Organizational Quality

MSP12_24 - ECTS

Systematic Reviews and Essentials of Meta-Analysis

MSP12_25 - ECTS

Environmental and occupational health

MSP12_8 - ECTS Acquire knowledge related to the main environmental problems and their effects on health. Understanding the specificity of research methods in this area, particularly with regard to the quantification of exposures and risk assessment. Understanding the natural, built and psychosocial environment as critical determinants of health.

Health and Society

MSP12_3 - ECTS

To analyse the cultural, social, economic and political dimensions in health and medicine.


International Health

MSP12_26 - ECTS

Maternal and Child Health

MSP12_27 - ECTS

Mental Health

MSP12_28 - ECTS

Health, Hygiene and Safety at Work

MSP12_29 - ECTS

Geographic Information Systems

MSP12_30 - ECTS Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are increasingly used in public health studies to explore the associations between population’s health and the environment. In this course we will cover the most relevant methods and GIS tools utilized in public health and epidemiology for analyzing the geographic patterns of health events, investigate health inequalities and environmental risk factors.

Environmental Toxicology

MSP12_32 - ECTS Acquisition of knowledge in Occupational and Environmental Toxicology. Recognition of the available tools for assessing risks in this area through the analysis of case studies.

Unidade curricular optativa livre 1

MSP12_33 - ECTS

Unidade curricular optativa livre 2

MSP12_34 - ECTS

Unidade curricular optativa livre 3

MSP12_35 - ECTS

Unidade curricular optativa livre 4

MSP12_36 - ECTS

Surveillance and outbreak control

MSP12_10 - ECTS


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