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Health and Society

Code: MSP12_3     Acronym: MSP12_3

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Social and comportamental sciences

Instance: 2022/2023 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Public Health and Forensic Sciences, and Medical Education Department
Course/CS Responsible: Master Degree Course in Public Health

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MSP 31 Master Degree Public Health - Official Plan17 1 - 4 36 108

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Ana Lucia Nunes Henriques

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 1,71
Theoretical and practical : 0,85
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 1,71
Ana Lucia Nunes Henriques 0,857
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 0,85
Ana Lucia Nunes Henriques 0,428
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2022-09-20.

Fields changed: Mandatory literature

Teaching language



To identify, explore and analyze the cultural, social, economic and political dimensions of health and medicine.


Learning outcomes and competences

1. To understand the impact of theoretical, political, economic and sociocultural transformations in the definitions of health, illness and health care.

2. To recognize, evaluate and reflect on the different social determinants of health and identify different ways of measuring socioeconomic position and social inequality.

3. To analyze the relationship between social vulnerability and old ages in the context of public health

4. To be able to critically examine social issues such as gender, ethnicity, culture and stigma and understand how they influence the health of populations, namely the most vulnerable ones.

Working method



1. Social determinants of health and its measurement

2. Inequalities and solidarity in public health

3. Cultural and ethnic-racial variations in the experience of health and illness

4. Gender inequality in health

5. Social vulnerability at older ages

6. Bodies, sexuality and the embodiment of social inequality

7. Health Literacy and Person-Centered Care

8. Mental health and stigma

9. Social Capital and Health

Mandatory literature

Berkman, L. F., Kawachi, I., & Glymour, M. M; Social Epidemiology (2nd Ed.), Oxford University Press, 2014
Bhopal, R.S.; Ethnicity, race, and health in multicultural societies, Oxford University Press
Bradby, H.; Medicine, Health and Society: A Critical Sociology, SAGE Publications Ltd, 2012
Kawachi I, Subramanian SV, Kim D; Social Capital and Health, New York: Springer, 2008

Teaching methods and learning activities

Total time (hours): 108

Contact hours: 36 (12 theoretical sessions of 2h/each; 12 practical sessions of 1h/each)

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 5,00
Prova oral 45,00
Trabalho escrito 50,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 12,00
Frequência das aulas 36,00
Trabalho de investigação 60,00
Total: 108,00

Eligibility for exams

Attendance of at least 75% of all classes.

Calculation formula of final grade

The evaluation process considers the preparation of an individual work (50%) and an oral presentation in a group (45%). 5% is reserved for class participation/attendance.


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