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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

Topical seminars

MSP12_9 - ECTS To discuss several subjects with relevance to Public Health, by invited specialists of different areas.

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.

Essentials of Public Health

MSP12_6 - ECTS The Curricular Unit aims to present an introduction to the fundamental set of topics and knowledge needed to define and identify the major public health problems, at the national and the international level, the most common methods used in public health research and the policy choices involved in the organization of health services.

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 promotion techniques

MSP12_7 - ECTS

With this course it is intended that students contact with the various theories, policies and practices that underpin activities and health promotion programs tailored to different populations.

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 The general objective of this optional module is to widen the discussion of concepts and methodologies on statistical analysis, which were taught in the previous modules (Biostatistics I and II), taking into account the students’ research area.

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.

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.

Tutored Internship

MSP12_11 - ECTS In addition to the acquisition of knowledge, this curricular unit should promote the contact with specific activities that are relevant to public health, allowing reflections or practical activities based on the previously acquired knowledge, through the participation or observation of activities defined in the context of a tutored internship

Health Services Management

MSP12_21 - ECTS To know and critically appraise management tools for health care units, regarding their potential impact in a public health perspective.

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.


Individual Project

MSP12_12 - ECTS In addition to the acquisition of knowledge, this curricular unit should promote the contact with specific activities that are relevant to public health, allowing reflections or practical activities based on the previously acquired knowledge, through  intensive training in a specific area.

Systematic Reviews and Essentials of Meta-Analysis

MSP12_25 - ECTS

Systematic reviews are becoming more frequent in the scientific literature, which contributes to an increase in the transparency and quality of literature reviews. The present curricular unit is expected to promote the acquisition of knowledge and the development of competences that are essential for interpretating and performing systematic reviews, namely: identification of potentially eligible studies in different sources and efficient management of the searches; assessment of the quality of the studies; data extraction from the original reports; different strategies for data synthesis. It will address the scientific basis of meta-analysis.

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

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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