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Doctoral Programme in Public Health

General information

Official Code: 5233
Acronym: PDSP


  • Public Health (180 ECTS credits)
  • Curso de Doutoramento em Saúde Pública (60 ECTS credits)

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Prazos de Candidaturas e Vagas

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1 Regime de Ingresso em Doutoramento Admission - Doctoral Programme 9 2018-02-03 to 2018-04-30

Courses Units

Journal Club


Individual Project

PDSP12_4 - ECTS The students should prepare a structure document which includes the justification, aims and methods proposed to the development of the PhD theses. Students should know how to identify the research questions and be able to justify and to plan the research project namely adequating the methods to the objectives.

Topical Seminars


This Unit aims to acquire knowledge and discuss subjects with relevance to contemporary Public Health. In this unit it is expected that the students get to know some of the major public health issues in the national and international arenas, namely regarding the burden of most communicable and non-communicable diseases in different settings and the policies directed to prevent treat and manage those conditions, at the local, regional national and international levels. Students are also expected to get to know overlapping areas between the practice of public health and a number of complementary areas of knowledge, such as environment, economy, work, or the organization of urban space.

Health Systems Administration


To understand health systems governance and public health leadership as key elements of an integral response to populations’ health needs.

Challenges in Epidemiologic Research


Ethics and Philosophy of Science


- To work conceptual and etiological issues essential for sound and thorough humanitarian formation with regard to ethics and philosophy of science, in particular emphasising the object of public health.

- To apply the foundations and concepts to contemporary professional practices, from a critical perspective.

Health Research Methods


Health Statistic Methods I

Acquisition of knowledge on the primary and most used statistical concepts, models and techniques. Choice and application of the most adequate statistical methodology according to the nature of the study.  Ability to critically analyse and interpret the results obtained from the learnt statistical methods (in their own works and in those from others). In summary, the student is expected to be scientifically autonomous regarding basic statistical analysis.

Health Statistic Methods II


It is aimed that the student:
a) understands the logistic regression model and the most used survival models
b) identifies and recognizes scenarios of application for each studied model
c) knows how to consider categorical exploratory variables in the analysis
d) knows how to identify and to model interactions
e) recognizes the importance of a model's goodness-of-fit evaluation and knows how to implement it
f) develops critical thinking skills and the ability to correctly interpret the results from the statistical analysis

Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis


Health Comunication

Provide students with strategic knowledge as well as tactical tools in the area of health communication. Demonstrate the weight and influence of public communication in public opinion through the analysis of national and international cases of health communication; Discuss the role of the media system in health communication; To promote interest in research in this area of knowledge and to enable researchers to develop a Health Communication Plan.



Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases


To characterize the burden of chronic (non-communicable) diseases in the population.

To explore the specificities of chronic diseases as an object of epidemiologic research.

Field Epidemiology


Social Studies in Public Health


To provide students with the concepts, theoretical frameworks and research areas in the field of social and behavioral sciences for examining health, illness and medicine, taking into account contemporary debates on public health.

Research in Health Services


Advanced Methods of Geographical Information Systems

PDSP12_16 - ECTS

Advanced Methods in Qualitative Data Analysis

PDSP12_10 - ECTS

To identify the suitability of the various strategies of qualitative health research. To handle and analyze information in order to write and publish qualitative studies. To understand the ethical dimensions involved in the use of qualitative methodology in the various phases of the research process.

Advanced Epidemiologic Methods


To know the main frameworks for causal inference applied to epidemiologic research.

To identify challenges to the validity and applicability of epidemiological studies and to identify advanced methodological approaches to deal with them.

Advanced Methodos in Meta-Analysis


Nutrition and Health

PDSP12_11 - ECTS

To gain knowledge and develop skills in methods and dietary determinants relevant for public health.

To develop students' skills for the planning and development of research on Nutrition and health.

Helath Promotion

PDSP12_12 - ECTS

Environmental Helath

PDSP12_13 - ECTS

This curricular unit provides foundational theoretical knowledge and skills on exposure assessment, toxicology, and risk management, among other topics of environmental health. The aim is to make clear to students the many ways that issues related to the environment and health are framed, examined, discussed and engaged. Students will be able to identify and explore linkages between environmental factors and health issues; biological impacts; economic factors; and ethical and legal issues.

Global Health

PDSP12_15 - ECTS

Ocupational Health

PDSP12_14 - ECTS

Health Care Decision Support Systems


A decision support system is an interactive computer system whose aim is to help the decision makers - health professionals - use data and models in order to identify and solve problems in health. The objective is to teach methods of knowledge extraction - data mining – from health databases using models that automatically seek regularities and patterns. These patterns and regularities can be generalized in order to be useful in future decisions.

Measuring Health


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


Unidade curricular optativa livre 1

PDSP12_17 - ECTS

Unidade curricular optativa livre 2

PDSP12_18 - ECTS

Unidade curricular optativa livre 3

PDSP12_19 - ECTS

Unidade curricular optativa livre 4

PDSP12_20 - ECTS



In addition to the aquisition of knowledge, the thesis should provide the ability to develop original research through the acquisition of skills in the different components of a thesis (literature review, selection and application of methods, interpretation of results, writing scientific articles).


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