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Doctoral Programme in Public Health



The PhD Programme in Public Health aims to prepare individuals for research in specific Public Health areas, providing students with skills in design, methods and dissemination of health research. Also, graduates are expected to be able to apply these skills in different contexts, namely in the study of etiological factors, the analysis and management of problems of national and international health and in the planning and evaluation of health interventions.

The programme is aimed at graduates or masters in medicine and other areas of health sciences, social sciences and mathematics and comprises a team of highly qualified faculty as well as other administrative research resources, and facilities, including those available at the Institute of Public Health, that contribute to the quality of the program.

During the first year, the students haveasetofcore modules andaset ofelectivemodules that also include seminars, participation in journal clubs and a curricular unit to define the PhD thesis project. The students also have the opportunity to attend modules in international reference institutions.

The Programme has the collaboration of several international partners and has close relations with European networks for research and training in Public Health, namely as a member of ASPHER (The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region).


Teaching Languague : English




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Department for Research and Post-Graduate Studies 
Tel.: + 351 220 426 959  
E.mail - daipg@med.up.pt 

General information

Official Code: 5233
Director: Carla Lopes
Acronym: PDSP
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of study: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 6 Semesters

Study Plan


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

Predominant Scientific Areas

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