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Preventive Medicine I

Code: MI204     Acronym: MPREV1

Instance: 2009/2010 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Community Medicine Department
Course/CS Responsible: Master Degree in Medicine

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIMED 260 Mestrado Integrado em Medicina 2007 2 - 3 32 81

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 0,00
Theoretical and practical : 0,00
Practical: 0,00
Laboratory: 0,00
Others: 0,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Others Totals 0 0,00
Carlos Manuel da Silva Martins 0,00
Luísa Maria Barbosa Sá 0,00
Paulo Alexandre Azevedo Pereira Santos 0,00
Maria Luciana Gomes Domingues do Couto 0,00
Paulo Rui Fonseca Pessanha de Andrade 0,00
Carlos Jorge Paulo Portinha 0,00
Álvaro Manuel Baltazar Ferreira da Silva 0,00

Teaching language



Objectives - To learn and develop a modern concept of health and of its effectors of biological, psychological, social and ecological nature; To acquire and develop an attitude of health promotion; To acquire and develop an attitude promoting health; Learn the differences of between Healing and Preventive Medicine; To know the organization of the health system as well as the organization of medical and paramedical professions in Portugal, recognizing their action in promoting health; To acquire the capacity to identify and to analyze the main problems of health in Portugal in the context of the health promotion; To understand the attitudes of health protection, of education to health and of disease prevention and their complications and the recovery of the disabled; To know in what way certain lifestyles can constitute risk factors and can compete as causal factors for some diseases; To acquire the capacity to perform education for health promotion.


Curricular plan (subjects to discuss): Health and Promotion; Education and Protection of Health; Disease prevention; Lifestyle influence on health: diet, alcoholism and other drug abuse, physical exercise, stress and environmental pollution; Prevention of traveler diseases; Prevention of accidents.

Teaching methods and learning activities

A weekly Lecture of 1 hour, of the Regent's responsibility, integrating, whenever possible, the experience of the S. João Health Center.
A weekly Practical Session of 2 hours, of the responsibility of the Assistants, that will be interactive, because the students will make a formal presentation of the subject of the previous week´s lecture, followed by debate and discussion with the other students, under the Assistant's supervision.
Until the Christmas Holidays each class has to complete a Program of Health Education about a Life Style for a certain population of the S. João Health Center, monitoring its different phases of execution: diagnosis of the situation, intervention and assessment. The final report of this Program should be presented in May at the “Meeting of the Precocious Contact”, where the students who have opted for the Program of the Precocious Contact with the Patient should present the characterisation of the relatives that live together with the patient and their housing conditions.
The students that opted for the Program of Domiciliary Support to those who suffer from CVA should present a report of the activities developed by the end of the Semester.

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Description Type Time (hours) Weight (%) End date
Attendance (estimated) Participação presencial 0,00
Total: - 0,00

Eligibility for exams

The students who were present in more than 2/3 of the practical sessions, will have their final assessment (scale: 0 to 20) according to: 20% of the continuous assessment of Attitudes and Skills during the practical sessions; 80% of the assessment of Knowledge, in January or February, through a written exam constituted by 20 multiple choice questions with 5 hypotheses (4 points), 4 brief answer questions and 2 essay questions (20 points). All these marks must be superior to 9.5 so that there is pass. Students included in the “Program of Domiciliary Support to those who suffer from CVA” will have their final average grade in 0.1 to 0.5, depending on the average obtained in the Report.


Preventive Medicine in General Practice - Gray M, Fowler G. Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986; Prevention in Clinical Practice - Becker D, Gardner L. Ed. Plenum Medical Book Company, 1988; Health Promotion, Models and Values - Downie RS, Fyfe C, Tannahill. Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990; Public Health and Preventive Medicine - Last J, Wallace RB. 1992; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice - Woolf ST, Jonas S, Lawrence RS. Ed Williams and Wilkins, 1996; Health Promotion in Clinical Practice - Bright JS. Ed. Bailliere Tindall, 1997; Public Health and Human Ecology - Last J. 1998; The Strategy of Preventive Medicine - Rose G. 7th Edition, Oxford: Oxford Medical Publications, 2000; A Saúde dos Portugueses. Direcção Geral de Saúde. Lisboa. Ministério da Saúde.
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