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Health and Society

Code: MSP12_3     Acronym: MSP12_3

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Social and comportamental sciences

Instance: 2017/2018 - 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 16 Master Degree Public Health - Official Plan12 1 - 4 36 108
Current Studies Plan 1 - 4 36 108

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Susana Manuela Ribeiro Dias da Silva

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 1,71
Theoretical and practical : 0,85
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 1,71
Susana Manuela Ribeiro Dias da Silva 0,86
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 0,85
Susana Manuela Ribeiro Dias da Silva 0,43

Teaching language



To analyse the cultural, social, economic and political dimensions in health and medicine.


Learning outcomes and competences

1. To understand the impact of theoretical, political, economic and sociocultual changes on the classification of illness, health and healthcare.

2. To assess the social determinants of health.

3. To discuss the societal, economic and ethical repercussions of the public policies on health.

4. To analyse the reproduction and emergence of inequalities in terms of power, property and citizens' interactions with health professionals.

Working method



1. Social determinants and representations of health

2. Inequities and solidarity in public health

3. (Bio)medicalization and promotion of health

4. Bodies, sexualities and embodiment

5. Knowledge and relationships between patients and health professionals

6. Health policies and citizenship: actors, resources and principles

7. Motivation in health organizations.


Mandatory literature

• lALBRECHT, G.L., FITZPATRICK, R., SCRIMSHAW, S. (eds.) ; The handbook of social studies in health and medicine, London, Sage, 1999
CONRAD, P. ; The medicalization of society: On the transformation of human conditions into treatable disorders, Baltimore, The John Hopkins University Press, 2007
NETTLETON, S. ; The Sociology of Health & Illness, Cambridge, Polity Press, 1996

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 15,00
Trabalho escrito 80,00
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

Individual written report (80%) and its oral presentation (20%).


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