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Topical Seminars

Code: PD_SP009     Acronym: ST

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Public Health

Instance: 2022/2023 - A Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Public Health and Forensic Sciences, and Medical Education Department
Course/CS Responsible: Doctoral Programme in Public Health

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PDSP 9 Current Studies Plan 1 - 3 27 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
José Henrique Dias Pinto de Barros

Teaching - Hours

Seminar: 0,96
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Seminar Totals 1 0,96
Silvia Jesus da Silva Fraga 0,142
Carla Maria de Moura Lopes 0,142
Andreia Cristina Matos Oliveira 0,071
José Henrique Dias Pinto de Barros 0,142

Teaching language



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.

Learning outcomes and competences

Students are expected to acquire a vast, multidisciplinary vision of public health theory and practice. In this unit, we have designed an approach to public health in its widest expression, as opposed to other units where syllabi are necessarily more rigid. By hearing and discussing the experience of a large number of experts in several topics that are defined each year, students gain access to a body of knowledge and experience that widen the horizons of their perspective on public health.

Working method



These Seminars will address varying specific topics on subjects such as policy making, health administration, the impact of the economic and financial crisis on population health, challenges in the design and implementation of national health programs, effects of inequalities on community health and translational research in public health (with special emphasis on methodological challenges in the production of scientific evidence of the highest quality in the areas of public health and epidemiology).

Mandatory literature

Será indicada em cada sessão; To be recommended by lecturers in each session

Teaching methods and learning activities

Lectures on topics of interest in public health will be conducted by experts in different areas, allowing students to have contact with health policy and public health research, which is essential, not only for their general training but also for the selection of topics for dissertation. The discussion with guests is a unique opportunity for students to understand the integration of the different disciplines involved in public health.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 20,00
Teste 80,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 54,00
Frequência das aulas 27,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

Students need to attend at least 75% of the classes.

Students workers that are granted the corresponding status should contact the main responsible at the beggining of this UC.

Calculation formula of final grade

The final evaluation of this UC includes a written test with 5 open questions  about any of the topics addressed during the 18 seminars. Attendance to the seminars scheduled will be considered for the final grade.


Final grade= Written test (80%) + Attendance (20%).

Students workers that are granted the corresponding status are exempted from participation in classes and therefore the final grade will only consider the written test (100%).
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