Public Health


The main learning objectives are:
• Acquire basic knowledge of Public Health.
• Identify and characterize important problems in public health and public health and nutrition, in Portugal and the World.
• To recognize and prioritize the health needs of individuals, groups and communities.
• Understand the dynamics of the disease and its natural history, data sources and main types of epidemiological study and measurement of data.
• Set appropriate and relevant strategies that contribute to Health Promotion and control of major health problems.
• In each theoretical-practical class, four/five students’ group shall, on a proposed theme under the subject of Public Health/Nutrition, elaborate a document directed to different contexts, which will be presented in adequate support material.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Prof. Doutor Luís Nunes


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





• Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health. Aschengrau A. e Seage III GR, 2008 Jones and Barthett Publishers
• Epidemiology,  Gordis L  Elsevier 2019
• Precaution Prevention and Public Health Ethics, J Med and Philosophy 2004  29  3,  313-332
• A Code of Ethics for Public Health  Am J Public Health 92, 7, 1057-1059 July 2002
• Haupt A and Krane TT. Population handbook, 5th ed, 2004
• INE. Projecções da população residente 2012-2060
• WHO (2009). Milestones in Health Promotion: Statements from Global Conferences.  
• Maxwell NI. Understanding Environmental Health. JB Learning. 2 nd Ed
• Saracci, R. Intoducing the history of epidemiology.Oxford University Press, 2001. 1-19.
• CDC. Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health Practice. An Introduction to Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics. 3.Ed
• "sites" sobre Public Health and Nutrition

Teaching method

Theoretical classes
Theoretical- Practical classes (part of an exposition component and an interactive component, aimed at small groups – including the elaboration and presentation of the group work.

Evaluation method

A - Work group. Valued at 40% of the final grade, 8 out of 20. There will be 12 group works, each one valued up to 20 out of 20 values.

B – Written test with 15 multiple choice questions/questions for short written answers and one question to demonstrate integration of knowledge, valued at 60% of the final grade, 12 out of 20;
2nd time, note improvements and special time - oral exam 

Class attendance compulsory (at least 80%); record of attendance for theoretical-practical,
Group works - a necessary condition to the frequency and assessment of discipline.
Special regimens of students not able to attend the theoretical-practice lessons: Have to write an assay on Nutrition/Public Health team chosen with the Faculty and an oral exam.

Subject matter

Public Health (PH) - overview and general principles; health, development and social determinants
Multidisciplinary, cross-cutting and research; human rights, individual responsibility, citizenship, Law and social justice
Population and health: dynamic population - ageing
Indicators of health and introduction to PH research
Review of Descriptive epidemiology, ecological studies, health systems
Health promotion
Epidemics; communicable diseases and NCD’s
PH ethics
Disasters and PH
Genetic / diabetes - the PH approaches
Health and environment- Climate change and populations
Quality of health services
Big issues of nutrition and contemporary PH
Screenings, screening tests and diagnostics
Epidemiological Surveillance of waterborne and foodborne diseases.


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