Public Health, epidemiology and statistics
The main learning objectives are:
- Accquire basics of Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Promotion and Administration of health.
- Identify and characterize important problems in public health in Portugal
- 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 the control of major health problems.
- To promote the skills to use the Epidemiology of expertise in clinical reasoning, health problem solving and research.
- Each of four students group shall, on a proposed theme, write a Research Protocol, define a
population and its sample, build a questionnaire, will apply it to the defined population,
build a database, will address the results applying the appropriate statistics methodology
and present the results writing a scientific paper that will present orally.
§ Discipline of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics aims to give a vision of health in a population perspective, based on scientific evidence used by health professionals and institutions in order to provide answers to the concerns of society and its most vulnerable groups.
It is expected, as major educational purposes:
- Understand the health problems in a community perspective.
- Knowing the determinants that influence the health situation / disease, the needs of population health
- Learning methodologies to characterize the health and disease phenomena in population and its quantification.
- Study perspectives and intervention techniques in the community, in health promotion and prevention
- Know the health system, the structure of the different services and the roles of Health professionals.
- Understanding human rights and the right to health, enshrined in the Constitution and in international treaties.
- To know the scientific methodology and its application in public health.
- Know how to communicate scientific research results in written and oral form.
Prof. Doutor Luís Nunes
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Basic Bibliography § An Introduction to Medical Statistics, 3 ed Oxford University press, Blund M. 2000
§ An Introduction to Medical Statistics, 3 ed Oxford University press, Blund M. 2000
§ Theoretical classes - in the first two weeks of the semester and one class per week during the semester- (integrate an exhibition component, and an interactive component)
§ Practical classes (part of a exhibition component and an interactive component, aimed at small groups)
§ Research work in the field - community
§ School computer room practices
A - Work Research. Valued at 25% of the final grade, 5 out of 20.
Reviews partial Protocol, 1,5 pts., Oral Presentation, 1,5 pts., and Article , 2 pts.
B - Epid endorsement. mid-term; optional test, no knockout
C - Biostat. endorsement practice. Quote of the final grade will be 5 pts.
D - PH and Epidemiology test multiple choice questions and / or problem solving, 10 in 20;
2nd time, note improvements and special time - oral exam with all matters of PH, Epid and Biostat.
§ Presence to practical classes, compulsory; record of attendance.
§ Written Submission and Oral article - a necessary condition to the frequency of discipline.
§ Eliminatory mark <50% in A and D; the student must be 5 or > pts, in A and D.
Erasmus students ; Students with special status and of 4th and 5th years and Students - Oral test
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 AGING
DESCRIPTIVE EPIDEMIOLOGY, ECOLOGICAL STUDIES, HEALTH SYSTEMS
INDICATORS OF HEALTH AND INTRODUCTION TO PH RESEARCH
ANALYTICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES
BIOSTATISTICS - Descriptive; Statistical Inference
MIGRATION AND HEALTH
DIABETES MAJOR HEALTH PROBLEM
COMMUNICATION IN HEALTH
MIGRATION AND HEALTH
EPIDEMICS; COMUNICABLE DISEASES
HEALTH AND WORK
Communicate (presentations and articles)
GENETIC AND PUBLIC HEALTH
QUALITY AND HEALTH SYSTEMS
Health IN PORTUGAL
What is a research paper?
What is a research protocol
Analytical and experimental factors I and II
Environment and health
Database construction for research work
Screenings, screening tests and diagnostics
Epidemics, communicable diseases
NATIONAL HEALTH AND PRIORITY PROGRAMS
Programs where the course is taught: