Health and Development Seminar


1. At the end of the seminar, the participants shall be able to:
2. Identify the broad schools of thought in public health;
3. Describe the main challenges in public health in countries with fragile health systems;
4. Identify and analyze, based on evidence, the main international health policies and strategies, particularly those that apply to fragile health systems;
5. Synthesize and communicate research results in public health to broad audiences (scientific, professional, decision makers, broad public);
6. Apply research results in public health to the formulation of policies, strategies and intervention plans in fragile health systems.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Jorge Cabral


Weekly - 12

Total - 32

Teaching language



Not applicable


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• Carrin, G., Buse, K., Heggenhougen, H.K., Quah, S.K. (Eds.) 2009, Health Systems Policy, Finance, and Organization Elsevier.
• Cook, H.J., Bhattacharya, S., Hardy A. (Eds.) 2009, History of the Social Determinants of Health: Global Histories, Contemporary Debates, Hyderabad: Orient Black Swan.
• Evans, R., Barer M., Marmor, T. (Eds.) 1994, Why are some people healthy and others not?: The determinants of health of populations. New York, Aldine de Gruyter.
• Richard Wilkinson and Michael Marmot (2003). Social determinants of health: the solid facts. 2nd edition. WHO Regional Office for Europe. Copenhagen.
• World Health Organization (2000). The World health report 2000: health systems: improving performance. Geneva.
• Peters, D. H., et al (2008). Poverty and Access to Health Care in Developing Countries. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences · July 2008. DOI: 10.1196/annals.1425.011.
• Jamison, D. T., et al (Lancet Commission) (2913). Global health 2035: a world converging within a generation. Lancet 2013; 382: 1898–955 Published Online December 3, 2013 S0140-6736(13)62105-4.
• Kutzin, J. (2013). Health financing for universal coverage and health system performance: concepts and implications for policy. Bull World Health Organ 2013;91:602–611 | doi:
• Lomas, J. 1997 Improving Research Dissemination and Uptake in the Health Sector: Beyond the Sound of One Hand Clapping, McMaster University Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis.
• Measurement and Evidence Knowledge Network 2007 The social determinants of health: Developing an evidence base for political action (Final Report to World Health Organization from the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health).

Teaching method

Theory and practice classes; tutorials.

Evaluation method

Evaluation through individual works with conceptual analysis of statistical data from countries, health patterns and health system’s response.

Subject matter

I. The foundation texts of public health;
II. Public health problems in countries with fragile health systems;
III. The role of health systems: a) does supply respond to demand?; b) evaluating the performance of health systems; c) universal health coverage;
IV. Analysis of international policies and strategies in public health, particularly those that apply to fragile health systems;
V. Interventions by International agencies, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and bilateral cooperation;
VI. Synthesis and communication strategies for scientific research results;
VII. Applying research results to the formulation of policies, strategies and intervention plans in fragile health systems.