Seminar on Health Transition and New Challenges for Health Systems


1. Reflect on the main themes addressed by the health literature on transition;
2. Participate in debates on the concept of transition in health and health services systems (SSS);
3. Critically analyze some of the theories on transition in health and SSS;
4. Identify the challenges and opportunities that the transitions addressed create and pose to SSS;
5. Address methodological aspects in the preparation of research projects on the topics covered.

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Responsible teacher

Paulo Ferrinho


Weekly - 10

Total - 40

Teaching language



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Teaching method

T - Teaching: lecture, student presentations, discussion in a virtual classroom.
OT – Support for the preparation of the S and O.
S – student-led seminars.

Evaluation method

1. Presentations (25%) – must include a summary, the specific learning objectives of the session, how the specific objectives contribute to the general learning objectives of the FUC, introduce the topic, identify controversies, identify topics for investigation and possible research methodologies and finish with the literature used, must fulfill the allotted time (no more and no less).
2. Discussion dynamics (25%) – must be based on a script prepared in conjunction with the presenter, must guarantee the participation of all doctoral students, must end with a summary of the main points highlighted during the discussion.
3. Participation in discussions (50%) – participation must be active, reflective and informed. Interventions that are opinionated or that do not reflect knowledge of at least the recommended literature will not be welcomed. Interventions based on reflections based on the experiences of each one integrated with the knowledge acquired in the UC will be welcomed. Participation in the discussions of each seminar contributes to 6% of the grade; participation in the final debate contributes to 14% of the grade.
4. Both the presentation and the discussion will welcome attempts to integrate the session with previous sessions of the UC or with another UC of the PhD.

Subject matter

I. Transition from the MDGs to the SDGs;
II. Health in transition: facts and theories;
III. Globalization of health;
IV. Understand the evolution of a European Health Union;
V. Transitions in the health workforce;
VI. Transition in health technologies;
VII. Transition in Public Health Services (SSP);
VIII. Transition in primary health care (in CPLP Member States);
IX. Democratic transitions and health;
X. Pandemic challenges.