In Association

Public Health


The PhD in Public Health is oriented towards the production of an original and innovative scientific contribution to Public Health. The Phd student is expected to acquire:

  • Training in the design, planning and execution of scientific research in public health
  • Practice in the interpretation, discussion and communication of results
  • Deepening of advanced knowledge in public health and in the specific area of expertise
  • Competences and tools for continued future learning
  • Ability to train new researchers in public health and in the specific area of expertise
  • Competences for the preparation and publication of articles, based on research, in scientific peer-reviewed journals.


Areas of Expertise 

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion
  • Policy, Management and Health Administration
  • Health Economics
  • Environmental and Occupational Health



Careers and positions: Academic positions / Researcher / Epidemiologist / Biostatistics consultant / Consultant for policy development and analysis, assessment, and management of public health programs / Consultant for quality programs and health promotion / Environmental policy consultant.

Potential employers: Colleges and Universities / Research centers / Pharmaceutical industry / Local authorities / Health units / Government entities / Communication companies / Mass media.



Prof. Julian Perelman

Prof. Paulo Boto

Prof. Susana Viegas



Helena Sampaio Silva

Tel. +351 217 512 120


Curricular Unit ECTs
1st Year
Public Health I Seminar 10
Research Methodologies 3
Public Health II Seminar 10
Advanced Statistics in Public Health 4
Seminar in Specialty 12
Research Ethic 3
Free option 18
2nd to 4th Year
Thesis      120
Total     180





1 year (September to July)



Mandatory Curricular Units - Friday | 11h30 - 22h10

Optional Curricular Units - Wednesdays afternoon | Saturday morning



 2 to 4 years, after approval of the advisor(s) in Scientific Council



Participation in Seminars, studies, tutorial orientation, field work and thesis development.



1st Phase

Application: 4th April - 24th June

Selection: 29th June - 8th July

Registration: Until August 2 (and after list of admissions publication)


2nd Phase

[Will only take place if the total number of vacancies is not filled in the 1st phase]

Application: 9th july




The application is submitted online, by completing the application form, which should include attached the following documentation:

Proof of the academic degree

Curriculum Vitae (EUROPASS model)

Letter of recommendation

Proposal of the research topic that the candidate plans to develop*

Other curricular elements that the candidate considers relevant


* The proposal will have a maximum of 600 words and must include the following elements:

Proposal title;
Name of the author of the proposal;
Research line in which the proposal is inserted (List of Preferred Research Themes);
Mention of (at least) a scientific publication by an ENSP professor related to the proposal's theme (see B3lo-ensp);
Objective of the work;
Relevance of work in terms of public health;
Proposed methodology to be followed to achieve the objective (in particular, data that will be collected or used from other sources);
Need for project financing, if relevant;
Time available that you plan to allocate to the doctorate (30%, 50%, 80% or 100%).



Who can apply:

Master’s degree or legal equivalent;

Bachelor's degree with academic/scientific CV particularly relevant to be recognized as attesting to the capacity to  attend this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of ENSP-NOVA;

Holders of a school, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting to the ability to attend this cycle of studies by the ENSP-NOVA Scientific Council.



The jury is formed by 3 members, including the responsible for the areas of specialty to which the candidate applied for (or another teacher from the same area on his / her behalf) and two members of the scientific doctoral committee.

A minimum of two members will participate in the interviews; the presence of a teacher from the area of ​​specialty is mandatory.

The Scientific Committee established the following criteria for selection:

Academic and Scientific merit (academic qualifications; classifications; participation in scientific meetings; publications; research experience; potential for progression in an academically demanding program; letter of recommendation) - 45%

Professional experience (professional positions and performances or in the associative field, in activities related to the topic of the program) - 15%

Research theme (proposal presented, motivation and substantiated justification of scientific interest in public health, scope of research interests from the School teachers, feasibility) - 25%.

Individual Interview (ability to answer the questions asked; shown motivation) - 15%.


Each member of the jury scores their criteria on a scale between 1 and 5.

The members of the jury evaluate all candidates on the first 3 criteria as well as the 4th when they are present in the respective interview.

In the 1st phase, only candidates with a grade of 16 or higher (on a scale of 0 to 20 values) will be accepted in the selection process and candidates with a grade below 14 will not be admitted. Candidates with grades between 14 and 16 values ​​in the 1st phase may be admitted to the 2nd phase.



Minimum: 6 registrations

Maximum: 15 registrations

There may be supernumerary vacancies.



Application fee - €51.00