Masters

Public Health

ENSP-NOVA

Master’s degree accredited and validated By:

 

       

Presentation

The Master's program in Public Health at the NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH) is designed to foster the development and acquisition of a scientific foundation and advanced competencies necessary for scholarly inquiry and research within the realm of Public Health.

With this objective in mind, students are expected to:

  • Cultivate a comprehensive understanding of scientific principles, theoretical frameworks, and practical methodologies, thereby contributing to the enhancement of public health outcomes and the efficacy of health systems and institutions, both domestically and internationally;

  • Develop the skills and capacity to conduct rigorous investigations and contribute to the body of knowledge and problem-solving efforts in key areas of Public Health, spanning diverse disciplinary domains;

  • Demonstrate proficiency in critically appraising and systematically evaluating their professional practice, while actively engaging in research endeavors and collaborative projects, including participation in scientific forums and working groups dedicated to advancing the field of Public Health.

 

Career Opportunities

  • Professional paths in various national and international institutions, public and private departments, and social sector services, where they can engage in activities across diverse domains of public health, including epidemiology, health policy and administration, environmental and occupational health, health economics, health planning, health promotion, among others;

  • Academic career within higher education institutions, research centers, and companies operating in the field of public health, focusing on areas such as epidemiology, health policy and administration, environmental and occupational health, health economics, health planning, health promotion, among others;

  • Work in the realm of global health, collaborating with international agencies, bilateral or multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, and consulting firms within the sector.

 

Accreditation

Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior (A3ES)

 Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).

 

Recognition

In 2022, the Master's in Public Health at the Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública (ENSP) was the only program in Portugal to be featured in the TOP 100 - 2022 ranking by the EDUNIVERSAL BEST MASTERS RANKING. Additionally, the Master's in Public Health ranks 12th in Europe and 29th globally in the category of "Health Economics/Public Health". The "Best Masters" ranking assesses the ability of a specific educational program to provide added value to students in the current job market.

 

Coordinators

Gonçalo Figueiredo Augusto (Coordinator)

Carolina Santos (Deputy Coordinator)

 

More Information

Tiago Quinta-Feira
Tel.+351 217 512 169
E-mail tiago.quintafeira@ensp.unl.pt

Coordinator's Message

A saúde pública foi responsável por muitos dos enormes avanços registados no século passado. A diminuição da mortalidade materna e infantil, o controlo e eliminação de várias doenças infecciosas, o aumento da esperança de vida e a diminuição das desigualdades no acesso a cuidados de saúde são apenas algumas das conquistas que permitiram a melhoria da saúde e bem-estar da população, graças aos homens e mulheres que construíram a saúde pública ao longo de mais de um século.

A saúde pública evoluiu muito e foi ganhando um relevo crescente no estudo dos determinantes da saúde, na identificação das iniquidades, na procura de evidência que suporte as várias políticas públicas na promoção da saúde das populações. As sociedades modernas precisam, mais do que nunca, do contributo inestimável da saúde pública para enfrentar os múltiplos desafios relacionados com os estilos de vida e as doenças não-transmissíveis, com as ameaças ambientais e as alterações climáticas, e com as zoonoses e doenças transmissíveis emergentes.

O Mestrado em Saúde Pública da Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública apresenta um programa curricular reconhecido internacionalmente que vai ao encontro destes importantes desafios.

Com um corpo docente que alia um sólido percurso académico a uma experiência profissional multifacetada, o Mestrado em Saúde Pública oferece aos estudantes uma multiplicidade de experiências de aprendizagem, com uma abordagem crítica e baseada na evidência, preparando-os para enfrentar os desafios actuais e futuros da saúde pública, através da sua actuação em organizações públicas, privadas e do terceiro sector, em Portugal ou em contexto internacional.

 

Staff

Gonçalo Figueiredo Augusto

Coordinator of the Master's in Public Health

Programme

This program will be held entirely in portuguese.

Curricular Units ECTS
1st Year
Fundamentos da Saúde Pública • Gonçalo Figueiredo Augusto 4
Estatística • por definir 4
Estratégias de Ação e Planeamento em Saúde • Carolina Santos 4
Economia da Saúde • João Pereira 4
Princípios e Estratégias de Promoção da Saúde • Ana Rita Goes 4
Programas de Saúde Baseados na Evidência • Gonçalo Figueiredo Augusto 4
Epidemiologia • Carlos Dias 4
Direito e Ética em Saúde • Paula Lobato Faria 4
Métodos de Investigação Social em Saúde • Cristina Godinho 4
Saúde Ocupacional e Ambiental • Susana Viegas 4
Políticas e Gestão em Saúde • Paulo Sousa 4
Opções Livres 16
2nd Year
Dissertação 60
Total de ECTS  120

 

Validação de currículo pela APHEA.

Regulation | Study Plan
Regulation Modification | Article 9th

Schedule | School Calendar

Master's degree in face-to-face format in mandatory curricular units on Thursdays and Fridays (4:30 pm to 10:10 pm) and in online format in optional curricular units on Monday (morning), Wednesday (afternoon) and/or Saturday (morning).

In the second year, for the Dissertation, research seminars take place on Thursday and/or Friday.

 

Full-time schedule

Year 1 - Mandatory Curricular Units
Thursdays and Fridays | 4.30 p.m. - 10.10 p.m.

Year 1 - Optional Units (online)
Monday (morning), Wednesdays (afternoons) and/or Saturdays (mornings)

Year 2 - Thesis
Thursdays and Fridays | Research Seminars

 

Part-time schedule

Year 1 and 2 - Mandatory Curricular Units
Thursdays and Fridays | 4.30 p.m. - 10.10 p.m.

Year 1 e 2 - Optional Units
Monday (morning), Wednesdays (afternoons) and/or Saturdays (mornings)

Year 2 - Thesis
Thursdays and Fridays | Research Seminars

 

Note 1: The part-time workload depends on the chosen Curriculum Units each academic year

Note 2: Some sessions are planned in a non-face-to-face teaching format.

 

 

Language

Portuguese

 

School Calendar

Application

DEADLINES

  • Application period: February 29 to July 1, 2024

  • Selection period: July 8 to 11, 2024

  • Publication of the provisional list of successful applicants: July 12, 2024

  • Hearing of interested parties: July 15 to 26, 2024

  • Publication of the definitive list: July 30, 2024

  • Registration and enrolment period: July 30 to August 2, 2024

 

A 2nd phase of applications may be opened if deemed necessary.

 

Access Requirements

  • Graduates in Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nursing, Health Technologies, Biological Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Engineering, Economics, Law, Sociology, Psychology, Administration and Management, Political Sciences, Educational Sciences and Communication, Human Kinetics, or in other areas recognized by the Course Coordination, related to Public Health;

  • Proficient command of Portuguese and an adequate level of English (for reading purposes during the course);

  • Strong motivation to work in Public Health.

 

Applications

Applications must be submitted directly and exclusively to the NOVA NSPH website here.

Consulte the Call for Applications for this course here.

For suggestions on how to better present your Application, consult the Application Guide.

 

Selection

The analysis, evaluation, selection, and ranking of applications will be carried out by a jury appointed by the Scientific Board of Doctoral Program in Public Health appointed by the Scientific Council of NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH), composed of the following members:

  • Gonçalo Figueiredo Augusto (President)

  • Carolina Santos

  • Inês Fronteira

 

Evaluation criteria:

Academic Merit - 40%
Professional Experience - 40%
Consistency - 20%

In the event the jury deems it necessary to conduct an interview, the weighting of both components will be 50% for the curriculum evaluation and 50% for the interview.

 

Cost

  • Application fee - 51€ (non-refundable)

  • Tuition fee for national citizens - 3.950€

  • Tuition fee for citizens of other countries with status of International Student) - 5.950€

Testimonials

 

 

 


Renato dos Reis

Functional Analyst in Shared Services of the Ministries of Health (SPMS) and Guest Assistant at ESS-IPS.

As a physiotherapist, I have always felt the need to leverage physiotherapy through population-based initiatives, focused on promoting health throughout the users' life journey. In 2023, I completed the Master's degree in Public Health at the National School of Public Health (ENSP), integrated into the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, an experience that exceeded my expectations, enriched my professional practice and allowed me to look at the role of health specialties from another perspective. form. The Master of Public Health provided the opportunity to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in the area of ​​co-creation of health interventions, project management, health economics and within the scope of health policies at national and international level. As a health professional, I believe that health interventions are truly impactful when they involve different specialties, both within and outside the health sector. At ENSP, I had the privilege of meeting professionals from different areas and developing collaborative projects that made me aware of the roles of each of the specialties in this complex ecosystem. I emphasize that ENSP is part of the NOVA University of Lisbon, an institution with very different schools where the exchange of knowledge is possible. The opportunity to participate in this diverse learning environment was fundamental to my personal and professional growth.

 

 

José Ramalho

 

Health Research Officer - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Completing the Master's in Public Health (MPH) at the NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH) is transformative. With comprehensive and up-to-date training and a faculty composed of experienced professionals of national and international renown in their areas of expertise, students find an intellectually stimulating environment for discussion and experimentation, resulting in the development of innovative work characterized by scientific rigor relevant to academia, policymakers, and the general population. NOVA NSPH serves as a mediator for interaction and collaboration with various stakeholders, both nationally and internationally, providing a truly interdisciplinary and global view of health. The MPH program at NOVA NSPH offers excellent training, preparing students to tackle the numerous challenges of the sector in any context.

 

 

Guilherme Queiroz

Public Health Doctor / ULS Região de Aveiro

I completed the Master's in Public Health at the NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH) in 2023, where I conducted a prevalence study on sickle cell trait in São Tomé and Príncipe. Throughout the entire process, the NOVA NSPH was an example of best practices, promoting dialogue and interdisciplinarity. During the seminars, the program provided a Global and Planetary Health approach, updated on emerging issues and challenges. The excellence of the guidance ensured the methodological quality of the study, giving it a robustness that elevated it not only at the scientific but also ethical level. The flexibility and acceptance of external stakeholders by the NOVA NSPH also demonstrated a culture of openness and promotion of collaboration and cooperation in science and health, from a perspective of horizontal integration of knowledge and practices from CPLP countries. I am deeply grateful for having chosen this master's program and for all the support I received throughout the process, preparing me not only as a competent professional but also as an agent of change committed to improving public health.

 

 

Tiago Guilherme Rodrigues

Executive Advisor to the President of the Management Board of INFARMED, I.P

Enrolling in the Master of Public Health (MSP) arises from the desire to deepen knowledge and broaden horizons regarding the healthcare ecosystem. The MSP offers a range of opportunities to learn and understand the theoretical and practical principles that contextualize the organization and functioning of healthcare systems worldwide, and particularly in Portugal, as well as the fundamental scientific disciplines for Public Health, such as epidemiology, statistics, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and Health Law. The NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH) also fosters an environment that seeks active engagement from the academic community, offering seminars and training events on current and relevant topics, which serve as excellent complements for students. An enriching and compelling experience that, at the very least, makes us more critical and confident in addressing various areas of Health and Public Health, both as professionals and citizens.

 

 

 

Ana Regina Sá

 

Public Health Doctor - Unidade de Saúde Pública, ACES Algarve Central

The Master of Public Health represents an additional pathway for public health doctors, enabling them to deepen their research competencies. From a curriculum standpoint, it may offer several advantages. The strengths of undertaking this program at NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH) lie in the quality and dedication of its professionals and the opportunity to establish partnerships with other institutions. On a personal level, this course has allowed me to enhance research skills, particularly in protocol development, research conduct, and communication, culminating in the production of a dissertation and a scientific article. Close guidance from the supervisor was essential for experiential learning.

 

 

Sara Esteves

Blue Book  Trainee - DG SANTE (European Union), Irlanda

A decision to pursue the Master's in Public Health at the NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH) was a significant step in my academic journey, as I aimed to acquire comprehensive training in the field of health. This master's program offers a broad curriculum, covering topics ranging from epidemiology to health economics and environmental health. Moreover, classes are taught by experienced faculty members who, while maintaining high standards, are always available to offer assistance.Regarding the dynamics of the class, I can attest to a strong sense of mutual support among peers, and the presence of colleagues from diverse backgrounds greatly enriched the learning experience. Therefore, I highly recommend this master's program to those seeking to expand their knowledge across various areas of public health.

 

Miguel Peralta

Assistant Researcher - Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, Universidade de Lisboa

It was with great pleasure that I pursued the Master's in Public Health at NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH). In my academic and professional life, focused on research, I had a keen interest in addressing public health issues. Therefore, I sought out courses that would allow me to deepen my knowledge in this area. At the top of my research was the Master's in Public Health at NOVA NSPH, due to the institution's prestige and recommendations from alumni, I decided to apply. At NOVA NSPH, I found a highly qualified faculty with professional and scientific experience, but above all, they were deeply committed to teaching and readily available to discuss any topic or doubts. The atmosphere of knowledge sharing at ENSP was one of the main reasons for my development during the course and my satisfaction with it. This was a rewarding experience both personally and academically, which I highly recommend to anyone interested in the field of public health.

 

 

 

Ana Marta Moniz

Researcher - Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

The CMSP is a comprehensive and versatile master's program. The curriculum allows students to choose the area with which they identify, both through the common core and the wide range of optional modules. Personally, I directed my study plan towards the area of Health Policies and Management, having the opportunity to select disciplines such as Financing and Financial Analysis, Health Economics and Policies, and International Health, through which I was able to understand the state of the art of Health in Portugal and worldwide. Since the classes are taught by faculty members who also have professional experience in the subjects they address, they are always presented in a very practical and objective manner, which greatly helps in understanding both the content and the reality, as well as in charting our individual path for the future. In this school, I found a strong spirit of mutual support among classmates, both within the same course and with others running in parallel. The demanding and dedicated faculty always proved to be very supportive in assisting us with the tasks at hand, showing immense openness to new ideas and their implementation.

 

 

 

Diana Fernandes da Terra

Infectious Disease Doctor - Centro Epidemiologia e Intervenção Preventiva, Hospital das Forças Armadas

The Master's in Public Health was an individual choice driven by the needs felt in the roles I fulfilled, but above all, it served as an essential complement to my training as a hospital specialist in the field of infectious diseases. Despite the inherent effort required to maintain clinical activity alongside postgraduate student duties, it was perceived as a breath of fresh air. The new areas propelled knowledge research and stimulated new work and research projects, presenting a challenge to depart from the comfort zone of my foundational training. From a human perspective, the class with members from diverse backgrounds and vastly different life experiences functioned as an essential link of motivation and mutual support, which I had not initially expected.

 

Adilson Marques

Associate Professor with Tenure - Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, Universidade de Lisboa

I completed the Master's in Public Health at NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH). After searching for a course in epidemiology or public health at various institutions, I chose NOVA NSPH. The reasons behind my choice were the institution's public recognition and the quality of teaching and faculty. During my time at NOVA NSPH, I was able to confirm that it is a high-quality institution, with a highly qualified faculty with both professional and scientific experience. Additionally, I emphasize the quality of teaching, which, through different methodologies, enhances student learning during classes. I also highlight the relationship between professors and students, which is one of the school's characteristics that stood out to me the most. The school has a scholastic ethos characterized by proximity and informality, allowing students to easily approach professors for clarification of doubts, sharing experiences, conducting scientific projects, and even handling bureaucratic matters. I entered NOVA NSPH with high expectations and left very satisfied, eager to maintain a connection with the institution.