Public health


The Doctorate in Public Health aims to make an original and innovative scientific contribution to the area of Public Health in order to allow the doctorate to acquire:

  • Training in the design, planning and execution of scientific research in public health
  • Practice in interpretation, discussion and communication of results
  • Deepening of advanced knowledge in public health and in the respective area of expertise
  • Competences and tools for continued future learning
  • Ability to train new researchers and program management in public health and in the respective area of expertise
  • Competencies 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.

Other areas: Global Health / Genetics / Nutrition / Maternal and Child Health.




Coordination: Prof. Doctor Paula Lobato de Faria   (Check the Mensage of  the Coordinator)

Prof. Doctor Pedro Aguiar

Prof. Doctor João Valente Cordeiro


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: 6th April - 3rd July

Selection: 6th July - 9th July

Registration: Until July 28 (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: 4th August- 8th September

Selection: 10th September - 11 September

Registration: Until September 28 (and after list of admissions publication)




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

Proof of the academic degree CV

Letter of recommendation

Proposal of the research topic that the candidate plans to develop (maximum of 1000 words) *

Other curricular elements that the candidate considers relevant

* The mentioned research topic should refer to the areas developed by ENSP-NOVA teachers and in the list of preferred themes for the 9th Edition of the PhD Program in Public Health, which are aligned with the areas of the Public Health Research Center (CISP).



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) - 50%

Professional experience (professional positions and performances or in the associative field, in activities related to the topic of the program) - 10%

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