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The Postgraduate Programme in Science - Preventive Medicine (PPGMP) offers masters and doctorate degrees to working professionals working and/or those who have an interest in collective health/public health, regardless of their first degree.


The term "Collective Health" is used in Brazil to describe a broad movement of critical reconstruction of traditional concepts and practices of Preventive Medicine and Public Health developed in the context of the Brazilian Sanitary Reform Movement. In line with the countrys political re-democratization process, since the late 1970s, this movement was responsible, among other achievements, for proposing and regulating the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS).


The programme is organised around the three major areas of knowledge that constitute collective health:  1) epidemiology, 2) social sciences and humanities in health, and 3) politics, planning, management, and evaluation in health.


The organization of a single programme in collective health has been moving toward the development of a multidisciplinary environment for students and the development of interdisciplinary research projects. Focusing on interdisciplinarity, the programme provides fortnightly seminars for the students and faculty members, in which thesis and dissertation projects on a range of topics and using various methodologies are discussed.


The programme facilitates international collaboration and exchanges, including the reception of foreign postgrad students and the reciprocal recognition of degrees (double degrees)


The program has been widely recognised for the quality of its many research projects. From 2013-2016 the programme raised R$17 million in grants from national and international funding agencies and published 533 scientific papers, many of which involved graduate students. The programme has enjoyed long-term co-operation with national and international health sector organisations in terms of contributions to innovation, organisation, management and also health intervention evaluation.


The programme is based within the Department of Preventative Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo, where it was created in 1972. This situation allows the professors and the resources of the programme to be integrated with undergraduate and community outreach activities.


The programme is accredited through CAPES in the greater Health area as Collective Health, and received the highest level of evaluation (7) in the last evaluated period, 2010-2012.


Click here to see a report on the programme’s activities during 2013-2016.






To train professionals to devise and develop research projects and programmes in the three areas of public health (1) epidemiology, 2) social sciences and humanities in health, and 3) politics, planning, management, and evaluation in health), and to equip them with the skills necessary for teaching the technical-scientific knowledge of the field.


For the masters degree, the goal is basic training in topics and methodologies in public health, such as proposing and developing research projects, with an emphasis on aptitude for reviewing and summarising literature texts and using secondary databases.


For the doctorate, the programme aim to enable the student to propose and develop research projects autonomously, with the ability to formulate scientific issues relevant to public health, design projects, organise fieldwork, analyse and interpret data, and write scientific articles



Professor Maria Ines Battistella Nemes (Coordinator)

Professor Ana Flavia Pires Lucas d`Oliveira (Substitute Coordinator)



Lilian Santos of Godoy Prado, e-mail:


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