Interuniversity Master's degree offered by Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) [coordinator] and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
This master's degree aims to train public healthcare professionals in pursuit of excellence, in order to contribute to improving the population's health. It has both a local and an international perspective.
The general aim of the programme is for students to gain the necessary abilities in order to deal with health problems and their determinants from the point of view of the population, and restore people's health by means of collective actions and the provision of services to protect and promote health.
These general abilities include the following Public Health activities:
- To identify the health needs of the population.
- To develop health policies and social measures to maintain, protect and promote health.
- To guarantee the provision of healthcare services.
- To acquire the basic knowledge in order to carry out epidemiological and public health research.
Research in Public Health
Professionalization in Public Health
In order to be awarded the Master's degree in Public Health, students must take a total of 120 ECTS credits: 76 ECTS credits corresponding to theoretical subjects and 44 to practical ones.
- Theoretical subjects: the programme outlines two compulsory modules common to all tracks: M1. Core disciplines in Public Health (18 credits ECTS), and M2. Core methods in Public Health (24 ECTS credits). In addition, there is a compulsory module according to the track: M3. Professionalization and M4. Research; worth 12 ECTS credits each. Finally, the syllabus contains a module of optional subjects and seminars (M5. Specialization) from which students must total at least 12 ECTS credits in the first year and 10 ECTS credits in the second.
- Practical subjects: these are compulsory for all students on the programme and are carried out at collaborating Public Health institutions. They include 2 types of activities, professional placement (M6. Practicum, 14 ECTS credits) and a research paper which must be presented and defended in public, and will be judged by a panel of experts (M7. Master's degree final project, 30 ECTS credits).
InternshipsPractical training activities are an essential part of the master's degree in Public Health, taking up most of the second year. Thanks to a long tradition of collaboration, the programme is supported by some of the main public health institutions so that students can carry out their dissertation project in suitable surroundings. Such institutions include: the Department of Health, the Barcelona Pubic Health Agency, the Catalan Institute of Oncology, the Catalan Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Research, the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, the Hospital Consortium of Catalonia, the Health Studies Institute, the Municipal Institute of Medical Research, the Primary Care Research Institute Jordi Gol, the Barcelona Centre for International Health Research, etc.
- Technicians in public health working for national, regional and/or local healthcare administrations (Public Health Agencies, Autonomous [regional] Health Services, etc.).
- Pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food, environmental companies, etc.
- Health service management (public and private; hospitals, primary healthcare, social welfare, etc.).
- Local services management, social welfare, etc.
- Research in public health, preventive medicine, clinical medicine, the environment.
GrantsThe master's degree in Public Health gives its students the opportunity to apply for a number of its own grants, among which those offered by the Barcelona Pubic Health Agency, a maximum of 4 grants and the Health and Society Consortium of Catalonia (up to 3 grants) are noteworthy. These grants cover between 50 and 100% of the registration fees for the master's degree.
Other grants: http://www.upf.edu/becas-master.