Collective Health (MSc/PhD)


Unisinos Graduate Program in Collective Health, created in 2002, aims to train professionals with solid technical-scientific knowledge in order to:

- Meet the needs of different levels of health promotion, public policies, and health services management;
- Develop teaching and research to understand the health-disease process and its determining factors;
- Foster the constant production and dissemination of scientific knowledge in the area of collective health.

With emphasis on the transdisciplinary nature of Collective Health, the contents developed in the Doctoral and Master's Degree Programs have a practical interface with the academia and with health services, and broaden the theoretical knowledge, understanding health as a product of social determining factors. We pursue this through different strategies, which include: education in health, community diagnoses, and interventions intended to plan, implement, and assess technologies, actions, services, and policies in order to promote health and quality of life of individuals and groups.

* The Graduate Program in Collective Health promotes advanced scientific and technological research related to the area, and it is recommended by CAPES (Coordination of Improvement of Higher Level Personnel). The programs are graded 5 by CAPES. Next assessment will take place in the 2013-2016 triennial.


Collective Health

Areas of Study

Assessment of Health Policies, Programs, and Actions
In this research line is developed studies using quantitative and qualitative methods in the assessment of programs, activities, practices, management tools, and health services. There is emphasis on the research themes related to health system organization, financing, and planning in health in all management levels, besides areas as health aging and the elderly health, Family Health Strategy, and reduction of inequalities in health.

Epidemiology and Health Conditions of the Population
This research line applies epidemiological principles and methods to the study of health status and the determining factors in population health-disease process. Thematic emphases developed by the Unisinos Graduate Program in Collective Health encompass women’s health, nutritional epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, social capital, and drug use.

Vulnerabilities in Health and Bioethics
In this research line we approach individual and collective health vulnerabilities from the social-cultural and bioethical standpoints. Particularly, inequalities and vulnerabilities are encompassed in themes related to gender, violence, ethnicity, mental health, education in health, prevention and health promotion.

Faculty Back to menu

Head of Program

José Roque Junges
Philosopher and PhD in Theology.
Areas of Interest: Bioethics.
E-mail: jrjunges@unisinos.br
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Academic Staff

Juvenal Soares Dias da Costa
Physician and PhD in Internal Medicine.
Areas of Interest: Epidemiology, health assessment, and the use of health services.
E-mail: jcosta@unisinos.br
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Laura Cecília Lopez
Anthropologist and PhD in Social Anthropology.
Areas of Interest: Qualitative research methods in health, race and gender interactions, the health of black population.
E-mail: lauracl@unisinos.br
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Marcos Pascoal Pattussi
Dentist and PhD in Epidemiology and Collective Oral Health.
Areas of Interest: Epidemiology and Collective Oral Health.
E-mail: mppattussi@unisinos.br
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Maria Teresa Anselmo Olinto
Dietitian and PhD in Collective Health.
Areas of Interest: Nutritional Epidemiology and women's health.
E-mail: mtolinto@unisinos.br
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Nêmora Tregnago Barcellos
Physician and PhD in Medical Sciences.
Areas of Interest: HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, health programs management, health policies.
E-mail: nemorab@unisinos.br
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Ruth Liane Henn
Dietitian and PhD in Medicine and Epidemiology.
Areas of Interest: Nutritional Epidemiology and women's health.
E-mail: ruthenn@unisinos.br
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Tonantzin Ribeiro Gonçalves
Psychology and PhD in Psychology.
Area of Study: Systematics reviews, qualitative methods; HIV/aids; Health interventions.
E-mail: tonantzinrg@unisinos.br
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Vera Maria Vieira Paniz
Pharmacist and PhD in Epidemiology.
Areas of Interest: Pharmacoepidemiology and access to medications.
E-mail: vpaniz@unisinos.br
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Curricular Structure for the Master's Degree Program Back to menu

Master's Degree

The master's degree consists of 28 credits, including Required Courses (nine courses, equivalent to 20 credits) and Optional Courses (two courses, equivalent to four credits). Two optional credits can be taken in other Graduate Programs of the Unisinos as well as in partner institutions. The thesis, developed throughout the course, consists of four credits.

Required Courses (20 credits)
- Biostatistics 1 (2 credits)
- Epidemiology (4 credits)
- Project Workshop (1 credit)
- Integrating Seminar 1 - Historic, Political, and Social Scenarios in Health (2 credits)
- Integrating Seminar 2 - Investigation in Health: Proposals and Criticism (2 credits)
- Health Services Planning and Management (3 credits)
- Qualitative Research Methods in Health* (3 credits)
- Quantitative Research Methods in Health* (3 credits)
- Integrating Seminar 3 - Epistemology and Anthropology of Education in Health (2 credits)
- Integrating Seminar 4 - Methodological Approaches (1 credit)

*Students may choose to take Quantitative Research Methods in Health and/or Qualitative Research Methods in Health.

Optional Courses
- Biostatistics 2 (2 credits)
- Bioethics (2 credits)
- Healthy Aging Promotion (2 credits)
- Workshop on the Writing of Scientific Articles (2 credits)

Doctoral Degree

The Doctoral Degree Program consists of 36 credits, referring to the Required Courses (eight credits), Optional courses (12 credits) and dissertation-related courses (16 credits). The eight optional courses must be taken based on the participation in the optional courses offered by the Program; and four credits related to the optional courses may be accounted for based on the disciplines or activities carried out in other Graduate Programs of this University, in other accredited national institutions or foreign institutions acknowledged in the educational structure of the institution's country of origin, provided it is previously agreed upon by the Academic Staff of the Graduate Program in Collective Health. The teaching internship, required for CAPES scholarship fellows, is divided in two semesters, and it will be optional for other students. The qualifying examination, indispensable requirement to obtain the PhD. degree, must be taken until the 24th month after admission to the doctoral Degree Program.

Required Courses (8 credits)
- Dissertation Seminar 1 (2 credits)
- Dissertation Seminar 2 (2 credits)
- Dissertation Seminar 3 (2 credits)
- Advanced Seminars in Social Sciences and Health* (2 credits)
- Advanced Seminars on Epidemiology* (2 credits)

Optional Courses (12 credits) b
- Biostatistics 2 (2 credits)
- Bioethics (2 credits)
- Pharmacoepidemiology (2 credits)
- Collective Mental Health (2 credits)
- Seminar on Didactics and higher education (2 credits)
- Qualitative Research Seminar 1 (2 credits)
- Qualitative Research Seminar 2 (2 credits)
- Healthy Aging Promotion (2 credits)
- Workshop on the Writing of Scientific Articles (2 credits)
- Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (2 credits)
- Assessment of Technologies in Health (2 credits)
- Higher Education Methodology (3 credits)
- Teaching Internship 1* (2 credits)
- Teaching Internship 2* (2 credits)

*Required for CAPES scholarship fellows; optional for other students.

Optional Courses
- Biostatistics 2 (2 credits)
- Bioethics (2 credits)
- Healthy Aging Promotion (2 credits)
- Workshop on the Writing of Scientific Articles (2 credits)

Contact Back to menu

Department of the Graduate Program in Collective Health.
Phone: +55 (51) 3590 8752 or (51) 3591 1122 - Extension 2239
E-mail: ppgsaudecoletiva@unisinos.br
Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 8 am to 10 pm
Location: Health Sciences Area - Unisinos São Leopoldo Campus

Collective Health (MSc/PhD)