The primary objective of the master's programme in Public Health is to enable students to understand health and disease processes and their determinants from the point of view of the population and to address health issues by means of collective interventions to promote, protect and restore health.
Barcelona's master's programme in Public Health was launched in 1989. Since 2006, it has been an interuniversity programme offered jointly by Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Today, it aspires to international excellence in the training of public health professionals.
The programme's overall objective is for students to acquire the necessary skills to tackle health issues and their determinants from the point of view of the population and to promote and restore people's health by means of collective actions and the provision of services to protect and promote health.
The master's programme in Public Health is aimed at professionals and holders of a university degree or diploma - especially in the life sciences (medicine, nursing, biology, veterinary medicine, etc.), environmental sciences, statistics, economics, sociology, chemistry or pharmacy, among others - seeking to obtain the necessary knowledge and training to work in any area of public health.
Students may choose between two course types - professional and research -both of which entail the same course load (120 credits in two academic years). Although both course types share a set of core subjects, each one also includes specific subjects. Students moreover have the possibility of designing their own specialization track based on optional subjects and, thus, ultimately determine their own tailored course of study.
In the first year, students must take the core subjects, the compulsory subjects for their chosen specialization, and part of the specialization module (optional subjects for the programme). In the second year, they must complete their master's degree final project (thesis), the professional internship, two compulsory subjects and the remainder of the specialization module (optional subjects or credits from external programmes).
To earn the master's degree in Public Health, students must successfully complete a total of 120 credits: 76 credits' worth of theoretical subjects and 44 credit's worth of practical ones.
The internship lasts two and a half months and is worth 14 credits. It is carried out at the main public health centres and services of the local health system. It is compulsory for all students, regardless of their chosen track, and it is unpaid.
The generic objective of the master's degree final project is the completion of a thesis, which accounts for a significant portion of the programme's curricular course load (30 credits and 750 hours of study). The main objective is the acquisition of practical experience with the methods of study in the field of public health.
The master's programme in Public Health collaborates with the most important public health institutions in the area to allow students to carry out their projects in a suitable environment. These institutions include, among others, the Catalan Ministry of Health, the Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB), the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO), the Catalan Agency for Health Technology and Research Assessment (AATRM), the Catalan Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), the Catalan Healthcare and Social Services Consortium (CSC), the Catalan Institute of Health Studies (IES), the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), the Jordi Gol Institute for Primary Care Research (IDIAP Jordi Gol), and the Barcelona Centre for International Health Research (CRESIB). The institutions undertake to host students for eight months, on a part-time basis, and to provide them with the necessary resources and a tutor to supervise them.
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Students UE: € 3,301.8 | Non UE students: € 4,092 € (1 academic year)
Pompeu Fabra University offers two grants covering part of the programme's tuition fee.
Students may also apply for grants offered directly by the collaborating institutions, among which special attention should be called to the Barcelona Public Health Agency and the Catalan Healthcare and Social Services Consortium. These grants cover between 50% and 100% of the price of the tuition fee and require students to carry out their master's degree final project at the awarding institution.
As a new feature, the programme is also accepting applications for the Manel Nebot grant, which covers the full tuition fee for the master's programme.
For information on other available financial aid for master's programmes, see www.upf.edu/master-grants.
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