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Interuniversity Master's degree offered by Universitat Pompeu Fabra (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.
* 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.
The master's degree in Public Health is the gateway to the doctorate programme in this field.
The Master's degree comprises 60 ECTS divided over two semesters, 30 ECTS each semester. All of these are compulsory and they include 9 ECTS for writing and publicly defending a research paper.
The Master's degree in Public Law and Multilevel Integration Processes has a dual profile, professional and research, which is reflected in the way its modules are organised, integrating theory and practice. Students may request advice and guidance from members of the Jean Monnet Chair and the Consolidated Research Group on European Constitutional Law, both for their internal UAB practicums, which are included in the modules, and for writing their research papers.
The Master's degree has no specialisations or tracks. Structure
TypeCredits Compulsory 51 Master's dissertation 9 TOTAL 60
Module titleCreditsType Citizenship and Integration 9 COMPULSORY Configuration of Fundamental Rights 6 COMPULSORY Legal Culture and Allocation of Competences 6 COMPULSORY Legal Foundations of Integration and Comparative Constitutionalism 9 COMPULSORY Gender, Equality and Non-discrimination 6 COMPULSORY Research Methodology 6 COMPULSORY Procedures for Safeguarding Rights 9 COMPULSORY Master's dissertation 9 COMPULSORY
Ideal student profile
Students need a solid grounding in Law or, secondarily, in Political or Social Sciences, with a degree whose syllabus covers basic subjects like Introduction to Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, International Law or other similar ones. Other postgraduate qualifications in subjects related to this master's degree will be taken into account, as will any professional experience of some length in public or private institutions related to Public Law or integration processes.
Preference will be given to applicants with the best academic track record in Public Law, European Union Law or that of other unified systems, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, International Law or International Relations.
As the programme is taught in English and Spanish, sufficient command of these languages is necessary (level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference - CEFR). Knowledge of French or German will also be given due consideration.
Students must be able to work in a group, in an interdisciplinary and international context, and must show a collaborative spirit and a high level of dedication. Admission
Admission requirements are as follows:
Degree in Law, Law and Business Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Labour Relations, International Relations, International Trade or Journalism, or an equivalent qualification in Social Sciences, if the syllabus covers basic subjects like Introduction to Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, International Law or other similar ones. Access is also open to graduates in Translation and Interpreting who have specialised in legal matters or in European Union organisation.
Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) in English and Spanish. No proof of language level will be required of students whose degree was taught in that language (English or Spanish). If necessary, applicants' language level can be verified by videoconference. Selection criteria
Should the number of applicants be higher than that of places on offer, these will be allocated by the master's degree committee according to the following criteria:
* Detailed academic transcript of the bachelor's degree (50%)
* Other postgraduate qualifications related to the subject area of this master's degree. (10%)
* At least two years' proven experience working in public law or multilevel integration processes in public or private institutions. (20%)
* Command of French (10%) and / or German (10%), in both cases at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.
Depending on their previous studies, students may need to take bridging courses. The master's committee will examine the studies taken previously and will determine the need to take any bridging courses.
Bridging courses are not usually required in the case of Law graduates. Students with other degrees will necessarily have taken basic courses in legal subject areas (see the section on admissions), so they will not need bridging courses. Exceptionally, should any shortcomings in this regard become apparent, the master's governing board will determine the steps for the necessary bridging courses to be taken.
Graduates in other subjects who need to take a bridging course on the European Union can take the course "European Constitutional Law", taught by the Master's coordinator, Teresa Freixes, for 6 ECTS.
This course examines the European Union's constitutional process, the difference between international and European laws and national laws, relations between European and national institutions, the European fundamental rights system and gender orientations and the constitutional implications of European integration, all with special emphasis on the European Union's legal framework. Students of this subject are assessed through practical written exams and a course assignment.
Students who need extra help in legal subject areas will be advised to take one of the following subjects: Fundamental Rights 4.5 ECTS), Constitutional Law I (6 ECTS) and/or Constitutional Law II (6 ECTS). These cover, on the one hand, the juridico-constitutional system and, on the other, the protection of fundamental rights, in both cases taking into account the different levels of legislation and institutions.
In this way, those who need these bridging courses will be able to take the Master's degree in Public Law and Multilevel Integration Processes in the same conditions, regarding European Union Law, as Law graduates.
The 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 Hospital 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.
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