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Online Postgraduate Course in Public Health

Program curriculum and final degree

Program Curriculum

The program is organized around various activities designed to provide practical guidance. These activities will serve as a foundation for learning processes that are directly relevant to the professional world.In addition to the activities, spaces for debate and documentary resources for each unit (and which can be found on the corresponding virtual platform), students will be provided with a wide range of teaching materials to facilitate general understanding, help with the tasks set for the program's units and acquire key competences.

The units are as follows:

Unit 1. Organization of Public Health Students will identify the main components of the organization and funding of public health systems and their relation to public health (of which they form part).

Unit 2. Epidemiology Students will gain an understanding of epidemiology, learn the basic measurements of frequency, association and impact (making basic calculations as well as interpreting these factors), and learn about the design of basic epidemiological studies.

Unit 3. Statistics Students will gain an insight into the concepts and foundations of statistics as applied to health sciences, while professionals in the field of public health will gain the capacity to conduct research and critically evaluate the quantitative methodology of articles published in this specialist area.

Unit 4. Study Design Students will acquire the necessary knowledge to develop a research project, which will then serve as an instrument enabling them to connect research ideas with the practical implementation of the study. Includes the final Diploma project.

Unit 5. Occupational Health and Social Determinants Students will take a multi-disciplinary approach to the critical examination of the main scientific, social and political factors that contribute to both health and health inequality. They will also review all these elements in relation to workplace injuries, occupational illnesses, incapacity for work and work-related risks, adopting a broad perspective that looks at the social, political and occupational determinants (both proximal and distal) of the individual's environment.

Unit 6. Public Health Surveillance Students will learn about the conceptual and instrumental methods used to reach objectives with regard to public health surveillance.

Unit 7. Health Protection Students will learn about and develop the basic analytical capacity to tackle emerging problems and crises, as well as the ability to plan programs and interventions related to health protection.

Unit 8. Community Health Students will take a problem-based approach to learning about the concepts of community, community health and delivery of community healthcare via healthcare services or the community itself. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of collaborative programs involving primary healthcare services and the public healthcare system.

Unit 9. Infectious Diseases Students will review the principles and conceptual bases of the epidemiological control of infectious diseases and analyse the specific control of a number of such diseases. Special emphasis will be placed on problems related to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, disease epidemics, sexually transmitted diseases and other emerging infectious processes.

Unit 10. Health Promotion This unit looks at the conceptual and theoretical bases on which health promotion and prevention are constructed. Students will gain the capacity to design, analyse and evaluate interventions in the field of health promotion and prevention.


The practical component of the Diploma in Public Health involves the preparation of a practical study that will give students the experience of utilizing a research methodology and aid the practical application of their research within the professional framework of public health. In order to gain the Diploma in Public Health (which is accredited by the National School of Health) students must complete and present this practical study, to which they must dedicate around 75 hours of personal work.

The main aim of the study is for the students to apply all of the knowledge acquired during the course and produce a project related to public health, preferably on a subject connected to their everyday professional activities. Accordingly, students will be able to choose a subject based on the proposals put forward by the course coordinators. They will also be able to suggest a subject based on their own professional activities.

*The information contained herein may be subject to changes.

Final Degree

Upon successfully completing the program, students will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health, awarded by Pompeu Fabra University.