Online Postgraduate Course in Public Health

The Online Postgraduate Course in Public Health is the reference training for those professionals who need a complete overview of public health for the development of their professional career.

  • Salud Pública
  • Epidemiología
Next edition
Classes start
15 September, 2021 (To be confirmed)
Program ends
27 July, 2022 (To be confirmed)
Language
Spanish
Modality
Online
ECTS credits
30
Price
3000 €

The Online Postgraduate Course in Public Health, created in collaboration with the Catalan Public Health Agency and the Barcelona Public Health Agency, is a program that offers you a comprehensive overview of current health management: its structure and agents, the related institutions, and the functions that its professionals must perform to guarantee an ethical and efficient service.

The main objective of this postgraduate course is to guarantee the necessary knowledge and skills so that professionals in the sector, public administrations, preventive medicine, pharmacy or other services for citizens, can more effectively develop their role. This is especially true in the field of promotion, health protection of the population, and the control and prevention of diseases, taking into account the epidemiology and the socio-political and economic context of their environment.

Throughout the program you will learn to identify new health risks and address them from a holistic and professional perspective. You will lean about the resources for making policies for the control and prevention of diseases and health problems more effective, you will learn to recognize their determining aspects, and highlight the health inequalities of the population. You will gain experience and you will know how to act in the face of alerts, outbreaks, and emergencies. You will also acquire the basic skills to carry out epidemiological research and discover how to promote an equitable healthcare modality at the community level.

Upon completion, you will be awarded a double degree: the Postgraduate in Public Health from UPF and the Diploma in Public Health, from the National School of the Carlos III Health Institute.

Why choose this program

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Gain access to vacant positions in Spanish public institutions

The postgraduate qualifies you to be able to work as a health management professional in public administrations and, in addition, you will obtain the Diploma in Public Health, from the National School of the Carlos III Health Institute, highly valued for accessing numerous career opportunities and places, and for transfers.

02

Get a global overview

The course credits provide the necessary training to understand the basics of health management from a rigorous perspective, looking at the main areas of interest in public health. It also incorporates the latest innovations to update education and mobility between disciplines for professionals who require it.

03

Train yourself in skills and attitudes

Its study plan is oriented not only to knowing, but also to knowing how (skills and experience) and knowing how to be (attitudes), which is reflected in the activities, and in the creation of spaces for opinion and discussion which can be used for an exchange of opinions and views that enrich the health training subjects.

04

Learn from industry professionals

The teaching team is made up of professionals and experts in the field of community health, who develop their work and their knowledge at both the local and regional levels.

Who is it for?

The Diploma in Public Health is aimed at professionals and graduates especially in the field of life sciences (medicine, nursing, biology, veterinary medicine, education, etc.), environmental sciences, statistics, economics, sociology, epidemiology, preventive medicine, chemistry and pharmacy, among others, who wish to obtain training and qualification for the performance of public health management in any of its areas.

Admission and enrolment

Curriculum

The course is organized into 10 didactic units of practical orientation, in which learning will be built from the various activities directly linked to professional transfer.

Along with the activities, debate spaces and documentation for each unit available in the eCampus, a wide range of teaching materials will be made available to students that will facilitate general understanding, the execution of the tasks of the various units of the program, and the acquisition of key competencies to access multiple professional opportunities.

Teaching units

Unit 1. Public health organization

Identify the main components of the organization and financing of public systems and their relationship with public health, of which it is a part.

Unit 2. Statistics

Understand the concepts and foundations of statistics applied to health sciences and train all those professionals in the field of health management and epidemiology to carry out research work, as well as critically assess the quantitative methodology of the articles published in this speciality.

Unit 3. Epidemiology

Know what epidemiology is and learn the basic measures of frequency, association, and impact (both its basic calculation and its interpretation) for health problems, and the design of basic epidemiological studies.

Unit 4. Study design

Acquire the necessary knowledge for the development of a research project, which constitutes the instrument that allows the connection of research ideas with the practical undertaking of the study. It includes the completion of the end of Diploma project.

Unit 5. Social determinants and occupational health

Through a transdisciplinary perspective, the course intends to critically examine the main fundamental scientific, social, and political factors in the generation of health and existing inequalities, and to review all the elements in relation to mobility injuries, work accidents, occupational diseases and work disabilities, and risks related to work from a holistic and professional perspective, which covers the occupational (proximal and distal), social and political determinants of the person's environment.

Unit 6. Public health surveillance

Understand the conceptual and instrumental methods that allow the objectives of the surveillance of the population and its health situation to be achieved.

Unit 7. Communicable diseases

Review the principles and conceptual bases of the epidemiological control of communicable diseases and analyse the control of various communicable diseases, with special emphasis on problems related to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, epidemic outbreaks, sexually transmitted infections, and other emerging infectious processes which are linked to the growing mobility of people.

Unit 8. Health protection

Acquire knowledge and develop the capacity for basic analysis both of emerging problems and crises, as well as in planning preventive medicine plans and programs.

Unit 9. Health promotion

Integrate the conceptual and theoretical bases on which prevention and health promotion are based and train students to design, analyse, and evaluate preventive and promotional interventions in the sector.

Unit 10. Community Health

Understand, through problem-based learning, the concepts of community, community health and community health care, from the point of view of health services or from society, emphasizing the promotion of joint programs of primary care services, preventive medicine, and public health.

Postgraduate Final Project

Treball Final de Postgrau

The practical component of the Diploma in Public Health recommends carrying out a practical assignment whose objective is for the student to acquire experience in research methodology and in the practical application of this research in the professional framework of health management. Likewise, to obtain the Diploma in Public Health, accredited by the National School of Health, it is mandatory to complete and present the equivalent credits of the course for this practical work, to which it is estimated that 75 hours of personal work should be dedicated.

The main objective of the work is to get the students to apply all the knowledge acquired during the course by carrying out work related to public health and preferably on a topic that is part of their usual professional task. Thus, the student can choose a work topic from the proposals made by the coordinator of the diploma and their teachers, but can also propose a topic from their workplace.

Complementary activities

BSM Inside is a transversal and interdisciplinary module, common to all master's and postgraduate degrees at UPF Barcelona School of Management, which has been conceived to work on a set of key competencies for professional development in conjunction with the real needs of today's organizations and to opt for numerous professional opportunities.

This module extends throughout the academic year and is made up of 3 areas of knowledge that constitute the identity traits of the UPF-BSM: Communication; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Planetary Well-being and Humanities.

All the subjects of the BSM Inside module are 100% online and have been designed as self-learning subjects for professionals based on self-learning: from the first day of the subject until the end of the term you will have all the teaching materials available on the eCampus and you can work with the material and the different activities that it contains at your own pace, according to your availability and in a self-organized way.

Qualification obtained

Once you have completed the program, you will be awarded the Postgraduate in Public Health certificate, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University. You will also be awarded a diploma in Public Health from the National School of Carlos III Health Institute.

Faculty

Academic directors

Carme Borrell Thio

Associate Professor at Pompeu Fabra University

Carmen Cabezas Peña
Fernando Garcia Benavides

Full Professor UPF-BSM

Faculty

Carmen Cabezas Peña
Fernando Garcia Benavides

Full Professor UPF-BSM

  • Irene Barrabeig
    Head of the Department of Health’s Epidemiological Surveillance and Response to Public Health Emergencies for South Barcelona.
    MSc in Health Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and in Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion from the University of Barcelona. Degree in Medicine from the University of Barcelona. Specialist coach for medical internships (MIRs) in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
  • Montserrat Bartroli
    Head of community programs for Barcelona Public Health Agency Drug Abuse Care Centre
    Associate Professor at Pompeu Fabra University
    MSc in Public Health and MSc in Clinical Psychology and Behavioural Medicine. Postgraduate in Emotional Education. Published various articles in national and international journals. Developed various applied research studies in recent years, mainly in the field of drug dependence prevention and care.
  • Lluís Camprubí
    Senior expert in Public Health for the Barcelona Council Public Health Service.
    MSc in Public Health. He also worked for the Barcelona Public Health Agency, the Catalan Health and Social Care Consortium and under delegation from the Government Ministry of Health.
  • Albert Dalmau
    Researcher at the Catalan Healthcare System Observatory at the Catalan Agency for Assessment and Quality.
    MSc in Public Health. He has also worked with the Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB), the Foundation University Institute for Primary Healthcare Research (IDIAPJGol), the Research Centre in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) and the Global Health Institute (ISGlobal).
  • Elia Diez David
    Head of the Barcelona Public Health Agency’s program of Preventive Interventions.
    ​​​​​Associate Professor at Pompeu Fabra University.
    MSc in Health Sciences Methodology and Degree in Medicine.
  • Patricia García de Olalla
    Senior expert in Medicine at Barcelona Public Health Agency’s Epidemiological Service
    Associate Professor at Pompeu Fabra University
    Degree in Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Tutor on various editions of the John Hopkins University’s Fall Institute on Health Policy and Management.
  • Pere Godoy
    Head of the Epidemiological Surveillance and Response to Public Health Emergencies Service in Lleida.
    Full Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Lleida.
    Degree in Medicine from the University of Barcelona. Director of the Epidemiological Bulletin of Catalonia (BEC). President of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology and coordinator of the Program for the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases (PREVICET) at the Carlos III Health Institute CIBER for Epidemiology and Public Health.
  • Angelina González
    Coordinator of Community Health programs in the Department of Health’s Sub-directorate in Health Promotion.
    Associate Professor at Pompeu Fabra University.
    Degree in Biomedicine. MSc in Public Health and Secretary for the Health Impact Assessment workgroup, the Public Health Society of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands and the Health Assets group of the Community Health Alliance.
  • ​​​​​Mercè Gotsens
    Expert for the Barcelona Public Health Agency Information Systems Service
    Degree in Biomedicine. MSc in Public Health. Collaborator on various national and European research projects with various articles published in renowned scientific journals
  • Mireia Jané
    Deputy head of the Department of Health’s Surveillance and Response to Public Health Emergencies service.
    MSc from London University and diploma in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Degree in Medicine and Surgery, specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health from the University of Barcelona. Director of the Mother and Child Health Program organised by the Generalitat of Catalonia’s Public Health Agency
  • Xavier Llebaria
    Deputy Director of Public Health at the Department of Health’s Secretary of Public Health
    Associate Professor at Pompeu Fabra University.
    MSc in Public Administration Management from ESADE. Former Managing Director of the Health Protection Agency (now known as the Catalan Public Health Agency) and director of the Catalan Food Safety Agency (both belonging to the Generalitat of Catalonia). Director of Barcelona Public Health Agency from 2013 to 2016.
  • Oleguer Parés Badell
    Senior expert in Medicine at the Barcelona Public Health Agency.
    MSc in Public Health. He has also contributed to Solidify (Supervised Drug Consumption Facilities to Instill Harm Reduction and Social Cohesion at Local Levels) and UniverSal (University and Mental Health, models predicting suicidal behaviour in university students).
  • Maribel Pasarín
    Director of the Barcelona Public Health Agency Health Observatory
    Associate Professor at Pompeu Fabra University
    PhD in Public Health. Her main areas of interest are analysing populational health and its determinants; social inequalities in health; community initiatives for improving health; evaluating primary healthcare; and health promotion.
  • Josep Lluís de Peray
    Consultant in Primary Healthcare, Community Health and Public Health.
    Degree in Medicine from the University of Barcelona. He also worked on the reform to public health as a coordinator for the creation of the Catalan Public Health Agency.
  • Glòria Pérez
    Head of Information Systems at the Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health at the Barcelona Public Health Agency
    Associate Professor at Pompeu Fabra University
    PhD in Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology. Leader and participant in various national and European research projects. Main research focus on social and economic inequalities in sexual and reproductive health.
  • Lluís Picart
    Head of the Department of Health’s Veterinary service, Official Food Control and Exports.
    Postgraduate in Veterinary Public Health, Food Safety and Public Health. Former head of the Veterinary Public Health service and also the department of Food Safety. Former head of the Health Protection Agency for the region of Girona (now known as the Catalan Public Health Agency). Former head of Health Protection at the Catalan Public Health Agency (2013-2015).
  • Vanessa Puig
    Evaluation Service and Methods of Intervention Spacialist at Barcelona Public Health Agency
    PhD in Biomedicine. Participant in the RecerCaixa research project on the impact of employment insertion programs on health and quality of life for the unemployed. Part of the European project evaluating the Impact of Structural Policies on Health Inequalities and various research projects carried out by the UPF Research Group on Health Inequalities, Environment and Employment Conditions (GREDS-EMCONET) and the Interface Demography group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 
  • Maica Rodríguez
    Head of Research, Teaching and Communication at the Barcelona Public Health Agency
    Associate Professor at Pompeu Fabra University
    MSc in Public Health from Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Josep Roma
    Head of the Accreditation Service and Professional Development at the General Directorate for Planning and Research of the Department of Health
    Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona
    Degree in Medicine from the University of Barcelona. MSc in Health Professions Education from the University of Maastricht. Diploma in Hospital Management from ESADE and diploma in Epidemiology from the Université de Paris VI. Responsible for the Training Service at the Generalitat of Catalonia’s Institute of Health Studies from 1990 to 2000.
  • Andreu Segura
    Member of the Catalan Bioethics Committee and the Catalan Advisory Council on Public Health
    Degree in Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is also the Founder of the Epidemiological Bulletin of Catalonia (BEC) and head of the first AIDS prevention and control program, as well as the University Institute of Public Health until its dissolution. Coordinator of various programs on Public Health and Preventive Medicine and collaborating tutor at the University of Barcelona and in all of Spain’s public health schools. President and Coordinator of workgroups at the Public Health Society of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands and the Spanish Association of Public Health and Health Administration (SESPAS).
  • Joan Ramon Villalbí
    Head of the Quality and Processes department of Barcelona Public Health Agency
    Associate Professor at Pompeu Fabra University
    PhD in Medicine from the University of Barcelona. He is also MSc in Public Health from Yale University. President of the Advisory Committee on Tobacco Use and former president of the National Committee of Tobacco Use Control. Coordinator of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology’s workgroup on alcohol.

Methodology

At the UPF Barcelona School of Management we are committed to a flexible and dynamic online model of education, which aims to place the participant at the centre of the process so that they are the owner of their professional learning process.

To facilitate day-to-day management and the achievement of your academic goals, the program is structured into subjects, with which you will acquire knowledge, and instrumental and aptitude skills.

All this, while having 24/7 access to the virtual environment so that you can organize your study without schedules and at your own pace. With this modality, you can combine it with your work and personal life, making the most of the time you have for it.

01.

Interactive teaching materials

Various materials and formats will make your experience of health training more motivating: videos, case studies, content maps, and downloadable resources. Designed and updated periodically by professionals and experts in health problems and epidemiology, they provide you with the latest knowledge, skills, and tools to take your career to the next level.

02.

Active and collaborative learning

Participation and discussion with your classmates and teachers are essential for the collaborative learning process. We will provide you with various management tools such as the Discussion Forum, where you can propose new topics for debate, comment on and answer questions presented by the teacher or give feedback to interesting comments.

03.

Streaming sessions with experts

We offer videoconference sessions with the expert teacher or special guests, so that you can ask questions, discuss your learning and connect in real time as if you were all in the same place. In order to be flexible with our courses, we record the teaching sessions so that you can consult them later if you have not been able to connect.

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Personalized support

You will have the support of the expert tutor, who will guide you through each didactic unit; the help of the coordinator and the program manager for the delivery of activities, qualifications, management of procedures, or access to services, and the guidance of the career advisor in the improvement of your personal brand and the search for professional opportunities.

Evaluation

Cada unidad se evaluará de forma independiente a través de diversas actividades (fundamentalmente casos prácticos entregables y pruebas test).Dichas actividades deberán entregarse en los plazos establecidos explícitamente y serán evaluadas por el tutor experto. Todas las actividades se calcularán sobre una escala numérica, de 0 a 10, siendo 5 la nota mínima para superar la unidad.

Tools

The learning process is characterized by its flexibility, since, in the virtual learning environment, the structure of the school calendar and the diversity of multimedia resources which are made available to the student allows them to acquire knowledge in a self-regulated manner.

The support of the teaching staff and interaction with classmates is carried out by making use of a wide variety of communication channels that facilitate proximity and didactic dialogue. The completion of activities and the Master's Final Project or Postgraduate Final Project is oriented towards professional practice for a high-impact professional transfer.

 

Professional Future

The program has been designed, from its first course, to orient itself in the acquisition of the practical skills necessary for the professional practice of health management and to opt for multiple professional opportunities. In this sense, it has focused on professionals who require training that allows them to acquire knowledge about the nature of public health for the development of their profession.

Student profile

The program has been designed, from its first course, to orient itself in the acquisition of the practical skills necessary for the professional practice of health management and to opt for multiple professional opportunities. In this sense, it has focused on professionals who require training that allows them to acquire knowledge about the nature of public health for the development of their profession.

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Average age

9

Average number of years of professional experience

Career opportunities

 

The postgraduate course offers different professional opportunities, all related to the field of public health, whether as a manager, technician, or specialist.

In addition, the Online Postgraduate Course in Public Health has a natural continuity in the Master in Public Health organized by the UPF and UAB universities, with which it is closely linked.

 

  • Technicians in public health of public administrations.
  • Specialists in pharmaceutical, biotechnological, food and environmental companies.
  • Health and social service managers, public and private: public health, hospitals, pharmacy, epidemiology, primary care, social services, preventive medicine, etc.
  • Continuation of studies in the field of research in public health, preventive medicine, clinical medicine, and environment.

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

For access to the diploma in Public Health you will need to have a university degree, preferably in Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Biology, Pharmacy, or Veterinary Medicine. Other university graduates who carry out or want to carry out in the near future professional tasks directly related to the field of public health and/or primary care are also admitted.

Students who access the course places must have a minimum knowledge of office automation and computer equipment that allows the installation of the statistical programs necessary, as recommended by the teachers (Stata, Geoda, and similar) to carry out the activities detailed in the credits of each unit.

Students are required to have a good level of English, since much of the documentation is in this language, and you will need to submit a document certifying your level of English. In addition, those participants who do not have Spanish as one of their mother tongues or who did not have it as a teaching language in their training studies, must prove that they have at least a B2 level of Spanish (Common European Framework of Reference), as well as fluently take part in a personal interview with the academic educational management, if necessary.

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through the following form.

Application for admission

Complete your application within the next admission rounds:

RoundApplication deadlineAdmission resolution
111/11/202026/11/2020
203/12/202018/12/2020
317/12/202031/12/2020
412/01/202128/01/2021
502/02/202117/02/2021
623/02/202110/03/2021
716/03/202131/03/2021
808/04/202123/04/2021
927/04/202112/05/2021
1013/05/202128/05/2021
1127/05/202111/06/2021
1208/06/202123/06/2021
1322/06/202107/07/2021
1406/07/202121/07/2021
1520/07/202130/07/2021
1602/09/202117/09/2021
1716/09/202101/10/2021
1805/10/202120/10/2021
1921/10/202105/11/2021

Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online admission form.
  • Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
  • Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
    • Presentation letter or video
    • CV
    • Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
    • Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
    • Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
    • Passport-size photo (jpg format)

Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Application rounds are subject to the number of places available on the program.

Admission

  • The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
  • You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.

Enrolment

  • Registration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
  • Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
  • If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
  • Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
  • If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program code for this course is 2354.
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing

Scholarships

The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Beca UPF-BSM

Apply for one of our UPF-BSM Scholarships, awarded specifically to Pompeu Fabra University students with a good academic record.

Social Value Scholarships

UPF Barcelona School of Management, for this next academic year, and aiming at the commitment for social welfare, offers the Social Value Scholarships with the objective of supporting and favoring the groups that the School considers a priority. Enter and consult the details.

Grants and discounts

DSPOL - Public Health

The Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB) offers three scholarships for 50% of the tuition fee.

Alumni discounts

If you are a member of our alumni associations or of one of our partner universities, we offer you a series of applicable discounts on the amount of tuition for your program.

UPF Employee Discounts

If you are a member or family member of an employee of the UPF group or belonged to the collaborating institutions of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, you can enjoy a series of applicable discounts on the tuition fees for your program.

UPF Partner Latinoamerican Universities Discount

If you are alumni of one of our Partner Universities, you are entitled to a discount of 10% on the UPF Barcelona School of Management Masters and postgraduate program tuition fees (those programs with more than 15 credits).

DSPOL - Catalan Public Administration

Discount for Catalan Public Administration workers

Funding

Financing simulator

You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.

Go to the simulator

Collaborating entities

In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management collaborates with various banks and financial entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links (in Spanish).

Note, however, that in order to benefit from these special conditions you must have a NIE if you are not a European Citizen. Therefore, UPF Barcelona School of Management strongly recommends international students to seek first for students loans at bank entities of their country of origin, or to search for funding opportunities through international entities.

The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants of Catalonia (AGAUR, in Spanish) also offers loans to university students with legal residence in Catalonia through the PREPOST program.

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