Public Health and Epidemiology
The Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP) was established in 2006, in order to provide the University with a strong internationally relevant structure dedicated to research, teaching and training in the broad field of public health and its related sciences. The main goal remains creating and disseminating high-quality information and knowledge in public health, and preparing the future generations of public health work force. The Institute developed services such as a pioneering Occupational Health clinic in the University of Porto, which covers the needs of the University professionals, and the first Portuguese Hospital Epidemiology Department. ISPUP hosts several postgraduate programmes in cooperation with different units, within and outside the University of Porto, which result in the yearly graduation of approximately 50 Master and 12 PhD students. Moreover, ISPUP is responsible for mentoring and teaching multiple courses in the only PhD programme in Public Health running in Angola. ISPUP vision and mission focus on promoting strong and innovative interactions among highly experienced researchers from complementary fields, with an emphasis on Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environment, Nutrition, Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences and Health Policy. Researchers at ISPUP are involved in a large number of national and international projects with competitive funding obtained from national and international sources.
ISPUP hosts scientists at several career levels, who publish over 300 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals annually, thus placing the Institute among the most productive and competitive Portuguese institutions in health sciences research. Researchers at the Institute represent now more than 20 nationalities. ISPUP fosters cooperation between agents within the University of Porto, as well as with other regional, national and international academic and health institutions, and strives for the improvement of international projects, promoting mobility and capacity building. Several formal collaborations with European, South American and African partners ensure a global and dynamic exchange of knowledge, competences and population-based scientific information, training and research skills.