João Prista e Silva
Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública (ENSP) of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA) provides post-graduate studies and research programmes in health related areas, namely in public health, community medicine, occupational medicine and health policy and management.
Established in 1966, ENSP is a pioneer institution in public health education in Portugal and in Europe, and has its origins in the Instituto Central de Higiene (Hygiene Central Institute) founded in Lisbon in 1902. The school was incorporated in NOVA in 1994.
With an experienced and competent faculty, ENSP invests in the health promotion and innovation in the fields of teaching, research and cooperation, through a broad network of national and international partnerships, that contribute to the achievement of its goals:
• To promote a student-oriented teaching/learning process with an integrated, prospective and dynamic vision of health systems and Public Health sciences;
• To link research and teaching with action and innovation in the Public Health field, in order to establish itself as an effective influence in the emerging knowledge society.
Faculty teachers at ENSP are responsible for many different disciplines such as Epidemiology and Statistics, Environmental and Occupational Health, Health Promotion, Health Policy, Management of Healthcare Organizations, Health Economics, Sociology of Health and Health Law.
ENSP receives annually about 150 new students for more than one year diploma courses, including doctorates, masters and specializations. Additionally, some other students attend short courses. The Master and PhD thesis and other final course dissertations are often published in scientific journals or in other media. ENSP students have diverse educational backgrounds, which include medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health technology, economics, management, law, psychology and others.
The school provides outstanding services to the community, including to public and private institutions who seek their faculty and researchers to support the resolution of specific Portuguese health problems. Several professors and graduates occupy important positions in the health system structure.
With the purpose of promoting and coordinating scientific research in public health and related fields, ENSP created CIESP – the Centre for Research and Studies in Public Health.
In addition to protocols and agreements established with its peers both nationally and internationally for the development of studies and projects in the area of Public Health, ENSP is a member of several important associations in the health field.
The School has its own facilities at Lumiar, with the adequate resources for the students to develop their studies and learning experience. Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública has good access roads, either by private vehicle or public transport, including the bus and subway.