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[The implementation of undergraduate courses in public health: the viewpoint of the coordinators].

Authors
  • Belisário, Soraya Almeida
  • Pinto, Isabela Cardoso de Matos
  • Castellanos, Marcelo Eduardo Pfeiffer
  • Nunes, Tania Celeste Matos
  • Fagundes, Terezinha de Lisieux Quesado
  • Gil, Célia Regina Rodrigues
  • de Aguiar, Raphael Augusto Teixeira
  • Viana, Solange Veloso
  • Corrêa, Guilherme Torres
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Publisher
SciELO
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2013
Volume
18
Issue
6
Pages
1625–1634
Identifiers
PMID: 23752529
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Undergraduate courses in Public Health are now a reality in Brazil. The main goal of this article is to present the viewpoints of the coordinators of these courses on the process of their creation and implementation, emphasizing their contextual and procedural elements. Ten actors working in eight different institutions were interviewed and the interviews were submitted to content analysis as proposed by Bardin. The results showed that the creation of such courses resulted from a long process of discussion on the field of Public Health, and was hastened by some important decisions in Brazilian education, including the Program to Support Restructuring and Expansion Plans of Federal Universities. The testimonies of the coordinators enabled the researchers to understand the context prior to the proposal and the way it was developed by each university, making it possible to establish not only the aspects common to each institution, but also their specificities. Currently, these courses have the purpose of training professionals focused on the different areas of health services, especially those related to the Unified Health System (SUS), representing an irreversible advance in the field of Public Health.

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