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The course of specialization in public health in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 1926 to 2006: lessons and challenges

Author(s): Obbadi Monireh

Journal: Human Resources for Health
ISSN 1478-4491

Volume: 8;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 4;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Abstract Background Public health, as a field of knowledge, depends on its professionals. Their education and training, therefore, is considered to be an important factor for the quality of health services. In Brazil, the Course of Specialization in Public Health of the National School of Public Health is one of the oldest in the country. The course has existed for over 80 years, during which it has had an eventful history, with modifications in its organization, interruptions in its delivery, threats to its survival and changes in the institutions hosting it, reflecting the wider transformation in Brazilian society and public life over that period. Methods In this article we analyse this course via its history, disciplines, organization and characteristics of the student body. Results Insights were gained into the advancement of public health in Brazil and the progress of education for professionals in this field was highlighted. The course has formed nearly 2000 specialists in public health. Conclusions An analysis of the course's history provides valuable lessons for other schools of public health trying to train professionals in developing countries.
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