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In the last ten years the need to encourage undergraduate qualifications in collective health on new organizational, conceptual and political bases in Brazil has been put forward, transcending the peripheral and/or merely complementary nature taken on many of the traditional curricula available on the various courses in health and directing it more effectively to strengthen Brazilian Sanitary Reform and the Unified Health System (SUS). Thus, the proposition of undergraduate courses in collective health came to represent a strategy to radically expand the number of professionals who are able to work in the area, on a solid formative base.

ISC, since the start of that period, has contributed to strengthening this discussion in the field of collective health, holding the first workshop to analyze the pertinence and viability of creating undergraduate courses in collective health in Salvador in 2002, and involving participation by various representatives from higher education institutions, municipal and state departments and the Ministry of Health. From then on, the topic has gained momentum and was established in various forums in the area, encouraging mobilization to launch this academic programme in Brazil.

These mobilizations gained momentum within the context of expanding public higher education in the country, and brought about by the Programme To Support the Restructuring and Expansion of Federal Universities Plan (Reuni), instituted by Presidential Decree Nº 6.096 of 24th April, 2007.

Within this context and consistent with its ethical and political commitments with collective health qualifications and establishment of the Brazilian Sanitary Reform and SUS, ISC launched the Undergraduate Course in Collective Health (CGSC) on the Salvador campus of the Federal University of Bahia in 2009.

Student Profile
Collective health professionals with a generalist, humanist, critical and reflective background, qualified to perform activities in the field of collective health at all levels of management and health care, working on promoting health and improving the quality of human lives, based on ethical and legal principles and understanding the social, cultural, political and economic reality of their environment, based on scientific and intellectual accuracy, focusing their activities on transforming the reality to society’s benefit.

Degree: Bachelor’s Degree in Collective Health

Its curricular structure includes a group of activities whose content and practices address the health-illness-care process and its determinants, policies and organizing system and services and practices to promote health and quality of life, among others.

These contents will be offered in the classroom, in integrated teaching-learning processes, linking theoretical knowledge and practice, while developing the modular strands, which seek to ensure horizontal integration during the terms. Consolidating the vertical linking of activities carried out in the same term is sought using two educational spaces: integrated practice and interdisciplinary seminars. It should be emphasized that the latter is formed in an innovative meeting space between students from different groups, from the first to the third year, to discuss classic or emerging topics in collective health.

The course project follows that established in Federal University of Bahia Undergraduate Education Chamber Resolutions Nos 05/2003 and 03/1999, UFBA Council of Education, Research and Extension Nº 02/2008 and the Chamber of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education National Council of Education Resolution Nº 02/2007.

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