General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Esther Wall Gimeno

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Vanesa Rodriguez Salés
A hard tackle from Raquel Sebio to García 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish

Les sessions es realitzaran en Català majoritàriament i algunes en castellà. Some of the materials used (articles, references ...) may be in English.


Basic skills
  • B1_That students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in a field of study that is based on general secondary education, and is at a level that, if supported by advanced textbooks, also includes some aspect that involves knowledge from the forefront of their field of study


  • B5_That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy


Specific skills
  • E3_Know and understand the methods, procedures and physiotherapeutic actions, aimed both at the actual therapy to be applied in the clinic for re-education or functional recovery, as well as carrying out activities aimed at promoting and maintaining health


  • E12_Intervene in the areas of health promotion, prevention, protection and recovery


Transversal competences
  • T2_Demonstrate ability to organize and plan


  • T3_The student must be able to develop skills in interpersonal relationships and be able to work within an intra and interdisciplinary team



In training in health sciences, it is considered essential to reflect on the concept of health beyond individual experience and the biomedical paradigm: the global concept of population health. What elements determine it and what strategies can we use to improve the health of the entire population. This subject focuses on developing the ability to offer care with a global and comprehensive vision that allows taking into account the needs of the person, the reality of the group to which they belong, their environment and the influence of the social context; therefore, the gender perspective is introduced in teaching, giving it special relevance in all the blocks, but in more detail in the community health and social epidemiology syllabus where differences due to sex and gender are addressed.

This subject has methodological and digital resources to make it possible to continue it in a non-face-to-face mode if necessary for reasons related to Covid-19. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills specified in this teaching plan is ensured.

The TecnoCampus will make available to teachers and students the digital tools needed to carry out the course, as well as guides and recommendations that facilitate adaptation to the non-contact mode.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand substantial health and wellness issues. Interpret the concepts of public health and incorporate them into healthcare practice.
  • Apply health policies to prevent diseases and / or health complications in at-risk populations.
  • Performs the analysis of specific behaviors in various professional intervention contexts that may be of risk to people's health.
  • It incorporates the communication and dissemination of results as part of the therapeutic intervention process.

Working methodology

Methodologies Hours
AF1. Theoretical classes  57
AF5. Tutorials 2
AF6. Study and group work 18
AF7. Study and independent work  73
Total 150


The contents are developed in different topics that aim to provide a progressive learning of the theoretical framework of the discipline of public health.


  1. Concept of Public Health  
  2. Sanitary systems
  3. Health promotion
    1. Determinants of health
    2. Health promotion
      1. Health promotion strategies
      2. Community health
  4. Disease prevention
    1. Primary prevention
    2. Secondary prevention
    3. Tertiary prevention
  5. Health protection
    1. Food health
    2. Environmental health
    3. Sanitary waste control
  6. Epidemiological surveillance
    1. Tuberculosis
    2. Alerts and emergencies
  7. Epidemiology
    1. Environmental epidemiology
    2. Social epidemiology
    3. Cardiovascular epidemiology
    4. Epidemiology of communicable diseases
    5. Epidemiology of cancer
    6. Epidemiology of nutrition

Learning activities

The different training activities to be used and the methodological description are as follows:

  • Expository method or master class
  • Solving exercises and problems
  • Project-oriented learning
  • Cooperative learning

Evaluation system

The evaluation of the subject will be based on:

Continued avaluation:

  • SE1. Electronic portfolio: 25%
  • SE2. Oral presentation: 20%
  • SE5. Peer evaluation or co-evaluation: 25%

Final exam:

  • SE3. Final exam: 30%. You need to get a grade of 5 on the final exam to average.

In accordance with current regulations, you can only opt for recovery if the subject has been suspended. If the grade is Not Presented, you will not be eligible for recovery.  Continuous assessment is not recoverable.

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.




FRIAS OSUNA A. Public health and health education. Barcelona: Masson, 2000

World Health Organization:

HÉRNANDEZ –AGUADO et al. Handbook of epidemiology and public health: for degrees in health sciences.2ª ed. Pan American Medicine, 2011.

DEL REY CALERO J, GIL DE MIGUEL A. Dictionary of epidemiology, public and community health. Ramon Areces University Publishing House. Publications service

PIÉDROLA GIL, G. Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Madrid: Salvat, 2004

Barcelona Public Health Agency:

Rose G. The strategy of preventive medicine. Barcelona. Masson-Salvat Medicine. 1994.


Martínez-Navarro F, Antó JM, Castellanos PL, Gili M, Marset P, Navarro VL, editors. Public health. Madrid: McGraw Hill Interamericana; 1998.

Bengt Lindström and Monica Eriksson. Saloon hitchhiker's guide. Healthy path to health promotion.

Community Health Blog: Author: Rafa Cofiño.

Department of Health:

Institute of Statistics of Catalonia:

A dictionary of epidemiology. Miguel carries. Oxford. 6th Edition.

Epidemiology Leon Gordis. 5th edition. Elsevier saunders.

Catalan Public Health Agency:

International Cancer Agency: