Opening lecture of the 5th edition of the Specialization Course in Public Health
09:00am to 12:30pm
ISPUP Auditorium





09:00 - 10:00


Henrique Barros, Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto


10:00 - 11:00

O Papel das Misericórdias na Saúde Pública*

Laurinda Abreu, University of Évora


11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break


11:30 – 12:30

Why Should I study Health?

Bettina Borisch, Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva



Closing ceremony


Language: *Portuguese/English



The Seminar is free entry. The request of a certificate and / or declaration of attendance must be ordered on the day of the event at the ISPUP Secretariat.

Henrique Barros
President of the Institute of Public Health, University of Porto, Executive Board Member of ASPHER and President of the International Epidemiological Association (2017-20).


Henrique Barros was born in Porto, in 1957, and graduated in Medicine in 1981. During 1988-89 was research fellow at the Internal Medicine department of Lund´s University Hospital. In 1991 became Gastroenterology specialist and defended his PhD, with research on the epidemiology of viral hepatitis. He is Full Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Porto since 1999. He launched the Master Programs in Public Health, Epidemiology and Sociology and Health as well as the doctoral program in Public Health at the University of Porto and the doctoral program in Global Public Health (program director), a joint program with University NOVA of Lisbon, financed by the Portuguese Research Foundation (FCT). He was a member of the Scientific Council for Health Sciences Foundation for Science and Technology (2004-12), National Coordinator of the HIV/AIDS Program (2005-11) and member of the Medical Sciences (MED) Scientific Committee of Science Europe (2012-15). He is currently, member of the Executive Commission of the National Ethical Committee for Clinical Investigation (CEIC), President of the Institute of Public Health, University of Porto, Executive Board Member of ASPHER and President of the International Epidemiological Association (2017-20). He has developed research in national and international projects, in areas such as clinical and perinatal epidemiology, cardiovascular, infectious and cancer diseases, which resulted in (co)authorship of more than 300 scientific publications in international journals.



ORCID: 0000-0003-4699-6571

Laurinda Abreu
University of Évora

Laurinda Abreu é professora do Departamento de História da Universidade de Évora. Entre 2011 e 2013 foi presidente da European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, pertencendo actualmente ao seu conselho científico. Publicou vários estudos no campo da história da assistência e da saúde em Portugal no período moderno, área onde também tem coordenado diversos projectos de investigação. Dentre as suas publicações mais recentes destaca-se The Political and Social Dynamics of Poverty, Poor Relief and Health Care in Early-Modern Portugal, London and New York, Routledge, 2016; "Tensions between the Físico-mor and the University of Coimbra: The Accreditation of Medical Practitioners in Ancien-Regime Portugal", Social History of Medicine 31, 2, 2017, pp. 231 – 257; "A institucionalização do saber médico e suas implicações sobre a rede de curadores oficiais na América portuguesa", Revista Tempo 24, 3, 2018, pp. 494 - 524.


ORCID: 0000-0003-1037-2804

Bettina Borisch
Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva

Professor Bettina Borisch (Switzerland)



Professor of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Geneva Director of the Secretariat of the World Federation of Public Health Associations Dr Borisch is an MD and a Histopathologist, MPH and Fellow of the Royal College of Pathology (UK). Her scientific research work delves into neoplastic lesions of the immune system and breast cancer. Her interests also include community-based oncology, as well as health communication and global health.


She is the Editor in Chief of “Pathobiology” and the Co-Editor of “Journal of Public Health Policy”. In addition to her academic work she acts as the Director of the World Federation of Public Health Associations and helds positions at several Committees of Public Health oriented institutions. She was president of Europa Donna – The European Breast Cancer Forum – and Founding President of the Swiss Forum of Europa Donna.


She teaches at the University of Geneva, the Swiss School of Public Health and she also teaches patient support groups. She is author of over 120 scientific papers and 2 books.