25 years in Public Health Education and Training
02:00pm to 05:15pm
ISPUP Auditorium

25 years in Public Health Education and Training

10th January 2020






14:00 - 14:30

Education and Training in public Health: a 25 years’ experience

Henrique Barros, President of Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto (ISPUP)


14:30 – 14:45

Statement from the State Secretary for Health

António Sales, State Secretary for Health


14:45 - 15:30

International Opportunities for Public Health Medical Residents with EuroNet MRPH

Gisela Leiras, President of the European Network of Medical Residents in Public Health

15:30 - 16:30

Healthy diet and sustainable environment: an agenda for the future.

Fred Paccaud, ASPHER


16:30 - 17:30

The future’s bright- the future’s public health

John Middleton, President of ASPHER




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 Administrative office

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

Gisela Leiras
President of the European Network of Medical Residents in Public Health

Gisela Leiras is natural from Porto, where she studied at the École Française du Porto and the Escola Secundária Garcia de Orta.  She is a third year Public Health resident at the Community Health Cluster of Baixo Mondego (Center region of Portugal), and completed her Specialization Course in Public Health at the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

She holds a medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (2016) and a postgraduate degree in Information Management and Business Intelligence in Health from Nova Information Management School (2018). She has done part of her training in Italy at the Parma Medical School (2013-2014) and in Germany at the Cologne University Hospital (2016). During her residency she completed optional 1-month internships at the Directorate-General of Health Public Health Emergency Center (July 2017) and SPMS Business Intelligence Department (August 2018). 

Currently she is the President of the European Network of Medical Residents in Public Health (EuroNet MRPH), where she was Research Lead (2018) and Vice-President (2019).  She is also a member of the Center Region Public Health Residents Commission, editor-in-chief of the newsletter Saúde+Pública and communication consultant for Acta Médica Portuguesa. 

Fred Paccaud

Fred PACCAUD, a Swiss and Italian national, is a public health doctor. He trained in clinical medicine in Switzerland, then specialized in public health in Brussels and London. From 1988 to 2017, he headed the Institute for social and preventive medicine at the Lausanne University Hospital (currently on www.unisante.ch). At the same time, he was professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Lausanne.


He has held numerous positions in public health in Switzerland and abroad, including as a member of the Scientific Council of the National Fund for Scientific Research (Bern) and as Director of the Swiss School of Public Health in Zurich. He also served as Vice-rector of the University of Lausanne. He completed several studies and evaluations for the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the ASPHER.
His scientific activities focused on the epidemiology and prevention of chronic and degenerative diseases (including in countries in epidemiological transition) and the organisation of health systems.

For a complete list of Fred Paccaud’s publications, see: www.iumsp.ch/fr/paccaud-fred

John Middleton
President of ASPHER

Prof. John Middleton, PrFPH,FRCPL

Honorary Professor of Public Heath at Wolverhampton University. He was  President of the United Kingdom Faculty of Public Health, the standard setting body for public health professionals in the UK until  June 2019.  He is  President  of the Association of  Schools  of  Public Health in the  European  Region  (ASPHER) from June 2019- 2021. He was Director of Public Health for Sandwell in the West Midlands of England for 26 years, unitl he retired in 2014  he was the longest serving  DPH  in  England.  He was a leading member of Sandwell’s  community safety  partnership from its first  establishment in 1995.  He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (London) in September 2015. He lives in Coventry in the West Midlands. He  has interests in environmental health, sustainable  development and violence  prevention. In another life he is a blues harmonica  player with albums on spotify and apple music.  www.drharp.co.uk


Recent relevant  publications  :

  1. Middleton J, Williams G (2018) England in Rechel B, Maresso A, Sagan A, Hernandez-Quevedo C, Williams G, Richardson E, Jakubowski E, Nolte E (eds.) Organization and financing of public health services in Europe: Country reports World Health Organization (acting as the host organization for, and secretariat of, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies): Copenhagen, Denmark, 5-22. http://www.euro.who.int/en/about-us/partners/observatory/news/news/2018/05/how-to-strengthen-public-health-services-lessons-from-9-european-countries
  2. Law A, Saunders P, Middleton J, McCoy D. Global warming must stay below 1.5 degrees. BMJ 2018; 318: k4410 doi: 10.1136. https://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/363/bmj.k4410.full.pdf   and https://www.bmj.com/content/363/bmj.k4410?sso=
  3. Middleton J, Shepherd J. BMJ Preventing violent crime. https://www.bmj.com/content/361/bmj.k1967   May  8th 2018
  4. Rechl B, Maresso A, Sagan A, et al eds. Middleton J Chapter 1 England case reports. The role of public health organisations in addressing public health problems in Europe. The case of obesity, alcohol and antimicrobial resistance. Country reports. Online appendix.  London: European Observatory on Health Systems and  Policies, 2018. http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/387534/online-appendix-hps-51-eng.pdf?ua=1


Recent  slide presentations on www.slideshare.net ; search ‘john middleton’