About Us

The Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto (ISPUP) is a private non-profit association with public utility status, created in 2006, within the University of Porto.

Its mission is to contribute to the development, application and dissemination of new knowledge in the field of Public Health, in order to improve and protect the health of the human population.

Through its Epidemiology Research Unit (EPIUnit), created in 2015, and classified “Excellent” in 2019 by the portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), ISPUP produces highly competitive and innovative scientific research in the area of Public Health, with high social impact and oriented towards providing solutions to global health problems and threats. 

Simultaneously, it contributes to excellent training in the field of Public Health, whether through the various short courses  promoted (which do not confer a degree), through teaching efforts oriented towards resident doctors with specific training in Public Health, or by serving as a host institution for the carrying out of projects within the scope of post-graduate programmes in this area of knowledge.  

Through its Occupational Health Unit, equipped with the latest technology for the assessment of occupational risks, ISPUP provides a wide range of laboratory services aimed at both the industry and the community, while also conducting relevant research in this area. 

ITR – Laboratory for Integrative and Translational Research in Population Health

Since 2021, ISPUP coordinates the ITR – Laboratory for Integrative and Translational Research in Population Health, financed by FCT, of which the following research and development units (R&D) are part: 

  • EPIUnit – Unidade de Investigação em Epidemiologia, ISPUP;
  • CIAFEL – Centro de Investigação em Actividade Física, Saúde e Lazer da Faculdade de Desporto da Universidade do Porto
  • UMIB – Unidade Multidisciplinar de Investigação Biomédica do Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar da Universidade do Porto

This associated laboratory is born from the convergence of these three R&D units, which embrace the mission of integrating Public Health research based on the multidisciplinary and complementary attributes of each unit. 


All of ISPUP’s activity aims to contribute to the prevention of disease and the improvement of population health, always with the perspective of saving lives.


Ongoing Projects

Integrated PhD Researchers