Online Postgraduate Course in Public Health

The Online Postgraduate Course in Public Health is the reference training for those professionals who need a complete overview of public health for the development of their professional career.

  • Public health
  • Research

Next edition

Start program: 20 September, 2023

End program: 15 July, 2024 (To be confirmed)





ECTS credits



3300 €

The Online Postgraduate Course in Public Health, created in collaboration with the Catalan Public Health Agency and the Barcelona Public Health Agency, is a program that offers you a comprehensive overview of current health management: its structure and agents, the related institutions, and the functions that its professionals must perform to guarantee an ethical and efficient service.

The main objective of this postgraduate course is to guarantee the necessary knowledge and skills so that professionals in the sector, public administrations, preventive medicine, pharmacy or other services for citizens, can more effectively develop their role. This is especially true in the field of promotion, health protection of the population, and the control and prevention of diseases, taking into account the epidemiology and the socio-political and economic context of their environment.

Throughout the program you will learn to identify new health risks and address them from a holistic and professional perspective. You will lean about the resources for making policies for the control and prevention of diseases and health problems more effective, you will learn to recognize their determining aspects, and highlight the health inequalities of the population. You will gain experience and you will know how to act in the face of alerts, outbreaks, and emergencies. You will also acquire the basic skills to carry out epidemiological research and discover how to promote an equitable healthcare modality at the community level.

Upon completion, you will be awarded a double degree: the Postgraduate in Public Health from UPF and the Diploma in Public Health, from the National School of the Carlos III Health Institute.

Why choose this program


Gain access to vacant positions in Spanish public institutions

The postgraduate qualifies you to be able to work as a health management professional in public administrations and, in addition, you will obtain the Diploma in Public Health, from the National School of the Carlos III Health Institute, highly valued for accessing numerous career opportunities and places, and for transfers.


Get a global overview

The course credits provide the necessary training to understand the basics of health management from a rigorous perspective, looking at the main areas of interest in public health. It also incorporates the latest innovations to update education and mobility between disciplines for professionals who require it.


Train yourself in skills and attitudes

Its study plan is oriented not only to knowing, but also to knowing how (skills and experience) and knowing how to be (attitudes), which is reflected in the activities, and in the creation of spaces for opinion and discussion which can be used for an exchange of opinions and views that enrich the health training subjects.


Learn from industry professionals

The teaching team is made up of professionals and experts in the field of community health, who develop their work and their knowledge at both the local and regional levels.

Who is it for?

The Diploma in Public Health is aimed at professionals and graduates especially in the field of life sciences (medicine, nursing, biology, veterinary medicine, education, etc.), environmental sciences, statistics, economics, sociology, epidemiology, preventive medicine, chemistry and pharmacy, among others, who wish to obtain training and qualification for the performance of public health management in any of its areas.

Admission and enrolment


The course is organized into 10 didactic units of practical orientation, in which learning will be built from the various activities directly linked to professional transfer.

Along with the activities, debate spaces and documentation for each unit available in the eCampus, a wide range of teaching materials will be made available to students that will facilitate general understanding, the execution of the tasks of the various units of the program, and the acquisition of key competencies to access multiple professional opportunities.

Teaching units

Unit 1. Public health organization

Identify the main components of the organization and financing of public systems and their relationship with public health, of which it is a part.

Unit 2. Statistics

Understand the concepts and foundations of statistics applied to health sciences and train all those professionals in the field of health management and epidemiology to carry out research work, as well as critically assess the quantitative methodology of the articles published in this speciality.

Unit 3. Epidemiology

Know what epidemiology is and learn the basic measures of frequency, association, and impact (both its basic calculation and its interpretation) for health problems, and the design of basic epidemiological studies.

Unit 4. Study design

Acquire the necessary knowledge for the development of a research project, which constitutes the instrument that allows the connection of research ideas with the practical undertaking of the study. It includes the completion of the end of Diploma project.

Unit 5. Social determinants and occupational health

Through a transdisciplinary perspective, the course intends to critically examine the main fundamental scientific, social, and political factors in the generation of health and existing inequalities, and to review all the elements in relation to mobility injuries, work accidents, occupational diseases and work disabilities, and risks related to work from a holistic and professional perspective, which covers the occupational (proximal and distal), social and political determinants of the person's environment.

Unit 6. Public health surveillance

Understand the conceptual and instrumental methods that allow the objectives of the surveillance of the population and its health situation to be achieved.

Unit 7. Communicable diseases

Review the principles and conceptual bases of the epidemiological control of communicable diseases and analyse the control of various communicable diseases, with special emphasis on problems related to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, epidemic outbreaks, sexually transmitted infections, and other emerging infectious processes which are linked to the growing mobility of people.

Unit 8. Health protection

Acquire knowledge and develop the capacity for basic analysis both of emerging problems and crises, as well as in planning preventive medicine plans and programs.

Unit 9. Health promotion

Integrate the conceptual and theoretical bases on which prevention and health promotion are based and train students to design, analyse, and evaluate preventive and promotional interventions in the sector.

Unit 10. Community Health

Understand, through problem-based learning, the concepts of community, community health and community health care, from the point of view of health services or from society, emphasizing the promotion of joint programs of primary care services, preventive medicine, and public health.

Postgraduate Final Project

Treball Final de Postgrau

The practical component of the Diploma in Public Health recommends carrying out a practical assignment whose objective is for the student to acquire experience in research methodology and in the practical application of this research in the professional framework of health management. Likewise, to obtain the Diploma in Public Health, accredited by the National School of Health, it is mandatory to complete and present the equivalent credits of the course for this practical work, to which it is estimated that 75 hours of personal work should be dedicated.

The main objective of the work is to get the students to apply all the knowledge acquired during the course by carrying out work related to public health and preferably on a topic that is part of their usual professional task. Thus, the student can choose a work topic from the proposals made by the coordinator of the diploma and their teachers, but can also propose a topic from their workplace.

Complementary activities

The Online Postgraduate Course in Public Health also includes the possibility of participating in practical activities and activities for personal and professional growth such as:

UPF-BSM Inside: is a group of interdisciplinary subjects (applied data, communication, creativity, innovation and project management, sustainability and leadership among others) that, if you take this program, you can access at no additional cost. They are 100% online and you can take them throughout the academic year at your own pace, as they have been designed as self-study subjects.

This module extends throughout the academic year and is made up of 3 areas of knowledge that constitute the identity traits of the UPF-BSM: Communication; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Planetary Well-being and Humanities.

All the subjects of the BSM Inside module are 100% online and have been designed as self-learning subjects for professionals based on self-learning: from the first day of the subject until the end of the term you will have all the teaching materials available on the eCampus and you can work with the material and the different activities that it contains at your own pace, according to your availability and in a self-organized way.

Qualification obtained

Once you have passed the program, you will obtain an electronic degree (e-Título) for the Diploma de Postgrado en Salud Pública, issued by Pompeu Fabra University. You will also be awarded a diploma in Public Health from the National School of Carlos III Health Institute.

The e-Título is an authentic digital degree, issued in pdf format and electronically signed, with the same legal validity as if it were in paper format.


The Online Postgraduate Course in Public Health has teachers who are excellent professionals with long health experience in local and regional public management services. Come and get to know them.

Academic directors

Fernando Garcia Benavides
Fernando Garcia Benavides

Full Professor UPF

Carme Borrell Thio
Carme Borrell Thio

Associate Professor at Pompeu Fabra University

Carmen Cabezas Peña
Carmen Cabezas Peña


At the UPF Barcelona School of Management we are committed to a flexible and dynamic online model of education, which aims to place the participant at the centre of the process so that they are the owner of their professional learning process.

To facilitate day-to-day management and the achievement of your academic goals, the program is structured into subjects, with which you will acquire knowledge, and instrumental and aptitude skills.

All this, while having 24/7 access to the virtual environment so that you can organize your study without schedules and at your own pace. With this modality, you can combine it with your work and personal life, making the most of the time you have for it.


Interactive teaching materials

Various materials and formats will make your experience of health training more motivating: videos, case studies, content maps, and downloadable resources. Designed and updated periodically by professionals and experts in health problems and epidemiology, they provide you with the latest knowledge, skills, and tools to take your career to the next level.


Active and collaborative learning

Participation and discussion with your classmates and teachers are essential for the collaborative learning process. We will provide you with various management tools such as the Discussion Forum, where you can propose new topics for debate, comment on and answer questions presented by the teacher or give feedback to interesting comments.


Streaming sessions with experts

We offer videoconference sessions with the expert teacher or special guests, so that you can ask questions, discuss your learning and connect in real time as if you were all in the same place. In order to be flexible with our courses, we record the teaching sessions so that you can consult them later if you have not been able to connect.


Personalized support

You will have the support of the expert tutor, who will guide you through each didactic unit; the help of the coordinator and the program manager for the delivery of activities, qualifications, management of procedures, or access to services, and the guidance of the career advisor in the improvement of your personal brand and the search for professional opportunities.


Cada unidad se evaluará de forma independiente a través de diversas actividades (fundamentalmente casos prácticos entregables y pruebas test).Dichas actividades deberán entregarse en los plazos establecidos explícitamente y serán evaluadas por el tutor experto. Todas las actividades se calcularán sobre una escala numérica, de 0 a 10, siendo 5 la nota mínima para superar la unidad.


The learning process is characterized by its flexibility, since, in the virtual learning environment, the structure of the school calendar and the diversity of multimedia resources which are made available to the student allows them to acquire knowledge in a self-regulated manner.

The support of the teaching staff and interaction with classmates is carried out by making use of a wide variety of communication channels that facilitate proximity and didactic dialogue. 


Professional Future

The program has been designed, from its first course, to orient itself in the acquisition of the practical skills necessary for the professional practice of health management and to opt for multiple professional opportunities. In this sense, it has focused on professionals who require training that allows them to acquire knowledge about the nature of public health for the development of their profession.

Student profile

The program has been designed, from its first course, to orient itself in the acquisition of the practical skills necessary for the professional practice of health management and to opt for multiple professional opportunities. In this sense, it has focused on professionals who require training that allows them to acquire knowledge about the nature of public health for the development of their profession.


Average age


Average number of years of professional experience

Career opportunities


The postgraduate course offers different professional opportunities, all related to the field of public health, whether as a manager, technician, or specialist.

In addition, the Online Postgraduate Course in Public Health has a natural continuity in the Master in Public Health organized by the UPF and UAB universities, with which it is closely linked.


  • Technicians in public health of public administrations.
  • Specialists in pharmaceutical, biotechnological, food and environmental companies.
  • Health and social service managers, public and private: public health, hospitals, pharmacy, epidemiology, primary care, social services, preventive medicine, etc.
  • Continuation of studies in the field of research in public health, preventive medicine, clinical medicine, and environment.

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

For access to the diploma in Public Health you will need to have a university degree, preferably in Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Biology, Pharmacy, or Veterinary Medicine. Other university graduates who carry out or want to carry out in the near future professional tasks directly related to the field of public health and/or primary care are also admitted.

Students who access the course places must have a minimum knowledge of office automation and computer equipment that allows the installation of the statistical programs necessary, as recommended by the teachers (Stata, Geoda, and similar) to carry out the activities detailed in the credits of each unit.

Students are required to have a good level of English, since much of the documentation is in this language, and you will need to submit a document certifying your level of English. In addition, those participants who do not have Spanish as one of their mother tongues or who did not have it as a teaching language in their training studies, must prove that they have at least a B2 level of Spanish (Common European Framework of Reference), as well as fluently take part in a personal interview with the academic educational management, if necessary.

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through the following form.

Application for admission

Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online admission form. The admission form will be opened for the first round in February 2023.
  • Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
  • Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
    • Presentation letter or video
    • CV
    • Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
    • Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
    • Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
    • Passport-size photo (jpg format)

Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Application rounds are subject to the number of places available on the program.


  • The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
  • You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.


  • Registration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
  • Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
  • If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
  • Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
  • If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program code for this course is 2354.
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing


The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Grants and discounts


Financing simulator

You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.

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Collaborating entities

We collaborate with various entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links. 

Online Postgraduate Course in Public Health