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Direccão-Geral da Saúde (DGS) 


Contact person
Prof. Doctor José Luis Castanheira
Director of the Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics
Direcção-Geral de Saúde
Alam. D. Afonso Henriques, 45
PT-1049 005 Lisboa
Tel +351 218 430 781
Fax +351 218 430 687

Description of institute
The Directorate-General of Health is the central Public Health Agency aiming to coordinate and to supervision all the Portuguese public health units, namely concerning the control of communicable diseases. The Director-General of Health is the Portuguese Chief Medical Officer.

Training opportunities
The Portuguese National Health Service and its well organized public health structures provide enormous opportunities for training.

The EPIET trainee will be mainly at Directorate-General of Health in Lisbon, based on the Division of Epidemiology - Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics , with the cooperation of the Disease Prevention and Control Department and other units from DGS, with the following possible activities, among others:

  • Coordination of surveillance activities for notifiable diseases;
  • Collating national reports on notifiable diseases in Portugal;
  • Designing and implementing study protocols;
  • Analysis of surveillance data;
  • Reform of the mandatory notifiable communicable diseases surveillance system;
  • Annual evaluation of the National Vaccination Programme (PNV);
  • Studies on tuberculosis, for the National Tuberculosis Programme;
  • Set up of enhanced surveillance programmes
    Evaluate burden of diseases to be possibly covered by the PNV;
  • Annual evaluation of the PH activities on seasonal influenza;
  • Preparation of national guidelines for control of communicable diseases
  • According to a specific training program tailored to personal needs in order to achieve all the EPIET goals, trainees will frequent collaborative training sites:

Instituto Nacional de Saúde Dr. Ricardo Jorge (National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge):
Planning, implementation and/or improvement of laboratory-based surveillance;
Interpretation of the diagnosis and epidemiological significance of reports from laboratory tests, including molecular tests;
Evaluation of laboratory-based surveillance
Regional Health Administrations (ARS): Regional and Local Public Health Units and Hospitals

Outbreak investigation;
Using routine data to calculate vaccine coverage;
Epidemiological surveillance activities;
Implementation/development of specific enhanced surveillance and control programmes;
Occupational Health;
Training supervision
Supported by a team of epidemiological facilitators with training and experience in epidemiology (including EPIET alumni), all of them senior staff, the trainee will be fully integrated in the Unit and will have access to all information available in the Department.

Prof. Doctor José Luis Castanheira (Director of the Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics)
Dr. Carlos Orta Gomes (Programme manager)
Head of the Unit for Epidemiology
Direcção-Geral de Saúde, Lisboa

Dra. Cristina Furtado (EPIET alumnus, cohort 1)
Infectious Diseases Department
Instituto Nacional de Saúde Dr. Ricardo Jorge, Lisboa

Dr. Eugénio Cordeiro (EPIET alumnus, cohort 5)
Department of Public Health and Planning
Administração Regional de Saúde, IP, Coimbra

Dra. Teresa Fernandes (EPIET alumnus, cohort 6)
Disease Prevention and Control Department
Direcção-Geral de Saúde, Lisboa

Dra. Marion Muehlen (EPIET Scientific Coordinator)
Health Protection Agency, London

Language requirements
Good knowledge of Portuguese is essential.

Training history
Number of EPIET alumni working at institute: one
Number of fellows training at the institute: one (cohort 14)

Available as training site for cohort 15: Yes

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