Health Policy, Planning and Administration

Medico-industrial complex, economic and health technology assessment

The line targets relations among the main players in the medico-industrial complex, particularly the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries, the medical services provision sector, financial capital and the State, as well as evaluating the clinical, economic, social and ethical consequences of introducing and using health technologies.

Dimensions of health practices: actors, institutional contexts and relations with bodies of knowledge

This line investigates the actual practices of social actors in the health field, the senses that are attributed and the meanings and values that emerge from them, as part of complex inter-relations comprising the diversity of actors (state, professional, civil society and supra-State), institutional settings (justice, education and health) and bodies of knowledge involved in realising the human right to health.

Health workforce and health management

This line comprises the production and spread of knowledge of work in health systems and services, with a diversity of approaches to human resources involving information; planning; scaling; health labour market dynamics; training, education and demography of the health professions; professional regulation; scopes of practice; technology; financing; recruitment, retention and migration; and forms of engagement and management.

Policy making, implementation and evaluation

This line engages in theoretical discussion and studies of social policies, public health policies, planning and management in institutions and analysis of information on the various aspects of health systems: social conditions, population and social movements that demand such policies; and the financing, regulation and organisation by the State. It also addresses analysis of health system information with emphasis on cancer patient screening and survival.

Global Health

This line brings together research on problems that affect population health and whose determinants and consequences extend beyond national borders, such as climate change and environmental pollution; the urban issue; the obesity pandemic; global mental health; changes in the world of work; hierarchy factors and social exclusion that affect the various dimensions of health; critical perspectives on globalisation and its effects on health; and so on. The activities relate to four goals: conducting innovative, interdisciplinary research in Global Health; interrelating academic training with leadership in Global Health; facilitating partnering; and fostering the translation of Global Health research results into policies and practice.