Transformation and trends in preventive and social medicine education at the undergraduate level in a Brazilian medical school

Gac Sanit. 2001 Nov-Dec;15(6):519-22. doi: 10.1016/s0213-9111(01)71615-9.


In the present study we discuss some transformations in undergraduate training in Preventive and Social Medicine in the Department of Social Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine of Ribeiro Preto, University of So Paulo, from 1993 to 1999. Aspects of the relationship between medical training and the reorganization of local services of the Brazilian national health system, and between graduate teaching in Preventive and Social Medicine and medical education as a whole are discussed. The crisis in Preventive and Social Medicine and its influence of medical training are evaluated. Trends for the application of a body of knowledge of the specialty and for the relationship between the department and the medical school are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Brazil
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate*
  • Humans
  • National Health Programs / organization & administration
  • Preventive Medicine / education*
  • Social Medicine / education*