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The concentration area in Policy, Planning and Administration in Health involves the study of the processes of the formulation, implementation, planning, execution and evaluation of policies, systems, services and health practices. This concentration area seeks to consolidate a body of knowledge that brings together theory and practices drawn from all spaces in which health administration is present.

Administration is understood to consist of three levels: macro administration, meso administration and micro administration. The macro political administrative aspect of health administration refers to the more general guidelines that define social policies, the role of the state and the democratization of health. Meso administration refers to the ways health systems can be organized to meet demand for services and attend health needs. Studies in this field are orientated by the need to substitute models marked by fragmented attention and dominated by curative and individualistic practices for models and practices that value integrality. Micro administration refers to the organization of health services, facilities, programs and projects. It also encompasses the individual practice of health professionals and their behavior when in contact with the people who seek out, or have need of, their services. The search for effectiveness and quality together with efficiency is the guiding principle of studies in this field.

The studies undertaken range from health policy-making and the planning and organization of health services to the articulation of health practices (individual and collective). Administration is understood to be a process that is simultaneously political, technical, financial and administrative, involving the relationship between the public and private sectors, between central, regional and local levels, and between the different levels of the health system itself. In fact, the study of policy and administration seeks to define a totality that includes individuals, their representations and their interrelationship with health, economic, cultural and social environments.


  • Develop research in the area of the Postgraduate Program in Health (PPGS), with special attention to the administration of the Brazilian Public Health System (SUS) in the semiarid region;
  • Capacitate the student so that they might develop research projects that include the formulation, planning and evaluation of policies and practices in the health service context;
  • Train the student for the teaching of subjects in the area of health policymaking, planning and administration;
  • Make a contribution, in the form of scientific knowledge, to the process of formulating and implanting health policy in the semiarid region.

Research Projects

Health planning, administration and practices

Studies related to the knowledge and practices that guide the planning, evaluation and execution of actions in the health field, the management processes of health programs, systems and institutions, at all levels of administration and complexity, including themes such as decision-making, health financing, information systems and work practices, in a technical, as well as administrative and political, context, as well as issues such as ethics, justice, citizenship and democracy that orient the Brazilian Public Health System (SUS).


Teaching staff: Marluce Maria Araújo Assis, Maria Ângela Alves do Nascimento, Maria Lúcia Silva Servo; Silvone Santa Bárbara dos Santos Silva; Evanilda Souza de Santana Carvalho.

Health policy, information systems organizations, services and programs

Involves the study of social and health policy, in an attempt to understand the nature of the State and the macro-logic and micro-politics that influence public and private actions in the collective health area, at all levels of the Brazilian Public Health System (SUS), outlining the organization of services, their structural dynamic and everyday functioning. The interaction of health programs and services with health policies and associated knowledge is also investigated, in order to better understand the process of the decentralization of health at a local and regional level.


Teaching staff: Maria Ângela Alves do Nascimento, Thereza Christina Bahia Coelho; Silvone Santa Bárbara dos Santos Silva.