The curriculum matrix of the Master´s in Collective Health at UEFS consists of 03 components: the Disciplines, the Activities and the End of Course Project. Disciplines are divided into those that are obligatory and those that are optional. There are two groups of obligatory disciplines. One forms part of a common nucleus made up of common disciplines for all students, the other group being disciplines offered in specialized areas. The matrix also includes obligatory activities for all students (Guided research, Advanced Seminars and Teacher Training). To conclude the course, the students should achieve 31 credits, 21 in obligatory disciplines, 04 in optional disciplines, and 06 credits for Guided Research. Students in the PPGSC must attend a minimum of 85% of the classes for each discipline/activity undertaken in the program. The Final Project may take the form of a traditional thesis or an article sent to a recognized scientific journal in the field.
Under the System of Student Evaluation (SAD) of the PPGSC at UEFS, each discipline has the right to establish its own specific form for evaluating students. Student evaluation of disciplines and obligatory activities is also one of the requirements established by the Program Board in order to guarantee ongoing reflection on the development of disciplines, their strong and weak points, and to permit efficient correction when necessary. UEFS possesses an Electronic Register and the postgraduate courses have adopted this system since 2010. Consequently, teachers must register all activities, attendance records and online evaluations, permitting greater administrative agility and control of courses.
By the 12th month of the course, the student will present their research project in a Qualifying Exam. The exam consists of an evaluation of the project before a jury of three members and two substitutes. Of the members, at least one should be from another institution. A thesis should be presented and defended by the 24th month of the course. This too consists of a Qualifying Exam, in which the thesis is evaluated by a jury of three members and two substitutes, with at least one member being from another institution.