Introduction

The Graduate Program in the History of Science and Health at Casa de Oswaldo Cruz (COC) was created in 2000, with its first master’s and doctoral students being admitted in 2001. Since then, some 80 master’s and 50 doctoral degrees have been awarded, garnering the program national and international recognition in the field of history of science, especially biomedical and health sciences. Our commitment to the quality of our faculty and students’ academic output and participation in events relating to the area is the cornerstone of the consolidation and expansion of our involvement and interaction with the broader academic world, and our social role of developing specialized professionals for society.

The analysis of health and science as objects of historical importance is understood as a way of reflecting more broadly on the interconnections between this knowledge and the demands and challenges of Brazilian society. The program therefore also seeks out ways to ensure that the graduate program is increasingly aligned with and active in the national research and education agenda.

The program is geared towards professionals with degrees in the humanities, social sciences, health sciences and biological sciences, although applicants with degrees in other areas are also considered.

The program offers three research concentrations: history of biomedical sciences, history of medicine and diseases, and history of health policies, institutions and professions.
The master’s and doctoral programs have been evaluated at level 4 by the Ministry of Education’s Graduate Education Foundation (CAPES/MEC).

There are 18 places available each year on the master’s course, which can last between 12 and 24 months. The doctoral program, which can be from 24 to 48 months long, admits 12 new students a year.

The master’s and doctoral programs are both full-time. Scholarships and grants are sometimes available, and are awarded according to criteria set by the program’s scholarship committee, which are themselves based on the regulations passed down by funding agencies (CAPES, CNPq).

The students who fulfill all the requirements set forth in the program regulations are awarded the title of Master/Doctor of History of Science and Health.

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