Graduate Program in Health Sciences Master's and Doctorate Degrees

About the Course

The Graduate Program In Health Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Health Sciences is accredited as a stricto sensu program by CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior), the federal agency that regulates undergraduate and graduate teaching programs in Brazil.

The Program aims to form a skilled personnel capable of working in research and teaching in academia, research institutes, healthcare services, biotechnology, pharmaceutical enterprises, or in healthcare administration.

The program has just one concentration area. It is oriented towards research in Medicine and comprises several different areas of work and research projects. Some are directed to the physiopathology and basic research on cellular biology and genetics of diseases while other projects are related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human diseases. Program supervisors who work in research and are also involved in teaching form the functional core and are grouped according to their respective themes of research as follows:

Aging

The clinical and experimental aspects of the aging process in a variety of systems are studied by several investigators. There are research projects on the physiopathology of kidney mesangial cells, on the treatment of degenerative heart diseases, on the physiopathology and treatment of aging-associated vascular lesions , on the epidemiology and treatment of degenerative diseases affecting the osteomuscular system and on imaging techniques for the diagnosis of tumors and degenerative diseases.

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Critical Medicine

There are several lines of research on clinical aspects, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of various conditions affecting patients admitted to intensive care units. The following aspects are presently under investigation:

  1. Sepsis;
  2. Acute kidney injury and failure;
  3. Complications of kidney and liver transplantations;
  4. Effect of controlling metabolic parameters on the outcome of critically ill patients;
  5. Metabolism, function and therapeutic use of pulmonary surfactant;
  6. Aspects of mechanical ventilation in newborns.

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Molecular Medicine

In this group are concentrated research projects on clinical and experimental aspects of inflammatory responses in autoimmune collagen diseases, infections, liver diseases and in diseases of the endometrium. Other projects investigate the physiopathology of hepatocytes and mechanisms of immunodeficiencies focused on leukocytes and mechanisms of apoptosis.

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Neurosciences

Ongoing projects address several major worldwide issues in neurosciences research.

  1. Ischemic cerebrovascular accident (stroke): clinical, physiopathological and treatment aspects.
  2. Parkinson's disease: genetics, diagnosis and treatment. Movement disorders.
  3. Aging: mechanism of cognition and emotion, and healthy aging.
  4. Epilepsies: anatomopathology, clinical, neuropsychological and neuro -physiological aspects. Neuroimaging in epilepsy.
  5. Nanoparticles and their application in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases.

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DurationStarting from: 22/01/2021 - Master's Degree – 24 months | Doctorate Degree – 48 months.

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Differential

  • International Cooperation and Exchange Programs: the Albert Einstein Hospital is partner of several international Research Institutions and Research Groups. Some are listed below:
  • The Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein (HIAE) and its affiliated healthcare units offers excellent opportunities for clinical and clinically based research.
  • Experimental Research Center: this laboratory is organized as a "core facility". Researchers and students affiliated to the postgraduate Program have access to all the installed equipments and facilities needed to carry out most cellular and molecular biology investigation techniques. Therefore, investigators can carry out experiments using diverse techniques as required by their projects: identification of cell surface markers and cell- labeling; genomic and gene expression analyses; transfection of specific gene sequences ; identification of proteins and metabolic components, and more recently gene editing and live cell imaging.
  • Experimentation and Surgical Training Center: this Animal Care facility supports projects that require models or functional experimenting. Specific areas offer services including medicinal gases, sterilization, cold chambers for experiments and for storage, surgery facilities including arc C, pre-operatory and recovery areas, classrooms equipped with videoconference and administrative area.
  • Imaging Equipments are modern and adapted for research purposes such as a Siemens 3-Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine.This MRI machine can acquire advanced sequences; it has 64-channel coils yielding better quality images in a shorter acquisition time. Few research centers have such high quality equipment available.
  • fNIRS (Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy) used for Neuroimaging is also available. It detects oxy- and deoxy - hemoglobin concentrations in selected areas of the brain and is a low cost, non-invasive method that allows carrying out experiments in moving subjects. This investigation technique is very new compared to other neuroimaging methods and can provide novel information on the evaluation, characterization, diagnosis, and investigation of brain pathologies.
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Program

Doctorate Degree

The time length to obtain a Doctorate Title in the Academic Health Sciences Program is 48 months. The requirements are:

  • Attendance to and approval in courses completing a total of 510 hours that correspond to 34 Course-Credits. Of these, 27 credits have to be completed in obligatory courses and 7 (seven) credits are obtained in optional courses.
  • In addition, within the 48 month-period of the Program students are required to carry out a research project and write the resultant manuscript in the form of a final term thesis to be presented and approved in a public session by an examining Committee chosen among experts in the research area of the project. This activity corresponds to additional 60 credits to be added to the 34 Course-credits required for obtaining the Ph.D.
ActivityAllocated Credits
Courses (obligatory and optional)34
Final term Thesis60
*Each credit corresponds to 15 hours of activities attending or related to the courses.

Full Program

Courses of the Doctorate Degree
Mandatory CoursesCreditCoordinators
Statistics and Biostatistics I02Ary Serpa Neto
Statistics and Biostatistics II02Ary Serpa Neto
Bibliographic Research, Bibliometrics and Scientometrics02Andréa Laurato Sertié
Entrepreneurship and Innovation02
Basic notions of cellular and molecular biology05Ricardo Weinlich and Luciana Cavalheiro Marti
Scientific methodology and fundaments of epidemiology04Mário Lenza
Ethics in Research03Eduardo Juan Troster
Prerequisite for the Didactics course (to attend qualification exams and defenses)01Celso Rebello and Elisa Harumi Kozasa
Didactics - Teaching Approaches and Communication Strategies03Celso Rebello and Elisa Harumi Kozasa
Scientific Writing Course03Erica Bevilaqua Rangel e Paulo Campregheré
Minimum credits required for mandatory courses: 27
Courses of the Doctorate Degree
*Optional CoursesCreditCoordinators
Specific Aspects of Molecular Medicine Research03Ricardo Weinlich
Specific Aspects of Research on Critical Patients Including Experimental Models 03Adriano José Pereira
Specific Aspects of Neurological Diseases Research Including Experimental Models 03Elisa Kozasa e Patricia Maria de Carvalho Aguiar
Specific Aspects of Research in Aging03Marcel Liberman
Research management03Luiz Vicente Rizzo
Advanced topics in teaching and learning03Welbert de Oliveira Pereira
Research in Mind-Body Interventions02Elisa Harumi Kozasa
Tutoring for Junior Scientific Initiation or Scientific Initiation02The activities will be monitored by the academic secretary
Participation in complementary activities02Presence controls will be carried out by the academic secretariat
Oral presentation or poster at an international congress, held outside Brazil, of results linked to the research project of the student.01Validation will be done through the presentation of the certificates
Publication of a scientific article linked to the student's research project, before the qualification exam, with Impact Factor = 1.1, with the student being the first author.03Validation will take place through the presentation of the article published in the academic secretariat
Minimum credits required for elective courses07
Total credits required in the Doctorate Degree: 34

Master's Degree

The time length to obtain to obtain a Master’s Degree in the Health Sciences Program of HIAE is 24 months. The requirements are:

  • Attendance to and approval in courses completing a total of 450 hours that correspond to 30 Course-Credits. Of these, 27 credits have to be completed in obligatory courses and 3 (three) credits are obtained in optional courses;
  • In addition, within the 24 month period of the Program students are required to submit a final term manuscript or dissertation to be presented and approved in public session by an examining Committee chosen among experts in the research area of the project. This activity corresponds to additional 40 credits to be added to the 30 Course-credits required for obtaining the Master’s Degree.
ActivityAllocated Credits
Courses (obligatory and optional)30
Final term manuscript40
*Each credit corresponds to 15 hours of activities attending or related to the courses

Full Program

Courses of the Master's Degree
Mandatory DisciplinesCreditCoordinators
Statistics and Biostatistics I02Ary Serpa Neto
Statistics and Biostatistics II02Ary Serpa Neto
Bibliographic Research, Bibliometrics and Scientometrics02Andréa Laurato Sertié
Entrepreneurship and Innovation02
Basic notions of cellular and molecular biology05Ricardo Weinlich and Luciana Cavalheiro Marti
Scientific methodology and fundaments of epidemiology04Mário Lenza
Ethics in Research03Eduardo Juan Troster
Prerequisite for the Didactics course (to attend qualification exams and defenses)01Celso Rebello and Elisa Harumi Kozasa
Didactics - Teaching Approaches and Communication Strategies03Celso Rebello and Elisa Harumi Kozasa
Scientific Writing Course03Erica Bevilaqua Rangel e Paulo Campregheré
Minimum credits required for mandatory courses: 27
*Optional CoursesCreditCoordinators
Specific Aspects of Molecular Medicine Research03Ricardo Weinlich
Specific Aspects of Research on Critical Patients Including Experimental Models 03Adriano José Pereira
Specific Aspects of Neurological Diseases Research Including Experimental Models 03Elisa Kozasa e Patricia Maria de Carvalho Aguiar
Specific Aspects of Research in Aging03Marcel Liberman
Research management03Luiz Vicente Rizzo
Advanced topics in teaching and learning03Welbert de Oliveira Pereira
Research in Mind-Body Interventions02Elisa Harumi Kozasa
Participation in complementary activities01Presence controls will be carried out by the academic secretariat
Oral presentation or poster at an international congress, held outside Brazil, of results linked to the research project of the student01Validation will be done through the presentation of the certificates
Publication of a scientific article linked to the student's research project, before the qualification exam, with Impact Factor = 1.1, with the student being the first author03Validation will take place through the presentation of the article published in the academic secretariat
Minimum credits required for elective disciplines03
Total credits required to do a Master's Degree: 30

Student Profile

Our students come from universities or institutions of higher education in both health sciences and other areas and aim to pursue studies relating to the different aspects of health sciences. The foremost condition to gain admission to the Program is aptitude and interest in research and academic activities.

Aims And Qualifications

  • The main objective of the Program is to develop the necessary competences for work in research or teaching in higher education and research institutions, as well as in the industry and enterprises working in the medical and healthcare areas, and also in health administration. It is expected Doctorate Program graduates to achieve independence and the capacity to gain knowledge, supervise research, and also to start their own research groups;
  • Towards this end the Program offers a solid core of obligatory courses focused on acquiring the complementary skills needed to achieve the sought qualifications. Qualified teachers ensure that the skills needed for the students’ future professional activities will be attained;
  • As the number of researchers, scientists, and Ph.D.s in Health Sciences in Brazil is still insufficient we expect our HIAE Academic Postgraduate Program graduates will help strengthen existing or nascent programs in other Brazilian Institutions, contribute as teachers and heads of novel research groups, performing in basic and clinical research, or as specialized professionals in Healthcare administrative areas and in the pharmaceutical industry where they are in high demand;
  • The student will be elligible for the title of Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) or Doctor in Science (Ph.D.) after completion of classes with respective credits, writing and public presentation of the M.Sc. or Ph.D. thesis, and the corresponding scientific publication.

Costs

Graduate Program in Health Sciences is cost free for the students admitted to either the Master’s or Doctorate Degrees Programs.

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Common Questions

What is the difference between Academic and Professionalizing Master's Programs?

A Professionalizing Master's Program (mestrado profissionalizante) is focused on studies and acquisition of skills oriented towards a higher level of specific professional qualification. On the other hand, the Academic Program is stricto sensu and as such is accredited and the obtained degrees are valid nationwide. The accreditation was issued by the National Council of Education even before the Program officially began its activities (Parecer CNE/CES 0079/2002) and the quality of the Program is periodically evaluated by CAPES. The Academic Program is focused on forming students that can work in Institutions of Higher Education (Universities, Colleges) either teaching, doing research, or both.

Is the Academic Program in Health Sciences paid?

The Academic Program in Health Sciences is free of costs for students admitted to either the Master's or Doctorate Programs. There are no admission or monthly taxes, neither for Brazilian nor foreign students.

How and at which institutions can I ask for a fellowship?

The students who are employed or have any kind of employment contract are not eligible to apply for support fellowships from the Brazilian Federal or Regional Agencies such as CAPES, CNPq, and FAPESP. The student who has no other paid job and who will work full time in the Program’s activities (either Master´s or Doctorate) can apply for an individual fellowship to the mentioned agencies with the help of the Institutional Researcher Support Office (NAP).

What is the nature of the work to be presented at the end of a postgraduate stricto sensu program?

A candidate to a Master´s degree has to present a written and printed dissertation in which the candidate expounds his or hers knowledge of a particular subject and ability to clearly and critically organize state-of-the-art knowledge in the chosen field of study. A Committee will analyze the text and argue the candidate on its content in a public session.

A candidate to the title of Doctor has to present a written and printed thesis on his or hers research carried out at a level that constitutes a real contribution to the area or subject under study.

For additional information please consult the site of CAPES.

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Luiz Vicente Rizzo

Medical Doctor. Director Superintendent of the Albert Einstein Research Institute. Full Professor at the Department of Immunology, Biomedical Sciences Institute, University of São Paulo (2005-2010). Head of the Primary Immunodeficiency outpatient Clinic at Clinical Hospital of the University of São Paulo Faculty of Medicine (1999-2008). General Secretary for the 13º International Immunology Congress. Vice-President (2000-2001) and President (2006-2007) of the Brazilian Society of Immunology. Full member of the São Paulo State Academy of Sciences.

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Post Graduate Program's Committee

The Committee is responsible for the general administration and planning of the Graduate Program In Health Sciences and has representative members of all general research areas:

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