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Educación Médica Superior

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PUELLO-SOCARRAS, Gregorio Enrique  and  VARGAS PUENTES, Liliana. Occupational health and its social approach in diploma papers from Bogota Universities. Educ Med Super [online]. 2019, vol.33, n.1, e1595.  Epub Sep 30, 2019. ISSN 0864-2141.


The identification of diploma papers with a social approach in occupational health programs of higher education institutions in Bogota allows to establish trends of professionals in training under these programs and their interest in working with informal labor population.


To identify and examine diploma papers with a social approach carried out in higher education institutions in Bogota during 2016 and 2017.


Systematic review where undergraduate and postgraduate studies were selected, in physical and virtual repositories of occupational health programs with social focus carried out in the years 2016-2017. The review categories were worked on: Modality of social degree, general statistics of degree work, use of social indicators, use of research methodologies with a social focus, alignment of proposed products with innovation processes and social change, in particular; through bibliographic review supported by Specialized Analytical Abstracts.


We reviewed diploma papers from 15 universities with two technical programs, one technological program, five professional programs, 18 postgraduate courses, and a sheer number of 7005 diploma papers, before applying the selection criteria.


The relevance is described for the formative research in the context of informality in Colombia and the preparation of higher education institutions in this development, which generated discussion around the results of the review. It has been found out that this structural problem of public health in Colombia has not yet found a structural solution.

Keywords : population education; public perception about science; social investment projects.

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