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Revista Cubana de Higiene y Epidemiología

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ROMERO TORRES, Klairys A; ALVAREZ TOSTE, Mireya  and  ALVAREZ PEREZ, Adolfo G. Master's Degree in Environmental Health conducted at the National Institute of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology and the main lessons learned. Rev Cubana Hig Epidemiol [online]. 2013, vol.51, n.3, pp.255-261. ISSN 1561-3003.

Objective: to present the main lessons learned from the Master's Degree in Environmental Health program conducted at the National Institute of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology. Methods: A descriptive study was performed of the 17 cycles of the Master's Degree program held between 1990 and 2009. Quantitative document analysis techniques were applied to the variables age, sex, place of residence, profession and workplace of graduates. Results: 235 students graduated from 1990 to 2009, with a predominance of graduates from the province of Havana. Female sex was the best represented with 59.1% and a mean age of 40. A better approach was devised for risk evaluation and management. The Ministry of Higher Education awarded the program the category of Certified Master's Degree.The Master's Degree in Environmental Health program was advised by the Pan American Center for Human Ecology and Health, and the academic excellence of the course was recognized by the Network of Environmental Education for Latin America and the Caribbean. Conclusions: The subjects taught have been enhanced with new approaches based on a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and intersectoral view, which has contributed to the development of graduates' competencies, knowledge and research skills.

Keywords : Master's Degree in Environmental Health; main lessons.

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