Academic Program Organization


The INSP organizes its academic program through three main structures:

  1. Research Centers, where all faculty and programs are assigned, these include:
    • Center for Infectious Diseases Research
    • Center for Evaluation and Surveys Research
    • Center for Health Systems Research
    • Regional Center for Public Health Research
    • Center for Information on Public Health Decisions
    • Center for Population Health Research
    • Center for Nutrition and Health Research
    • Academic Secretariat
  2. Academic Affairs, which coordinates the operation of all academic activities through the Mexico School of Public Health and;
  3. Collegiate Bodies, which monitor the performance of academic programs to ensure quality in aspects ranging from student selection and success to faculty performance and curriculum.

Research Centers

The directors of the Research Centers are responsible for fulfilling their respective center’s mission and are charged with providing academic leadership, appointing academic coordinators and ensuring sufficient faculty to support programs, establishing the internal structure of each center in keeping with INSP guidelines. Each center conducts research, teaching and service activities in a specific public health area.

Student Involvement in Research

As research is one of the three main activities at the INSP, student from all programs have the opportunity to collaborate directly with researchers. These opportunities include internships in the departments of the 7 research centers, specialization in specific research topics, academic short stays in other universities and jobs working on research projects.

To learn about the different research topics and projects related to the mission-oriented research lines (LIMs), students attend a series of workshops and conferences given by researchers during an orientation course one week before the beginning of their first semester. Through these activities all students are invited to participate in research projects. Also, during the first semester of the program, the LIMs’ projects are presented so that students are aware of the opportunities for internships in research projects. Students’ involvement in specific LIM-related research projects usually helps them to develop their culminating product (thesis, scientific article or final professional project [PTP]). A student’s research thesis may be part of an ongoing research project or use information from previous projects. The PTP involves community-based participatory research, which is carried out by students and faculty in specific topics identified in the first semester and approved by the assigned committees. Both of these terminal projects can be further developed to become a scientific publication.

A new program to involve students in research, called formation lines, allows students to specialize in specific research topics. Through this program, students can use optional credits to study courses that will help them deepen their knowledge in a public health topic related to a specific LIM. This program has been implemented since 2010 and is coordinated by a researcher who encourages students to develop their thesis on a topic related to the research project. This experience gives students opportunities to apply for scholarships for research internships in other universities, develop internal internships in a research project related to the LIM, and present papers at national or international conferences as well as to develop their thesis. Students can work on topics such as global health, pharmaco-epidemiology, AIDS, and health program assessment. There are future plans to develop more research topics linked to the LIMs as a strategy to promote student involvement in research and in authoring or co-authoring scientific publications.

Another stimulus to involve students in research activities is the availability of scholarships for short research stays at national and international universities to help students finish their thesis or a scientific article for graduation. These scholarships are available to all students who study in INSP programs that are part of CONACyT’s accreditation quality program.

To enhance the dissemination of student scholarly work related to research activities, the INSP supports the Student Association in organizing the annual “Jornadas Académicas,” a one-day academic conference where students from all programs present their research experiences, including their thesis or PTP findings. Many students also present posters at the biannual Congress of Public Health Research, an international conference organized by the INSP involving more than 200 national and international institutions, universities and health organizations. Students are also an important part of the planning and organization of academic research conferences hosted by the INSP.

Some students, because of their participation in research activities during their academic program, get temporary jobs working on a research project while they finish their academic credits and are working to complete their thesis or PTP. This participation strengthens their research skills and sometimes results in authoring or co-authoring scientific articles associated with the research activity before they graduate.

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