Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre

Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre

Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre. It is a Brazilian federal public higher education institution, specialized in the areas of health sciences.

Historical review

The construction of the UFRGS university hospital and the great demand for doctors in the State in the 1950sdetermined the foundation of the Catholic Faculty of Medicine (FCM[i]), as it was called at the time. With the construction of the Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Santa Casa feared that a significant part of its clinical staff, made up largely of physician-professors and students of UFRGS, would leave the hospital complex. Then came the idea of ​​creating a new medical school: this would reduce the deficit in the institution’s clinical staff, once the new FCM’s doctor-professors and students would use the Santa Casa as a teaching hospital; and it would reduce the deficit of doctors in the State, which, at the time, had only one medical school (the Faculty of Medicine of UFRGS).

On December 7, 1953, in an ordinary session of the Administrative Board of the Santa Casa de Misericordia Brotherhood of Porto Alegre, Professor Rui Cirne Lima, entity supplier, proposed the creation of the Catholic School of Medicine (FCM). The proposal was forwarded to the Metropolitan Archbishop of Porto Alegre, Don Vicente Scherer, who accepted the proposal and decreed, the following day, the creation of the faculty.

The foundation stone was laid on June 23, 1957. Then the construction of the current central building began. Four years later, the faculty was authorized to function by Decree 50.165/61. The inaugural class was ministered on March 22, 1961. I obtained recognition as an educational institution by Decree 54.234/64.

The first group of doctors was formed in 1966, even before the completion of the works on the central building, which only happened the following year. The medical residency program began before the first collation act, in 1964. In 1968, the first lato sensu postgraduate program was implemented.

Because it is important for the State and due to financial difficulties, the school was federalized through Law 6,891/80. It then became known as the Porto Alegre Federal Faculty of Medical Sciences Foundation (FFFCMPA). Seven years later, it acquired the legal status of a public foundation with the development of Law 7,596/87 (until now it had the legal status of a private foundation).

In 1988, the first stricto sensu postgraduate program began, at the master’s level. In the following year she began the doctoral program.

Until 2003, the institution offered, in the undergraduate course, only the Medicine course. In 2004, the faculty began its expansion project and began to offer new undergraduate courses: Nutrition (2004), Biomedicine (2004), Speech Therapy (2007), Psychology (2008), Nursing (2009), Physiotherapy (]]2009] ]), Pharmacy (2010), Analytical Toxicology (2011), Health Management (2014), Food Technology (2014), Medical Physics (2014), Biomedical Informatics (2015) and Medical Chemistry (2016).

The expansion project also included the modernization of the current structure and expansion of the physical space, with the construction of the 6th floor in the main building, Building II, a 9-story building with various laboratories and classrooms, and Building III, with 8 floors.

During the expansion phase, in 2008, the FFFCMPA was transformed into a specialized university in the area of ​​health sciences, through Federal Law n. 11,641/08, going on to have the current name, Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA).



Currently the university has 16 undergraduate courses: Health Administration, Biomedicine (daytime), Biomedicine (nighttime), Nursing, Pharmacy, Medical Physics, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Gastronomy, Health Management, Biomedical Informatics, Medicine, Nutrition, Psychology, Food Technology, Analytical Toxicology.

The undergraduate programs of the UFCSPA received the best grades in the National Student Performance Examination (Enade). The phonoaudiology career obtained the 2nd best grade in the country. Physiotherapy and psychology majors obtained maximum qualification. The other races have not yet obtained a final concept at Enade because they are quite recent.

All careers are in accordance with the curricular guidelines of the Ministry of Education. The disciplines are taught by professors with high academic qualifications (mostly master’s and doctorate), and are made up of theoretical, practical and theoretical-practical classes. The practical and theoretical-practical classes are taught in the university laboratories or in the hospitals of the Hospital Complex of Santa Casa de Porto Alegre, to approach and prepare the students both for professional practice and for scientific research and production activity..

To obtain the degree diploma, students must include all the disciplines of their curriculum, have their final project approved (except medicine), complete compulsory curricular internship or internship and participate in complementary activities (in a minimum number of hours that varies for each race, according to MEC guidelines).

All undergraduate programs of the UFCSPA have annual serialization, except gastronomy, food technology and analytical toxicology, with semester serialization.

Admission to the university’s undergraduate courses occurs annually through the Unified Selection System (SiSU), with selection made based on the grade obtained in the National High School Examination.


The UFCSPA postgraduate course prepares human resources for research, teaching and professional practice. It encompasses stricto sensu (master’s and doctorate), lato sensu (specialization), medical residency and multiprofessional residency programs.

The stricto sensu courses offered are intended to train qualified professionals with a view to teaching, research and performance in required fields in the health area. The careers are included in the REUNI program and are recognized by CAPES – which allows the offer of scholarships to academics.

The lato sensu postgraduate course is aimed at professional or scientific training, and confers on the postgraduate the title of specialist.


Registration for the specialization races at the UFCSPA occurs in the months of November through December of each year. The duration of the courses varies from 2 to 6 semesters, with a workload of 600 to 7,200 classroom hours. In 2010 there were 100 students enrolled in specialization courses. The 9 races offered by the UFCSPA are:

  • Diagnostic imaging of the chest.
  • Oncology gynecology.
  • Child and Youth Gynecology.
  • adult nephrology.
  • pediatric nephrology.
  • Neurology: Movement Disorders and Dementias.
  • Mandatory in Family and Community Medicine.
  • family health

Masters and doctors degree

The UFCSPA has the following master’s and doctoral programs:

  • Rehabilitation sciences.
  • Health Sciences.
  • Health Education.

The stricto sensu postgraduate program began its activities in 1988, with the master’s program in pathology. The following year the doctoral program began, also in the area of ​​pathology. The hepatology graduate program began its activities in 1993 and the health sciences program in 2002.

Enrollment for the master’s and doctoral programs occurs annually in the month of November. In 2010 there were 143 students enrolled in master’s programs and 43 in doctoral programs.

The medical residency programs are integrated with the Santa Casa de Misericordia of Porto Alegre and, in the specialty of Psychiatry, with the Presidente Vargas Maternal-Child Hospital. In 2010, 205 resident physicians made up the institution’s student body.

Access to medical residency programs is given annually, through a public selection process that uses the AMRIGS Exam score. In 2008, 92 places were offered.

Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre