Nuclei and Laboratories

The PPGSP nuclei and laboratories are important spaces for developing teaching, research and acting alongside the society. The PPGSP nuclei and laboratories are the following:

Nucleus of Work, Environment and Health (TRAMAS)

The Nucleus of Work, Environment and Health (TRAMAS) was created in 1996 and is dedicated to historical processes of human and social emancipation since the University. TRAMAS focuses on the interrelationships between Production, Work, Environment and Health which are approached in a critical perspective in the context of the civilization of capital, especially in its forms of expression in Northeast, Brazil. The nucleus is composed of professors and undergraduate, master’s, PhD and postdoctoral students in different areas, such as health, law, communication, education, and geography. We have also counted on the enriching participation of leaders of social movements linked to the process under study. TRAMAS prioritizes demands for the production of knowledge from communities in environmental conflict that dispute their territory with productive enterprises or infrastructure works, to contribute to the defense of environmental equity. At this time, TRAMAS dedicates efforts on research and knowledge diffusion on Chemicals topics in the context of agricultural modernization, Nuclear Energy/Uranium Mining, and Environmental Justice. TRAMAS is organized by the cultivation of diversity, collective responsibility and horizontal processes in decision-making. In a systematic way, TRAMAS dialogues with several institutions, entities, movements and networks.

Coordinator: Raquel Maria Rigotto, Ph.D.


Nucleus of Studies in Collective Health (NESC)

The Nucleus of Studies in Collective Health (NESC) was created in 1988 and is a reference on research and training of managers and professionals in Collective Health. At graduate level, the nucleus has already carried out specialization courses in Public Health, hospital administration, economy and health administration, oral health, family health and administration of health systems and services. NESC also develops projects and partnerships with the Unified Health System (SUS), advising state and municipal health departments in Ceará. Currently, the group develops research on the evaluation of administration and care practices, mainly related to the Primary Health Care and Mental Health network. At undergraduate level, NESC has an important role in the modules of Basic Health Care which are relevant for the future doctors education, and leads one of the main extension programs of the UFC, the University Rural Center for Training and Community Action (CRUTAC). In the last years, NESC has stood out in monitoring the Mais Médico program in the state of Ceará. NESC has three large rooms, useful for working meetings. It has an important collection of documents and books on Collective Health, particularly in the state of Ceará.

Coordinator: Maria Vaudelice Mota, Ph.D.



Laboratory of Evaluation and Qualitative Research in Health (LAPQS)
The Laboratory of Evaluation and Qualitative Research in Health is an interdisciplinary group linked to the Graduate Program in Public Health (PPGSP) at the Federal University of Ceará. It is formed by researchers from the UFC in partnership with different groups and collaborators from several national and international institutions, it also includes students from undergraduate to PhD, in addition to postdoctoral researchers. The projects and studies developed are linked to the different areas of research, based on the critical-qualitative approach, articulating with research networks of which LAPQS is a member and co-founder: Qualitative Health Research Network Brazil-Canada, a partnership built with Brazilian universities and the University of Toronto – CA ( and Iberian-American Research Network on Food and Society ( In addition to the courses offered regularly in the Graduate Program to which it is linked, LAPQS leads several training initiatives, such as thematic and methodological study groups; research training; project guidance; production of teaching material in the form of texts and videos; availability of collections with more restricted books; publications in journals and books on qualitative methodology and epistemology; organization of events and continuous participation in the most important congresses in the national and international scientific field, among other technical-scientific activities, developed within the thematic scope of the evaluation of programs and services and of qualitative research in health.

Coordinator: Maria Lúcia Magalhães Bosi, Ph.D.


Laboratory of Medical Entomology

This laboratory plays a strategic and crucial role in the field of health research, including allocating relevant and important data on arbovirus infections and zoonoses for surveillance in the city of Fortaleza, as well as in the state of Ceará. The laboratory has a maintenance chamber for mosquitoes of the species: Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, composed of breeding cages, trays for larval growth and ootheca. In addition, there are benches designed for the use of entomological and bacteriological microscopes and experiments. The coordinators are professors Carlos Henrique Alencar and Luciano Pamplona from the UFC, as well as an intense partnership with professor Víctor Martins from the University of International Integration of the Afro-Brazilian Lusophony (UNILAB). In addition, several students of initiation in research, master’s and PhD make use of it with relevant scientific production in the area.
Coordinators: Carlos Henrique Morais de Alencar, Ph.D. and Luciano Pamplona de Góes Cavalcanti, Ph.D.

Observatory of Public Health Policies (OPP SAÚDE)

The Observatory of Public Health Policies (OPP Saúde) emerged from the articulation of a group of professors and students of the UFC Graduate Program in Public Health (PPGSP) with the Observatory of Public Policies, established since 2006 at the Faculty of Economics, Administration and Accounting (FEAAC) at the Federal University of Ceará. Most of the effort of the OPP Saúde team is for the establishment and consolidation of external partnerships, both with other teaching and research institutions, as well as with state government and civil society entities. This is understood as fundamental to articulate several actors who think about public health policies in their immediate connection with local needs, realities and initiatives. It aims at connecting knowledge produced at the University and practices established in health administration and care. Thus, OPP Saúde has the task of bringing new opportunities for studies and debates on policy topics and health administration. In this sense, it moves for the purpose of creating spaces for articulation and reflection on the formulation, implementation and evaluation of health policies in the state of Ceará and Brazil.

Coordinators: Ricardo José Soares Pontes, Ph.D. and Carmem E. Leitão Araújo, Ph.D.