(Updated: 2019/04/23)

About the journal

Basic information


Objectives: To disseminate the production of different areas of knowledge regarding health practices, with the objective of favoring the interdisciplinary development of the public health field.

Areas of interest: The journal is targeted at the community of health professionals, university teachers, researchers, Public/Collective Health specialists and connected areas. Since its creation, the journal has published works from different, interrelated knowledge areas that are concerned with public/collective health. In this sense, it encompasses the production of different branches of human and social sciences and of the emerging environmental science, and incorporates scientific and theoretical production and also the one specifically related to proposals for intervention and institutional practice.

History: Public Health is a privileged field of knowledge and practice that is open to contribution from different areas, given the nature of its object. Scientific production in this area reflects this possibility by taking into account distinct dimensions of its object and also its complex amplitude, which ranges from knowledge about the health-illness process to interventions on this process through health actions, programs, systems and policies. The consideration of these aspects and the similarities regarding proposition and editorial interaction strategies led, 16 years ago, the Director Boards of the School of Public Health of the University of São Paulo (FSP - USP) and of São Paulo’s Public Health Association (APSP) to the decision of establishing a partnership to carry out an editorial project. It was in this context that the editorial project of the journal Saúde e Sociedade was formulated. Today, it is a consolidated journal in the areas of Public/Collective Health and Human Sciences.

The joint publication of a journal (FSP-APSP) has been an innovative action in the publishing field of the health area. The articulation between these two institutions represented a new strategy in the search for incrementing the dissemination of its technical and scientific production. In addition, it enhanced the knowledge exchange between institutions involved with teaching, researching and health services provision. Thus, the focus was not only the need to meet the demands of the several teaching and research institutions of São Paulo, but also, the need to open up to a tendency that has emerged inside the Brazilian and Latin American societies and that concerns the search for new ways, new reflections, new approaches to dealing with new and old problems.

Journal's periodicity: quarterly

The abbreviated title of the journal is Saúde Soc., which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references.




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  • Scopus
  • Portal de Revistas da USP


Intellectual property


All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY.

The Saúde e Sociedade adopted until set/2015 the Creative Commons license  attribution-type BY-NC. Actually, the license  is the attribution-type BY.





Faculdade de Saúde Pública da USP - FSP/USP

Av. Dr. Arnaldo, 715 - São Paulo - SP CEP: 01246-904


Associação Paulista de Saúde Pública - APSP

Rua Cardeal Arcoverde, 1749 - Conj. 78B - São Paulo - SP


Programa de Apoio às Publicações Científicas e Periódicas da USP

Av. Prof. Luciano Gualbert, Travessa J 374 - 1º andar - São Paulo - SP CEP: 05508-010
e-mail: dtsibi@org.usp.br 


Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico - CNPq



Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo - Fapesp


Ministério da Saúde - MS




Editorial Board


Scientific Editors

  • Aurea Maria Zöllner Ianni - Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Saúde Pública. São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
  • Eunice Nakamura - Universidade Federal de São Paulo. Santos, SP, Brasil.


Executive Editor

  • Deisy de Freitas Lima Ventura - Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Saúde Pública, SP, Brasil.


Associate Editors

  • Juan Carlos Aneiros Fernandes – Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Faculdade de Medicina. São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
  • Marcelo Eduardo Pfeiffer Castellanos – Universidade Federal da Bahia. Instituto de Saúde Coletiva. Salvador, BA, Brasil.
  • Marcia Thereza Couto Falcão - Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Medicina. São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
  • Miguel Montagner - Universidade de Brasília. Brasília, DF, Brasil.
  • Myriam Raquel Mitjavila - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brasil.
  • Nivaldo Carneiro Jr - Faculdade de Medicina do ABC. Santo André, SP, Brasil. | Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Santa Casa de São Paulo. São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
  • Raul Borges Guimarães - Universidade Estadual de São Paulo. Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia. Presidente Prudente, SP, Brasil.
  • Tatiana Engel Gerhardt - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Saúde Coletiva. (Cidade), RS, Brasil.
  • Tatiana Wargas de Faria Baptista - Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública da FIOCRUZ. Departamento de Administração e Planejamento em Saúde. Rio de janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
  • Vanessa Elias de Oliveira -  Universidade Federal do ABC. Santo André, SP, Brasil.


Associate Editors (ad hoc)


André Mota - Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Medicina. São Paulo, SP, Brasil.

Cristiane da Silva Cabral - Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Saúde Pública. São Paulo, SP, Brasil.

Cristiane Gonçalves da Silva - Universidade Federal de São Paulo. Santos, SP, Brasil.

Fernando Mussa Abujamra Aith - Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Saúde Pública. São Paulo, SP, Brasil.

Inês Macamo Raimundo - Eduardo Mondlane University. Maputo, Moçambique.

Maria de Fátima Pereira Alves – Universidade Aberta. Lisboa, Portugal.

Raquel Souzas – Universidade Estadual do Sudoeste da Bahia. Vitória da Conquista, BA, Brasil.



Editorial Production

  • Editorial Assistance
    Helena Núbia de Oliveira
    Lorena Silva Sigali
  • Normalization
    Centro de Informação e Referência da Faculdade de Saúde Pública da USP


Consulting Board

  • Alcindo Antônio Ferla - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Escola de Saúde Pública. Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil.
  • Ana Maria Costa - Escola Superior de Ciências da Saúde. Brasília, DF, Brasil.
  • Augusta Thereza de Alvarenga - Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Saúde Pública. São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
  • Carme Borrell - Agência de Salut Pública. Barcelona, Espanha.
  • Christovam Barcellos - Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Instituto de Informação e Comunicação Científica e Tecnológica em Saúde. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
  • Didier Lapeyronnie - Faculdade Université Victor Segalen Bordeux 2. Bordeux, França.
  • Eduardo Suárez - Universidad del Salvador. Facultad de Ciencias Sociales. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Eleonora Menicucci de Oliveira - Universidade Federal de São Paulo. São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
  • Evelyne Marie Therese Mainbourg - Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Centro de Pesquisa Leônidas e Maria Deane. Manaus, AM, Brasil.
  • Francisco Eduardo Campos - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil.
  • Gustavo Caponi - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Florianópolis, SC, Brasil.
  • Helena Ribeiro - Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Saúde Pública. São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
  • Jairnilson Silva Paim - Universidade Federal da Bahia. Instituto de Saúde Coletiva. Salvador, BA, Brasil.
  • Jean-Pierre Goubert - École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Paris, França.
  • José da Rocha Carvalheiro - Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto. Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brasil.
  • José de Carvalho Noronha - Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Centro de Informação Científica e Tecnológica. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
  • Lynn Dee Silver - Columbia University New York City. New York, NY, EUA.
  • Luciano Medeiros Toledo - Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Centro de Pesquisa Leônidas e Maria Deane. Manaus, AM, Brasil.
  • Maria Bernadete de Cerqueira Antunes - Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Recife, PE, Brasil.
  • Maria Cecília de Souza Minayo - Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
  • Mary Jane Paris Spink - Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
  • Osvaldo Fernandéz - Universidade Estadual da Bahia. Salvador, BA, Brasil.
  • Patrick Paul - Université François Rabelais. Tours, France.


Instructions to authors

Aims and scope


Editorial policy: The journal aims at disseminating the scientific production of teaching and research institutions whose environment fosters the development of interdisciplinary research. It receives contributions from different knowledge areas (exact, biological and social sciences) and can socialize emerging forms of approaching its object. Another aim is to disseminate the production of researchers and technicians from government agencies, such as state and municipal health departments. These agencies release results from their research studies, evaluation of implanted programs, etc., with important contributions that cannot be restricted to internal circulation reports, since they offer contributions to the advance of debate and to the exchange of ideas about challenging themes, whose roots can be found in the very multi-disciplinary nature of the area. Articles of particular interest are those that try and establish an interface between health, human and social sciences.

Areas of interest: Since its creation, Saúde e Sociedade has published works from different knowledge areas that are interrelated or that are concerned with public/collective health. In this sense, it encompasses the production of different branches of the human and social sciences and of the emerging environmental science, incorporating scientific and theoretical production and also the one specifically related to proposals for intervention and institutional practice.

Types of articles: The journal publishes original material of research and knowledge update, and of reflective nature, in the form of:

a) Original research papers;

b) Analysis of great themes of interest to the area;

c) Theoretical, methodological or technical essays that stimulate debates or the treatment of specific themes under different foci;

d) Literature update articles;

e) Experience reports in the areas of research, teaching and health services provision;

f) Presentation of ongoing studies, research or practical experiences, as well as preliminary results;

g) Letters to the editor with comments on ideas expressed in articles published by the journal, in order to foster a critical reflection on themes in the area;

h) Short comments, news or criticisms regarding published books of interest to the area;

i) Interviews or testimonies of personalities and specialists in the area, aiming at the reconstruction of public/collective health’s history or providing current information about themes of interest; and

j) Proceedings of São Paulo's public health congresses promoted by APSP, as well as of other scientific events related to the journal's editorial line.

The journal publishes spontaneous contributions that fit its editorial policy, as well as specialists’ articles written by request.

Articles that present an interface between health and the human sciences are especially welcome.

Peer review procedures: The Editorial Board (EB) has the collaboration of referees, co-participants in the assessment process of the submitted manuscripts. The referees are designated ad hoc by the EB, selected among specialists known for their technical and scientific competence. Their role is to collaborate in the appraisal of the manuscripts submitted for publication. The referees have the authority to decide on the convenience of manuscripts acceptance, and they may suggest modifications to the authors. Each work is appraised by at least two referees, whose names are not disclosed to authors and who also do not have authors' names disclosed.

Audience: health professionals in general, professors, researchers, and specialists in Public/Collective Health and connected areas.


Original material

The contents of the articles submitted for publication must not have been previously published or simultaneously submitted to any other journal. The articles published in Saúde e Sociedade may be reproduced in other publications if approved, in written, by the Editors.


People designated as authors must have participated in the preparation of the papers, so that they may assume public responsibility for its contents. To be qualified as author, it is necessary to have taken part in the conception, structuration, analisys or interpretation of data, or must have written the paper or participated of its critical revision and approval of the version to be published.

At the end of the article, the individual contributions of each author for the paper must be specified.

Selection of articles and peer-review

On selecting articles for publication, the scientific merit of the work and its compliance with the editorial guidelines adopted by the journal are assessed.

Saúde e Sociedade submits all originals for evaluation by the Editorial Commission, which is supported by ad hoc consultants who have authority to make decisions about the convenience of their acceptance, and also  to send them back to the authors with suggestions for amendments. Each work shall be assessed by at least two reviewers, whose names shall be kept in confidentiality, and who will not be apprised of the name of the author(s).



Form and preparation of manuscripts



A4 paper, 2.5 cm margins, 1.5 space, font Times New Roman 12. Maximum number of pages: 20 (including illustrations and references).


Title: concise and informative in the language of the text and in English. Insert as footnote the funding source for the research.

Author(s) name(s) and address(es): everyone should inform her/his institutional affiliation (in descending order, for instance: University, College, and Department) and e-mail. The author responsible for correspondence should also inform her/his full address (street, city, ZIP code, state, country).

Abstract: it should reflect the fundamental aspects of the works, with at least 150 words and at most 250 words, including aims, methods and results. The abstract should precede the text and be in the language of the text and in English. The title should also be in English.

Keywords: from 3 to 6, in the language of the text and in English, presented after the abstract. The authors should consult DeCS (Descritores em Ciências da Saúde) and/or Sociological Abstracts.

Graphs and tables: Graphs and tables should be presented in the original program (as example, in Excel: in xls), properly identified, in shades of grey or black and white.

Images: Images (figures and photos) should be in high resolution (300 dpi), in JPG or TIF, at least 8 cm wide.

Citations in the text: they should mention the author last name (small-case letter), year of publication and the page number in case of literal quotation, corresponding to the respective references. In case of more than two authors, the first must be mentioned followed by et al.


The authors are responsible for accuracy of the references cited in the text. They must comply with ABNT NBR 6023 [Brazilian Association of Technical Standards], be presented at the end of the work in alphabetical order by the last name of the first author. See some examples (more details on the journal's website):

  • Book

FORTES, P. A. de C.; RIBEIRO, H. (Org.). Saúde global. São Paulo: Manole, 2014.

  • Book Chapter

GOTLIEB, S. L. D.; LAURENTI, R.; MELLO JORGE, M. H. P. Crianças, adolescentes e jovens do Brasil no fim do século XX. In: WESTPHAL, M. F. Violência e criança. São Paulo: EDUSP, 2002. p. 45-72.

  • Journal Article

BASTOS, W. et al. Epidemia de fitness. Saúde e Sociedade, São Paulo, v. 22, n. 2, p. 485-496, 2013.

  • Thesis

SANTOS, A. L. D. dos. Histórias de jovens que vivenciaram a maternidade na adolescência menor: uma reflexão sobre as condições de vulnerabilidade. 2006. Tese (Doutorado em Saúde Materno-Infantil)-Faculdade de Saúde Pública da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, 2006.

  • Electronic Documents

WHO GLOBAL MALARIA PROGRAMME. World malaria report: 2010.
Geneva: WHO, 2010. Disponível em: <http://www.who.int/malaria/world_malaria_report_2010/worldmalariareport2010.pdf>. Acesso em: 7 mar. 2011.

  • Legislation (Law, Ordinance etc.)

- Print version

BRASIL. Lei nº 9887, de 7 de dezembro de 1999. Altera a legislação tributária federal. Diário Oficial [da] República Federativa do Brasil, Brasília, DF, 8 dez. 1996. Seção 1, p. 13.

- Electronic version

BRASIL. Ministério do Trabalho e Emprego. Portaria nº 485, de 11 de novembro de 2005. Aprova a Norma Regulamentadora nº 32 (Segurança e Saúde no Trabalho em Estabelecimentos de Saúde). Diário Oficial [da] República Federativa do Brasil, Brasília, DF, 16 nov. 2005. Disponível em: <http://www.mte.gov.br/legislacao/portarias/2005/p_20051111_485.pdf>. Acesso em: 17 jan. 2007.

  • Newspaper article

CUPANI, G. População sedentária preocupa médicos reunidos em simpósio. Folha de S. Paulo, São Paulo, 15 out. 2010. Equilíbrio e Saúde, p. 14.

  • Papers presented at events (Congresses, Symposia, etc.)

- Print version

COUTO, M. T.; SOTT, R. P. Ética, diversidade e saúde reprodutiva. In: CONGRESSO BRASILEIRO DE CIÊNCIAS SOCIAS EM SAÚDE, 2., 1999, São Paulo. Livro de resumos... São Paulo: Abrasco: Unifesp, 1999, p. 100.

- Electronic version

CARVALHO, C. A. Religião e aids: segredos e silêncios. In: CONGRESSO BRASILEIRO DE PREVENÇÃO EM DST/AIDS, 4., 2001, Cuiabá. Anais... Brasília, DF: Ministério da Saúde, 2001, p. 71-72. Disponível em: <http://www.portalsaudebrasil.com/artigospsb/public007.pdf>. Acesso em: 18 ago.2006.

Open Access

The Health and Society uses the Open Access publishing model, so its content is free to read and download, favoring the dissemination of knowledge.


The Saúde e Sociedade does not charge submission fees, review or publication of articles.



Submitting material



Faculdade de Saúde Pública, Universidade de São Paulo. Associação Paulista de Saúde Pública. SP - Brazil
E-mail: saudesoc@usp.br