The Federal University of São Paulo – UNIFESP was created in 1933 as a Medical School, named Escola Paulista de Medicina – and 60 years later was turned into a Thematic University, focused in Medicine and Health Sciences. In 2005, started an expansion process and created six new campuses, in cities near São Paulo, each one focused in a different area of knowledge. UNIFESP is a public and comprehensive university based on the principle that teaching, research and extension are inseparable.
UNIFESP has more than 9500 undergraduate students, enrolled in 30 courses in all areas of knowledge: Engineering, Humanities, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Computing and Math, Health and Biological Sciences.
At the graduated level, UNIFESP has 3144 post graduate students enrolled in 45 Master and PhD and programs. Twelve of these PhD programs are considered excellent at international patterns (grade 7 and 6) according to Capes –Brazilian Assessment Agency. They are: Molecular Biology, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology, Nephrology, Ophthalmology, Psychobiology, Plastic Surgery, Endocrinology, Pharmacology, Hematology, Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosciences.
Research is developed through almost 500 lines of research with a strong potential in interdisciplinarity in areas as Imaging Technology, Biocompatible Materials, Biomedical Engineering, Computing Sciences in Health, Aging, Neurosciences and New Targets for Therapies. As the expansion process consolidates, new graduate program were created in very promising areas as Ecology and Evolution, Science and Technology in Sustainability, Engineering and Material Sciences and Interdisciplinarity in Health Sciences. New programs were also created in Humanities as Social Sciences, Philosophy, Education and Health on Childhood and Adolescence.
Moreover, due to the strong expertise in Medicine, the Teaching Hospital – Hospital São Paulo – provides specialization for more than 1000 physicians per year, in almost 80 different specialties. Actually, it is the largest medical residency program of the Brazilian federal government.
Relation with society is a known characteristic of UNIFESP that offers 267 continuing education courses for almost 9.000 professionals. There are also supports projects for disadvantaged, seniors, vulnerable youth and native Brazilian population.