UFCSPA’s Teaching and Health Care District is a geographic territory located in the north of Porto Alegre, where the university helps deliver health care integrated with teaching, extension and research. It provides students and faculty members with a setting for practices in Primary Care in the real context of the Brazilian Public Health System. It prioritizes the early and continuous contact with the community. It is also a key element in UFCSPA’s relationship with society, constituting a privileged space in which the institution practices its social and territorial responsibility – social and territorial responsibility that is in the heart of UFCSPA’s mission and that has made it a partner of Unesco, whose Regional Observatory of Social Responsibility for Brazilian Universities (ORSUB) the university currently hosts.

The Teaching and Health Care District responds, at UFCSPA’s level, to national education policies in the health field that advocate the integration between community, care and education. Thus, it holds educational actions in the following levels:


With subjects and internships in the courses of:

  • Biomedicine
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Speech Therapy/Audiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Analytical Toxicology
  • Pharmacy
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Graduate
  • Teaching and assistance in medical residence (pediatrics, psychiatry).

Besides teaching activities, the Teaching and Health Care District also offers possibilities in:


Due to its socioeconomic and cultural diversity, the Teaching and Health Care District offers a beneficial environment to the development of epidemiological and socially responsible researches with the community


The Teaching and Health Care District also serves as a place to develop extension projects and events in health units and neighboring schools, as well as community agencies (community centers, neighborhood associations, religious institutions and green areas).

Training of community health agents.

Information about Teaching and Health Care District

  • Location: North region of Porto Alegre (Neighborhoods: Rubem Berta, Sarandi and Passo das Pedras)
  • Population: 191.000 inhabitants
  • Health units: 26 (12 family health units, 14 traditional health units)
  • 30 schools (7 of which providing early childhood education and 1, technical education)
  • 2 CAPS (Mental Health Centers part of the Brazilian Public Health System)
  • 1 UPA (Emergency Care Unit part of the Brazilian Public Health System)