Universidad de Chile (UChile), Chile

Universidad de Chile (UChile), Chile

The University of Chile (UChile) was founded on 19 November 1842 as the country's first public university. Today, UChile is an internationally recognised institution that is at the forefront of the Chilean university system in terms of teaching, research, creation and dissemination in all areas of knowledge.
UChile is located in the capital, Santiago de Chile, and trains 42,500 students annually in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Among its 5 campuses and 14 faculties, the Faculty of Medicine stands out with 8 degree programmes and nearly 6,000 students, 2,000 of them studying postgraduate programmes and training in medical specialities. Among them, the Faculty has a diversity of teaching programmes and lines of research in the field of oncology.

The Salvador Allende Gossens School of Public Health was founded in 1943 as part of the Faculty of Medicine, and has become the most important Chilean institution in public health research and training. Throughout its history, the School's contribution to the field of public health has earned it regional and international prestige. The School of Public Health has 8 disciplinary programmes with around 80 academics who carry out teaching, research, technical consultancy and extension activities. It is currently organising the 39th version of the Master's Degree in Public Health and, since 2003, the Doctorate in Public Health Programme.

UChile has extensive experience in international research projects in the field of health, some of them funded by the Commission's FP6 and FP7 framework programmes. Among them, the following stand out: CHAGASEPINE (HEALTH-2007-223034), DIVINOCELL (HEALTH- 2007-223431), Equity-LA II (HEALTH 2013-2019) and the ALFA programme. UChile and its School of Public Health are members of the Latin American Health Research, Teaching and Extension Network (REDIDESAL), and of International Public Health Networks such as the Latin American Alliance for Global Health (ALASAG).


Pamela Eguiguren

Principal Researcher BMid, Master in Public Health and PhD

Academic at the Dr. Salvador Allende G. School of Public Health (UChile). She teaches qualitative research and Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodologies, in which she has extensive experience. Her areas of expertise include health services research, sexual and reproductive health and gender inequalities.

Ana María Oyarce

BA in Anthropology, Master in Public Health, Master in Social Sciences of Health and PhD in Medical Anthropology.

She is an associate professor at the Dr. Salvador Allende G. School of Public Health. Her research experience has been developed in the fields of health systems, with a focus on indigenous populations; ethnic analysis in health; surveys and scale development in complex chronic health conditions; mental health and qualitative research methodologies.

Camilo Bass


Specialist in Family Medicine, Master in Public Health and Health Administration. He is a professor at the Dr. Salvador Allende G. School of Public Health. He has extensive experience in primary health care services, and currently works at the Centro de Salud Las Mercedes (Servicio de Salud Metropolitano Central). His areas of research are human resources in health, training of primary health care professionals, primary health care and public policy.

Isabel Abarca


Deputy Medical Director of Institutional Development at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a position in which she directs areas of research, training and strategic development at the NCI. Collaborator in working groups for the development of the National Cancer Plan 2018-2028 and from the NCI for the implementation of the National Cancer Registry. Her research interests include health services research, health information systems and cancer care services.

Maria Luisa Garmendia

MD, MPH y PhD Associate Professor at UChile

Her research has been linked to the epidemiology of chronic non-communicable diseases. She is the Chilean coordinator of the PRECAMA project, a multicentre population-based case-control study on the aetiology of premenopausal breast cancer, funded by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Rodney Stock

MD, NCI Digestive Surgeon and Endoscopist, with extensive university teaching experience

Since 2014 he is in charge of the Fellow of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy of the Universidad del Desarrollo at the National Cancer Institute. He is a member of the Chilean Society of Gastroenterology and the Chilean Association of Digestive Endoscopy.

Isabel Guzmán

Clinical Psychologist, Master in Public Health, with experience in clinical work, research and development of community experiences in public health networks

She has participated in the development of PRA processes; her interest is the generation of evidence through collective processes.

Andrea Álvarez

Social Anthropologist. Master in Public Health Universidad de Chile. Extensive experience in health research. Her interests include health systems, qualitative research methodologies, sexual and reproductive health, gender and abortion.