Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL)



Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Brief Description    

The National University of Colombia is the largest public university of Colombia, founded in 1867, with around 44.000 students, 3.000 teachers and 2000 officials (administrative staff). It has eight branches located in: Bogotá, Manizales, Medellín, Palmira (Andean branches) and in Arauca (Orinoquian branch), Leticia (Amazonian branch), Tumaco (Pacific Branch) and San Andres Island (Caribbean branch) at the Colombian borders. The University is formed by 21 faculties, 68 departments and 37 schools. Besides, it has 18 research institutes; 10 centers for extension programs; 13 museums, 1 observatory; 1 conservatory; 32 libraries; 2 biological stations and a cluster of
recognized laboratories, information centers, sports centers and centers for medical assistance to students.

The collective health research group is a group classified by Colciencias in highest rank. It developed several lines of research, mainly in collective health, health policy, youth policy, education and ethnic education popular, bioethics and health policy and reproductive. Develop university extension programms. It has 48 members, including teachers, students and professionals from different disciplines.
Socio-historical studies of health and social protection research group, is a group classified by Colciencias in mid-range. It developed several lines of research, mainly in public health and reforms in health. It has 22 members including teachers, students and professionals from different disciplines.

Main Tasks

Lead for Work Package 1

Previous Experience

UNAL is member of the International Society for equity in health.
UNAL was a member of the network of knowledge of the Commission of Social Determinants of health in the past and is currently part of the national movement for health and social security.


Staff Profiles

Carolina Morales

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OD, MAS, PhD in Public Health

Carolina was visiting researcher of Department of Social Change at the Faculty of Political Science at the Complutense University of Madrid. She is member of two research groups within the Department of Collective Health: Research group of Collective Health and Socio-historial studies of social  protection. Her research focuses on Quality of life and health; Equity and health policies; subjectivities; Youth and Health Policies. Currently she is involved in a comparative study of reforms in health care among Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, and in a project about Equity in funding health services in Colombia.


Sonia Concha

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OD, MAS, PhD (c) in Public Health

Sonia forms part of the Collective Health research group and has experience with research in epidemiology. Her research interests relate to epidemiology, critical epidemiology and social inequities in health. Her work concentrates on women, young people and oral health.


Juan Carlos Eslava Castaneda



MD, MA in Sociology

Juan Carlos is assistant professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the National University of Colombia, with undergraduate medical studies and MA in sociology. Performance areas: public health and medical history. He published some work on the history of public health, medical history, history of disease and health promotion.




Carolina Morales
Profesora Asociada Departamento de Salud Colectiva
Associate Professor Department of Collective Health
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Tel No. 57-1-3165000 Ext. 16019
Mobile No. 57-3175860775