The public communication of science integrates the concept of scientific culture and is related to the context of modern knowledge societies. These societies recommend that public policies for science and technology include the wider society in the processes of decisions; hence the importance of sharing scientific knowledge generated in the university graduate programs, with the population. Objectives - To describe and characterize conceptions that coordinators of graduate programs in public health in Brazil have about public communication of science. Methods - This is the report of an exploratory research that has analytical and descriptive characters. The approach is mostly qualitative, with quantitative measurements. Two questionnaires were applied to 31 coordinators (first questionnaire) and 20 coordinators (second questionnaire), whose responses were submitted to the content analysis. The categories were transformed into variables that allowed the data processing by the software Hiérarchique Classificatoire et Cohésitive (CHIC®). Results - The conception of public communication of science by coordinators of graduate programs in public health in Brazil is not unanimous. Some coordinators understand it as scientific difusion featuring a communication directed both to the scientific community and to society in general, however without language distinction. Most of them understand public communication as scientific dissemination that characterizes the communication directed to pairs in the scientific field. Few of the coordinators conceive it as communication directed to society in general, which must be operated with an appropriate language code, which represents both a commitment and a challenge for the teacherresearcher. Conclusion - The notion of public communication of science as a social right and as a commitment and responsibility of researchers and research centers is not explicitly present in the narrative of the coordinators of graduate programs in public health in Brazil, although in general the coordinators conceive it as a relevant activity. Thus, the study is presented as a contribution to reflection on the role of researchers and research centers with public communication of science and technology.

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The public communication of science in graduate programs in public health in Brazil
A perspective of coordinators

Carlos Teixeira   Faculdade de Saúde Pública da Universidade de São Paulo - Centro Universitário Adventista de São Paulo, Brazil

Paulo Gallo   Faculdade de Saúde Pública da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

The public communication of science integrates the concept of scientific culture and is related to the context of modern knowledge societies. These societies recommend that public policies for science and technology include the wider society in the processes of decisions; hence the importance of sharing scientific knowledge generated in the university graduate programs, with the population. Objectives - To describe and characterize conceptions that coordinators of graduate programs in public health in Brazil have about public communication of science. Methods - This is the report of an exploratory research that has analytical and descriptive characters. The approach is mostly qualitative, with quantitative measurements. Two questionnaires were applied to 31 coordinators (first questionnaire) and 20 coordinators (second questionnaire), whose responses were submitted to the content analysis. The categories were transformed into variables that allowed the data processing by the software Hiérarchique Classificatoire et Cohésitive (CHIC®). Results - The conception of public communication of science by coordinators of graduate programs in public health in Brazil is not unanimous. Some coordinators understand it as scientific difusion featuring a communication directed both to the scientific community and to society in general, however without language distinction. Most of them understand public communication as scientific dissemination that characterizes the communication directed to pairs in the scientific field. Few of the coordinators conceive it as communication directed to society in general, which must be operated with an appropriate language code, which represents both a commitment and a challenge for the teacherresearcher. Conclusion - The notion of public communication of science as a social right and as a commitment and responsibility of researchers and research centers is not explicitly present in the narrative of the coordinators of graduate programs in public health in Brazil, although in general the coordinators conceive it as a relevant activity. Thus, the study is presented as a contribution to reflection on the role of researchers and research centers with public communication of science and technology.

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