Health Management


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The Master's in Health Management at NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH) aims at the acquisition of scientific knowledge and advanced skills for study and research in the field of health management.

To this end, it is intended that students:

  • Acquire knowledge and develop skills, both in theoretical and practical realms, enabling them to engage in management activities within health institutions;

  • Contribute to enhancing health management at local, regional, and central levels, as well as improving the performance of health organizations and systems at national and international levels;

  • Develop the capacity to conduct research and contribute to knowledge advancement and problem-solving in health management, through participation in studies, research projects, or working groups, within this domain and related areas such as health policy and administration.


Ideal Student

  • Graduates (or holders of equivalent degrees) in fields related to Public Health, who are interested in assuming managerial roles within the health sector;

  • Professionals already working in the healthcare sector seeking career advancement or transitioning into managerial positions;

  • Professionals not currently employed in the health sector but aspiring to do so;

  • Graduates or professionals aiming for an academic career, intending to pursue doctoral studies subsequently.


Career Opportunities

  • When they enter the course, many of our students are already integrated in the labor market, and often in the health area. In this context, the HM can be useful and important for career advancement purposes or for changing functions, usually from direct care to management functions;

  • For those students not yet integrated into the labor market, or from outside the health area, the HM can be useful to apply for management positions, in the public and private sectors, in Portugal or abroad, in primary health care, in hospital care, in regional or central bodies, or in other types of health providers or organizations (for example, in the areas of dentistry, physiotherapy, clinical analysis, continuous care);

  • The CMGS can also be an entry point to an academic pathway, namely to doctoral programs: the School's, or others, in Portugal or abroad.



Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior

Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA)



Data by OBIPNOVA (2018)


Employees 1 year after graduation


Would choose this course again


Paulo Boto (Coordinator)
Joana Alves (Associate Coordinator)


More Information

Paula Silva
Tel. +351 217 512 201

Coordinator's Message

Management in the health sector has particularities that justify specialized training. The Master's Course in Health Management (MScHM) at the National School of Public Health teaches master's students fundamental management concepts in this area, preparing them to perform functions in it.

MScHM has an internationally validated curriculum, 17 complete editions of experience (the 18th and 19th are ongoing) and an experienced, highly differentiated and academically recognized teaching staff. The classes tend to be very diverse, in terms of basic training, age and experience, which leads to the formation of interesting, rich groups with a lot of sharing.

Throughout the 1st year, you will have curricular units on the fundamentals of public health, epidemiology, statistics, social research methods, health economics and health policy. You will complete this training with a selection of other curricular units, namely in the areas of resource management (human, financial and information technology), law and ethics, quality, performance evaluation, strategy and marketing, and financing and financial analysis, and you will be able to adapt training to your needs and preferences, through optional curricular units chosen from a diverse range of options.

In the 2nd year, master's students are expected to prepare an original dissertation, based on research work supervised by a professor at the School, on a topic related to health management (in the broadest sense). This 2nd year, particularly relevant for those considering an academic career, prepares graduates to carry out scientific research, based on the best available evidence, from defining the research question and methodology, to analysis, interpretation and communication of results.

In short, 2 years of hard work await you but, in the end, we believe, very rewarding ones!

Prof. Paulo Boto

Coordinator of the Master's in Health Management


This program will be held entirely in portuguese.


1st Year
Mandatory Curricular Units [24 ECTS]
Public Health Foundations • Gonçalo Figueiredo Augusto 4
Epidemiology • Carlos Dias 4
Statistics • Pedro Aguiar 4
Health Economy • Julian Perelman 4
Social Research Methods in Health • Cristina Godinho 4
Health Policy and Management • Paulo Sousa 4
Conditional Optionals [at least 23 ECTS]
Health Management • Rui Santana 5
Resource Management • Isabel Albuquerque 6
Performance Evaluation in Healthcare Organizations  • Sílvia Lopes 5
Health Law and Ethics • Paula Lobato Faria 4
Marketing and Strategy • Alexandre Lourenço 4
Financing and Financial Analysis • Rui Santana 5
Production in Healthcare Organizations • Sílvia Lopes 5
Quality in Healthcare • Paulo Boto 5
Free Options [at least 13 ECTS]
2nd Year
Thesis 60
Total (ECTS) 120

Regulation Modification | Article 9th
Schedule | School Calendar


Year 1 - Mandatory Curricular Units
Mondays and Thursdays | 4.30 p.m. - 10.10 p.m.

Year 1 - Optional Units
Mondays (mornings), Wednesdays (afternoons) and/or Saturdays (mornings)

Year 2 - Thesis
Periodic Research Seminars | Mondaysª and/or Thursdays | 4.30 p.m. - 10.10 p.m.






School Calendar



  • Application period: February 29 to July 1, 2024

  • Selection period: July 8 to 11, 2024

  • Publication of the provisional list of successful applicants: July 12, 2024

  • Hearing of interested parties: July 15 to 26, 2024

  • Publication of the definitive list: July 30, 2024

  • Registration and enrolment period: July 30 to August 2, 2024


A 2nd phase of applications may be opened if deemed necessary.


Access Requirements

  • Degree (or equivalent) in Economics, Law, Administration and Management, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Technologies, Biological Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Engineering, Sociology, Psychology, Political Sciences and Education and Communication Sciences, Human Motricity or in other areas recognized by the course Coordination, related to Public Health;

  • Fluent in Portuguese and English.



Applications must be submitted directly and exclusively to the NOVA NSPH website here.

Consulte the Call for Applications for this course here.

For suggestions on how to better present your Application, consult the Application Guide.




The analysis, evaluation, selection, and ranking of applications will be carried out by a jury appointed by the Scientific Board of Doctoral Program in Public Health appointed by the Scientific Council of NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH), composed of the following members:

  • Paulo Boto (President)

  • Joana Alves

  • Isabel Albuquerque

  • Sílvia Lopes (Alternate)


Evaluation criteria:

Academic Merit - 40%
Professional Experience - 40%
Consistency - 20%

In the event the jury deems it necessary to conduct an interview, the weighting of both components will be 50% for the curriculum evaluation and 50% for the interview.



  • Application fee - 51€ (non-refundable)

  • Tuition fee for national citizens - 4.500€

  • Tuition fee for citizens of other countries with status of International Student) - 6.750€


Óscar Brito Fernandes

Clinical Trials Unit at the Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Central

In addition to the valuable diversity of students, I found a challenging and engaging faculty, willing to collaboratively define personalized learning trajectories, inviting each student to surpass themselves; and demanding from each student a contribution to the development of the institution. Regarding the CMGS, I can say that the curriculum construction covers the main challenges in healthcare organization management, articulating the perspectives of different stakeholders involved in the sector and across different levels of care provision.


Marco Ferreira

Hospital Clinical Director

Upon taking on management roles within a hospital department, I felt the need to further my education. The Master's in Health Management at NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH) emerged as the best option: besides the renowned reputation of the school and its faculty, the areas covered in the curriculum proved to be of significant importance for the tasks I am required to fulfill.


Maria João Melo

I chose the NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH) due to its international recognition, excellent faculty, and the offering of various curriculum units covering a wide range of topics in both management and health. On a professional level, it contributed to the opportunity of being offered a paid internship upon completion of the second year of the course.


Ricardo Gonçalves

Walk’in Clinics

My experience in this course was highly enriching, both personally, academically, and professionally. During the program, I received a job offer for a mid-level management position, and upon its completion, I was promoted. Currently, I hold a management position in a private healthcare unit where I value and apply what I learned on a daily basis. I would choose NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH) again without hesitation.


Solange Fernandes

The international recognition of NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH), the excellent faculty, and the comprehensive and well-structured curriculum were decisive factors in choosing the school. The constant availability and support from the faculty and other administrative professionals, as well as the camaraderie among classmates, were vital and made this journey a very rewarding period.