Health Promotion


In a changing world, Public Health keeps facing the challenge of communicable diseases, while the growth of noncommunicable diseases is alarming. These complex challenges demand a coordinated, comprehensive and integrated action, comprising changes at multiple levels, from individuals to societities, to achieve better health outcomes. Health Promotion refers to the combination of socio-political action and health education, in order to enable people to gain control over the social determinants of health and thereby improve their health.

The Master’s Degree in Health Promotion is based on the value of health as a fundamental human right and has equity, participation, health literacy, and capacity building as central axes. This program was built over the years from international experience within the scope of the European Master’s in Health Promotion and as a specialization of the NOVA-ENSP Master’s in Public Health, having become autonomous. The program offers a coherent and integrating investment between education, practice and research.

This program aims to develop skills at different levels in order to improve the capacity for intervention for change – individual, organizational, social, and political – leading to a greater freedom of informed choice, a capacity for social transformation, and a better quality of life for all. It is intended that students develop the knowledge and skills necessary for action in health promotion, namely in terms of planning, facilitating change, advocacy, mediation, communication and leadership, based on ethical values and scientific evidence. It is also intended that they develop research skills and contribute to the development of knowledge in health promotion.

This course is intended for graduates in a range of backgrounds in health fields (understood in its broader sense), who are highly motivated to become a health promoter. It is suited to individuals already working or considering working in the area of health promotion, spanning several sectors, such as health services, local government, education institutions, social welfare services, civil society organizations, NGOs.



This course has been accredited by Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior (Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education) and the International Union for Health Promotion & Education.



Healthcare services | Local authorities (in their various fields of work, such as municipalities, Social Network or Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People at Risk, or initiatives for healthy ageing) | Education Sector | Social Welfare, in charities or other civic organizations | Designing programmes, planning, and developing projects in the Health Promotion field.

Recognized internationally, the Master's Degree in Health Promotion may provide access to specific careers in this field of knowledge, particularly in countries where it exists like the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States of America, and Australia.



Prof. Dr. Ana Rita Goes  (Coordinator)

Prof. Dr. Isabel Loureiro (Assistant Coordinator)

Prof. Dr. Sónia Dias (Assistant Coordinator)



Manuela Santos
Tel.+351 217 512 169


DURATION: 2 years [Oct 2021 - Jul 2023]


Mandatory Curricular Units

Thursday and Friday | 4:00 pm to 9:40 pm

Optional Curricular Units

Wednesday (afternoon) and/or Saturday (morning)



Monthly Research Seminars  | Thursday



1st Phase

Application: 7th April - 30th June

Selection: 6th July - 14th July

Registration: Until August 5 (and after list of admissions publication)


2nd Phase

[Will only take place if the total number of vacancies is not filled in the 1st phase]

Application: 2nd August- 1st September

Selection: 6th September - 10th September

Registration: Until September 30 (and after list of admissions publication)




Applications take place online by filling out an electronic form and annexing documents that attest to university degrees and other curricular elements deemed as relevant by the applicants.

The selection panel may request to see the original documents during the interview.



  • University degree diploma in a field associated with health understood in its broader sense (i.e. nursing, medicine, communications, psychology, sociology, law, nutrition, human motor skills, biology, management, economics, political sciences, education sciences, and social welfare).
  • Highly motivated to work in Health Promotion.



Applicants shall be assessed based on submitted documents and an interview. The following criteria shall be used:

  • Final mark of the University Degree
  • Academic, scientific, and professional curriculum
  • Motivation for entering into this master's degree

This Degree must have a minimum of ten students and a maximum of 25.



Application fee - €51,00