Postgraduate Courses

Healthcare Project Management




The mission of the Postgraduate Degree in Healthcare Project Management is to prepare project management experts capable of applying the principle of discipline, body of knowledge, the tools and techniques in the references, and exercising the necessary skills to successfully manage projects with different complexities.




Focusing on public health case studies, students will learn about this sector’s specificities, develop critical thinking, strategies for maximising opportunities and minimising risks, and exercise the relevant skills for leading projects in this specific setting.

As well as hard skills the programme will also work on a set of soft skills, assertive communication techniques, and strategies for a great variety of contexts and audiences.

Throughout the degree, participants will be in touch with renowned scholars, project managers, program and portfolio managers, and heads of project management offices, they will learn about the dynamics of traditional organisations and project-oriented ones and understand the project management challenges in the healthcare sector. They will learn from renowned professors at the School – experts in their fields – and an extended group of speakers who are highly experienced in portfolio and project management.

The degree is structured in order to provide students with advanced training in project management; it builds from the best evidence available, and is highly supported by practical methodologies allowing for students with different levels of experience to reap dynamic opportunities for exercising and applying the knowledge they acquire during the programme.

The degree is organised so that students who wish so will be able to apply to an IPMA/APOGEP certificate in project management in the category of Certified Project Management Associate.



This degree is vital for people working on projects in the public, private, and social sectors including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Researchers, scholars, engineers, senior officials, healthcare professionals, hospital managers, and managers who are a part or wish to be a part of project teams, who exercise or wish to exercise the profession of portfolio, program, or project manager;
  • Heads of project management offices;
  • Advisers;
  • Individuals working in project areas in any NGO operating in the healthcare or social economy sector;
  • Managers in fields like patient safety, quality, risk management, and clinical trials.



Prof. Carolina Santos



Academic Services

Ana Sofia Silva



Course Units Coordination Other Lecturers ECTS
Project Management Theory Carolina Santos Paulo Boto

João Pequenão

Project Finance

and Risk Assessment

Rui Santana Gonçalo Rijo 3
Agile and Project Management Tools Carolina Santos João Pequenão 6
Individuals and Organisational

Project Management Skills

Carolina Santos 5
International Cooperation Carolina Santos 2*
Total: 20


Learn about the Expert Committee.

This extended group of experts with high expertise in areas and subjects associated with project management will take part within the context of project management seminars and the student pitch throughout their training.







  • Approximately 15 whole days | 122h of self-study

Throughout the programme, students will learn from a combination of theory classes, exercises, assignment, and seminars making up a total of eight to 12 hours of weekly classes.

In addition, they will be expected to work for approximately 122 hours either by themselves or in groups.



  • Fridays | 2.30pm - 8.10pm
  • Some Saturdays | 9.30am - 1.10pm



Joana Venâncio, Healthcare Business Developer at Glintt


I basically enrolled in the Postgraduate Degree because I felt a need to acquire and strengthen specific project management skills, namely on a more technical basis. My professional experience has been characterised by my involvement and participation in several technological projects related to healthcare. However, at a certain point, I felt the need to expand my technical bases and the Postgraduate Degree definitely added value to my professional journey and growth. I previously went to the National School of Public Health (within the scope of the Foundation Degree in Hospital Management) so I knew beforehand that the Postgraduate Degree would be the right choice not only in terms of the quality of its education from a curricular point of view but also in terms of the opportunity to meet and learn from people with different backgrounds and experience. Working on a group project throughout the Postgraduate Degree was an excellent exercise that allowed me to apply the knowledge I had acquired in the different Course Units and ended up being extremely stimulating, challenging, and fulfilling mostly since it gave rise to very interesting discussions among peers. I would like to point out the dedication, availability, and proximity of the teaching staff who decisively contributed to a unique learning experience.

Finally, having attended and completed the Postgraduate Degree in October 2020, it gave me the proper motivation to obtain a Certification in November of that year awarded in Portugal by APOGEP.



Mónica Cristina, Senior Official


The decision to take part in the first edition of the Postgraduate Degree in Healthcare Project Management after having attended the module on Healthcare Project Management came naturally as a choice for personal and professional growth in light of how important and current this topic is nowadays.

This training added value to my professional growth and it was necessary to understand Project Management, particularly in terms of healthcare. The teaching staff was essential in this journey seeking to convey knowledge in an accessible and creative manner taking into consideration the restrictions of the pandemic.

Networking and sharing experience and knowledge with colleagues from different fields made the whole technical learning a lot more fulfilling. This experience gave me not only knowledge but also friendships and companionships built throughout hours of enthusiastic discussions on the topic of Project Management Office.

On a final note, the Postgraduate Degree in Healthcare Project Management also appeared to be a good starting point to get my IPMA certificate.



Ana Rita Constante, Doctor


During my clinical practice I am constantly involved in projects, for which reason this postgraduate degree was the best step I could have taken. From a well-structured and comprehensive curriculum to highly motivated and competent lecturers, I managed to acquire basic skills and knowledge of project management with particular focus on healthcare. Classes were interactive and evaluations were fulfilling counting on the presence of a panel of renowned experts. I was also able to get a start in the world of entrepreneurship taking the project we created in the ‘classroom’ to several initiatives like the NOVA impACT! challenge.

I believe this postgraduate degree is an excellent way to be introduced to the ‘world’ of project management – whether we will include the concepts we acquired into our clinical practices, start new projects, or go ahead with obtaining a certificate. I will definitely continue on this path.



Inês Sampaio, Nurse


As a nurse, I have always felt that the paradigm of healthcare focused exclusively on reactive rather than proactive thinking. The Postgraduate Degree in Healthcare Project Management filled a huge gap in terms of knowledge and practice providing the necessary training for me to promote change in my professional environment.

Throughout this postgraduate degree, I have broadened my professional perspective, enhanced my soft skills, and my knowledge of a project’s life cycle and the necessary tools to implement it have turned me into a healthcare professional that is more capable of future change.



João Lima, Nutritionist,

Lecturer at Escola Superior de Tecnologias da Saúde de Coimbra


The Postgraduate Degree in Healthcare Project Management at the National School of Public Health was extremely gratifying and marked by having obtained knowledge and systematised other knowledge based on previous experiences. It allowed for me to discover an area of work/action that is growing strongly and seek more efficacy and efficiency in the work developed. Being integrated in a multidisciplinary group of students, the youth, experience, and capability of the teaching staff, and developed learning and evaluation based on the work packages of a project, this postgraduate degree allowed for me to immediately apply the studied concepts.

I am grateful for this experience and hope to share new ones in the future.