Short term

Digital Health Summer Course


The Digital Health Summer Course's mission is to empower health professionals to move forward the digital transformation in their institutions. In particular through the acquisition of skills to develop innovation and detect new digital health opportunities that allow new forms of work.

Focused on improving the quality and delivery of health care, through Digital Health (DH), the course explores new strategies for the creation and implementation of successful environments in Digital Health.

With a diverse team of professors from universities in Portugal and Spain and institutions related to Portuguese and Spanish health, it is aimed at different origins of health professionals where it is intended to enrich experiences.

We provide a comprehensive view of the digital health theme from how to make an organizational transformation to how to design a Digital Health project adopting technology and even ethical and legal aspects, giving the opportunity to learn, through immersive workshops directed to follow the needs of each participant, from theory to practice.

These co-creation and co-design workshops cover the entire life cycle of technological development involving end users, empowering them to ensure the usability and usefulness of solutions.

The course will have two main parts, a more theoretical first, which will address the concepts needed to better meet the objectives of the course, ending in a first practical workshop of design thinking

  • This Workshop is led by Professor Guilherme Vitorino of Nova IMS and will have a face-to-face and distance learning approach for those who cannot be present. The result is to identify ideas of innovation opportunities in the area of digital health and precision medicine. Participants will have an immersive experience in nova IMS's Health and analytics lab, equipped with digital technology to support the learning process

And a more practical second part, in which it is intended to give a series of tools to design the potential idea of Digital Health, ending in two immersive workshops:

  • Patient innovation: An introduction "Science café" with students and patients and caregivers invited, in group exercise to develop a digital health solution for a true problem/need of the patient. The goal is to share experiences and advantages/difficulties associated with the patient's inclusive process. With this workshop we want to impact innovation, drive and need development-oriented solutions, why patients are so valuable.
  • Digital Health Technology workshop: Sessão de abertura com tecnólogos e palestras convidadas para uma sessão de cocriação com um problema de Saúde Digital, uma para cada grupo. Cada grupo desenvolverá o instrumento de deteção de DH para o seu próprio tópico, utilizando uma caixa de ferramentas modular para criar soluções DH para os problemas propostos.
  • Opening session with technologists and lectures invited to a co-creation session with a Digital Health problem, one for each group. Each group will develop the HD design tool for its own topic, using a modular toolbox to create DH solutions to the proposed problems.



The course should provide participants with the fundamental knowledge to be able to implement a Digital Health project.

More specifically, at the end of the course, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand the key concepts and global reach of digital health and key concerns in digital health leadership.
  • Understand what innovation is in health care and the particularities of the sector.
  • Understand how digital can impact innovation and transformation of health systems.
  • Understanding the impact of Digital Health on the sustainability of health systems
  • Understand the multiple dimensions of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and the tools that support decision-making
  • Understand the adoption process of information technologies
  • Map, understand and discuss the main ethical, legal and social issues of digital health
  • Explain the methods, processes and key aspects of design thinking.
  • Understanding the link between health literacy, consumer engagement and communication channels as an important dimension of public health policy, programming and practice
  • Provide an introduction to digital health ventures from the point of view of the entrepreneurial and digital health ecosystem.
  • Introduce sensors, medical devices and signal processing techniques and data analysis that enable technical health solutions to deploy such systems in real clinical practice
  • Introducing to predictive and prescriptive models, and clinical decision support systems
  • Describe the phenomenon of patient innovation and the importance of targeted solutions
  • Ability to use acquired knowledge and skills to design a precise digital health solution through a co-creation workshop.



Student who seeks to know what the digital health world is but who has an entrepreneurial spirit and who wants to innovate in his organization, do different and make an impact inside and outside the organization.

Focus on Health Professionals: physicians, managers and professionals with decision responsibilities

It is organized by a School with a strong tradition on Public Health training and by Nova IMS; was designed by a group of national and international experts including NOVA NSPH, Nova IMS, SPMS, the Patient Innovation Association and links to schools such as IESE Business School and research combined with knowledge transfer with the Technological Center of Catalonia - EURECAT.



Each programme module is coordinated by recognised experts from the respective area (see Detailed Programme). Two modules of the course will be dedicated to immersive workshops, one in Lisbon and the other from Barcelona. In each of the modules we want a participatory and immersive teaching model.

DHSC will be on-line with presential option on the workshops.


For more information:

Coordination: Teresa Magalhães

Co-coordenation  Guilherme Vitorino | João Cordeiro | Miguel Cabral de Pinho


Course Secretariat:

Ana Sofia Silva


1st Part

M1 - Digital health introduction

M2 - Innovation and value based models

M3 - Innovation and technology adoption models

M4 - Science and technology - ethical, legal and social issues

M5 - Practical design thinking workshops


2nd Part

M6 - eHealth digital literacy

M7 - Growing digital health ventures

M8 - Sensors, Data, Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in healthcare

M9 - Practical digital health workshops

M10 - Pitch presentations






Teresa Magalhães (ENSP-NOVA) | Coordinator


Guilherme Martins Victorino (NOVA IMS) | Coordinator


Ana Rita Pedro (ENSP-NOVA)


Claudia Delgado Simão (EURECAT)


Gonçalo Vilaça (NOVA)


Helena Canhão (API)


João Cordeiro (ENSP-NOVA)


Julian Perelman (ENSP-NOVA)


Magdalene Rosenmöller (from IESE Business School)


Maria João Jacinto (API)


Miguel Cabral (ENSP-NOVA)


Paul Lacharmoise (EURECAT)


Rafael Franco (SPMS)


Roberto Henriques (NOVA IMS)


Rui Santana (ENSP-NOVA)


Tiago Oliveira (NOVA IMS)






Digital Health Summer Course sessions run from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (CET zone) from June 22 to July 5, 2021 on weekdays:

  • 22- 23 – 24 - 25 – 28 June
  • 1 - 2 - 5 July

Includes two Saturdays:

  • June 26, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (CET zone) and from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm (CET zone)
  • July 3, from das 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (CET zone)



  • Up to 50 students are admitted per edition.
  • Up to 10 substitute entries per edition are accepted.
  • The minimum number of participants will be 10.
  • The selection criterion is the order of registration.



The fee of the Digital Health Summer Course is €2000.

Deadline: After confirmation of registration by NOVA ENSP (via email) the proof of payment of the course must be sent up to 3 working days, through the link provided in the email.

Method of sending proof: exclusively online through the payment effectiveness form (see information in the automatic email sent after registration).



Registration: until June 17, 2021*
Star of Course: June 22, 2021
End of Course: July 5, 2021


* The deadline for registration will be prior if the available slots are fully filled.