Hospital Administration

Coordinator's Message


In the Hospital Administration Course we recognize the importance of diversity in academic and professional training. Our program is designed to meet different needs and aspirations in this increasingly complex market. Through practical projects, workshops, partnerships with institutions and an excellent faculty, our students have the opportunity to explore new approaches and technologies that are shaping the future of hospital administration.


In addition to a solid theoretical foundation, we value practical experience. Therefore, we offer the opportunity for international study visits, where students have the opportunity to explore different healthcare systems and gain valuable knowledge for application in local contexts.


Our national and international internship programs provide practical immersion in real hospital environments, where it is possible to apply knowledge and develop essential leadership and management skills.


Join a community of leaders committed to making a difference in healthcare. By investing in your training and qualifications as a Hospital Administrator, you are contributing to more effective and professional management that benefits not only healthcare professionals and organizations, but mainly citizens who depend on quality healthcare.


Innovation, the art of managing health institutions and the challenges of public health were and will be our foundations, with a strong component of public health policies, a characteristic that distinguishes us!





General overview

The Hospital Administration Specialization Course has more than 50 years of experience and is one of the most recognized training courses on the market, guaranteeing a role in a management level in organizations and institutions (at central, regional and local levels) and also deepen your knowledge in areas of Public Health such as health policy and administration, while experiencing a model based on a close teaching-learning relationship and the experience of teachers and lecturers.


This Course has theoretical-practical components, an internship and a field work.


Since 1980, it has been the only course that allows entry in Hospital Administration in the public sector.


Who is intended for

To all graduate professionals who aim to work at management level in health and healthcare organizations, in the public, private and social sectors.

Programme details

Mandatory Curricular Units


  • In-person format
  • Tuesday and Wednesday | 9:30 am to 8:00 pm


Optional Curricular Units


  • Online format
  • Monday (morning), Wednesday (afternoon) and/or Saturday (morning)



The Internship takes place in the third semester, in hospitals or other national or international health units.


Fieldwork takes place in the third and fourth quarter and includes participation in fieldwork seminars.



This program will be held entirely in portuguese.


Mandatory Curricular Units Semester ECTS
Health Law • Paula Lobato Faria 1 4
Health Economics in Hospital Administration • Francisco Ramos 1 4
Statistics I • por definir 1 4
Fundamentals of Public Health • Adalberto Campos Fernandes 1 4
Organizational Behavior • Isabel Albuquerque 1 4
Hospital Production • Sílvia Lopes 1 4
Epidemiology • Inês Fronteira  2 4
Health Organizations Management • Adalberto Campos Fernandes 2 4
Performance Evaluation • Sílvia Lopes 2 4
Health Organizations Financing • por definir 2 4
Information Management in Health • Teresa Magalhães 2 4
Quality Management • Paulo Boto 2 4
Hospital Administration Case Studies • Alexandre Lourenço 3 4
Logistics and Operational Management • Teresa Magalhães 3 4
Optional Units 1-2 12
Internship 3 20
Fieldwork (CEAH) 3-4 32
Total  120



I Application Phase

  • Application period: ends on July 1, 2024

  • Selection period (interviews): July 8 to 11, 2024
  • Publication of the provisional list: July 12, 2024
  • Hearing of interested parties: July 15 to 26, 2024
  • Publication of the definitive list: July 30, 2024
  • Registration and registration period: July 30 to August 2, 2024

II Application Phase

  • Application period: July to August 23, 2024

  • Selection period: August 27 and 28, 2024:
  • Publication of the provisional list: August 29, 2024
  • Hearing of interested parties: August 30 to September 12, 2024
  • Publication of the definitive list: September 13, 2024
  • Registration and registration period: September 13 to 19, 2024

Conditions for Applying

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent);

  • Proficiency in Portuguese and English.

How to apply

The application must be made exclusively via the Internet, by filling out the application form available on the Application Portal.



  • Application fee - 51€ (non-refundable)

  • Tuition fee - 6.900€


Professor Coriolano Ferreira Award


The NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH) and the Associação Portuguesa de Administradores Hospitalares (APAH) award the Coriolano Ferreira Prize, which aims to annually distinguish the best student of the Hospital Administration Course.

With the objective of honoring Professor Coriolano Ferreira, the Prize is intended to be used for presenting at an international conference a work carried out within the Course, with a maximum value of €2,500.

The Coriolano Ferreira Prize is sponsored by IASIST and IQVIA.

Please consult the Regulation.


About Professor Coriolano Ferreira

Coriolano Ferreira played a unique role in the field of hospital administration and its research, as well as in the consolidation of the Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública. He was a pioneer in hospital administration, founder of the Revista Portuguesa de Saúde Pública in 1983, and Director of the Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública for a decade (1976-86).


The NOVA Nacional School of Public Health (NOVA NSPH) will promote a Study Visit to the Norwegian Healthcare System as part of the Specialization Course in Hospital Administration.


This visit will take place between September 22nd and 26th, 2024, organized in partnership with the Portuguese Association of Hospital Administrators (APAH), the NOVA NSPH Student Association, and the NOVA NSPH Alumni Association, with the support of AICEP.


Aligned with NOVA NSPH's growing internationalization efforts, the Study Visit to the Norwegian Healthcare System will allow participants to learn about the governance model and care integration and management in health in that country, experience the innovation model and adoption of new technologies, sustainability practices, and quality assurance of its health services, as well as understand the human resources planning and management policies, leadership development, and management competencies in healthcare organizations.

Facilitating the establishment of bridges for institutional and professional partnerships between Portuguese and Norwegian stakeholders, it is expected that the Study Visit will foster future exchanges and collaborations.



The Hospital Administration Course is a decisive milestone in the development of knowledge and skills within the scope of administration, management and research in health services. The different perspectives and know-how of teachers, combined with the knowledge and experiences of external lecturers in the area of ​​health services management, allows in this course a broad perspective on governance of different levels of care in the Portuguese health system.



Given my basic training in biomedical engineering, computing and medical instrumentation, I felt the need to better understand hospital management as a whole. This Course certainly is as a great opportunity to acquire this knowledge.


The interdisciplinarity, the approach adopted in classes with an ambitious program with practical content and the professional experience of teachers makes the Course an ex libris of teaching hospital administration in Portugal.



This Course gave me the privilege of obtaining unique knowledge regarding the contents and processes that are part of the day-to-day life of a hospital administrator. I learned the essential to follow this path, as well as how to study, investigate and write about these topics, which helps to delve deeper into matters and begin some research in this area.



Paula Silva
Tel. +351 217 512 201