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PhD in Clinical and Health Services Research

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PDICSS was specially designed for graduates in the area of health sciences and / or health professionals or other professionals performing research activities in the areas of clinical and / or health services research.

During the first year students attend a specialization course that addresses a variety of scientific topics such as Health Research Methodology, Biostatistics, Evidence and Decision Making, Ethics and Law, Scientific Communication and Publishing, Health Research Informatics, Health Technologies Assessment, Health Services Research, Clinical Research, Graphical Probability Models, Laboratory Research, Qualitative Research, Aetiology, Risk and Prognosis Studies, Diagnosis Studies, Intervention Studies – Clinical Trials, Cost-Effectiveness and Decision Analysis and Synthesis Studies.

The specialization course enables students to acquire the basic theoretical and practical skills necessary to develop a PhD thesis in the fields of research in technology assessment in health, clinical research and research in health services.  

Tuition Fee p/ academic year:

Nacional: 2750¤
International: 6000¤
CPLP International: 3300¤


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Postgraduate Education Unit

Telf: (+351) 220 426 976
 E: posgraduacao@med.up.pt

General information

Official Code: 5177
Director: Luís Azevedo
Acronym: PDICSS
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of study: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 6 Semesters

Study Plan


  • Clinical and Health Services Research (180 ECTS credits)
  • Curso de Doutoramento em Investigação Clínica e em Serviços de Saúde (60 ECTS credits)

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