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Master Programme in Medical Informatics



Medical Informatics focuses on the theoretical aspects of information science specific to the understanding of biomedical data, information and knowledge and the practical application of information technologies to health care systems. Its aim is to improve security, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and availability of health care.
The master program will address a variety of scientific and technical issues such as: computer-based patient records in general practices and hospitals; coding and classification systems of diseases and procedures; norms and standards of ICT in the health domain; signal analysis and image processing; electronic communications between health care providers; decision support systems; and the implementation and evaluation of information systems and technologies.
This program has been specially designed for physicians, nurses and other health professionals, as well as for computer scientists or engineers who wish to improve their medical informatics skills and knowledge, and to apply them into their practice or their organization, aiming at improving the delivery of health care.


Degree, by national or international institutions, in the areasof health and life sciences, mathematics, computer science, information sciences and technologiesand related fields.


  • Possess knowledge and understanding skills that enable and constitute the basis for developments and / or unique applications in many cases in research settings.
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to understand and solve problems in new and unfamiliar situations, inbroad and multidisciplinary contexts and disciplines, although related to theirfield of studies;
  • Integrate knowledge, deal with complex issues, develop solutions and make judgments in situations of limited or incomplete information, including considerations on the ethical and social implications and responsibilities thatresult from those solutions and judgments or influence them;
  • Communicate clearly and unambiguously their conclusions and the knowledge and reasoning underlying them, to experts or nonexperts;
  • Another aim is to enable students of skills and knowledge in the areas of Information Sciences, HealthSciences and Technology Assessment and Information Systems.

Competências Profissionais


• describe and explain the history and values of health informatics and relations with associated disciplines;

• analyze and model a particular biomedical problem, by identifying, implementing or validating a possible solution, by using interactive and iteractive processes;

• work in teams, in an effective way, with members of different areas ;

• communicate, in an effective and persuasive way, to audiences of different areas, in written or oral form.


Information Sciences

• relate and model information systems with concepts and models of patient care;

• explain and analyze the nature of data, information and biomedical knowledge;

• understand and apply data representation and models;

• recognize and apply the methods and processes used in the different contexts of informatics in health.


Health Sciences

• Be familiar with the concepts of health regarding biology, biomedicine and public health and with the research issues;

• understand the effective use of data, information and knowledge in biology, health care, clinical research and health services;

• analyze and evaluate solutions based on ICT and Health Information Systems.


Technology Assessment and Information Systems

• Be familiar with the core concepts of social, organizational, cognitive and decision sciences;

• Have skills in the design of systems centered in humans, methods of research, ethical, legal and security issues;

• understand the limitations and challenges of IT solutions;

• design, implement and validate biomedical software applications;

• understand the main methods and results of evaluation studies in health technologies, namely, the study of the clinical, social and economic impact of ICT in health.  

Saídas Profissionais

Masters in Medical Informatics can perform duties as managers or consultants in health information systems, project managers in Health Information Systems or Information Technology researchers in the Health area, especially in decision support systems, e-Health, signal processing and medical imaging and computer security, among others.

The marketplace for these professionals include, among others, Health computer application companies, Hospitals, Clinics, Health centers and other health facilities, administrative health (sub)regions, higher education institutions, research and development , equipment manufacturing medical instrumentation companies and other Health-related companies.





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Department for Research and Post-Graduate Studies 

Tel.: + 351 220 426 959
E.mail - daipg@med.up.pt  

Dados Gerais

Código Oficial: 9525
Director: Alberto Freitas
Acronym: MIM
Academic Degree: Master
Tipo de curso/ciclo de estudos: Masters Degree
Start: 2006/2007
Duration: 4 Semesters

Study Plan

Unidades Orgânicas Envolvidas


  • Master Programme in Medical Informatics (120 ECTS credits)
  • Specialization in Medical Informatics (60 ECTS credits)

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