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Health Services Management

Code: MSP12_21     Acronym: MSP12_21

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Public Health

Instance: 2015/2016 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Clinical Epidemiology, Predictive Medicine and Public Health Department
Course/CS Responsible: Master Degree Course in Public Health

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MSP 10 Master Degree Public Health - Official Plan12 1 - 3 27 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Ana Azevedo Cardoso de Oliveira
Sofia Gonçalves Correia

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 1,07
Theoretical and practical : 0,85
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 1,07
Ana Azevedo Cardoso de Oliveira 0,79
Sofia Gonçalves Correia 0,28
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 0,85
Ana Azevedo Cardoso de Oliveira 0,50
Sofia Gonçalves Correia 0,35

Teaching language



To know and critically appraise management tools for health care units, regarding their potential impact in a public health perspective.

Learning outcomes and competences

Students are expected to identify the specificities of the organisation, hierarchy and management of health structures at different levels of complexity (community, health centres, hospitals).

Management tools will be presented and discussed for students to build a critical view of their impact in a public health perspective.

Working method



Management in health systems - relevance in public health

Health systems and policies

Principles of health economics

Human resources in health care providing institutions

Quality management in health care

Certification and acreditation

The Portuguese Context - National Health System organization

The Portuguese Context - National Health Service Financing; Regulatory Agencies

Internal audit

Information systems, secondary data and big data

Mandatory literature

David Parkin, Stephen Morris, and Nancy Devlin ; Economic appraisal in public healthcare: assessing efficiency and equity. In Roger Detels, Martin Gulliford, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, and Chorh Chuan Tan (eds) (2015). Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health, Sixth Edition, Oxford University Press., 2015
Judd B. Kessler and C. Yiwei Zhang; Behavioural economics and health. In Roger Detels, Martin Gulliford, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, and Chorh Chuan Tan (eds) , Oxford University Press., 2015
Eng-kiong Yeoh ; Governance and management of public health programmes. In Roger Detels, Martin Gulliford, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, and Chorh Chuan Tan (eds) , Oxford University Press., 2015
Lohr KN, Steinwachs DM ; Health Services Research: An Evolving Definition of the Field., Health Serv Res. 2002 Feb; 37(1): 15–17., 2002
Scott I, Campbell D. ; Health services research: what is it and what does it offer? , Intern Med J. 2002 Mar;32(3):91-9. , 2002
Schneeweiss S.; Learning from big health care data. , N Engl J Med. 2014 Jun 5; 370 (23):2161-3., 2014
Ross MK, Wei W, Ohno-Machado L.; "Big data" and the electronic health record. , Yearb Med Inform. 2014 Aug 15;9:97-104. , 2014

Teaching methods and learning activities

It is estimated a total of 81 hours of student work, of which 27 are contact hours, distributed as follows:

- T: 15

- TP: 12.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Trabalho escrito 100,00
Total: 100,00

Eligibility for exams

Attendance of at least 75% of all classes.

Calculation formula of final grade

A written essay based on a topic delt in the sylllabus, counting for 100% of the final grade of the CU.
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