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Health Measurements: Questionnaries and Scales

Code: MSP12_31     Acronym: MSP12_31

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Epidemiology

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 2 Master Degree Public Health - Official Plan12 1 - 4 36 108

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Carla Maria de Moura Lopes
Milton Severo Barros da Silva

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 1,28
Theoretical and practical : 0,64
Laboratory Practice: 0,64
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 1,28
Carla Maria de Moura Lopes 1,00
Milton Severo Barros da Silva 0,28
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 0,64
Carla Maria de Moura Lopes 0,28
Milton Severo Barros da Silva 0,36
Laboratory Practice Totals 1 0,64
Milton Severo Barros da Silva 0,36
Carla Maria de Moura Lopes 0,28

Teaching language



To gain theoretical and practical knowledge in the development and application of instruments for the evaluation of objective and subjective health determinants.


Learning outcomes and competences

Students should be able of developing a questionnaire to assess objective and subjective health information and to test its validity and reliability. Should be able of perform a critical revision of a tool. Should gain skills on collection and handling health data.


Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)





Evaluation of objective and subjective measurements: questionnaire design and structure; development of scales and index; Validity and reliability.

Principal component analysis and factorial analyses; Internal consistency; Scoring scales; defining cut-off points.

Questionnaires’ applications: administration methods (advantages and disadvantages); Maximize the participation proportion; to reduce measurement errors and its effects.

Questionnaires’ applications: administration methods (advantages and disadvantages).





Mandatory literature

Streiner DL, Norman GR.; Health measurement scales: a practical guide to their development and use., New York: Oxford University Press , 2008
McDowell I, Newell C; Measuring Health: a guide to rating scales and questionnaires Third edition., New York: Oxford University Press , 2006

Complementary Bibliography

Fowler FJ; Improving survey questions: design and evaluation. Applied social research methods series vol. 38. , Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications , 1995

Teaching methods and learning activities

Students will have 108 of working hours, 36 of contact:
One teorethical weekly session of 120min (total 9 sessions)

One teorethico-practical weekly session of 60 min (total 9 sessions)

One practical weekly session of 60 min (total 9 sessions)



Statistical Package for Social Sciences

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 60,00
Trabalho laboratorial 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Frequência das aulas 24,00
Trabalho laboratorial 12,00
Total: 36,00

Eligibility for exams


Attendance of at least 75% of all classes.





Calculation formula of final grade

Assessment of students will include: work group (20%)+written work (20%)+final exam (60%)



Examinations or Special Assignments



Internship work/project



Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)



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