The Master Degree in Epidemiology trains students to understand, analyse and carry out epidemiological and clinical research studies. To this end, 13 courses are proposed (12 mandatory and at least 1 optional), which integrate knowledge and practices in epidemiology, research methods, biostatistics and health sciences. Students are followed up during their thesis work by a support office and discussion seminars.

After completing the taught component of the Master Degree in Epidemiology (which corresponds to the Specialization Course), students may proceed to writing a Master dissertation or to a Ph.D. thesis, under conditions to be defined by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (FMUL).

This course will enable students to:

  • Deepen, systematize and apply knowledge and skills in epidemiology, biostatistics and research methods;
  • Obtain a multidisciplinary and global view of the application of epidemiological methods to various areas of research and clinical practice;
  • Obtain a high-quality theoretical-practical experience, with the support and mentoring of qualified researchers and mentors.
  • Conduct research of excellence in Epidemiology and related areas;


The full programmes, the list of professors and supervisors who have collaborated in the Master Degree in Epidemiology, as well as the theses produced, can be found at http://edu.uepid.org


3 razões para escolher este curso


Para desenvolver competências e autonomia em Investigação Epidemiológica e Clínica


Esta é uma formação prática, que percorre um leque amplo de conhecimentos e competências essenciais e diferenciadoras, transversais à investigação e à decisão na saúde


Se pretende desenvolver as suas competências para a identificação, avaliação, intervenção e comunicação sobre os problemas de saúde de grupos e populações

Plano de Estudos

Este Mestrado conta com um plano de estudos que oferece uma visão global e diferenciadora sobre a Epidemiologia.



General Objectives

Deepen knowledge and skills in epidemiology, biostatistics and clinical research methodology, as well as promote research of excellence in Epidemiology and related areas.


Specific Objetives

  1. Provide students with critical skills and competences related to the design and conduction of clinical and epidemiological research;
  2. Train students to build robust, efficient and effective methodological proposals, with regard to sampling, construction of measurement instruments and data collection processes;
  3. Encourage autonomy and competence in data analysis techniques;
  4. Provide students with conceptual and analytical skills that allow them to formulate research questions, project proposals and analysis in the various clinical and epidemiological contexts and areas, as well as those related to public health;
  5. Enable students to become familiar with the community that conducts clinical and epidemiological research in Portugal, as well as its experience and resources;
  6. Show how epidemiology is used in different specialty areas and contexts, multidisciplinarity and research;
  7. Provide an experience of scientific autonomy, with support and guidance, in the various stages of the scientific process, such as project proposal and analysis, project execution and the dissemination of results.


Skills acquisition


The Master Degree in Epidemiology enables the acquisition of fundamental skills for:

  • Supporting research activities in clinical and epidemiological health (for example, in a clinical context, in Contract Research Organizations or in Research Services, Epidemiology);
  • Epidemiological health assessment, including areas of epidemiological surveillance and public health;
  • Conducting observational studies in the clinical areas (prognosis, diagnosis) and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, among others;
  • Including epidemiological information into clinical decision, public health and health economics.

Thus, the Master Degree qualifies for clinical research and careers in health, public health, consultancy, and research and development.


Target Students


Aimed at holders of a bachelor or master degree in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Social and Human Sciences, Mathematics/Statistics and at other health professionals or others interested in acquiring skills in epidemiology, research and clinical data statistical analysis.

The course will run with a minimum of 12 enrolments and a maximum of 25.





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