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



1st year 1st semester 

Typology of contact hours: T-Theoretical, TP – Theoretical-Practical, S – Seminar

Unidade curricular ( PT/EN) N.º de ECTS  Nº de horas de Contacto (aulas)
Introdução à Epidemiologia / Introduction to Epidemiology 5 TP-30
Amostragem em Epidemiologia / Sampling 5 TP-25
Espaço Projeto 1 / Research Project I 5 TP- 52,5
Bioestatística Aplicada à Epidemiologia / Biostatistics applied to Epidemiology 8 TP-30
Técnicas de Medição em Epidemiologia / Methods of Measurement in Epidemiology 5 TP-27
Métodos Qualitativos em Epidemiologia / Qualitative Research Methods in Epidemiology  2 TP-18


1st year 2nd semester

Unidade curricular ( PT/EN) N.º de ECTS  Nº de horas de Contacto (aulas)
Tópicos Especiais em Epidemiologia / Special Topics in Epidemiology 4 TP-28,5
Espaço Projeto 2 / Research Project II 5 TP-52,5
Introdução à Investigação Epidemiológica / Introduction to Epidemiologic Research 5 TP-28,5
Epidemiologia e Avaliação Económica em Saúde / Introduction to Epidemiologic Research 2 TP-13,5
Introdução aos Modelos Estatísticos em
Epidemiologia / Introduction to Epidemiologic Research in Epidemiology
7 TP-30
Seminário / Seminar  2 S-6
 Opção 1 / Option I* 5 -


Unidades curriculares opcionais* N.º de ECTS Nº de horas de Contacto (aulas)
Farmacoepidemiologia / Pharmacoepidemiology 5 TP-30
Investigação em Serviços de Saúde / Investigação em Serviços de Saúde Research in Health Departments 5 TP-30
Epidemiologia da Pobreza, Saúde e Nutrição / Poverty, Health and Nutrition Epidemiology 5 TP-30
Epidemiologia Molecular / Design of studies in Molecular Epidemiology 5 TP-30
Epidemiologia Cardiovascular / Cardiovascular Epidemiology 5 TP-30
Epidemiologia Espacial / Spatial Epidemiology 5 TP-30
Ensaios Clínicos / Clinical Trials 5 TP-30
Escrita e Submissão de Artigos Científicos em Epidemiologia / Writing and publishing research papers in epidemiology 5 TP-20; PL-10
Estatística Aplicada à Escrita de Artigos Científicos em Epidemiologia 5 TP-20; PL-10
Revisão Crítica de Estudos Epidemiológicos / Critical Appraisal of Epidemiological Studies 5 TP-20; PL-10
Epidemiologia e Investigação Clínica na Nutrição / Epidemiology and Clinical Research in Nutrition 5 TP-30
Epidemiologia e Investigação Clínica em Genética / Genetic Epidemiology and Clinical Research 5 TP-30
Escrita e Submissão Competitiva de Projetos de Investigação Clínica e Epidemiológica / Competitive Writ and Subm of Clinical and Epid Research Projects 5 TP-20; PL-10
Desenho e Construção de Bases de Dados na Investigação em Saúde - Design and construction of databases for health research 5 TP-20; PL-10
Análise Multifatorial em Epidemiologia - Multifactorial Analysis in Epidemiology 5 TP-30
Aspetos Práticos da Investigação Clínica - Practical aspects of clinical research 5 TP-30
Políticas de Saúde Informadas pela Evidência - Evidence-Based Health Policies 5 TP-30
Epidemiologia e a Avaliação de Tecnologias e de Impacte em Saúde - Epidemiology and Health Technologies and Health Impact Assessments 5 TP-30


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.




FMUL Accreditation

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 | vacancies


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.

Fees/ Registration Fee


The tuition fee may be paid, in full or in instalments, according to the terms and amounts indicated in the tuition fee determination for the academic year  2020/2021



Professor António Vaz Carneiro – President
Professor Ruy Ribeiro – Director
Professor Patrícia Canhão
Professor Cristina Furtado
Professor Paulo Nogueira
Professor Evangelista Rocha

Coordination Support
Paulo Nicola (MSc.)