• 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 their field 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 that result from those solutions and judgments or influence them;
  • Communicate clearly and unambiguously their conclusions and the knowledge and reasoning underlying them, to experts or non experts;
  • Another aim is to enable students of skills and knowledge in the areas of Information Sciences, Health Sciences and Technology Assessment and Information Systems.


Professional Abilities


  • Describe and explain the history and values of Health Informatics and its relations with associated disciplines;
  • Analyse and model a particular biomedical problem by identifying, implementing or validating a possible solution, through interactive and iterative processes;
  • Work effectively with team members from different backgrounds;
  • Use written and/or oral means to effectively communicate with audiences from different professional and/or scientific backgrounds.

Information Sciences

  • Relate and model information systems with healthcare concepts;
  • Explain and analyse the nature of data, information and biomedical knowledge;
  • Understand and apply representations and data models;
  • Recognize and apply the methods and processes used in the different Health Informatics contexts.

Health Sciences

  • Know health concepts related to biology, biomedicine and public health and with common research issues;
  • Understand the effective use of data, information and biomedical knowledge in healthcare, clinical research and health services;
  • Analyse and assess ICT and Health Information Systems based solutions.

Technology assessment and Information Sys­tems

  • Know the core concepts of social, organizational, cognitive and decision sciences;
  • Know the fundamentals of human-centered systems design, scientific research methodology, ethical, legal and security issues;
  • Understand the challenges and limitations of IT solutions;
  • Design, implement and validate biomedical software applications;
  • Understand the main methods and results of health technologies assessment studies, namely, the clinical, economical and social impact of Information systems.


Career Options

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 centres and other health facilities, administrative health (sub)regions, higher education institutions, research and development , equipment manufacturing medical instrumentation companies and other Health-related companies.