Information and Knowledge Management in Health II


Learning outcomes of the curricular unit 

Discuss the specificity of ICT in the information society in the context of public health

Analyze information society recent developments and outline its future expansion, considering the challenges faced by health professionals and the

Learning/experienced patient web 2.0 and web 3.0  

Critically analyze health & disease cyberspace information democratization

Define and implement a strategy for instrumental information and knowledge management while focusing usability for web 1.0, web 2.0 and web 3.0

Discuss methodologies for assurance and verification of information quality on  health and disease in the cyberspace (e-Europe 2002: quality criteria for health related websites).

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Luis Ângelo Saboga Nunes


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 30

Teaching language



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Teaching method

Teaching methodologies (including evaluation) 

The teaching methodology is varied and seeks to promote an active and participatory learning environment. Reading of fundamental texts is required and discussion of topics or exercises occurs regularly.

About half of the sessions will begin with a presentation by a teacher, followed by a discussion of topics related to the subject under examination where students are encouraged to intervene.

The other sessions will be more practical with problem solving tasks, presentation of results and discussion of implications for health systems management. The seminars consist of group work with the presence of a teacher, which develops in-depth discussion of the topics in the syllabus. 

Assessment of commitment, work and participation (20%), made through observation of student participation and the presentation and discussion of topics and exercises in sessions and 40% in group activities.

Individual exam (40%) with multiple choice questions, short and development questions, dealing with the topics taught. 

Evaluation method

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Subject matter


Internet and health governance

Module 6 - Information and knowledge in healthcare administration - targets and indicators for health

Module 7 - Information and citizens - new approaches and Portuguese experience

Module 8 - Surveillance systems and of early/warning/rapid response - geoinformation

Module 9 - Information systems for the management of health services

Module 10 - information governance on health and the information society in context (Europe and Portugal)

Verticality of decision making processes and democratization of power in health: cyber-space information management paradigm shift and the new challenges affecting health professions related to disease management and health promotion


Clinical management instruments and citizens support in the web

Web technologies for information and knowledge management (e.g. favorites, www pages, portals, forums, chats, web castpods, social networks)

Cyberspace and quality assessment - future challenges for health promotion in the virtual world e-health, health communication and meta-information.