Health Planning and Management


After this unit, students should be able to: 1. Participate in the elaboration/analysis of health policy/strategy proposals.
2. Use strategic management tools applicable to various circumstances.
3. Encourage a spirit of information/knowledge sharing, facilitating translation of innovation into decision on policies/strategies.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Jorge Simões


Weekly - 12

Total - 48

Teaching language



Not applicable


• Simões, J. e Paulo Ferrinho. ”Contributo para a história do planeamento da saúde em Portugal”. Suplemento dos Anais do Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical. vol. 16 (Suplemento), 17-23, 2017.
• Simões J, Augusto GF, Fronteira I, Hernandez-Quevedo C. Portugal: Health System Review. European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, 2017.
• Campos, A. e Jorge Simões (2011). O Percurso da Saúde: Portugal na Europa. Almedina, Coimbra.
• Entidade Reguladora da Saúde (2012) Estudo para a Carta Hospitalar.
• Plano Nacional de Saúde 2012-2016 (disponível em

Teaching method

After a theoretical presentation of each topic the themes will be discussed by the students, which will analyse the strategic planning in a specific country.

Evaluation method

Evaluation will consider participation in the sessions of his colleagues (20%) and individual presentation (80%).

Subject matter

I. Define health and health workforce policy/strategy/services, identify/analyze its components and processes of formulation/implementation/evaluation.
II. Characterizing a Local Health System and identify/use tools/models suitable for local planning.
III. Identify strategies/management tools of information/knowledge at the individual, organizational and systemic level.