Courses | Course

School: School of Health
Course: Community Nursing
Degree: Master
Course code: M227

ECTS: 90
Duration: 3 semesters

a) Holders of an undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, in Nursing;
b) Holders of a foreign higher academic degree, conferred following an undergraduate course in Nursing, organized according to the principles of the Bologna process by a State adhering to this Process and with a duration of 240 ECTS;
c) Holders of a foreign higher academic degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of a nursing degree by the Scientific-Technical Council of the School of Health Sciences;
d) Holders of a scientific or professional school curriculum which is recognized as attesting to the capacity to carry out this study cycle by the Technical-Scientific Council of the School of Health Sciences.

Learning objectives:
- Promote personal and professional development in the area of specialization of nursing knowledge, from a perspective of lifelong learning, through self-training and evidence-based practice;
- Develop the ability to prepare a diagnosis of the situation of a community and identify priority areas for intervention; - Develop the ability to establish a relationship with families as a whole and with their members individually throughout the life cycle and in their transitions, promoting health, preventing diseases and controlling complex situations;
- Develop a specialized care practice based on scientific evidence;
- Develop personal and professional skills that allow candidates to lead or integrate work teams;
- Develop research capacity, critical analysis of information, preparation of scientific-technical documents and their dissemination at scientific events;
- Understand and apply scientific research techniques;
- Acquired the necessary skills to integrate the next cycle of studies, doctorate, in the same or similar areas.

Incoming profile:
- Candidates from Nursing courses who show interest in widening knowledge and acquiring the specific skills of a specialist nurse in community nursing.
- The motivation for the development of skills in the field of continuous quality improvement; care management; the development of professional learning and professional, ethical and legal responsibility.
- Interest in current issues in health sciences.

The proposal of teaching methodologies and pedagogical didactics to be implemented based on the learning objectives of the curricular units is presented by the professors and conferred by the elements of the Coordination Committee of the Master's Course in Nursing at the beginning of its operation.
When the Scientific-Technical Council approves the programmes, it also reflects on the referred adaptation of the methodologies, in particular when it is necessary to make any changes. A strong concern that underlies this study plan is related to the development of Specific Skills of the Specialist Nurse in Community Nursing stipulated by the Order of Nurses, in terms of assessing the health needs of a community, identifying priority areas of intervention and, consequently, planning strategies and activities conducive to solving the identified problems and improving the health conditions of the population in general at the community and family level.
As can be seen through the analysis of the Course Unit Operational Guide, there is a systematic didactic concern in adapting the teaching methodologies to the specific objectives of the curricular units and the Course.

Output profile:

Career Opportunities:

Course director:
Isabel Maria Ribeiro Fernandes (


CodeUnitYearSemesterECTSGuide Course Unit
MEC1100 Caring Theories11º S3
MEC1101 Formative Intervention Process11º S3
MEC1102 Bioethics and Law11º S3
MEC1104 Research Methodology11º S6
MEC1105 Family in Systemic Perspective11º S3
MEC1106 Community Nursing I11º S9
MEC1103 Epidemiology11º S3
MEC1107 Health Services Management12º S3
MEC1108 Community Nursing II12º S3
MEC1109 Health Planning12º S3
 Option I/II12º S6
MEC1110 Internship12º S15
MEC1111 Internship with Final Report21º S30

CodeOptional unitsYearSemesterECTS Unit Guide
UENF1000 Gerontology126

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