Specialization Course in Assessment and Intervention in Chronic Diseases

Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences

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Academic year


Course Type

Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded



1 Year(s)

ECTS Credits


Course Coordinator(s)

Ana Paula Pais Rodrigues Fonseca Relvas (uc33778@uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
This Course aims at providing students with theoretical and practical knowledge of the field of disease condition assessment (acute, chronic or terminal). It is intended that students acquire a relational and systemic understanding of sicknesses and chronic diseases and be able to identify some of the family/environment-related complications, as well as identify the main actors of this assessment unit. The course also aims at training students in promoting the development of psychosocial frameworks for analyzing chronic diseases, fostering a case-specific intervention based on ethical and deontological grounds.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
At the end of the course, students are expected to:
a) Analyze different conditions of chronic diseases from a global perspective, applying systemic models;
b) Identify the implications of some disease conditions for families and communities (e.g. aids, malaria, sickle-cell disease, tuberculosis);
c) Analyze chronic diseases using Rolland’s psychosocial typology;
d) Equate concrete forms of intervention
e) Analyze a clinical case autonomously and formulate intervention approaches;
f) Manage communication with other professionals on the context of collaboration for the treatment of a chronic disease condition;
g) Apply the code of ethics and deontology on the context of health.
Mode of Study
Admission Requirements

Holders of a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Nursing, Medicine and other Health Technicians (with a Bachelor’s degree)

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Students may be granted credits for previous training with equivalent curricular units
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Regulation n. º 339/2012, published in Official Gazette no. 152, 2. Grade, August 7th (Regulation of Creation and Operation of non-degree courses at the UC)
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Curricular part approved / disapproved; Endnote 0-20 corresponding to the evaluation of the monography
Graduation Requirements

In order to complete this Course, students must successfully complete all the curricular units that constitute its study plan. Students must also present and discuss a final paper