Institute of Social Medicine and Medical Ethics
Compulsory optional subjects
From academic year 2016/2017 in summer semester our institute is offering the new compulsory optional subject:
Courses in Slovak language:
Compulsory optional courses (only in Slovak language):
- Úvod do zdravotníckeho manažmentu (Introduction to Healthcare Management)
- Komunikačné zručnousti (Communication Skills)
- Úvod do medicínskeho práva (Introduction to Medical Law)
- Úvod do filozofie celostnej medicíny (Introduction to Philosophy of Holistic Medicine)
Postgraduate study (only in Slovak language):
Specialization 1 year study programme for medical doctors and dentists "Zdravotnícky manažment a financovanie" (Healthcare Management and Financing"
The focus of research activities
- systematic review
- burden of diseases
- sociology of health and illness
- health care management
- health financing and healthcare management
- healthy lifestyle of high school adolescents
- juridization of medicine, medical law, legal responsibility in health care
- communication in the medical profession
- paliative medicine
- moral attitudes of medical students to selected ethical problems of medicine
- socio-economic determinants of health
- social determinants of health and health-related behavior of children and youth
- quality management in health care
- suicidal behavior
- functional self-sufficiency of patients after CVA (cerebrovascular accident)
- Slovak and general history of medicine and health care
- the history of Faculty of Medicine of Comenius University in Bratislava
National scientific cooperation
Department of Health Psychology, Faculty of Medicine of Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Faculty of Nursing and Professional Health Studies, Slovak Medical University in Bratislava
Faculty of Healt Sciences and Social Work, Trnava University in Trnava
Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy of Comenius University in Bratislava
Department of Sociology of St. Elizabeth College of Health and Social Work in Bratislava
Department of Slovak History, Faculty of Philosophy of Comenius University in Bratislava
Department of General History, Faculty of Philosophy of Comenius University in Bratislava
Faculty of Medicine of Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Slovak League against Cancer
The Faculty of National Economy at the University of Economics in Bratislava
Faculty of Law of Comenius University in Bratislava
Regional Public Health Authority in Košice
International scientific cooperation
Czech Center of Evidence-Based Health Care: Affiliated Center Joanna Briggs Institute. Institute of Social Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Palacký University in Olomouc
Centrum Badań nad Historią i Kulturą Basenu Morza Śródziemnego i Europy Południowo-Wschodniej im. prof. Waldemara Cerana, Studia Ceranea - Uniwersytet Łódzki, Poľsko
Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia “A. Gemelli”, Istituto di Bioetica, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Roma, Taliansko
Janusz Korczak Pedagogical University in Warsaw, Faculty of Social Sciences and Pedagogy in Katowice, Katowice, Poľsko
Кафедра истории южных и западных славян a Кафедра истории средних веков - Исторический факультет Московского государственного университета имени М.В.Ломоносова, Moskva, Ruská federácia
Kharkov Institute of Trade and Economy of Kharkov National Technical University, Kharkov, Ukrajina
National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, State Institution of V.T. Zaytsev, Institute of General and Urgent Surgery, Ukrajina
Právnická fakulta, Masarykova Univerzita v Brně, ČR
The John Paul II. Catholic University in Lublin, Off-Campus Faculty of Law and Social Sciences in Stalowa Wola, Stalowa Wola, Poľsko
The University of Scranton, USA
Ústav etiky, 3. lékařská fakulty Univerzity Karlovy, ČR
Projects and Grants
APVV-18-0070. Generation Z - new challenges in youth development. Duration: 1.7.2019-30.6.2023. Principal Investigator: prof. Mgr. Andrea Madarasova Geckova, PhD. Faculty of Medicine, Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice. Deputy of principal investigator: Michaela Kostičová, MD, PhD, MPH. Investigators from Institute of Social Medicine and Medical Ethics: Silvia Capíková, MA, LLM, PhD., Eva Dobiasova, MA, PhD.
COST Action CA 17117: Towards an International Network for Evidence-based Research in Clinical Health Research (EVBRES). Duration: 17.10.2018 - 16.10.2022. Members of Management Committee from Slovak Republic: Michaela Kostičová, MD, PhD, MPH., Jana Babjaková, MD, PhD, MPH.
VEGA č. 2/0100/16 Health Care in Slovakia 1948 – 1966.Duration: 1.1.2016-31.12.2019. Principal Investigator: PhDr. Anna FALISOVÁ, PhD., Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. Investigators from Institute of Social Medicine and Medical Ethics: Assoc. prof. Vojtech Ozorovský, MD, PhD., Silvia Capíková, MA, LLM, PhD.
VEGA 1/0641/14 Current Trends in Development of Sociology in Slovakia – Paradigmatic Premises, metodological Inovations, Science Personalities. Duration: 1.1.2015 - 31.12.2016.
Principal Investigator: PhDr. Eva Laiferová PhD. Investigator from Institute of Social Medicine and Medical Ethics: Silvia Capíková, MA, LLM, PhD.
VEGA 1/0895/14 Psycho-Social Development of School-Aged Children with Disabilities. Duration: 1.1.2014 - 31.12.2016. Principal Investigator: Assoc. prof. Andrea Madarasová Gecková, MA, PhD. Investigator from Institute of Social Medicine and Medical Ethics: Michaela K o s t i č o v á, MD, PhD., MPH.
Health Behavior in School Aged Children (HBSC) study.
International cross-sectional study adopted by WHO in 1983, deals with health related behavior of 11-, 13- a 15-years-old children in social context. More than 40 countries cooperates on the study and data are collected every four years. Coordinators: Regional office of WHO for Europe, Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit (CAHRU) at the University of Edinburgh (UK) and University in Bergen (Noreway). National coordinator: Department of Health Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice
For more informations about HBSC study visit: http://www.hbsc.org/
National reports summarizing the findings of each datta collection in Slovakia can be found HERE.
MPH (Master of Public Health) Study Programme Development at the Comenius University in Bratislava in English Language.
Project was funded by European Social Fund - Operation Programme Education (ESF - OPE).
ITMS code of the Project: 26140230009
01.01.2013 - 31.10.2015
Principal Investigator: prof. Ľudmila Ševčíková, MD, PhD. Investigators from Institute of Social Medicin and Medical Ethics: assoc. prof. Vojtech O z o r o v s k ý, MD, PhD., Michaela K o s t i č o v á, MD, PhD., MPH, Silvia Capíková, MA, LLM, PhD., PhDr. Iveta G r e ž ď o v á, PhD., MUDr. Mária M o j z e š o v á, PhD., PhDr. Miriam P o l h o r s k á, PhD.
VEGA 2/0144/13. Societal Context of Environment Protection in Slovakia from Industrial Revolution to WWII). Duration: 1.1.2013 - 31.12.2015. Principal Investigator: PhDr. Hallon Ľudovít, PhD. Investigator from Institute of Social Medicine and Medical Ethics: Silvia Capíková, MA, LLM, PhD.
Multimedia Didactic Aid in Web Area of History - "Slavs and Europe in Early Miidleage" for High Schools.
The result of the project is this website - http://www.ukm.ff.ukf.sk/slovania - which offers in the Slovak language a comprehensive view on history and life of the Slavs and Byzantine Empire in the Early Middle Ages. The project is based on the newest scientific knowledge from several scientific disciplines. In addition to informative texts of the particular topics, archaeological and literary sources and bibliography, the website also contains PowerPoint presentations that can enhance and improve the quality of school education or it can simply enliven self-study of texts presented on the website. The released information will help students to understand a variety of the Middle Ages themselves, it will also allow to perceive historical events that happend in the territory of present-day Slovakia in the European context. The target group will learn how to work with archeological and literary sources, search for relevant information, verify its discovered knowledge, and integrate it into the historical and chronological framework. There are several quality publications units that were created within the project besides the aforementioned website.
The most significant publications
Pavol Kádek. Právna zodpovednosť v medicíne a zdravotníctve. Bratislava: Wolters Kluwer, 2017. 220 s. ISBN 978-80-8168-650-4.
Pavol Kádek. Súčasné dimenzie právnej zodpovednosti v medicíne a zdravotníctve. 1. vyd. Bratislava: Wolters Kluwer, 2014. 182 s. ISBN 978-80-8168-124-0.
Večeřa M.,Urbanová M., Klusoňová M., Kokeš M., Capíková S., Brožovičová K.: Právní vědomí v teoreticko-empirickém pohledu. 1. vyd. Brno : Masarykova univerzita, Právnická fakulta, 2015. 194s. Spisy Právnické fakulty Masarykovy univerzity, řada teoretická, Edice Scientia č. 512. ISBN 978-80-210-7783-6.
Beňo, P., Tarcsiová, D.,Capíková, S. Komunikácia so sluchovo postihnutými v zdravotníctve a sociálnej práci. Trnava : Trnavská univerzita, 2012, 182 s. ISBN 978-80-8082-510-2.
Vojtech Ozorovský a kol.: Sociálne lekárstvo. Bratislava: SAP, 2018. 225s
Grežďová, I., Polhorská, M. Professional nursing procedures 1. Textbook for general medicine study programme. First edition. Slovak Academic Press s.r.o., Bratislava, 2018. 110 p.
Polhorská, M. Grežďová, I., Professional nursing procedures 2. Textbook for general medicine study programme. Fisrs edition. Slovak Academic Press s.r.o., Bratislava, 2018. 104 p.
Trizuljaková J. a kol. Medicínska etika I. Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave, 2017.
Pavol Kádek. Trestné právo v zdravotníctve. 2.dopl. a akt. vyd. Bratislava: Wolters Kluwer, 2017. 196 s. ISBN 978-80-8168-652-8.
Ozorovský V., Vojteková I. a kol. Zdravotnícky manažment a financovanie zdravotníctva. Bratislava: Wolters Kluwer, 2016.
Vojteková,I., Grežďová, I., Polhorská, M., Dobiášová, E., Mazalánová, A. Ošetrovateľské postupy pre študentov všeobecného lekárstva. Bratislava: SAP, 2016.
Pavol Kádek. Trestné právo v zdravotníctve. 1. vyd. Bratislava: Wolters Kluwer, 2016. 199 s. ISBN 978-80-8168-358-9.
Ozorovský V. (ed.). Health Promotion and Health Communication. Bratislava: Comenius University in Bratislava, 2015.
Kostičová M. (ed.). Social Medicine. Bratislava: Comenius University in Bratislava, 2015.
Mojzešová M. (ed.). Public Health Ethics: Selected Issues. Bratislava: Comenius University in Bratislava, 2015.
Ozorovský V. a kol. Sociálne lekárstvo. Bratislava: Asklepios, 2011. 166 s. ISBN 978-88-7167-158-9
Kostičová M., Ozorovský V., Badalík L., Fabian G. An Introduction to Social Medicine Bratislava: Asklepios, 2011. 150 s. ISBN 978-80-7167-153-4
Vojteková I. a kol. Vybrané kapitoly z ošetrovateľstva pre študentov všeobecného lekárstva. Bratislava: Asklepios, 2010. 124 s. ISBN 978-80-7167-152-7
Beňo P., Capíková S. Teoretické, praktické a právne aspekty komunikácie s pacientmi a klientmi s postihnutím sluchu. 1.vyd. 156s. Bratislava : Samosato, 2013, ISBN 978-80-89464-21-0.
The specific topics of diploma theses offered by our Institute are published in AIS2 each academic year in November. Here are the areas of topics our teachers are specialised in and can be offered as topics for diploma thesis. In case of interest contact the responsible teacher.
Michaela Kosticova, MD, PhD, MPH michaela.kosticovafmed.uniba.sk Health and health care of homeless people; Health and health behavior of school-aged children; Sleeping habits in children and adolescents and their impact on health; Social determinants of health and health inequalities - international and regional comparisson (differences in health status between countries, regions and specific group of population in relation to their social and economic status) ; Social aspects of risk behavior (suicides, addictions); Burden of diseases, Demography and health; Health systems; Quality in healthcare; Clinical guidelines development.
Silvia Capikova, LLM et MA, PhD email@example.com Patiens safety, corporate safety culture. Human resources in healthcare and their management (e.g. gender, regional and international disparities and trends in labor market, work migration, job satisfaction, wages of healthcare workers, motivation of employees); Medical profession (e.g, Professional training systems, career planning); Health and health behavior of school-aged children and the youth (e.g. body art); Heath care for vulnerable groups (children, victims of home violence, in-work poor, persons with life limiting disease, persons with disabilities); Fake/counterfeit medicines; Medical malpractice, legal liability in medicine; Legal aspects of biomedicine and healthcare; Patients in health system, their rights and organizations; International collaboration in healthcare. Digital health.
Matej Gogola, MA, PhD. firstname.lastname@example.org History of medicine;
Adam Mesiarkin, MA, PhD. adam.mesiarkinfmed.uniba.sk History of Medicine and Health Care in the Territory of Slovakia; Medicine in Ancient History; Medicine of European and Slovak Middle Ages, Early and Late Modern Period; Events; Biographies; Institutions; Phenomena; History of Sciences, Disciplines and Research; Thought and Education.
Maria Kolesarova, MA, PhD. maria.kolesarovafmed.uniba.sk; artificial intelligence in medicine, gene editing, biobanks a genetic research, prenatal and preimplantation diagnosis, infertility treatment options, surrogate motherhood, research on human embryos, ethics consultation in clinical practise, ethical dilemmas in intensive care, in neonathology, in palliative care, advanced directives and advanced care planning, human experimentation and biomedical research, resource allocation in medicine, medical anthropology, philosophy of medicine, ethical theories in bioethics
Iveta Grezdova, MA, PhD. iveta.grezdovafmed.uniba.sk The impact of lifestyle factors on the incidence of cancer diseases. The impact of lifestyle risk factors on the course of cancer treatment. Lifestyle changes in cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment. Lifestyle in cancer survivors. Influence of lifestyle risk factors (overweight and obesity, tobacco smoking, unhealthy diet, alcohol use, physical inactivity) on the prognosis and recurrence of cancer diseases. Lifestyle habits among university students. Occurrence of modifiable risk factors for cancer in lifestyle of medical students. Communication in healthcare.
Miriam Polhorska, MA, PhD. miriam.polhorskafmed.uniba.sk Health-related quality of life. Multidimensionality of quality of life. Evaluation quality of life in patients with various diagnoses (neurological, metabolic, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, skin, musculoskeletal). Specifics of quality of life measurement in old age, in children. Importance of quality of life evaluation in clinical practice. Quality of life of a family with chronically ill patient. Quality of life of medical staff and the issue of burnout.
1919 - The Formation of Institute of Social Medicine of Comenius University in Bratislava
1919-1935 - Chosen Lectures from Social Medicine
1935-1937 prof. Vavro Šrobár, MD
1937-1939 assoc. prof. Evald Tománek, MD
1939-1944 Interruption of Teaching
1944-1948 Chosen Lectures from Social Medicine
1948-1950 assoc. prof. Ivan Stodola, MD
1952 - Institute (Department) of Health Care Organization
1952-1960 prof. Pavol Macúch, MD
1966 - Department of Social Medicine
1960-1982 assoc. prof. Jozef Dedek, MD
1990 - Institute of Social Medicine
1982-2000 prof. Milan Beniak, MD, D.Sc.
2002 - Institute of Social Medicine and Medical Ethics
2001- present assoc. prof. Vojtech Ozorovský, PhD.
1927 - Institute of Medical History, Philosophy and Hodegetics
1927-1938 prof. Antonín Spilka, MD
II. World War, beginning of a new political system
- Institute cancelled
1991 - Department of Medical Ethics of the Institute for Continuing Education in Health Care.
1992 - Institute of Medical Ethics later Institute of Medical Ethics and Bioethics
1992-2001 prof. Ladislav Šoltés, MD, D.Sc.
2002 - Institute of Social Medicine and Medical Ethics
2001- present assoc. prof. Vojtech Ozorovský, MD, PhD.
Institute of social medicine of Faculty of Medicine CU was found in 1919. It is interesting, that during the formation of first departments and theoretical institutes of FM CU, existed only de iure. This was especially due the lack of financial resources required for personnel and workplace facilities. Teaching of social medicine in the first academic year of existence of CU in Bratislava (1919/1920) did not begin despite the efforts of Czech professors and also Vavro Šrobár endeavour.
The first rector of CU in Bratislava prof. Kristián Hynek, MD submitted a requirement for allocation of premises due to formation of Institute of social medicine, but unsuccessful. In 20´s of 20th century was seat of the Institute in the building of Deans office (Špitálska street).
At that time provided teaching of preventive medicine and public health (these lectures preceded of social medicine) the head of Institute of hygiene prof. Stanislav Růžička, MD. After Stanislav Růžička took over the teaching of social medicine Vavro Šrobár, MD, who in 1935 became the first professor of social medicine in Slovakia.
Before leaving of prof. Vavro Šrobár, MD in 1935, Evald Tománek, MD habilitated in the field - Social medicine and health administration. Along with teaching, he was active in research and had many organizational activities (1936 - 1938). In 1938 he had to involuntarily leave Bratislava and moved to Brno, where after the WWII became the founder of Social medicine of Faculty of medicine at the Masaryk University in Brno. The teaching of social medicine at the CU in Bratislava was restored from the winter semester 1944/1945.
In the summer semester 1946/1947 lectured Ivan Stodola, MD two hours a week Chosen chapters of social medicine and the next academic year he lectured Social medicine and health care administration, but lectures were optional.
Following a proposal by professors of Faculty of Medicine at the CU in Bratislava 1st of October 1948 was established the Institute of social medicine under the direction of Ivan Stodola, MD. The Institute was located in the building of State Health Institute at Benešova street no. 40 (today Špitálska street).
After leaving Ivan Stodola into retirement in August 1950 again arose the problem of ensuring Institute´s activities. The situation was resolved in September 1952 was established Institute of health care organization, whose head became Pavol Macúch, MD, director of the Institute of Hygiene. Institute of health care organization was incorporated together with the Institute of hygiene and Institute of forensic medicine into the Department of public health, led by academician Vojtech Mucha, MD. Additional organizational changes occured in 1955, when was created the Department of theory and health care organization - in 1966 renamed to the Department of social medicine, led by prof. Pavol Macúch, MD (since 1960).
Between 1960 - 1982 was appointed head of the Department assoc. prof. Jozef Dedek, MD. Along with pedagogical and educational activities during this period, Department dealt with solution of scientific research tasks of organization and management of health care, social problems of disabled citizens, methodology of the study, health care education, history of medicine and health care etc.
From 1982 led the Department of social medicine (since 1990 Institute of social medicine) prof. Milan Beniak, MD, D.Sc. Research was focused on the population health, developing health care and health systems (management, economics, statistics, demography, sociology, law and science). The results of research work have been presented at scientific meetings at home and abroad, as well as publishing in scientific journals and proceedings.
At the Institute of social medicine was established also Department of history of medicine and healt care, whose head was assoc. prof. PhDr. Miloš Tichý, PhD.
Since 2001 leads the Institute of social medicine assoc. prof. Vojtech Ozorovský, MD, PhD. In 2002 was Institute renamed to Institute of social medicine and medical ethics. Research of the Institute is focused on a broad spectrum of issues related to social medicine, medical ethics, law and legal responsibility in medicine, communication in health care, health care education, history of medicine and health care, history of the Faculty of medicine at the CU in Bratislava etc.
813 72 Bratislava
4. floor, telephone number/fax: 59357 616, VoIP 31 616
The Head of Department of History of Medicine and Health Care:
Assoc. prof. Vojtech O z o r o v s k ý, MD, PhD.
telephone number: 59357 616, VoIP 31 616
Matej G o g o l a, MA, PhD.
telephone number: 59357 377, VoIP 31 377
Adam Mesiarkin, MA, PhD.
telephone number: 59357 377, VoIP 31 377
Department of History of Medicine and Health Care of Institute of Social Medicine and Medical Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, CU in Bratislava
Formation of the Department of history of medicine and health care was not casual. It is known, that in 1907 in Leipzig was created the first institute of medicine in the world. Interest in the field of history of medicine were reflected also in Slovakia. Documents situated in Archive of Faculty of medicine, CU in Bratislava and also in Archive of CU in Bratislava clearly confirm, that, already founders of Faculty of medicine calculated with theoretical institute - Institute of medical history. As a part of the institute was to have been medical-historical museum. This intention was partially fulfilled in 1927, when professor of anatomy Antonín Spilka founded the Institute for medical philosophy, history and hodegetics. The aim of this institution was pedagogical and educational activities. Content of lectures was introduction to the history of medicine and health care and history of particular medical subjects. Spilka´s leave from the faculty was also (after 11 years) the end for Institute.
The intenion of founders of Faculty of medicine, CU in Bratislava - to create the Institute of history of medicine came true after many years after November 1989 (so called Velvet revolution in Czechoslovakia). This idea was realized by historian and pedagogue assoc. prof. Miloslav Tichý, PhD., who wanted to concern with research in the field of history of mediciny and health care, but also participate in padegogical and educational processes. He was member of staff of Department of social medicine - todays Institute of social medicine and medical ethics.
In January 1990 presented Miloslav Tichý to rector of CU in Bratislava prof. Miroslav Kusý proposal to establish Department of history of medicine at Faculty of medicine, CU in Bratislava. This proposal supported also first post-revolution Dean of the faculty prof. Jozef Buchvald and head of the Department of social medicine prof. Milan Beniak.
Decision of the rector of CU in Bratislava no. ORR 1744/1990 A I/1 signified the formation of Department of history of medicine and health care as a scientifisc-research workplace at Department of social medicine of the Faculty of medicine, CU in Bratislava. Department had five employees. The head of Department was assoc. prof. PhDr. Miloslav Tichý, PhD. and among first coworkers belonged typist Elena Biščová. Researchers of the Department were assoc. prof. Eulália Sedláčková, PhD., assoc. prof. PaedDr. Ľudmila Pavlíková, PhD., PhDr. Darina Heřmanová and PhDr. Helena Drappanová.
The focus of research and pedagogical activities were: general history of medicine, history of Faculty of medicine, CU in Bratislava, history of particular science disciplines and famous and and most important persons in the history of medicine and health care.
The location of the Department was a big problem. First workplaces were in the premises of Institute of social medicine on Dunajská street, no. 1. Next location was in building belong to rector´s office on Nešporova (todays Svoradova) street, no. 1. A few months later, the Department had to move again. This time on Miletičova street, no. 14. New and already permanent location Department received in 1993 in modified loft located at old theoretical institutes of Faculty of medicine, CU in Bratislava on Sasinkova street, no. 2. In these premises is located until these days.
The head of the Department is head of the Institute of social medicine and medical ethics assoc. prof. Vojtech Ozorovský, MD, PhD. The staff are Matej Gogola, MA, PhD. and Adam Mesiarkin, MA, PhD. Currently the staff of the Department concerne with general and national history of medicine and history of Faculty of medicine, CU in Bratislava.
Prebraté z: PAVLÍKOVÁ, Ľudmila - SEDLÁČKOVÁ, Eulália, HEŘMANOVÁ, Darina. Oddelenie histórie medicíny a zdravotníctva Ústavu sociálneho lekárstva Lekárskej fakulty UK v Bratislave (1990 - 2000). In SEDLÁČOVÁ, Eulália et al. (edd.). Oddelenie histórie medicíny a zdravotníctva Ústavu sociálneho lekárstva Lekárskej fakulty UK v Bratislave (1990 - 2000). Bratislava : Juga, 2001, s. 16 - 24.