Social Medicine

The course Social Medicine for the 4th year students of General Medicine program is conducted in summer semester and conisists of 12 hous of lectures and 24 hours of practicals.

The course Social Medicine for the 5th year students of Dentistry program is conducted in summer semester and consists of 6 hours of lectures and 12 hours of practicals

Information for students about the course are available in the zone for students

Aim of the course: to teach students to understand the human being as a part of  environment, in which socio-economic factors determine the health of people and the level and quality of health care. 

Syllabus of the course


Social medicine – origin, development, scope, its position in the system of medical sciences. History of medicine and health care. Philosophy of medicine. Basics of medical law. Legal liability in health care. Health and disease: concepts, models, determinants, classification systems. Social determinants and health inequities. Health systems and health financing. Study of population health: sources of information, measures, methods of assessment. International Red Cross: mission, principles, tasks. World Health Organization: structure, mission, tasks, programmes, strategies. Quality in health care: definitions, dimensions, quality management models in health care. Health and human rights. Evidence-based medicine: definition, principles, steps. Gender based violence and the role of healthcare professionals


After  successful completion of the course student will be able to

  • Understand the scope, mission and tasks of social medicine.
  • Identify the most important periods from the history of medicine.
  • Demonstrate the basic knowledge from philosophy of medicine.
  • Describe the methods of population health assessment.
  • Describe the models and theories of health and disease, their determinants.
  • Describe the role of social factors in shaping the health of individuals and populations.
  • Understand the basic principles of health financing.
  • Know the basics of medical law and basic legal obligations of physician.
  • Understand the principles of quality improvement and patient safety in health care.
  • Understand the obligation to protect human rights in medical practice.
  • Describe the main principles and steps in evidence-based medicine.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals in relation to gender based violence

After  successful completion of the course student will be able to:

  • Measure and assess the health status of the population.
  • Analyze the health inequities in relation to social determinants.
  • Compare and analyze different types of health systems.
  • Discuss and apply the health legislation and principles of medical law in health care.
  • Discuss the role of international organizations in promotion and protection of health.
  • Apply the principles of quality improvement and patient safety in medical practice.
  • Identify and resolve human rights issues in medical practice.
  • Search and apply the evidence-based approaches in medical practice.
  • Apply the principles and concepts of adressing the gender based violence in medical practice