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Social Medicine - GM, 4th year

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



Lectures and practicals

The lectures will be online, practicals on-site.

  • Lectures - video presentations and presentations in pdf format will be downloaded im MS Teams at least one day before the scheduled lecture. Live online discussions (Q&A sessions) will be planned according to the schedule from the 3rd to the 8th week of the semester. You will receive the invitation link for the discussion session in MS Teams. The schedule of the lectures you can fing HERE
  • Practicals: The practicals will be on-site from 8:30 to 13:20 at the Institute of Social Medicine and Medical Ethics (rooms on 3rd and 4th floor, Sasinkova 2) , just the practical with topic 5 will start at 9:00. The schedule of the practicals is available HERE. Each study group will have 5 practicals, and each practical will focus on different topic. ATTENTION PLEASE! - The order of topics is not the same for each study group, it is necessary to check the order and the date of each practical (topic) in the schedule.

Absence at the practicals - instructions for the substitution

The absence at the practical is acceptable only from serious reasons.The absence must be substituted in two ways:

  1. Joining the practical with the same topic with other study group. Please be aware of the missed topic, each group has the different order of the practicals and topics. Check the topic on the schedule of seminars.
  2. In case the student can not substitute the absence by attending the practical with other group he or she cna prepare the seminar work on the topic of missed practical. Instructions:
    • Contact the teacher responsible for specific topic by e-mail to ask for the specific instructions. Send the work to the  teacher by e-mail at least three days before the exam
    • The work must be approved by the teacher, other way, student can not do the exam.
    • General requirements: Length of the work - minimum 2 pages (1 page = 30 lines). Title page is not counted. Format - letter font Times New Roman; size 12; line spacing 1,5; page margins - all 2,5 cm. The list of references should be included at the end of the work. Only scientific articles, documents, publications are allowed to be used, no popular articles, sources such as Wikipedia etc.The references must be cited in the text.

Final exam

The final exam will consist of a written test in Moodle and an oral exam. You have to pass the test (61% correct answers) to be allowed to do an oral part of the exam. The test will be open in Moodle from 1.5. to 30.6.2022 on the specific dates and times (TBD). You can do the test any time when it is open, at least 24 hours before the date of oral part of the exam, without being registered for the term in AIS. The dates for the oral exam will be available in AIS. The exam period will be from 9.5 to 30.6. Registration in AIS for oral part of the exam will start on 12.4 at 6pm. The credits will be recorded in AIS only if you have completed all the practicals. The questions for the final test and oral exam and more detailed instructions about the exam will be available by the end of March.

Study materials


1.Kostičová M., Capíková S., Levy L., Rokusek C., Sedláková D., Silvagni A., Solovič. Social Medicine,  Bratislava: Comenius University in Bratislava, 2015

You can download the textbook HERE or you can borrow the textbook at FM Academic Library

2.Kostičová M., Ozorovský V., Badalík L., Fabian G. Introduction to Social Medicine. Bratislava: Asklepios, 2011.

You can download the textbook HERE or you can buy the textbook at the bookstore at our faculty. 

Presentations of the lectures and study materials from the practicals available in MS Team.

Please do not learn from materials prepared by your colleagues from previous years. They are with mistakes and are not sufficient for exam !!!