Head of the Department Associate Professor István Barcs
Background As the legal successor of the Department of Public Health, the Department of Epidemiology is the newest institutional unit of the Faculty of Health Sciences’ Institute of Health Promotion and Clinical Methodology.
The overall duty of the Department is to provide appropriate training for health practitioners in the field of public health, and to carry out different research projects. Its aim is to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make a valuable contribution to public health.
The Department offers undergraduate degree programmes at the B.Sc. level; and an M.Sc. programme will be introduced in the near future. Courses on disease prevention and health promotion are available in English for full-time students of Physiotherapy. The Department of Epidemiology offers a wide-range of research topics with professional assistance for students, and also contributes to the improvement of Ph.D. programmes.
The Department has a well-equipped laboratory, used for microbiology laboratory practices and infection control investigations.
Education Within epidemiology, students are taught both general and specific aspects of pest control and disinfection techniques, including insect and rodent control. Following the fourth and sixth semesters, students take part in four-week practice sessions, and during the eighth semester they participate in a thirteen-week practicum.
Research Infection Control Centre In order to prevent nosocomial and health care associated infections, the Department has formed an infection control centre in collaboration with external public health partners.
The key elements of the active laboratory surveillance system are:
- Molecular biology methods for comparison/characterisation of strains isolated from different sources;
- Monitoring infections;
- Computer data analysis of bacterial isolates including antimicrobial-resistance patterns.
Research Projects for the Students’ Scientific Association
- Epidemiology and prevention of infectious diseases;
- Epidemiology of diseases of civilization;
- Appropriate food hygiene practices, infestation of food, and food poisoning;
- Probiotics and their effects on the human body;
- The impact of climate change on food safety;
- Research on natural antimicrobial proteins.
Last updated: 29 October, 2018