Head of Department Associate Professor Helga Judit Feith, Ph.D.
The Department of Social Sciences belongs to the Institute of Basic Health Sciences. It also contains a specialised unit, the Division of Foreign Languages and Communication. The role of the Department is to support all students in preparing for their health care professions as embedded in contemporary societies. Our Department offers dominantly practice oriented knowledge – discussing general and special health care related problems – in the fields of Sociology, Social Anthropology, History of Health Sciences, Law, Ethics, as well as Medical Economy and Management. These modules – as essentials in health care labour market – are to improve conscious employee competencies. Our Department actively participates in an extended Europe-wide network that is COHEHRE by delegating one of the council members for its management. The members of the Department of Social Sciences occupy leading positions in several professional and social organizations and take part in their work (Hungarian Association of Medical History, Public Body of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungarian Sociological Association, American Anthropological Association, The European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH), Hungarian Association of Sport Studies). Furthermore, our colleagues have a hand in the edition of different scientific journals, such as New Medicine, Development and Financing, Central European Studies, Kaleidoscope – Journal of History of Culture, Science and Medicine.
The Department takes part in the educational development of all BSc and MSc programmes of the Faculty and in the elaboration of curricular directives. As a participant of full time and part time trainings in Nursing and Patient Care, Health Care and Disease Prevention, and Medical Laboratorial Diagnostic Imaging programmes, the Department is responsible for teaching the following subjects:
- Health and Society
- Introduction to Health Care Economics
- Management of Health Care Organizations
- Social Norms in Health Care
- Medical Profession and Ethos, Thesis Methodology
Additionally, the Department organises the Health Care Project Manager postgraduate course (in Hungarian) from 2008, which enables graduates of the course to successfully (project) manage tasks and situations in every area of the health system.From September 2014 the Department coordinates the Health Care Management BSc in Hungarian language (with Health Tourism Management speciality).
One of the main concerns of the Department is to provide adequate knowledge in the most suitable ways, therefore we devote special attention to the importance of the methodology we use in teaching. We have organized two ‘Professional Day on Teaching Methodologies’ so far. Most of our staff has experience in teaching abroad, which has broadened our perspectives and made us more conscious about the approaches we apply. Many of us have participated as teachers, tutors in ERASMUS intensive programs in numerous foreign universities and we had coordinated an IP titled: Interdisciplinary Training on Social Inclusion in three different countries.
Main research areas of the Department include:
- labour migrants in the health care sector;
- health and social care of migrants and minorities in Europe;
- comparative analysis of archive sources, legal sources on health care of the 18-19th centuries;
- epistemology of interpretive anthropology; minority education and its effects on cultural connectedness; comparative analysis of dentistry business income producing capability;
- typology of ancient votive uterus-representations; analysis of the archival sources related to the birth-control and the midwife training;
- ethical and legal dilemmas in the practice of perinatal intensive care, from the point of view of the beginning and the end of life, the socioeconomic status of nurses and its sociocultural context.
The Department has been delegated the management committee members from Hungary for two COST Actions: HOME (Health and Social Care of Migrants and Minorities in Europe) and ADAPT (Adapting European Health Systems to Diversity). In this latter one we collaborated with the IOM in expanding the well-known MIPEX (Migrant Integration Policy Index) to the field of health care, which has just been finished recently. Our Department proudly hosted three international professional workshops on Roma health issues and four national professional days on patients’ right and health tourism as well in the last 5 years.
Division of Foreign Languages and Communication
Head of Division Katalin Zöldi Kovács, Ph.D.
Background The Division of Foreign Languages and Communication is a unit of the Department of Social Sciences.
Education The main tasks of the Division of Foreign Languages and Communication are:
- to plan and develop the principles and system of language education at the Faculty of Health Sciences;
- to teach Health Care Terminology, English and German for Healthcare Purposes to full-time and part-time students.
Students with a B2 language certificate also receive language training; they can choose from various competence-based courses. The Division offers a wide variety of elective courses (from Interpreting medical diagnoses and prescriptions through Abstract writing to Computer-aided translation) to provide opportunity for further language development.
The Division coordinates the postgraduate Medical Translation and Interpreting program as well as the English Language Medical Communication program.
The Division of Foreign Languages and Communication is also responsible for teaching Medical Terminology and Hungarian as a Foreign Language to foreign students enrolled in the English and German programs of the Faculty of Medicine, and the English programs of the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Health Sciences.
From September 2011 our division functions as a teaching practice venue for teacher trainees of Hungarian as a foreign language of Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church of Hungary.
All our courses are supplemented by textbooks/seminar notes compiled by our teachers and an online language learning program specially designed for teaching Health Care Terminology and Language for Healthcare Purposes.
The Faculty is a test venue for the state accredited Professional Language Certification (PROFEX).
The members of the Division also take part in the work of various professional associations, such as the Hungarian Association of Applied Linguists and Language Teachers and the National Association of Teachers and Researchers of Languages for Specific Purposes (SZOKOE).
Research The Division’s research interests include the origins of the functional approach in Hungarian linguistics, linguistic identity, and exploring the terminological awareness of health science students.
Last updated: April 7, 2017