Our PhD Program “Sociological and mental health approaches to resources for individuals and communities” is one of the programs (No. 4/3.) at the PhD School of Semmelweis University and it is administered by staff members at the Institute of Mental Health. The language of instruction in the program is Hungarian. The program focuses on individuals, families and communities with successful life strategies and problem-solving skills, and it applies mental health aspects as well as an interdisciplinary approach in research.

The PhD Program is co-ordinated by Prof. Beáta DÁVID. Research topics and focus areas of the program are as follows:

  • factors contributing to the physical and mental well-being of individuals, couples, families and communities
  • mobilising social and community relationships,
  • value systems and symbolic capital (e.g. ideologies, religion),
  • maintaining and developing individual resources,
  • institutional forms of promoting physical and mental well-being.

Supervisors and proposed research topics in the PhD Program:


Fruzsina ALBERT The analysis of interpersonal relationships and physical/mental health from a sociological perspective 
Ildikó DANIS The impact of early experiences, parenting and family relationships on early childhood and later life development and mental health
Beáta DÁVID Mental health and social capital: psycho-social resources of individual, family and community
Péter GAÁL The function and significance of the human and social capital  in the healthcare system
Éva HUSZTI The Role of Social Support in Quality of Life
András ITTZÉS The methodology of measuring characteristics in mental health promotion, effectiveness testing of training programs
Gábor ITTZÉS The impact of Postmodernity on community models of leadership training
Judit LÁM Patient safety – health and social context
Tamás MARTOS The role of personal goals and life goals in positive mental health: individual, social and societal approaches
Endre NAGY Social and Religious Theories on Normal and Pathologic Behaviours
Attila PILINSZKI Family Well-being in the 21st Century
Gabriella PUSZTAI Theoritical and empirical application of social capital concept in investigation of religious communities
Zsuzsa SZÉMAN Mental, societal and social policy questions of ageing and the related tasks
Miklós SZÓCSKA Impact of eHealth solutions on the health care system and the shortage of health care workers
Pál Péter TÓTH The influence of migration – particularly moving to other countries – on personal life, human relations and relative welfare
Péter TÖRÖK New religious, youth, and self-help community movements
Szabolcs TÖRÖK Social and mental health aspects of preventive approach to health protection.


The English website of the PhD School of the University can be accessed here: http://phd.semmelweis.hu/en/