VSSL051p Social Medicine - lecture

Faculty of Medicine
Autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
1/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Pavlína Kaňová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
MUDr. Kräuff Rainer Schwanhaeuser Wulff, MBA, Ph.D. et Ph.D., M.A. (lecturer)
Mgr. Bc. Michal Koščík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Bc. Tomáš Pruša (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Pavlína Kaňová, Ph.D.
Department of Public Health - Theoretical Departments - Faculty of Medicine
Contact Person: Mgr. Pavlína Kaňová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Public Health - Theoretical Departments - Faculty of Medicine
( VSLT0221s Bas. Med. Terminol. II -s || VSLT011s Bas. Med. Terminology -l ) && VSET021 Medical Ethics I && VSPP3X1 Nursing && ZC041 Handling chemical substances

Prerequisites according to the MU study and examination regulations.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives

By the end of this course student should be able to: describe the content, mission, basic theories and methods of social medicine; use epidemiologic methods for assessing the health status of defined population; apply theoretical and methodological knowledge in health situation analysis; assess health risks and propose suitable measures to improve the health of the population; understand the basis of statistical and systemic thinking in medicine, the basis of methods of critical appraisal of population studies results and consequent organizational measures.

  • 1. Community medicine in a historical perspective.
  • 2. History of community medicine. Community medicine in Central Europe. Methodological, educational, moral, organizational and integrative role of social medicine.
  • 3. Basis of demography.
  • 4. Information systems.
  • 5. Types of healthcare systems. Social and health policy.
  • 6. WHO. Health 2020.
  • 7. Economical aspect of healthcare.
  • 8. Healthcare management.
  • 9. Ethics and healthcare.
  • 10. Law and healthcare.
  • 11. Health care planning and evaluation.
  • 12. Healthcare system research.
  • 13. Current issues in health policy.
    required literature
  • HOLČÍK, Jan, Adolf ŽÁČEK and Ilona KOUPILOVÁ. Sociální lékařství. 3. nezměn. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2006. 137 s. ISBN 9788087192153. info
  • GERYLOVOVÁ, Anna and Jan HOLČÍK. Úvod do základů statistiky : text pro semináře. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2011. 50 s. ISBN 9788021056619. info
  • HOLČÍK, Jan. Systém péče o zdraví a zdravotní gramotnost : k teoretickým základům cesty ke zdraví. 1. vydání. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2010. 293 stran. ISBN 9788073921293. info
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    recommended literature
  • Bonita R, Beaglehole R, Kjellström: Basic epidemiology. 2nd edition. Geneva - Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2006. 212 pages. ISBN 978-92-4-154707-9.
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  • 1. Bonita R, Beaglehole R, Kjellström: Basic epidemiology. 2nd edition. Geneva - Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2006. pp 1-69, 83-114, 133-183.
  • 2. Stone DB, Armstrong WR, Macrina DM, Pankau JW: Introduction to epidemiology. Dubuque, IA - USA: Brown & Benchmark Publishers; 1996. pp 63-115.
  • 3. Farmer R, Lawrenson R, Miller D: Epidemiology and public health medicine. 5th edition. Oxford - U.K.: Blackwell Publishing; 2004. pp 51-89.
  • 4. Varkey P: Mayo clinic preventive medicine and public health board review. Edited by Prathibha Varkey. New York - United States: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press - Oxford University Press; 2010. pp 33-58
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  • 1. Petrie A, Sabin C: Medical statistics at a glance. Oxford - U.K.: Blackwell Publishing; 2003.
  • 2. Nordess R: Epidemiology and biostatistics secrets. China: Mosby Elsevier; 2006.
Teaching methods


Reading and studying ALL REQUIRED LITERATURE.

For those who will have to write research projects and seminar papers during third, fourth and fifth year, it is strongly recommended to enrol the following courses:

 VSIL021 - Information literacy - (3 credits) - e-learning.
 VSKP041 - A course of working with information sources and tools (4 credits).
Assessment methods


1.   To sit for examination, it will be required to successfully complete the prerequisite subjects and to have obtained the subjectʼs credit - VSSL051c.

2.   Each student must register in the Information System (IS) in one of the offered examination terms. The examination has fixed examination terms / dates - (Only during the examination period, except the examination pre-term). No extra-terms will be given.

3.   Students registered to an examination term will fail the term if:
  a-) arrive late the examination day.
  b-) they are not present and previously did not cancel the term in the stipulated periods (see IS).

4.   In case of failure, EACH STUDENT CAN RETAKE THE EXAMINATION TWO MORE TIMES, only in given terms (according to Masaryk University study rules).

5.   In case of failure during the third term (second resit), the student must repeat the course in the following school year.

6.   All examination questions are based on ALL REQUIRED LITERATURE, seminars and lectures.

Written examination → 20 multiple choice question test, with only one correct answer - (to pass the test, it is required a minimum of 14 correct answers).


  A → 19-20 correct answers / points.
  B → 17-18 correct answers / points.
  C → 16 correct answers / points.
  D → 15 correct answers / points.
  E → 14 correct answers / points.
  F → 13,5 or less correct answers / points.

In order to omit / avoid guessing while answering the MCQ test / examination, the following system will be used:
  Correct answer = 1 point.
  No answer = 0 point.
  Wrong answer = -0,5 point.

  Test scoring will be according to the next formula:
  Final score = Number of correct answers - (Number of wrong answers / two).

  For example:
  15 correct answers (15 x 1 point = 15 points) - Passed.
  5 wrong answers (5 x -0,5 = -2,5 points).
  15 - 2,5 = 12,5. The final score of the test will be 12,5 answers / points.
  Final result = Failed.

  ** For that reason, only answer the question when you are sure of the answer.

*** This subject is part of the Public Health State Examination ***
  See VLZP11XX - Public Health State Examination.


1.   Any attempts of ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT, such as cheating or assisting someone else to cheat during the colloquium, will result in disciplinary actions, such as:
  a-) You will be required to hand over your examination paper and asked to leave the examination room. This means, you failed the examination (examination term), with the respective score F / 4, on your academic records in the information system.
  b-) Opening disciplinary proceedings.
  c-) Failing the subject / course.
  d-) Expulsion from university.

2.   During the colloquium, it is forbidden to use items such as:
  a-) Smart phones / Tablets.
  b-) Laptops.
  c-) To wear earphones or headphones (if not medical prescribed).
  d-) To talk.

*In such cases, disciplinary actions will be taken (See above numeral 1).
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2000, Autumn 2001, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016.
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