LF DHPMF Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
Name in Czech: Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
doctoral combined
Included in the programme: LF D-HYG_A Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology

Final state doctoral examination and defence of the doctoral thesis

Obtaining sufficient results and preparing the dissertation in the phase where these results can be presented.
Obtaining knowledge in the subject of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology, focusing on the topic of dissertation.
The student also demonstrates basic knowledge of statistical data processing and basic knowledge of scientific work.
The State Doctoral Exam consists of an Examining Board.
A necessary prerequisite for the submission of the final state doctoral examination application is the fulfilment of all the requirements determined by the doctoral board. At the latest, on the date of submitting the application, the student must submit the doctoral thesis statements (if they are determined by the decision of the doctoral board). The state doctoral examination will then proceed within one year after the submission of the application. Commonly, a part of the state doctoral examination is the discussion regarding the statements of the doctoral thesis, unless stated otherwise by the doctoral board or doctoral committee.
After the students complete all of the required courses from the first year of studies, their individual study plans are further designed to ensure they will focus on literary research and compose the theoretical segment of the doctoral thesis in the second year and also to ensure they are involved in pedagogical activities.
Furthermore, the individual plans are eventually allowing them to complete some of the elective courses and apply for the final state doctoral examination. In the third year of studies, the primary focus is the collection of data for the practical segment of the doctoral thesis and also the presentation of partial results at academic conferences. Simultaneously, the students are encouraged to become involved in pedagogical activities.
In the fourth year, the students are expected to focus on the publication of their results, for the reason that the acceptance of an article by academic journals, especially those with a measured impact factor, usually takes at least one year from its submission. They should also complete their doctoral thesis and, after their publications are accepted, apply for the admission to the defence of the doctoral thesis, and thus successfully finish their doctoral studies.
Doctoral studies are completed by writing the dissertation thesis and its defense. The following study and research duties must be fulfilled before defense of the dissertation.
The preparation of the dissertation includes especially participation in educational events, literature studies, preparation of an own project, work on an own project, data collection, sample processing, lecture presentation and clinical practice.
Partial results of the dissertation are presented in clinical seminars.
The standards of dissertation theses at LF MU are regulated by the Dean's Directive No. 5/2021 "Guidelines on the formal requirements of dissertation theses prepared at the MU Faculty of Medicine"

Requirements of the study

The basis of the doctoral studies at the Faculty of Medicine of the MU is the procedural pursuit of preparation of the doctoral thesis in close and regular interaction with the tutor and supplemented by the faculty-wide applicable terms for completing the postgraduate studies.
Before the defence of the doctoral thesis is performed, the following conditions need to be met:
- fulfil the requirements of the given individual study plan
- complete at least 4 courses of a common basis
- complete at least 4 subject-area courses (within the competence of the doctoral board)
- meet the publication activity requirements at least in the specified range (see below)
- undergo an internship abroad (with the duration of at least one month)
- present original data at an international conference
- submit the doctoral thesis
- pass the final state doctoral examination
- acquire the total amount of 240 credits over the course of studies (in case the MU study and examination regulations change, the credit system may be bypassed at the discretion of the doctoral board).
The participation in teaching can then only reach the maximum of 150 hours/4 years
The common courses encompass the stated fields of scientific knowledge and capabilities. They can be completed as a part of the organised courses at the MU (with cooperation with CEITEC, Faculty of Science, etc.).
Every doctoral student enrolled at LF MU after 1 September 2023 is required to take an online course FR_p2023 FRESHERS: Skills for Research Careers.
Completion of the course DSEBRa Ethics of Biomedical Research is highly recommended for all Ph.D. candidates of the Faculty of Medicine.
1. Scientific Information, medicine based on evidence
2. Ethical and legal aspects of research
3. Organisation of research projects and clinical trials
4. Data analysis (e.g. the Analysis of Clinical Data courses)
5. Publication, presentation and grant-related skills
6. Computer Network User

As a part of their academic preparations, the students not only receive clear information about the discipline (in lectures) but also up to date information (in courses) and information relevant to the topic of their doctoral thesis. This is why the exact forms of preparation differ:
For students who have never been a part of the Faculty of Medicine MU educational process, the lectures in Preventive Medicine and Infectious Disease Epidemiology are mandatory.
The same students will then also complete courses of academic preparations V and IV, their main focus being the current findings in the specific field. For the students who have already completed the studies at the Faculty of Medicine MU, the courses of academic preparation
I - V exist in the form of courses with information about recent developments.

Proposal of dissertation topics and topics of defended dissertations

Risk-based approaches to public health law

Heart rate variability in patients with ischemic heart disease during rehabilitation
Archiv: http://is.muni.cz/th/exjv6/

The role of prenatal cardiology in preventing fetal cardiac disease
Archiv: http://is.muni.cz/th/ftk6c/

Body image and eating habits in children
Archiv: http://is.muni.cz/th/v8qso/

Psychosocial needs and quality of life of healthy siblings of pediatric oncology patients
Archiv: http://is.muni.cz/th/rljwe/

Recommended progress through the study plan


The study plan does not contain any courses.