History of the Faculty
The first faculty of Public Health in Hungary was established by the decision of the Hungarian Government on 1st December 2005, by the unification of the School of Public Health, the Department of Preventive Medicine, the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Behavioural Sciences of the University of Debrecen.
Becoming an independent faculty of the University of Debrecen (presently uniting 15 different faculties) was preceded by a 10-year period of development. Establishment and launching of 5 different postgraduate and one graduate training programmes as well as the establishment of a doctoral programme were carried out by the teaching staff of the faculty with the effective support of the University of Debrecen and its Medical and Health Science Centre. As a result of these efforts the Faculty became a unique, internationally recognised and competitive training centre in Hungary. According to the Bologna process the Faculty has established and from 2006 and 2007 launched its bachelor and master training programmes in the field of public health and health sciences. With its 2 bachelor, 4 master training programmes and 6 postgraduate courses, the Faculty of Public Health offers a rich variety of learning experience at present. There are two doctoral programmes available since 2009.
Close cooperation with several faculties of the University of Debrecen guided the process of becoming a faculty, and the Faculty also became an internationally recognised workshop of public health research.
Organisational structure
Within the University of Debrecen:
The Faculty of Public Health:
  • Faculty of Public Health
  • Department of Preventive Medicine
    • Division of Biomarker Analysis
    • Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
    • Division of Health Promotion
    • Division of Public Health Medicine
  • Department of Family and Occupational Medicine
  • Department of Behavioural Sciences
    • Division of Clinical and Health Psychology
    • Division of Humanities for Health Care
  • Department of Hospital Hygiene and Infection Control
  • Department of Physiotherapy
  • Department of Health Management and Quality Assurance
  • School of Public Health (as postgraduate training center)
  • Mission of the Faculty
The mission of the Faculty of Public Health of the University of Debrecen as the centre of public health education in Hungary is to improve health of the population by developing and maintaining high- and internationally recognised quality training programmes, complying with the training needs of the public health and health care institutions, both at the graduate and postgraduate level; pursuing excellence in research; providing consultancy as well as developing and investing in our staff. The Faculty of Public Health organises and carries out its training activities by the professional guidelines of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region.