Public Health, BSc

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Qualification: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Public Health
Entry requirements: secondary school certificate or senior high school diploma
Course length: 8 semesters (On the basis of individual study the course can be completed in 7 semesters)
Credits: 240 credits

The aim of the program

The aim of the BSc course in Public Health is to train specialists who are capable of identifying and evaluating public health problems,
planning and implementing evidence-based interventions to solve them.

What will you be studying

1st and 2nd semesters
Chemistry, Ecology, Basics of informatics, Psychology, Communication, Bioethics, First aid training, Medical Latin, Clinical propedeutics, Sociology, Introduction to public health, Cell Biology, Basic anatomy, Biostatistics, Environmental health, Genetics and molecular biology, Basics of pedagogy, Health sociology, Optional subjects, Elective subjects

3rd and 4th semesters
Introduction to law I., Health (& Library) informatics I., Biochemistry I., Physiology, Health psychology, Basic microbiology I., Public health medicine I., Basic epidemiology, Introduction to law II., Health (& Library) informatics II., Biochemistry II., Basic microbiology II., Public health medicine II., Advanced epidemiology I., Optional subjects, Elective subjects

5th and 6th semesters
Pharmacology, Basics in health promotion and policy, Immunology, Public health medicine III., Advanced epidemiology II., Occupational health, Health care law I., Health care law II., Public health medicine IV., Field and laboratory practice I., Public health related questions of the young, Basics of quality assurance, Optional subjects, Elective subjects

7th and 8th semesters
Health promotion, Nutritional health and food safety, Health care law III., Field and laboratory practice II., Health management, Health care law IV., Field and laboratory practice III., Optional subjects, Elective subjects, Thesis

Postgraduate opportunities

The University of Debrecen offers a lot of internationally competitive master courses among them the Master in Public Health course in English.
By the year of 2010 a new MSc course in Rehabilitation will be launched also for English-speaking students.


Public Health is a rapidly expanding field worldwide. The degree will open up a range of career opportunities throughout the world. It therefore
provides a base from which to proceed to a career in a wide range of health-related occupations or research.

Career opportunities

  • health services, employment in research, surveillance, health promotion and/or enviromental health among other areas
  • public health and related agencies such as cancer registries, food safety authorities, disease screening programmes
  • community development
  • international aid agencies

the private sector with the pharmaceutical industry and management consultancies