Department "Dental Public Health"


The department teaches 3 disciplines:

  • Social medicine and medical ethics (IV semester) - 45 hours, of which 15 lecturing and 30 seminar hours. The lecture: exercise ratio is 1: 2.
  • Dental public health (V and VI semesters) -105 hours, of which 45 lecturing and 60 seminar hours, respectively. The lecture: exercise ratio in the two semesters is 2: 2 and 1: 2, respectively.
  • Medical psychology (III semester) - 30 hours, of which 15 lecturing and 15 seminar hours. The lecture: exercise ratio is 1: 1.


The training in all three disciplines ends with semester exams during the exam sessions. The exam consists of two parts - written and oral.
As part of the entire dental training course, the program is constructed under the major objectives of the training - developing dental professionals who can apply the acquired knowledge and skills to successfully solve clinical cases in a real social environment.

Learning objectives:

As future dental specialists, students should be able:
1. to make clinical decisions based on the understanding of the bio-psycho-social structure of the individual;
2. to consider professional and ethical responsibility for their patient and the community;
3. to communicate and to take informed consent from patients and other healthcare professionals in the promotion of dental health, prevention, and treatment of dental diseases;
4. to know the ethical and legal basis of dental healthcare;
5. to know the structure and functions of healthcare and dental care;
6. to be able to measure and evaluate the oral status of the population, the tendencies and factors that determine it, and the ways to deal with it;
7. to know the principles of dental ergonomics and be able to apply them in their future practice;
8. to have knowledge and skills in dealing with cross-infection in the dental practice;
9. to master the role of a dental team leader;
10. to have a sufficient and appropriate ethical and scientific basis for continuing education and professional development;
11. to acquire knowledge about the peculiarities of the patient's psychology and behavior during illness, which will contribute to a better understanding of the patient and a suitable approach in the organization and delivery of dental care.

Main thematic areas:


  • The theory of social medicine - subject, tasks, and methods; health categories; the cognitive value of public health assessment indicators;
  • Medical Ethics;
  • Borderline disciplines - medical sociology, medical statistics, epidemiology;
  • Dental health - indicators and criteria;
  • The theoretical psychological training will allow future dental specialists to develop their sociopsychological competencies for patient-physician communication, teamwork, and dental care.


  • Includes health policy, health education and health promotion, organization, planning and management of a dental practice, dental ergonomics and prevention of health risks, health legislation.

The Department of Dental Public Health is also a center for postgraduate education in the field of Social Medicine and Dental Public Health. The training period is 3 years.