Department of Preventive Medicine

Staff Education Scientific Research
& Expert Activities


Head: János Sándor Associate professor

Short description

The Department of Preventive Medicine is one of the oldest departments of the University of Debrecen, successor of the Department of Public Health and Hygiene of the Debrecen University of Medicine, which started its operation in 1921 within the framework of the medical training shaping in those times in Debrecen.

Educational and research activities of the department are carried out partially within its units, partially at departmental level: coordinating the undergraduate training programmes of the Faculty of Public Health (BSc and MSc trainings), as well as coordinating study units in preventive medicine and public health and in environmental health at several training programmes of various faculties of the University of Debrecen. The Department coordinates the medical specialist's training in preventive medicine and public health and the postgraduate training programmes within the framework of its School of Public Health.

Beyond the scientific activities of its units, research activities are carried out in the Department in the field of genetic epidemiology, genotoxicology, and environmental health.

WHO Collaborating Centre on Vulnerability and Health

In 2012 WHO has designated the Department of Preventive Medicine in the Faculty of Public Health, at the University of Debrecen, Hungary, as a WHO Collaborating Centre on Vulnerability and Health ( The University of Debrecen is the second WHO collaborating centre in Hungary. The Centre promote awareness, political commitment and action on the adverse social conditions (including poverty and social exclusion) that make certain groups (such as Roma and other ethnic minorities) vulnerable to ill health. This work is central to Health 2020, the new European health policy currently being developed.

The WHO’s work with the collaborating centre include

  • developing equitable and comparable research on Roma health;
  • collecting evidence and disseminating information related to vulnerable groups; and
  • developing materials and organizing events for policy-makers to build capacity in inclusive research methods and knowledge of existing research on Roma health, including the impact of housing policies.

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Departments of the Faculty


  • Address: 26 Kassai Street, Debrecen, Hungary
  • Postal address: H-4012 Debrecen, POB. 2., Hungary
  • Phone: +36 52 512 768
  • Fax: + 36 52 512 769
  • GPS coordinates
    • Latitude: 47.544062, 21° 38' 25" E
    • Longitude: 21.64283, 47° 32' 33" N

The Department can be reached

  • From the Debrecen Railway Station: take trolley-bus No 2 (getting off at Zákány Street)
  • From the city centre: take bus No 11 or 24, or trolley-bus No 3 (getting off at Zákány Street)

Updated: 2018.04.12.

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