Public Health Care (full-time study)

The modern concept of the PhD in Biomedical and Public Health Sciences (Public Health), which is based on a combination of research and supervised education, was developed in the nineteenth century and has since spread to most of the world. In Europe, doctoral studies represent the link between European higher education and research. According to the Bologna Process, PhD programmes form the 'third cycle' of higher education, following on from the Bachelor's and Master's degrees. However, a fundamental component of the third cycle is the pursuit of advancing learning through original research, which makes the third cycle unique and distinct from the first and second cycles. PhD students (also referred to as doctoral students) are therefore the backbone of contemporary scientific research, as a source of future scientists and the basis for providing the necessary skills for the development of a knowledge-based society. Details can be found, among others, in ORPHEUS/AMSE (2016). Best Practices for PhD Training. Salata 11, Zagreb, Croatia, Organisation for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System, Medical School Zagreb University: 16; Available from: .

Prospects of graduates

A PhD graduate in public health can choose to pursue a career in one of three areas: science and research, teaching and practice. A combination of two or three of these is not excluded.

From the scientific areas, it is mainly applied research, where the doctoral student gains further experience and skills by participating in European or domestic research and development teams. Universities are a frequent employer, but gradually research is also being carried out in healthcare institutions or organisations that provide health-related services. A number of our PhD students have found interesting work in hospitals and are working on, for example, the quality of healthcare. Many have been employed in occupational health organisations, health insurance companies or pharmaceutical companies. We would like to see the National Public Health Service provide more impetus for research, which would certainly attract more PhD graduates.

There are also ample opportunities in academia for employment as an assistant professor focusing on some component of public health. Also, our faculty expands and maintains the teaching team by selecting from the best graduates.

In practice, government departments in health or health-related fields often employ our graduates. This is also due to innovative leadership programs and integration with professionals that help our students obtain key leadership positions nationally and internationally.

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Conditions of admission

The basic condition for admission to the doctoral study programme in the full-time and part-time form of study (completed by obtaining the degree "PhD.") is the completion of the second cycle of higher education studies. A candidate for doctoral studies is able to demonstrate knowledge and abilities at the level of graduation from the Master's degree study programmes in Public Health, Laboratory Investigation Methods in Health Care (Mgr.), as well as graduate of related fields of study (MUDr., PhDr.).

An applicant who has completed his/her studies of the 2nd level of higher education abroad must submiť a decision on the equivalence of the achieved education.

An admission procedure is another admission requirement to ensure that applicants with the necessary abilities and aptitudes are admitted to study. Applicants must submit:

  1. the results of the entrance examination will be published on the faculty's website,
  2. applicants who demonstrate the highest level of ability to study, i.e. achieve the highest number of points, will be admitted to the course.
  3. An applicant who has completed higher education studies abroad shall submit nostrified documents of education in accordance with Act No. 422/2015 Coll. on the Recognition of Documents of Education and on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications and on Amendments and Additions to Certain Acts.

Conditions for international students

Graduates of foreign universities with adequate scope and content of studies who submit proof of equivalence of education in the relevant or related field may also apply for admission. If the applicant has completed his/her higher education studies abroad, the procedure shall be in accordance with Act No. 422/2015 Coll. on the Recognition of Educational Proofs and the Recognition of Professional Qualifications and on Amendments and Supplements to Certain Acts and the Procedures for the Recognition of Studies and Documents of the University of Trnava in Trnava.

The applicant shall be admitted to the University of Trnava.

Conditions for admission of foreigners, foreign students or students who have completed secondary school studies abroad are the same as the conditions for admission of students who have completed secondary school studies in the Slovak Republic and are citizens of the Slovak Republic.

Proof of equivalence of education shall be provided by the applicant no later than on the day of the entrance examination.

Coordinator for students with specific needs

Doc. PhDr. Nadežda Kovalčíková, PhD.

Form of entrance exam

The entrance examination is held before a selection committee, which ascertains the readiness of the applicant for the doctoral study programme.

The admission procedure consists of :

a) - written test - foreign language examination - the selected foreign language shall be indicated by the applicant in the application form (max 60 points)

b) - oral interview focused on the knowledge that is a prerequisite for successful entry to doctoral studies, while the topics and topics of questions of the oral interview in individual disciplines are published on the faculty's website - (max 60 points)

c) presentation and discussion of the project on the topic of the dissertation - the applicant presents his/her own project on the topic of the dissertation to the committee, which was submitted with the application - the specified scope of the project is from 2000 to 3500 words - the committee evaluates the quality of the developed project, the feasibility of the project, the choice of the research strategy, the presentation of the applicant's scientific research plan, the applicant's response to the questions and suggestions of the committee. The dissertation project should be consulted with the supervisor or a specialist supervisor in advance.

- - other documented prerequisites of scientific activity - e.g. participation in the School of Science and Technology, obtained awards for studies, own publishing activity of the applicant, etc.

(max 30 points)

The maximum possible number of points obtained for the admission procedure is 300 points

Dissertation Topics:

  • Apply the application for study


  • Performance of the entrance exam

    10.06.2024 - 04.07.2024

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Anticipated number of applicants to be accepted

  • CV (paper form)
  • overená fotokópia diplomu 2. stupňa v príslušnom alebo príbuznom odbore (paper form)
  • zoznam výsledkov doterajšej odbornej činnosti (paper form)
  • zoznam publikovaných a nepublikovaných prác, vrátane odborných posudkov na tieto práce, ak boli vyhotovené (paper form)
  • projekt k téme dizertačnej práce (paper form)
  • doklad o zaplatení administratívneho poplatku za prijímacie konanie (paper form)
  • prehlásenie z akého jazyka bude uchádzač robiť jazykovú skúšku (paper form)

Annual tuition fees
Standard length of study: cost free
Study longer than the standard length of study program, parallel studies: 950 €

The fee for admission procedure
application form: 40 €
E-application form: 40 €

Billing information

Invoicing details: Bank:State Treasury | Account:7000241201/8180

IBAN: SK85 8180 0000 0070 0024 1201

Variable Symbol: generated VS for payment to bidder = bidder's personal number without R generated

through the electronic application form, or without the symbol if the applicant sends the application form by post only

Specific symbol: 30002 | Additional information: Surname and forename

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Detail of the study program

The first three years of your studies could be funded by a scholarship of up to €9,000. More information

Detail of the study program


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