Public Health Care (full-time study)

The modern concept of doctoral studies in biomedical sciences and public health sciences based on the combination of research and education under supervision developed in the nineteenth century and since then has spread throughout the world. In Europe, the doctoral study represents a connection between the European areas of higher- education and research. According to the Bologna Process, the PhD study programmes form “a third cycle” of university education, which builds on the bachelor´s and master´s degree. However, the main aim of the third cycle is an effort to make progress in learning through the original research, and that makes the third cycle special and different from the first and second cycle. Therefore, PhD students (also called postgraduate students) are support for the current scientific research as the source of future scientists and the basics of providing necessary skills for the development of knowledge society. More detailed information is available in a publication called 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; Dostupné na:

Prospects of graduates
  • PhD study in the field of Public Health Care provides for participants competences, which allow them to become qualified research workers. They become researchers capable of performing responsible and independent research in the broad sphere of health sciences about public health according to the principles of right research practice. Finishing the PhD study is also useful for those who work outside the academic or biomedical research and use in their work the competencies gained during the PhD study. For example, they can solve the complex issues with critical analysis and evaluation and have the competence of appropriate transfer of new technologies and synthesis of new ideas.
  • Graduates who defended their diploma thesis prove the systematic comprehension of public health components and the acquisition of research skills and methods related to this field of study. It requires them to show the ability to design, project, implement and adapt a substantial process of the original research to the scientific integrity at such a level, that deserves an international published original report (article/articles in the peer-reviewed journals, and at international conferences). The PhD students are encouraged to both oral and written communication about their professional knowledge with their peers, the broader scientific community and with the society. Among other competencies belongs the leadership, the ability to supervise other´s work, project management and the ability to teach. The PhD qualification is the 8th level of the European Qualifications Framework.
  • PhD study graduate in the field of Public Health Care can find employment in one of these three areas: science and research, teaching or practice. A combination of two or three of them is possible.
  • In science, it is especially the applied research, in which the PhD student gain another experience and skills when participating in the research teams of European or Slovak research and development. Often is the employer university, but more and more is the research done in health care facilities or organizations, which provide services related to health. Several of our PhD graduates found an attractive job in hospitals and deal with the quality of medical care. Many of them got employed in organizations of workplace health and safety, in health insurance or pharmaceutical companies. We would be pleased if the public service could provide more impulses for research and that would attract more PhD study graduates.
  • There are many employment opportunities for PhD graduates in the academic sphere as well. For example, they can work as an assistant professor focusing on some area of public health. Our faculty also expands the team of teachers and chooses from our best graduates.
  • The state administration also often employs our graduates in the sphere of health care or spheres related to health. The reasons for it are also innovative programmes of leadership and integration with professionals, which helps our students to gain key-leading positions at both domestic and international level.

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Conditions of admission

Applicants for the PhD studies have to be graduates of the second degree of higher education of the Public Health Care or graduates of related fields of study. Before the admissions for doctoral studies, the faculty will announce the list of topics of the dissertation theses. The applicants for the PhD study have to choose one of these topics and sign in. For each of these announced topics is given a supervisor, who is employed for full-time at the faculty and approved by the Academic Council of Faculty of Health Care and Social Work. In agreement with the relevant department guarantors, the faculty may also accept a topic proposed by the applicant. The condition for admission to the study is the submission of the application in the given deadline. The applicant encloses to the application form also:


  • Curriculum Vitae,
  • a certified copy of documents on completion of the second-degree study programme in the relevant field of study (“Mgr.”),
  • a certified copy of the document granting an academic degree “Doctor” in the related fields of study (MUDr., PhDr., PaedDr., ThDr.), if he/she has been given such a degree,
  • a list of the results of previous professional activity,
  • a list of the published and unpublished works, including expert opinions on these works, if there are any,
  • project on the dissertation thesis topic,
  • evidence of the administrative fee payment for the admissions (40 €)
  • a statement in which language will the applicant perform the linguistic examination.

  In the case of the applicant´s absence, the administration fee for the admission procedure will not be refunded.

Conditions for international students

Graduates from foreign universities may also apply for admissions, but they have to have adequate scope and content of the study and recognized certificates. If the applicant has completed his/her university studies abroad, then we act according to the Act. No. 422/2015 Coll. on recognition of documents on education and on recognition of professional qualifications and on changing and amending certain laws and following the procedures for study and documents recognition of Trnava University in Trnava.

Coordinator for students with specific needs

Doc. PhDr. Nadežda Kovalčíková, PhD.

General information on the admission exam

The entrance examination is carried out in the presence of a selection board, which determine the preparedness of an applicant for the PhD study programme. The entrance examination consists of the following parts:

1. Written exam in a foreign language

  • the applicant indicates the chosen foreign language in his study application and according to the test results can the committee subsequently exercise the right to request the applicant as a part of presentation and discussion about the project and the dissertation thesis topic in that language
  • for this part of entrance examination can the applicant earn a maximum of 60 points


2. An oral interview focusing on knowledge in the field 

  • in the interview is our aim to find out the applicant´s requirements for the successful entry into the PhD study, while the interview´s topics and set of questions are available on the faculty´s website -
  • for this part of entrance examination can the applicant get a maximum of 60 points


3. Presentation and discussion on the project and the dissertation topic

  • the applicant presents his project to the dissertation topic in the presence of the committee, which was submitted with the application, while the set scope of the project is from 2000 to 3500 words
  • the committee assesses the quality of the finished project, feasibility of the project, choice of the research strategy, presentation of the scientific and research intent of the applicant, reactions of the applicant to questions and suggestions of the committee
  • for this part of the entrance examination can the applicant get a maximum of 150 points


It is necessary to consult the dissertation project with the supervisor, or with the supervisor specialist, in advance. The list of supervisors and supervisors specialists approved by the Research Board of the Faculty of Health Care and Social Work of Trnava University in Trnava is available on the faculty´s website -


4. Other documented evidence of scientific activities

  • participation in the ŠVOČ (Students Scientific and Specialized Activity), achieved awards for studies, own publication activity etc.
  • for this part of the entrance examination can the applicant earn a maximum of 30 points


The maximum possible number of points that an applicant can earn for the admissions is 300. The placing of applicants determines the committee at a non-public meeting. The admissions results will be published by the faculty on its website. The applicants will be informed in written form. 

Form of entrance exam

Prijímacia skúška sa koná pred výberovou komisiou, ktorá zisťuje pripravenosť
uchádzača pre doktorandský študijný program. Prijímacia skúška sa skladá z
nasledovných súčastí v poradí:
a) písomný test - skúška z cudzieho jazyka – vybraný cudzí jazyk uvedie uchádzač v prihláške na štúdium, pričom podľa výsledkov testu si komisia môže následne uplatniť právo na vedenie pohovoru v rámci prezentácie a diskusie k projektu, k téme dizertačnej práce v danom jazyku. Maximálny počet bodov je 60.
b) ústny pohovor zameraný na vedomosti, ktoré sú predpokladom pre úspešný vstup do doktorandského štúdia, pričom témy a okruhy otázok ústneho pohovoru v jednotlivých odboroch sú zverejnené na webe fakulty -ázok-na-prijímacie-pohovory za túto oblasť môže uchádzač získať maximálne 60 bodov
c) prezentácia a diskusia k projektu k téme dizertačnej práce – uchádzač pred
komisiou prezentuje vlastný projekt k téme dizertačnej práce, ktorý predložil spolu s prihláškou – stanovený rozsah projektu je od 2000 do 3500 slov – komisia hodnotí kvalitu vypracovaného projektu, realizovateľnosť projektu, voľbu výskumnej stratégie, prezentáciu vedecko-výskumného zámeru uchádzača, reakcie uchádzača na otázky a podnety komisie
→ za túto oblasť môže uchádzač získať maximálne 150 bodov

Témy dizertačnej práce:

  • Apply the application for study


  • Performance of the entrance exam

    05.06.2023 - 30.06.2023

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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

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Detail of the study program

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Detail of the study program


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