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Controversial Effects of Media on Epidemiology of Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases

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Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2020-2021

Course director

Dr. Katalin SZENDI (szkata82@yahoo.co.uk), assistant professor

Department of Public Health Medicine

Subject data

Code of subject: OSF-MEH-T  |  2 credit  |  Dentistry |  Optional module  |  both semesters

Prerequisites: -

Number of hours/semester

24 lectures + 0 practices + 0 seminars = total of 24 hours

Course headcount limitations

min. 1 – max. 30 person

Available as Campus course for 30 student(s). Campus-faculties: ÁJK BTK ETK KTK TTK


The main objective of this course is to explore and show the effect of different kinds of media on the most important and most frequent diseases and causes of death.
Health behaviour of the population is one of the major health determinants. Understanding its influencing effects and learning ways of application can help medical and dentistry students in patient care in the future. Media has a major role in particular of primary and secondary prevention. In addition to traditional media social media becomes more pronounced which may turn into a very effective way of prevention possessing the adequate knowledge.


  • 1. History of media, types of media - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 2. Health behaviour and its most important influencing factors - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 3. Health behaviour in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 4. Short and long term effects of health education and health promotion on health behaviour - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 5. Mass communication in the ancient world and in the middle ages - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 6. Role of the church and religions in idea of health - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 7. Role of media in social integration - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 8. Media and causes of violent death - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 9. Hygiene in media - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 10. Role of media in the spread and prevention of infectious diseases - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 11. Change of body image and ideal body shape from historical era to nowadays - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 12. Role of media in sexual behaviour - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 13. Effects of media on ideal family models - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 14. Physical activity and media - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 15. Effects of media on diet quality - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 16. Age-specific projections of idea of health by mass communication - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 17. Communication of environmental hazards - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 18. Mental health in mass communication - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 19. Addictions in media - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 20. Subliminal messages - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 21. Media as an addiction - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 22. Health messages in social media - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 23. Medical doctors in media - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 24. Role of media in medical doctors' judgement - Dr. Berényi Károly



Reading material

Obligatory literature

Literature developed by the Department

Educational material uploaded on Neptun.


Recommended literature

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Maximum of 15 % absence allowed

Mid-term exams

At the end of the semester online test on Neptun.

Making up for missed classes

Oral report from the missed issue.

Exam topics/questions



Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars