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Course director

Dr. János GIRÁN (janos.giran@gmail.com), assistant professor

Department of Public Health Medicine

Subject data

Code of subject: OXFHSO-z-T  |  1 credit  |  Dentistry |  Optional module  |  autumn

Prerequisites: -

Number of hours/semester

12 lectures + 0 practices + 0 seminars = total of 12 hours

Course headcount limitations

min. 5 – max. 25 person

Available as Campus course for 2 student(s). Campus-faculties: ÁOK GYTK


The majority of common life phenomena and processes closely connected to health. The core objective of our course is to offer students a special overview of health in a selected variety of social contexts and perspectives. We will examine how social, cultural, religious, economic and other forces, impacts and requirements influence health. Our course readings and discussions will help us reveal some hidden aspects of health-related actions or highlight some health aspects of everyday life. This course is built around lectures, including guest lecture, class discussion, and debates.


  • 1. Health norms and social norms (from tribal health concepts to contemporary health ideas) - Dr. Girán János
  • 2. Religion prescriptions and regulations and Health - Dr. Girán János
  • 3. Political ideologies and Health - Dr. Girán János
  • 4. Health-related actions of different political regimes - Dr. Girán János
  • 5. Economy and Health - Dr. Girán János
  • 6. Life expectancy and economic growth - Dr. Girán János
  • 7. Conflict and violence and Health - Dr. Girán János
  • 8. Consumer society and Health - Dr. Girán János
  • 9. Costs of being unhealthy - Dr. Girán János
  • 10. Urban environment and Health - Dr. Girán János
  • 11. Potential health impacts of accelerated urbanisation - Dr. Girán János
  • 12. Summary - Dr. Girán János



Reading material

Obligatory literature

Literature developed by the Department


Recommended literature

Sargem, J.D. et al (2001) Effect of seeing tobacco use in films on trying smoking among adolescents: cross sectional study. BMJ 15; 323(7326): 1394.
Jeffrey, S. et al (1987) Is There a Religious Factor in Health? Journal of Religion and Health, Vol. 26, No. 1
Subramanian, S. et al (2009) Association between political ideology and health in Europe. EJPH, Vol. 19, No. 5, 455–457
Suhrcke, M. et al (2006) The contribution of health to the economy in the European Union. Public Health 120, 994–1001
Brown, V.J. et al (2004) Global Conflicts and Environmental Health. Environmental Health Perspectives 112 (17): A994–A1003.
Temples, T. Verweij, M. Blok, V. (2017) Big Food’s Ambivalence: Seeking Profit and Responsibility for Health. AJ of Public Health 107 (3): 402–406.
Srinivasan, S. et al (2003) Creating Healthy Communities, Healthy Homes, Healthy People: Initiating a Research Agenda on the Built Environment and Public Health. AJ of Public Health 93 (9): 1446–1450

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Maximum of 15 % absence allowed

Mid-term exams

Students are required to write one of three essay assignments offered during the term. The paper should be approximately 5 pages in length (Arial; 12 pt; 1.5 spaced). Submit papers in hard copy as well as electronically, via email.

Making up for missed classes

No make up classes

Exam topics/questions

Written test


Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars