Doctoral programme

SOCIAL AND SPIRITUAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

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Doctoral study is based on an interdisciplinary approach to the issues of health and illness. It reflects a holistic view and utilises a bio-psycho-socio-spiritual model of health. This allows certain phenomena and relationships to be explained that cannot be explained within individual specialisations. So we offer a unique subject that so far has not existed in the Czech Republic.

The programme will have a flexible method of study that allows the widest use of the student’s talent. Emphasis will be placed on the tutoring role of the thesis supervisor. Students will have an opportunity to participate in the existing OUSHI research studies, which have an international reach. For example:

  • DIPEx. Currently ongoing collection of quality data in two areas: active ageing and palliative care. Research into spirituality is being prepared. In the future, there is also a possibility of the collection of qualitative data in other areas. More information about the DIPEx research study can be found HERE.
  • HBSC. Currently, the 2014 collection has been completed. The research was conducted among approximately 14,500 students at 243 schools in all the regions of the Czech Republic. More information about the HBSC research study can be found HERE.
  • Health literacy (HLQ). At present, the collection of representative quantitative data from 1,000 respondents in the Czech Republic is being carried out.
  • Spirituality. At present, the collection of representative quantitative data from 1800 adult respondents and 6000 adolescents is being carried out. A qualitative research study and a module within the DIPEx methodology are being prepared.
  • Seniors. At present, the collection of quantitative as well as qualitative data from approximately 600 seniors in the Czech Republic, Germany, Cameroon, and Hong Kong is being carried out.
  • Relational bond. At present, the collection of representative quantitative data from 1000 respondents is being carried out.
  • Traumatisation in childhood. At present, the collection of representative quantitative data from 1000 respondents is being carried out.
  • Targeted intervention and inclusion of children with emotional or behavioural disorders (EBD). At present, we are preparing the collection of data for longitudinal research on the trajectory of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems in the system of preventive health and social care, in close cooperation with experts from the fields of psychiatry, psychology, and social work. The goals of the research are a subsequent targeted intervention and searching for a solution to the issue of inclusion.