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Social and Spiritual Determinants of Health

This doctoral study programme is based on an interdisciplinary approach to health and disease problems. It takes a holistic view and uses a bio-psycho-socio-spiritual model of health. This will make it possible to explain some phenomena and contexts which cannot be explained within individual specializations. We thus offer a unique field that is not offered elsewhere in the Czech Republic.

Guarantor of the Study Programme: prof. Ing. Mgr. et Mgr. Peter Tavel

Scientific Supervisor: prof. Andrea Madarasova Geckova, PhD.

The programme has a flexible way of studying that will make the most of the student’s talent. Emphasis will be placed on the tutorial role of the supervisor. Students are offered the opportunity to participate in existing OUSHI research that has an international reach.

Research Topics

DIPEx. Qualitative health research. Areas where research is planned: oncological diseases (preferably prostate cancer, intestinal and rectal cancer), Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis, kidney disease (dialysis patients). More information about DIPEx is available HERE.

HBSC. International research study on adolescent lifestyles. The Czech Republic, together with 24 other countries, has been participating in regular data collection since 1995. The research sample consists of a representative sample of 11-, 13-, and 15-year-old schoolchildren. The last collection was carried out in 2018 among 13,377 pupils in all the regions of the Czech Republic. More information about the HBSC research can be found HERE.

Health literacy. Quantitative research on cognitive and social skills that determine individuals’ motivation and ability to access, understand, and use health information in a way that develops and maintains health. Part of the research is the validation of quantitative tools for measuring health literacy. More information can be found HERE.

Spirituality. Quantitative and qualitative research in the field of spirituality. The research includes validation of quantitative tools for measuring spirituality and qualitative research using the DIPEx methodology.

Seniors. Quantitative and qualitative research on social and spiritual determinants of health in seniors. It involves research on seniors in the Czech Republic and also a comparison of determinants in an intercultural context (Germany, Cameroon, and Hong Kong).

Attachement. Quantitative research on the influence of relationships on health and on building complex relationships in adulthood. Part of the research is the validation of quantitative tools for measuring relationships in adulthood. More information can be found HERE.

Traumatization in childhood. Quantitative research on the impact of childhood traumatization on health at a later age. Part of the research is the validation of quantitative tools to measure traumatization in childhood. More information can be found HERE.

Targeted intervention and inclusion of children with emotional or behavioural disorders (EBD). Quantitative and qualitative research into the life trajectory of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems. Their life path in the system of preventive, social, and health care is examined. Experts from the fields of psychiatry, psychology, and social work cooperate in the research. A longitudinal research study is currently being prepared. The aim of the research is the subsequent targeted intervention and solution of the issue of inclusion. More information can be found HERE.

Non-profit medicines. OUSHI’s mission is to assist in the search for non-profit medicines and to initiate a pilot project to monitor the positive side effects of generic medicines in particular and to fund their clinical trials. HERE

Inclusion of vulnerable groups.


Before submitting the application (deadline 31/05 2021), it is necessary to discuss your research interest.

Do not hesitate to contact Jana Cohlova ( for more information on the doctoral study programme; we recommend putting “PhD Study Programme” in the subject line of the email.