Section of Public health and Manual treatment

Section of Public Health and Manual Therapy is committed to contribute to society and science by conducting research and by educating individuals who are focused on the goal of protecting and improving people’s health and are equipped to use and develop science and technology competently.

The section has four programs: bachelor and post graduate programs in osteopathy, bachelor of acupuncture, bachelor of lifestyle change and public health, and master of applied public health. Osteopathy and acupuncture programs provide education to detect, to treat and to prevent health problems of individuals by, for example, lowering the pain, increasing the mobility of joints, relieving muscle tension, enhancing the blood supply to tissues, and helping the body to heal. Public health is the science of increasing the health and safety of communities through education, policy making and research and practice for disease.

Applied Public Health (AnFo), AcuBreast, and Chronic Pain and Research Methods (CPRM) are the major research groups of the section. AnFo undertakes public health research to improve population health and health inequalities. ACUBreast focuses on improving knowledge of acupuncture research and particularly in the treatment of cancer related side-effects such as fatigue in breast cancer survivors. CPRM focuses on improving knowledge on persistent pain (musculoskeletal pain in particular) and innovating new methods to improve research design, outcome measurement, analysis

All programs in the section provide students with the opportunity to complete an internship or practicum to gain hands-on experience in the field, offer courses both on campus and online, and prepare students for graduate study in the health sciences. Graduates of the programs are also prepared for professional level positions in a variety of settings including government, hospitals, social service organizations, and human service.

Section leader and prodekan for research and internationalization Adnan Kisa.

Research projects

  • After the age of 60 many elderly people experience increasing health problems and have an increased need for social and health care services. Slovakia will experience an aging population and the aim of this study was to assess their future needs and analyze access to social and health care services in Slovakia. Our data showed a severe capacity challenge at various public retirement homes; additionally, the national and municipal services are not fully integrated. Furthermore, we detected tha...

  • Many persons with dementia live at home and rely on informal caregivers to provide care. As the progressive illness as dementia, persons with dementia become increasingly dependent, placing more physical, emotional and social demends on informal caregivers. Based on an examination of the relevant national plans/strategies for dementia, this article presents a survey of health promotion intervetions as well as psychosocial support used in the dementia field in Europe. Our results show that...