The Center for Public Health is comprised of six departments.
Environmental health concentrates on the chemical, physical, psycho-social and social influences of the environment and their damaging or beneficial effects on humans. It deals with the investigation, prevention and early detection of environmental health risks and the environment-related aspects of health promotion.
The goals of the Department of Epidemiology are to provide the highest quality education in epidemiology and train the next generation of epidemiologists, use epidemiological methods to investigate the etiology of diseases in human populations, translate epidemiologic research findings into clinical medicine, and develop approaches for applying the findings of epidemiologic research in the formulation of public policy.
The field of general practice and family medicine is the most important medical discipline of primary health care. It covers the entire sphere of human life, the detection of illness, the treatment of patients, and the promotion of health for everyone, regardless of demographics and type of health disorder.
Health economics is an area of research which applies economic theories, models and empirical methods to the quantitative and qualitative analysis of decision-making processes in individuals, health-service providers and political stakeholders in relation to health and health care.
Medical psychology is concerned with the fundamentals and application of psychological and sociological insights in medicine, with a focus on those conditions which can promote, maintain and restore health. Teaching and learning communicative skills in medicine is one of the core competencies of the department.
Social and preventive medicine is concerned with the interaction of social conditions, heath and disease, and is also a theoretical basis for and about health policy.