Social and Spiritual Determinants of Health is a four-year doctoral study programme taught in English that is primarily research-oriented and brings early stage researchers together to discuss, debate, and collaborate on current issues in global health, focusing on its social and spiritual factors through a bio-psycho-socio-spiritual model of health.
Each student prepares their own Individual Study Plan (ISP), including both the required elective subjects as well as research plan. The ISP is compiled with the assistance and under the supervision of their assigned tutor. The ISP gets updated throughout the programme and approved by the tutor and the academic board.
While working towards their independent research projects, the students may
take advantage of the curriculum being tailored to the needs of each and every one of them, emphasizing individual approach - each student is assigned a tutor, an expert in their respective field of study. The tutor guides the student through all the necessary aspects a postgraduate student should know.
Scientific disciplines/subjects you can look forward to
Quantitative and qualitative research methods
Scientific communication and research project management
How to write a scientific paper
Statistical data processing
Phenomenological approach to research
Systematic review and metaanalysis
Spirituality and personal development
Clinical psychology and psychopathology
Healthcare finance and management
Research Areas / OUSHI
The doctoral study programme is organized by the Olomouc University Social Health Institute (OUSHI), the department of the Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Palacky University, Olomouc.
Just to mention some of their research areas:
Qualitative research in the field of health, certified DIPEx methodology
Cultural psychology and ethnic minority research
Health and personality
OUSHI also carries out numerous research projects:
Experiences of women with breast cancer
Children with ADHD
Quality of life improvement for patients with Lyme disease
Discrimination in access to healthcare for minorities
Relationships between the child, family and school
More to be found at https://oushi.upol.cz/
Requirements of the study programme
Gain 240 credits based on your ISP
Submit a scientific article to a peer-reviewed journal before the end of the first year
Prepare an annual progress report (exams passed, internships, dissertation progress) and updated plan for the next year
Spend some research time at another (foreign) research or academic institution or take part in an international project with results published abroad
In your research, focus on four research areas (topics) as a preparation for the state doctoral exam (different from the research in dissertation) and pass the doctoral exam
Write a dissertation of at least 120 pages or prepare a collection of five articles focusing on a single topic (at least three of them published and two submitted to peer-reviewed journals as the main author)
Have you graduated from a master’s study programme (preferably in humanities or social sciences, but not a must)? Great!
Apply at admission.upol.cz. The deadline for submitting your application, along with paying the administration fee of 690 CZK, is 31 May 2021.
Students who apply are invited for an interview with a commission of experts to discuss their dissertation proposal and present their research project. They are asked questions about their knowledge in current theories and methods in social and spiritual determinants of health. The interview is in English, organized via Zoom and planned between 10 and 16 June 2021.
Annual fee is 3000 EUR.
For information about the documents you need to prepare for the admission process and much more visit www.socialhealth.cz.