Teaching goals of the Faculty of Health Sciences in Bytom
Public health – first and second degree studies
The aim of the program is to prepare a public health employee who, based on interdisciplinary knowledge and applying the acquired knowledge, skills and social competence, will be able to implement, as part of work in a health care institution, in state administration at all organizational levels, in local government, in universities or scientific and research institutes, as well as in large industrial organisations, the tasks related to recognizing the basic health threats, its protection and promotion. The evolution of public health needs demands the potential scope of a graduate's activity to meet the requirements defined by the modern concept of public health in Poland and the EU member states.
Dietetics – first and second degree studies
The aim of the program is to prepare the graduate for independent exercise of the dietitian's profession. Based on the knowledge, skills and social competence acquired during the vocational training, a nutritionist will be able to undertake and fully perform duties in the area of:
· health care institutions, including the inpatient and outpatient settings,
· the structures of the State Sanitary Inspection,
· mass caterers,
· as part of individual activities focused on prevention of food and nutrition related health disorders, the promotion of healthy nutrition and counseling.
Complementing the knowledge and practical skills, a graduate of the program is prepared for active continuation of professional development and self-education in the field of dietetics, based on reliable sources available.
The staff of the School of Health Sciences in Bytom conducts scientific research representing the priority areas of public health and dietetics as well as programs representing basic and clinical research. The results of completed scientific studies are used as illustrative material throughout the courses carried out. In addition, Through their participation in the Students' Scientific Society, the students are also included in the scientific programs.
Health risk management – first and second degree studies
The purpose of the Health Risk Management programs is to prepare future specialists for implementation of two fundamental documents in the field of public health: The Public Health Act, which entered into force in 2015, and the current National Health Program (NHP), which is a strategic document for public health. Implementation of the Act and the NHP will ensure more effective prevention of illnesses and contribute to better health condition of the population provided the personnel in charge is adequately prepared.
The knowledge, skills and competence that allow the graduates to implement provisions specifying the priority tasks contained in the Public Health Act are:
· health promotion and prevention of diseases, in particular chronic, cancer and non-cancer diseases,
· health education adapted to the needs of various social groups – especially children, adolescents and the elderly – using programs of good quality and proven effectiveness,
· identifying, eliminating or reducing risks for physical, mental and social health in the place of residence, study, work and recreation,
· systematic monitoring of the state of health and the corresponding threats as well as the quality of life related to the health of the population in order to identify priorities for the state health policy and to indicate effective programs for disease prevention and health promotion,
· education and rational use of staff in the field of public health, and the inclusion of disease prevention and health promotion in the educational programs of various professional groups, in particular the medical staff, teachers and public administration,
· initiating and conducting scientific research and international cooperation in the field of public health.
Health risk management based on widely understood prevention, including primary prevention (identification of risk factors, reduction of risk, and thus prevention of diseases at source), becomes the basis and the goal of activities in modern health protection in the developed countries worldwide.