Basics of public health


Health Promotion

Holder of subject:

Dr Jerneja Farkaš-Lainščak, Assistant Professor

Education providers:

  • Dr Jerneja Farkaš-Lainščak, Assistant Professor
  • Mircha Poldrugovac, Assistant
  • Dr Maja Sočan, Assistant Professor
  • Dr Mateja Krajc, Assistant Professor

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Contact hours - other forms of study:


Individual student work:




Level of study:

Second Bologna cycle study program Health Promotion




  • Slovene/English
Subject specific competences:
  • are familiar with basic characteristics of public health and its importance for health of population.
  • understand concepts of health and disease as well as related concepts of salutogenesis and pathogenesis.
  • are familiar with key determinants of health (from natural and social environment).
  • are familiar with different models of healthcare systems and characteristics of Slovenian healthcare system.
  • understand concept of levels of prevention.
  • are familiar with key public health approaches and interventions.
  • are familiar with major public health problems (world-wide and national) and their management.
  • understand differences in public health needs of specific population groups.

Mandatory  and recommended references:






Mandatory references:

  • Detels R, Beaglehole R, Lansang MA, Gulliford M (eds). Oxford Textbook of Public Health. Fifth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Wallace RB (ed). Maxcy-Rosenau-Last Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Fifteenth Edition. Washington: The McGraw-Hill Companies, 2008.
  • Friis RH, Sellers TA. Epidemiology for Public Health Practice. Fourth Edition. Sudbury: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2009.
  • Pencheon D, Guest C, Melzer D, Muir-Gray JA (eds). Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice. Second Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Last JM (ed). A Dictionary of Public Health. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Porta M (ed). A Dictionary of Epidemiology. Fifth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Frimkin H (ed). Environmental Health. From Global to Local. Second Edition. San Francisco: John Wiley and Sons, 2010.
  • Glanz K, Rimer BK, Viswanath K (eds). Health Behaviour and Health Education. Theory, Research and Practice. Fourth edition. San Francisco: John Wiley and Sons, 2008.
  • Donev D, Pavlekovic G, Zaletel-Kragelj L (eds). Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: A Handbook for Teachers, Researchers, Health Professionals and Decison Makers: Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe. Lage: Hans Jacobs Publishing Company, 2007.
  • Zaletel-Kragelj L, Eržen I, Premik M. Uvod v javno zdravje. Ljubljana: Katedra za javno zdravje, Medicinska fakulteta, Univerza v Ljubljani, 2007.

Conditions for the inclusion in the study:

No conditions.

Assessment methods:

  • written examination – 100 %.

Teaching methods:

Lectures, seminars, other forms of study.