1st Faculty of Medicine Charles University 1st Faculty of Medicine Charles University Ústav hygieny a epidemiologie 1. LF UK a VFN
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General Medicine - 4th year English Parallel - Course of HYGIENE (ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE) & EPIDEMIOLOGY

B82107 Hygiene and epidemiology 4th year - more information in SIS - link here

B80125 Hygiene and epidemiology - State Exam 4th year - more information in SIS - link here

Announcement | State examination questions: hygiene and epidemiology | Recommended supplementary reading


The block of hygiene and epidemiology seminars takes three weeks. Sessions are held from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The attendance of all sessions is compulsory. One or two topics are presented each day (see course schedule and syllabus). Students are expected to participate actively in the sessions. The three-week block is concluded by a State Examination.

The full content of examination questions is not presented during the seminars; part of the required information is to be found in learning materials (Bencko et al.: Hygiene and Epidemiology: Selected chapters; LaDou, J. Harrison, R: Current Occupational and Environmental Medicine, presentations on the website of the Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology,  and additional recommended reading). Students are advised to study throughout the three-week course for timely identification of potential issues that need to be consulted with lecturers.

The individual work consists of a written literature review or a research report of a selected topic. The summary of the work is presented in a plenary session usually on the last day of the course, as well as during the State Examination. The printed review/report is submitted to the tutor facilitating the individual work for evaluation. The acceptance of the review/report by the tutor is one of prerequisites for obtaining the credit.

The prerequisites for obtaining the credit are: (a) full attendance of sessions confirmed by signatures of lecturers in presence cards, (b) acceptance of the essay by the tutor, and (c) passing a written test. Students take the test on the last day of the block. In case of failure, the test may be repeated at any of the dates & times shown for the state examinations in SIS but only once a week and BEFORE the day of the student's own examination, NOT at the same date. Registration is not required. The test takes place in the Theatre or Praktikum I or II. Comprises of 30 questions; maximum acceptable number of mistakes is five.

The State Examination takes place after the conclusion of sessions. The dates of State Examinations are available in SIS. Only students who returned all materials borrowed from the Institute will be allowed to sit for the Examination.

In case of any issues concerning the preparation for the State Examinations students should request an individual consultation from the pertinent lecturer.


available in SIS

Recommended reading

  1. Bencko, V. et al: Hygiene and epidemiology. Selected Chapters. Charles University, Prague 2004, 270 p.
  2. Bonita, R., Beaglehole, R., Kjellstrom, T.: Basic Epidemiology, 2nd Edition WHO, Geneva, 2006, 212p.
  3. Coggon, D., Rose, G., Barker, D.J.P.: Epidemiology for the Uninitiated. Fifth Edition. BMJ Publishing Group 2003.
  4. Koupilová, I., Holčík, J.: Community Medicine, Practical Handbook, LF MU Brno 1995 114 p.
  5. Lener, J. et al. Medical Hygiene. Karolinum, Praha 1997, 128 p.
  6. LaDou, J. Harrison, R: Current Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 5th Ed. Lange, 2014
  7. Maroni, M., Seifert, B., Lindvall, T.: Indoor Air Quality. A comprehensive text book. Elsevier, 1996.
  8. Adami, H.O., Hunter, D., Trichopoulos D.: Textbook of Cancer Epidemiology. Oxford Press 2002.

Relevant websites


WHO Vaccines http://www.who.int/topics/vaccines/en/
WHO Immunizations http://www.who.int/topics/immunization/en/
CDC Vacccines and immunizations http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/


WHO Nutrition Department http://www.who.int/nut/
USDA Food and nutrition information centre http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/
WHO EURO Food safety http://www.euro.who.int/foodsafety
FAO Food based dietary guidelines http://www.fao.org/nutrition/education/food-dietary-guidelines/en/


Office of the surgeon general: Tobacco cessation guideline https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/RecommendationStatementFinal/tobacco-use-in-adults-and-pregnant-women-counseling-and-interventions1
Treatobacco.net: http://www.treatobacco.org/home/home.cfm
Society FOR Research on Nicotine and Tobacco: http://www.SRNT.ORG
E-cigarettes info: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/e-cigarettes-an-evidence-update


Emerging Infectious Diseases journal http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/index.htm
International Agency for Research on Cancer http://www.iarc.fr/


International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate http://www.isiaq.org/

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