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History of Medicine

Charles University
4 years
Full time/part time
Doctorate / PhD
On campus
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Program description

History of Medicine

History of medicine is an interdisciplinary field concerned with the history of medical science, history of particular specialties and their representatives, history of the medical profession and development of medical thought, history of training of health professionals, history of public health and health care facilities, incidence and alterations of disease entities as well as their treatment. At medical schools of universities in the world, history of medicine has had century-lasting tradition. The Institute for History of Medicine and Foreign Languages (thereinafter “Institute”) of Charles University – the First Faculty of Medicine, one of the first in Europe, has been active at the oldest medical faculty in Czechia since 1920. Studies in this programme enable graduates of faculties of medicine and natural science as well as of various humanitarian fields to achieve the highest specialized education in this discipline. The Institute, which is the only in this specialty, is the central co-ordinating institution for education of PhD students of history of medicine for other university schools in Prague and nationwide.

Admission requirements

Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by successful completion of a Master's study programme.

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Program delivery

The course is delivered in both

  • Full-time
  • Combined (Full time/part time)

Career opportunities

The graduates can make use of the knowledge acquired in this programme in the following professions:

  1. teaching at universities (teaching the history of medicine and health services or basic medical terminology at medical or other faculties);
  2. working at research or scientific institutions (such as Academy of Sciences);
  3. providing expert consultation in museums and specialized archives.

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Charles University

Charles University was founded in 1348, making it one of the oldest universities in the world. Yet it is also renowned as a modern, dynamic, cosmopolitan and prestigious institution of higher education. Charles University is ranked amongst the top 2...

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Charles University

Ovocný trh 5
116 36 Prague
Czech Republic

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