Studies in English

Social Medicine

Social Medicine

This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of Social Medicine to enable them to recognize and appreciate public health perspective in their future work and research. After completing the course Social Medicine, students will be empowered to critically think about the broad range of different social, cultural, economic, technological and political factors which strongly influence and determine the health and the health care. The course will also provide students with the opportunity to explore global health challenges and the existing efforts regarding international health cooperation.

The students will gain experience in assessment and interpretation of existing data regarding the health of the population on all levels, from local to international. Students will adopt both individual and community approach to health promotion and will be informed about the development of a concept of health promotion, determining priorities for action, principles for designing, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based health promotion programs.

This course provides a systematic approach toward contemporary healthcare and in introducing preventive measures through the continuum of levels of prevention and toward different population groups, with emphasize on vulnerable groups. By the end of this module students should be able to define the concept of a health system, and its core objectives, elements and functions, understand the debate around boundaries of a health system and be able to apply a health system approaches to major health challenges in a range of different contexts. This will involve understanding the core building blocks of health care systems and modes of operation, the implications of different approaches to system design for access, quality and system outcomes. In addition, this course will introduce students to the specifics of management of health care organizations, health policies development and process of health technology assessment.

  1. Prof. Vesna Bjegović-Mikanović
  2. Prof. Dejana Vuković
  3. Prof. Bojana Matejić
  4. Assoc. Prof. Milena ŠantrićMilićević
  5. Assoc. Prof. Zorica Terzić-Šupić
  6. Assoc. Prof. Aleksandra Jović-Vraneš
  7. Assoc. Prof. Bosiljka Đikanović
  8. Assoc. Prof. Janko Janković
  9. Assis. Prof Željka Stamenković
  10. Teaching Ass. Jovana Todorović
  11. Teaching Ass. Stefan Mandić Rajčević


The students' presence and activities while attending lectures and exercises during this module are continuously evaluated and monitored. They are expected to actively participate in the discussions, case-studies solving and group work. One colloquium is planned during the teaching activities, with 20 questions. To gain the points from the colloquium, the student needs 11 or more correct answers on the test. The final test comprises of 20 questions, developed as a multiple-choice questionnaire (with one or two open-ended questions). Also, the student passes the final test with 11 or more correct answers.

By fulfilling pre-exam obligations (participation, seminar and colloquium), and taking final test, the student gains a maximum of 100 points.

The distribution of points as follows: 10% participation (attendance, discussion of readings and assignments, case studies solving), 10% colloquium, 10% seminar and 70% final test.


Total points

Final mark

91 - 100

10 ( A+)

81 - 90

9 ( A)

71 - 80

8 ( B)

61 - 70

7 ( C)

51 - 60

6 ( D)

< 51

5 ( F)


Prof. Bojana Matejić, chair

Institute of Social Medicine, Dr Subotića 15,

Tel: 2685451