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The idea behind the faculty is rooted in the definition of health provided by the World Health Organization (WHO): 'Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.'

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We provide a combination of far-sighted healthcare education and respect towards traditions rooted in the past. The knowledge you will acquire while studying with us will be fundamental to ensuring proper healthcare in the future. 

Prof. Inga Millere, dean, Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare

The disciplines taught by the Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare are built upon the necessity to ensure and develop multidisciplinary education and research in the fields of health care, public health and social welfare, taking a biopsychosocial and holistic approach at inter-personal, group and social level. Public health as an art and science can be traced back to the ancient Greek societies when people started to speculate on how to live a long and healthy life? Due to high-speed urbanisation, ageing population, environmental pollution and ecological issues, the necessity for effective health promotion and social welfare activity is gaining increasing importance.

Studies

The Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare is the only faculty in Latvia offering a wide range of unique undergraduate and post-graduate study programmes. We are focused on producing future nurses, midwifes, nutrition and sports medicine specialists, likewise professionals in the fields of health psychology, supervision, public health, and social work. We are proud to offer high quality interdisciplinary education to our students, allowing them to become public health and social welfare innovators and industry leaders.

The Medical Education Technology Centre offers supporting and safe environment for the students to shape their professional competences through resolution of simulated high-risk situations and tasks. The students may practice, learn and repeat various procedures and manipulations over and over until they reach the desired outcome and feel competent for practical work in real life conditions. The centre also offers the students the opportunity to develop practical health promotion skills at our fitness centre (for health sports specialists) and well-equipped kitchen classroom - for nutrition specialists.

The Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare encompasses progressive education and respect for our traditions. We offer the opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge, industry focused skills and health care competences that will be needed tomorrow, therewith ensuring solid grounds for successful future growth.

Study programmes

Undergraduate study programmes
  • Nursing – Professional Bachelor's Degree in Health Care
Post-graduate study programmes

admission

Faculty Council

The Council of the Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare is a collegial administrative body of the faculty under the authority of the Dean that exercises the duties and obligations prescribed by the bylaws of the Faculty and by the University’s internal regulations.

End-of-studies thesis subject areas

Department of Nursing and Midwifery
Subject areasPotential research leaders
Communication and personality traits in the practice of healthcare professionalsLaila Laganovska, Anna Ribakova, Olga Fokina, Velga Sudraba, Natālija Degtjarjova, Ilze Ansule, Kristaps Circenis
Professional skills and competences in nursing / midwifery practiceEva Cela, Laila Laganovska, Dagnija Brutāne, Anna Ribakova, Olga Fokina, Mārīte Daukste, Natālija Degtjarjova, Ilze Ansule
Professional / work life aspectsLaila Laganovska, Dagnija Brutāne, Olga Fokina, Velga Sudraba, Natālija Degtjarjova, Ilze Ansule, Lilija Antoņēviča, Kristaps Circenis
The safety of patients and care providers and how to manage itEva Cela, Anna Ribakova, Olga Fokina, Inta Kalniņa, Natālija Degtjarjova, Ilze Ansule, Lilija Antoņēviča, Kristaps Circenis
Pain managementEva Cela, Laila Laganovska, Dagnija Brutāne, Anna Miskova, Olga Fokina, Velga Sudraba, Ilze Ansule
Aging and chronic conditionsEva Cela, Dagnija Brutāne, Olga Fokina, Velga Sudraba
Care process and quality indicatorsEva Cela, Olga Fokina, Inta Kalniņa, Natālija Degtjarjova, Ilze Ansule
Education to increase the effectiveness of health promotion and disease preventionEva Cela, Laila Laganovska, Dagnija Brutāne, Valentīna Beļavska, Olga Fokina, Inta Kalniņa, Velga Sudraba, Natālija Degtjarjova, Ilze Ansule, Kristaps Circenis
Innovations and their integration into the care processEva Cela, Laila Laganovska, Dagnija Brutāne, Natālija Vedmedovska, Anna Ribakova, Olga Fokina, Ilze Ansule
The use of information technology and provision of medical documentation record keeping in nursing / midwifery practiceEva Cela, Olga Fokina, Inta Kalniņa, Natālija Degtjarjova
Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
Subject areasPotential research leaders
Health promotion and disease preventionInese Gobiņa, Anita Villeruša, Lauma Spriņģe, Aija Bukova-Žideļūna, Toms Pulmanis, Inese Stars, Ieva Strēle, Una Kojalo, Ģirts Briģis, Dzintars Mozgis, Baiba Rozentāle, Anda Ķīvīte-Urtāne, Gunta Lazdāne
Environmental health and risk factorsIeva Strēle, Una Kojalo, Ģirts Briģis, Žanna Martinsone, Ivars Vanadziņš, Anita Villeruša, Inese Gobiņa, Aija Bukova-Žideļūna, Anda Ķīvīte-Urtāne
Occupational health, work-related risk factors and preventionIeva Strēle, Una Kojalo, Ģirts Briģis, Žanna Martinsone, Ivars Vanadziņš, Anita Villeruša, Inese Gobiņa, Aija Bukova-Žideļūna, Anda Ķīvīte-Urtāne
Research on Health care systemsĢirs Briģis, Dins Šmits, Dzintars Mozgis, Daiga Behmane, Anita Villeruša
Epidemiology of communicable and non-communicable diseaseInese Gobiņa, Anita Villeruša, Lauma Spriņģe, Aija Bukova-Žideļūna, Toms Pulmanis, Inese Stars, Ieva Strēle, Una Kojalo, Ģirts Briģis, Dzintars Mozgis, Baiba Rozentāle, Anda Ķīvīte-Urtāne
Health-related behaviourInese Gobiņa, Anita Villeruša, Lauma Spriņģe, Aija Bukova-Žideļūna, Toms Pulmanis, Inese Stars, Ieva Strēle, Una Kojalo, Ģirts Briģis, Dzintars Mozgis, Baiba Rozentāle, Anda Ķīvīte-Urtāne, Dins Šmits
Department of Welfare and Social Work
Subject areasPotential research leaders
Cultural competence of social worker in work with cultural / social minoritiesOlafs Brūvers, Marika Lotko
Professional ethics in an interinstitutional (interprofessional) cooperation in securing client’s rights and interestsOlafs Brūvers
Prejudices and stereotypes in social work with different client groups (Gender stereotypes as a cause of conflict in the family)Liāna Deklava, Maruta Pranka
Provision of social services in the context of regional reform (x comparison of regions) and community workMaruta Pranka, Anna Broka
Evaluation of results of support service for  different social work target groupsMaruta Pranka, Lolita Vilka, Mārtiņš Moors
Political rhetoric in response to the Ombudsman's criticism on poverty eradicationMaruta Pranka, Marika Lotko
Influence of debts (taxes, maintenance, credit, etc.) on the security and quality of life of families with children: social work perspectiveLolita Vilka, Ilze Trapenciere
Social conflicts and mediation as a method of social workLiāna Deklava, Lolita Vilka
Evidence-based social workLiāna Deklava, Silva Poiša
Problems of child (youth) deviant behaviour as a socially constructed phenomenonLolita Vilka, Ilze Trapenciere, Liāna Deklava
Manifestations of structural violence in activities of social institutionsLolita Vilka, Marika Lotko, Ilze Trapenciere
Deinstituionalization policy and its implementationLolita Vilka, Ilze Trapenciere, Anita Ābele
Social work and use of of smart technologiesLolita Vilka, Marika Lotko, Ilze Trapenciere
Homelessness and social work at the female / male shelterLolita Vilka, Marika Lotko, Ilze Trapenciere
Social needs, evaluation and service planningMaruta Pranka, Lolita Vilka, Mārtiņš Moors
Department of Health Psychology and Paedagogy
Subject areasPotential research leaders
Psychological treatment and support for different client and patient groupsKristīne Mārtinsone, Ingūna Griškēviča, Jeļena Koļesņikova, Jeļena Ļubenko, Jekaterina Bierne, Ervīns Čukurs, Indra Majore-Dūšele, Kristīne Vende-Kotova, Elīna Akmane, Jana Duhovska, Inese Jokste, Inese Paiča, Kristīne Šneidere, Sanita Šuriņa, Rudīte Terehova, Aelita Vagale
Psychological and art-based assessment tools adaptation and constructionKristīne Mārtinsone, Ingūna Griškēviča, Jeļena Koļesņikova, Jeļena Ļubenko, Jekaterina Bierne, Ervīns Čukurs, Indra Majore-Dūšele, Kristīne Vende-Kotova, Elīna Akmane, Jana Duhovska, Inese Jokste, Inese Paiča, Kristīne Šneidere, Sanita Šuriņa, Rudīte Terehova
Latvian Clinical Personality Inventory development and its digitizationKristīne Mārtinsone, Jeļena Koļesņikova, Jeļena Ļubenko
Intelligent Structure Test adaptationJeļena Ļubenko, Inese Jokste
Health behavior as disease prevention and web-based interventions to promote health behaviorKristīne Mārtinsone, Ingūna Griškēviča, Jeļena Ļubenko, Jekaterina Bierne, Inese Jokste, Kristīne Šneidere
Professional competency and its developmentKristīne Mārtinsone, Jekaterina Bierne, Jana Duhovska, Inese Paiča, Baiba Pumpiņa, Aelita Vagale
Professional identityKristīne Mārtinsone, Elīna Akmane
Didactic principles of client and patient educationAira Aija Krūmiņa
Department of Sports and Nutrition
Subject areasPotential research leaders
Possibilities of using different technologies in fitnessVoldemārs Arnis, Indra Vīnberga, Uģis Ciematnieks, Irēna Upeniece
Effect of high intensity interval training on physical readiness indicators and body compositionVoldemārs Arnis, Uģis Ciematnieks, Indra Vīnberga
Effect of different strength training regimes on strength, strength endurance and body compositionVoldemārs Arnis, Uģis Ciematnieks, Indra Vīnberga
Various group classes in fitness clubsMaruta Hoferte, Inga Velmere, Indra Vīnberga, Irēna Upeniece, Anita Gauruča, Uģis Ciematnieks
Development of physical features for health promotionUģis Ciematnieks, Indra Vīnberga
Opportunities for physical activity for seniorsMaruta Hoferte, Indra Vīnberga, Irēna Upeniece, Anita Gauruča
Variations of technical sports equipment, exercises and methodsUģis Ciematnieks, Indra Vīnberga
Study of the volume and intensity of physical activity for health promotion in the different age groupsUģis Ciematnieks, Indra Vīnberga, Inga Velmere
Monitoring of physical activity in health sportsMaruta Hoferte, Indra Vīnberga, Irēna Upeniece, Signe Rinkule, Anita Gauruča, Uģis Ciematnieks
The importance and application of physical exercises for women during pregnancyMaruta Hoferte, Inese Kanneniece
Physical activity and nutritionLolita Neimane, Laila Meija, Māra Grundmane, Eva Kataja
Effects of physical activity on personality traits and cognitive processesKristīne Šneidere, Zane Ulmane, Ervīns Čukurs, Irēna Upeniece
Motivation to engage in physical activityIrēna Upeniece, Kristīne Šneidere
The prevalence of malnutrition for different patient groupsLolita Neimane, Laila Meija, Liene Sondore, Māra Grundmane, Eva Kataja
Antioxidants in nutritional productsLolita Neimane, Andrejs Škesters, Sabīne Rupeika
Children and teenagers dietary habitsLolita Neimane, Laila Meija, Liene Sondore
Nutrition habits of athletes of different sportsSigne Rinkule, Māra Grundmane, Līga Balode
Overweight and obesity correction options with nutritionLolita Neimane, Laila Meija, Eva Kataja, Māra Grundmane, Liene Sondore, Sabīne Rupeika

Nutritional therapy for various diseases

Laila Meija, Lolita Neimane, Līga Balode
Nutrition habits of pregnant womenLaila Meija, Lolita Neimane
Health Management Section
Subject areasPotential research leaders
Health system design and performance assessmentDaiga Behmane, Alina Dūdele, Elina Miteniece
Health policyDaiga Behmane
Health and medical technology economic evaluationDaiga Behmane, Igors Trofimovs
Quality and patient safety in health careIgors Trofimovs
Economic efficiency of health careAlina Dūdele, Olav Goetz, Igors Trofimovs
Safety of health care workforceIgors Trofimovs
Human resource management in health careDaiga Behmane / RISEBA
Integrated health careDaiga Behmane
Chronic care managementAlina Dūdele, Daiga Behmane
Export of health care servicesDaiga Behmane
Communication in health careVita Savicka
Pharmaceutical policyDaiga Behmane

Council members

Inga Millere
Dean, Academic Staff
Daiga Behmane
Vice-Dean, Deputy Director, Project Manager, Head of Study Programme
Toms Pulmanis
Vice-Dean, Academic Staff
Jeļena Koļesņikova
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff, Manager
Lolita Vilka
Head of the Department, Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Voldemārs Arnis
Head of the Department, Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Kristaps Circenis
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Dita Role
Director, Academic Staff
Ģirts Briģis
Head of the Department, Academic Staff
Ilona Jurševska
Employer Representative
Paula Feldmane
Student Representative, Senator
Ivita Hlopotina
Student Representative
Sintija Sovane
Student Representative