Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare
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.'
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.
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.
- Undergraduate study programmes
- Nursing – Professional Bachelor's Degree in Health Care
- Post-graduate study programmes
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 areas Potential research leaders Modeling nurse-patient (midwife-patient) interaction to promote equality in the care process Staff lecturers Challenges in health care - demographic change, changing disease treatment and care model, changing care roles and expectations Staff lecturers Quality of care research, development of care quality criteria, monitoring. Quality indicators in care. Staff lecturers Care documentation as a tool for promoting the quality of patient care. Staff lecturers Patient safety in the care process. Nurses are leaders in patient safety culture. The role of nurse leaders. Staff lecturers Nursing (care) diagnoses Staff lecturers Occupational and environmental health issues (occupational safety, workload, prevention) Staff lecturers Lack of nurses / midwives in the labor market. Problems of human resources Staff lecturers Issues of professional ethics Staff lecturers Limits of competence and professionalism of nurses / midwives and legal responsibilities Staff lecturers The problem of population aging (care of seniors and its organization) Staff lecturers Improving health care and quality of life Staff lecturers Addressing the inconsistencies of a healthy lifestyle Staff lecturers Person - centered healthcare Staff lecturers Patients' experience in the healthcare process Staff lecturers Supervision (management) of chronic patients and the role of the nurse in this process Staff lecturers Interdisciplinary cooperation in care Staff lecturers Transitional care Staff lecturers Complementary and alternative medicine methods, the role of nurses / midwives in it, cooperation with patients / families / society Staff lecturers Compliance of nursing / midwifery education with health care practice (and vice versa) Staff lecturers Development and testing of care strategies. New care models. Staff lecturers Standardized vs. individualized care Staff lecturers Promoting the autonomy of nurses / midwives, developing decision-making competence Staff lecturers Mentoring in health care and professions Staff lecturers Introduction of new materials and technologies in tertiary care (adaptive viscoelastic materials, automated hospital management) Staff lecturers E-health; Telemedicine development and care opportunities. Technological innovations in healthcare. Staff lecturers Introduction of modern patient monitoring, mobile sensors, integrated care technologies and approaches in healthcare Staff lecturers Innovative technologies and digital skills in the care process / nursing (midwifery) education Staff lecturers Data security in the healthcare process Staff lecturers Professional identity and values Staff lecturers Nurses, midwife emotional health, personality factors, motivation Staff lecturers Resource management in patient groups Staff lecturers Environmental policy research Staff lecturers Environment and care Staff lecturers Collaborative research / networking practice and research Staff lecturers Medical care and nursing care technologies Staff lecturers Research of disease prevention, direct nursing care and rehabilitation (in all patient groups) Staff lecturers Interdisciplinary care of chronic and complex patients, family-oriented care. Staff lecturers Assessing the results and impact of health care reform Staff lecturers Development of bioinformatics methods and platforms Staff lecturers Innovation testing, efficiency and cost studies Staff lecturers Health care systems, their cost-effectiveness and sustainability measurements Staff lecturers An innovative ecosystem at many levels (possibly digital) in healthcare Staff lecturers
- Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
Subject areas Potential research leaders Health promotion and disease prevention Inese 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 factors Ieva 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 prevention Ieva Strēle, Una Kojalo, Ģirts Briģis, Žanna Martinsone, Ivars Vanadziņš, Anita Villeruša, Inese Gobiņa, Aija Bukova- Žideļūna, Anda Ķīvīte- Urtāne Research on Health care systems Ģirs Briģis, Dins Šmits, Dzintars Mozgis, Daiga Behmane, Anita Villeruša Epidemiology of communicable and no communicable disease Inese 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 behaviour Inese 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 areas Potential research leaders Social work practice with families. Mārtiņš Moors, Liāna Deklava Acceptance and awareness practice in social work Silva Rupaine, Liāna Deklava Work-life balance as a social: social work perspective Anna Broka, Lolita Vilka Use of smart technologies to provide social services. Marika Lotko, Mārtiņš Moors Inter-institutional cooperation in matters of parental custody rights. Lolita Vilka, Ilze Trapenciere Benefits and challenges of applying creative strategies and methods in social work with children and youth Silva Rupaine, Anita Ābele, Liāna Deklava Provision of care for children left without parental care in Riga foster families. Mārtiņš Moors, Maruta Pranka Research and assessment of seniors' social needs Ārija Baltiņa, MārtiņšMoors, Maruta Pranka Impact of debts (taxes, maintenance, credit, etc.) on the security and quality of life of families with children: a social work perspective Lolita Vilka, Ilze Trapenciere, Anna Broka Legal protection of shelter residents Lolita Vilka, Ilze Trapenciere, Mārtiņš Moors Innovation and good practice in providing social services to vulnerable groups in local communities of Latvia. Lolita Vilka, Anna Broka, Ilze Trapenciere, Anita Ābele Management and proactivity in in municipalities and local communities of Latvia. Lolita Vilka, Anna Broka, Ilze Trapenciere Evaluation of professional knowledge, skills and attitudes of social workers in micro / meso practice Lolita Vilka, Marika Lotko, Anita Ābele Community-based social services for persons with mental disorders in municipalities. Lolita Vilka, Liāna Deklava, Marika Lotko, Anita Ābele Volunteering as a resource for social work in Latvia Lolita Vilka, Marika Lotko, Anita Ābele Credit and debt impacts on the social security Anita Ābele, Lolita Vilka, Maruta Pranka Observance of the principles of human rights and social justice in social work in Latvia. Olafs Brūvers, Marika Lotko Social logistics in providing social services Lolita Vilka, Marika Lotko Social advocacy practice in reducing social inequality Olafs Brūvers, Marika Lotko Measuring the efficiency and quality of social work Liāna Deklava, Mārtiņš Moors, Lolita Vilka
- Department of Health Psychology and Paedagogy
Subject areas Potential research leaders Psychological help and support for different client and patient groups Kristīne Mārtinsone, Ingūna Griškēviča, Jeļena Koļesņikova, Velga Sudraba, Ervīns Čukurs, Indra Majore-Dūšele, Kristīne Vende-Kotova, Sanita Šuriņa, Inese Paiča, Zane Gulbe, Elīna Akmane, Jana Duhovska, Kristīne Šneidere Adaptation and construction of psychological and art-based assessment/evaluation tools Ingūna Griškēviča, Jeļena Koļesņikova, Velga Sudraba, Ervīns Čukurs, Indra Majore-Dūšele, Kristīne Vende-Kotova, Inese Paiča, Sanita Šuriņa, Zane Gulbe, Elīna Akmane, Jana Duhovska, Kristīne Šneidere Adaptation of the Latvian Clinical Personality Test in russian and application of the test to different patient groups Jeļena Koļesņikova Web interventions to promote health behaviors Zane Gulbe Professional competencies and its development Kristīne Mārtinsone, Jana Duhovska, Baiba Pumpiņa Professional identity Kristīne Mārtinsone, Anita Pipere, Velga Sudraba, Elīna Akmane, Zane Krieķe Didactic principles of client and patient education Aira Aija Krūmiņa Self-care Kristīne Mārtinsone, Velga Sudraba, Zane Krieķe Normal and pathological cognitive ageing and relating factors Kristīne Šneidere Investigating false memories in different client/patient groups Kristīne Šneidere Psychological and art-based assessment tools adaptation and construction Kristīne Mārtinsone, Ingūna Griškēviča, Jeļena Koļesņikovam, 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 digitization Kristīne Mārtinsone, Jeļena Koļesņikova, Jeļena Ļubenko Constructing and adapting cognitive tests Kristīne Šneidere, Jeļena Ļubenko Professional competencies and its development Kristīne Mārtinsone, Anita Pipere, Jekaterina Bierne, Jana Duhovska, Elīna Akmane, Inese Paiča, Baiba Pumpiņa, Sanita Šuriņa, Aelita Vagale, Aira Aija Krūmiņa Pedagogical competence in health care settings Aira Aija Krūmiņa Professional identity Kristīne Mārtinsone, Anita Pipere, Elīna Akmane, Anita Pipere, Baiba Pumpiņa, Zane Krieķe Professional activity and its assessment Anita Pipere, Kristīne Mārtinsone Supervision needs in different professional fields Baiba Pumpiņa Supervision in the educational environment Baiba Pumpiņa, Aira Aija Krūmiņa Adaptation of supervision methods and techniques Baiba Pumpiņa
- Department of Sports and Nutrition
Subject areas Potential research leaders Possibilities of using different technologies in fitness Voldemārs Arnis, Indra Vīnberga, Uģis Ciematnieks, Irēna Upeniece Effect of high intensity interval training on physical readiness indicators and body composition Voldemārs Arnis, Uģis Ciematnieks, Indra Vīnberga Effect of different strength training regimes on strength, strength endurance and body composition Voldemārs Arnis, Uģis Ciematnieks, Indra Vīnberga Changes in physical activity and use of various physical exercises during the restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic Voldemārs Arnis, Una Veseta Various group classes in fitness clubs Maruta Hoferte, Indra Vīnberga, Irēna Upeniece, Anita Gauruča, Uģis Ciematnieks Development of physical features for health promotion Uģis Ciematnieks, Indra Vīnberga, Una Veseta Opportunities for physical activity for seniors Maruta Hoferte, Indra Vīnberga, Irēna Upeniece, Anita Gauruča, Una Veseta Variations of technical sports equipment, exercises and methods Uģis Ciematnieks, Indra Vīnberga Study of the volume and intensity of physical activity for health promotion in the different age groups Uģis Ciematnieks, Indra Vīnberga, Una Veseta Monitoring of physical activity in the health sports Maruta Hoferte, Indra Vīnberga, Irēna Upeniece, Anita Gauruča, Uģis Ciematnieks, Una Veseta The importance and application of physical exercises for women during pregnancy Maruta Hoferte, Inese Kanneniece Physical activity and nutrition Lolita Neimane, Laila Meija, Māra Grundmane Effects of physical activity on personality traits and cognitive processes Kristīne Šneidere, Zane Ulmane, Ervīns Čukurs, Irēna Upeniece, Lāsma Reide Motivation to engage with physical activity Irēna Upeniece, Kristīne Šneidere The prevalence of malnutrition for different patient groups Lolita Neimane, Laila Meija, Liene Sondore, Māra Grundmane Antioxidants in nutritional products Lolita Neimane, Andrejs Škesters Children and teenagers dietary habits Lolita Neimane, Laila Meija, Liene Sondore Nutrition habits of athletes of different sports Māra Grundmane
Overweight and obesity correction options with nutrition
Lolita Neimane, Laila Meija, Māra Grundmane, Liene Sondore Nutritional therapy for various diseases Laila Meija, Lolita Neimane Nutrition habits of pregnant women Laila Meija, Lolita Neimane, Māra Grundmane Nutrition and psychological factors of eating behavior Lāsma Reide For students from the Faculty of Medicine Critical analysis of nutrition myths vs facts Māra Grundmane Survey on medical students’ knowledge and understanding of nutrition Māra Grundmane Overview on Fad diets and their health consequences Māra Grundmane Alcohol consumption - pros, cons, recommended limits Māra Grundmane Diet and the sleep Māra Grundmane Sustainable diet Māra Grundmane Nutrition for the elderly Māra Grundmane Nutrition/Sports Nutrition related topics by student’s choice Māra Grundmane Postprandial (hyperinsulinemic) hypoglycaemia after bariatric surgery Researcher Guna Bīlande, Mg. sc. sal. Long term complications after bariatric surgery Researcher Guna Bīlande, Mg. sc. sal. Quality of life after bariatric surgery Researcher Guna Bīlande, Mg. sc. sal. Malnutrition risk assessment after bariatric surgery Researcher Guna Bīlande, Mg. sc. sal. Obesity treatment methods and latest trends (literature review for the last 5 years) Researcher Guna Bīlande, Mg. sc. sal. Effects of obesity on immune system Researcher Guna Bīlande, Mg. sc. sal. Obesity and sleep apnea Researcher Guna Bīlande, Mg. sc. sal. Malnutrition in obesity before and after bariatric surgery Researcher Guna Bīlande, Mg. sc. sal. Vegan diets for athletes Researcher Guna Bīlande, Mg. sc. sal. Vegetarian & vegan nutrition during pregnancy Researcher Guna Bīlande, Mg. sc. sal. Vegan diet in children and adolescents Researcher Guna Bīlande, Mg. sc. sal. Prehabilitation and nutrition therapy for oncologic patients Assistant Inga Elksne, Ph. D. Malnutrition prevalence in oncologic patients Assistant Inga Elksne, Ph. D. Children obesity Assistant Inga Elksne, Ph. D. Nutrition and oncology Assistant Inga Elksne, Ph. D. Infant nutrition Assistant Inga Elksne, Ph. D. Mindful eating Assistant Inga Elksne, Ph. D.
- Health Management Section
Subject areas Potential research leaders Health system design and performance assessment Daiga Behmane, Alina Dūdele, Olav Goetz Health policy Daiga Behmane Health and medical technology economic evaluation Daiga Behmane, Olav Goetz Quality and patient safety in health care Igors Trofimovs Economic efficiency of health care Alina Dūdele, Olav Goetz, Igors Trofimovs Safety of health care workforce Igors Trofimovs Human resource management in health care Daiga Behmane / RISEBA Integrated health care Daiga Behmane Chronic care management Alina Dūdele, Daiga Behmane Digital health Ieva Bikava Information management in health systems Ieva Bikava Export of health care services Daiga Behmane Communication in health care Vita Savicka Pharmaceutical policy Daiga Behmane, Diāna Arāja