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Please be informed this study programme is offered in Polish—to undertake this programme knowledge of Polish language at least at sufficient level is required and will be verified upon application. If you do not speak Polish you can enrol in one of Polish language courses offered by Jagiellonian University School of Polish Language and Culture. Full list of programmes in foreign languages you may find here: Programmes in foreign languages.

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Public Health

Faculty of Health Sciences

Available programmes

first-cycle programme

study mode: full-time programme

language of instruction: Polish

profile: general academic

duration: 3 years (6 semesters)

title: Licencjat (equivalent of Bachelor's degree)

main discipline: Health Sciences

second-cycle programme

study mode: full-time programme

language of instruction: Polish

profile: general academic

duration: 2 years (4 semesters)

title: Magister (equivalent of Master’s degree)

main discipline: Health Sciences

Programme description

Public health? It seems like everybody is familiar with it, but what about the studies? It is an interdisciplinary, exciting and unique field of study. No fields of study have similar effects on education at the JU. These studies are special nationally thanks to their multidirectional approach to health, population, and safety. A team of experienced academic teachers specialising in health, economic, legal, political, and management sciences is responsible for implementing the program. Uniqueness and the highest level of education are confirmed by the first places taken continuously for many years in the national ranking of Perspektywy.

Public Health programme combines theory and practices from various areas and disciplines of science, but most importantly, health and social sciences. An innovative, interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to the health of the population and its protection are the main advantages of this field of study offered by the JU. Are you wondering where you may work after these studies? The list is very long! You may work in management and individual positions in healthcare programs, health promotion, prevention, etc., at healthcare entities (public and private sectors), health inspection, entities offering health services, pharmaceutical and medical industries, or international organisations.

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Information regarding Faculty

The Faculty of Health Sciences is one of the best units in the country, educating professional staff in health protection. It is part of the Collegium Medicum of the Jagiellonian University – a unit of the Jagiellonian University consisting of medical faculties, the oldest and one of the largest units of this type in Poland. The high level of education at the faculty has been confirmed by awarding the scientific category A in the classification of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, by obtaining the title of the best university in the group of health care fields of study in the “Perspektywy” University Ranking in 2014-2018 and by distinguishing marks from the Polish Accreditation Committee.

The Faculty offers physiotherapy, nursing, obstetrics, public health, emergency medical services, electrobiology, and healthcare management. The department focuses on studying the human body and applying the acquired knowledge to protect the health, improve it and save lives. The faculty runs, among others, research in the field of preventive cardiology and creates programs aimed at changing eating habits. Students benefit from a modern educational base, and over 50% of classes are held in small groups in renowned clinical units. They are surrounded by professional career counseling, have the opportunity to conduct their diploma theses in consultation with potential and future employers, and co-create and implement innovative projects.

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Rankings, distinctions, accreditations

  • Positive evaluation of the study programme rating awarded by the Polish Accreditation Committee (PKA)
  • 1st place in between 2019 and 2022 in the Ranking of Study Programmes prepared by the ‘Perspektywy’ Education Foundation
  • Category A granted to the Faculty by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education

Curriculum overview

Programme curriculum consists of information regarding classes in which you will take part while studying at this field of study. The programme provides data on classes in particular semesters, which of them are compulsory or optional, which of them end with an exam, and which do not. Each class has its own syllabus – a description of contents of the class.

Student matters

Division for Education and Academic Careers
ul. Św. Anny 12, room 36; 31-008 Kraków, Poland

Student’s life

Time spent at the university is not all about education and class participation; it is also an excellent opportunity to develop hobbies and interests. Many research societies and student organizations work at the Jagiellonian University, including faculty- and university-wide ones. These societies allow students to spend their free time actively, gain knowledge, develop their talents, participate in engaging, unconventional projects, go on research and team-building trips, participate in conferences and meet fellow students outside the lecture halls.

Students interested in the international dimension of studying can participate in a wide variety of exchange programmes such as Erasmus+, Utrecht Network, exchange programmes within Bilateral Agreements or European university Una Europa, or participate in a domestic mobility programme called MOSTUM.

More than just studies

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All about admission

Admissions Office

Centre of Academic Support
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland

Admission to studies

Admission at the Jagiellonian University is conducted electronically in the Online Application System (IRK): Admissions Office is responsible for the admission process at the Jagiellonian University. In case of questions regarding admission, contact the Office directly or visit websites: and

Information regarding admission to this study programme, including qualification rules, admission and tuition fee, schedule, required documents and information on final result calculation, are available on the Online Application System (IRK):

Transfer from other university or study programme

Transfer from other university or other study programme is possible, with the consent of the dean: after finishing a first year of studies and fulfilling additional conditions described by the Faculty Council. In case of questions regarding a transfer, contact the unit in charge of study programme directly.

See also

Division for Education and Academic Careers
ul. Św. Anny 12, room 36; 31-008 Kraków, Poland


Students take part in traineeships to learn how to work at institutions in the healthcare sector (entities offering health services, public administration institutions, research institutions, NGOs, law firms, media, etc.). A first-cycle Public Health studies graduate should have skills to work in executive positions in healthcare programs, health promotion, prevention, etc., and healthcare entities, health inspection, and entities offering health services.

During second-cycle studies, students gain skills to work in management and individual positions in healthcare programs, health promotion, prevention, etc., and healthcare entities, health inspection, and entities offering health services.

Further education possibilities

What alumni say about us

Arkadiusz Michalak Arkadiusz Michalak
After several years I may say that studying public health helped me gain many skills, which I now appreciate: critical thinking, work organisation, teamwork, and understanding of legal regulations. (...) It is worth mentioning the role of traineeships, which help gain the first experience at work and establish relationships with potential employers. (...) Currently, I manage a medical centre requiring many skills and expertise. (...) The interdisciplinarity of public health is helpful.

Adriana Szopa Adriana Szopa
Studying public health was one of the most significant decisions of my life. I organise and implement activities focused on preventive healthcare and establish health programs in the Małopolska region (Marshal's Office of the Małopolska Region). (...) Choosing this field of study was one of the most significant decisions of my life. Being a student and later on a specialist in public health is not just a position; it's a lifestyle. Frequent meetings with public health graduates confirm my belief.

University in close-up

Centre for Communications and Marketing

Offer for school

The following events are conducted in Polish – to find out about the offer for English-speaking audience, please get in touch with the organizer directly. Additionally, due to the current pandemic, some faculty and university events may be canceled or conducted in a form other than that described below.

Academics of the Institute of Public Health offer classes for high school students under the "Licea" program. Visit the website of the Institute to learn more. Through our educational activity, we broaden the knowledge of the pupils of the high schools, young people, their families and relatives. We promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness in terms of public health and the functioning of the healthcare system. To arrange a date of classes for high school students, please get in touch with the Office of the Directorate at:

We invite all schools to a series of meetings, "University Closer to you – trips to the Jagiellonian University." The purpose of the sessions as part of the tours is to familiarize students with our university's history through a broad educational offer (lectures, workshops, laboratory classes, etc.). The current program of the event is available on the organizer's website - Centre for Communications and Marketing.

The Jagiellonian Library allows you to visit the old and new parts of the building. The tour program includes presentations of information about the history of the Library and the building itself and a tour of the Warehouse Department. The offer of Collegium Maius consists of the "Traces of science" and "Traces of history and art" lessons as well as interactive online classes. We also invite you to familiarize yourself with the educational offer of: the Botanic Garden, the Nature Education Center, the Confucius Institute, and the Museum of the Department of Anatomy UJ CM.


The study programme is conducted at the Institute of Public Health, a unit of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and is located in Kazimierz – a historical district of Kraków. For more information, please contact:

ul. Skawińska 8
31-066 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 433 28 01