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Faculty of Health and Social Studies

Faculty of Health and Social Studies

Who are we?

The Faculty of Health and Social Studies of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice commenced its operations in 1990 as part of the Faculty of Education. As a classical humanities-oriented university it deals with health and social issues. It was already operating at the height of the educational process during its first term, so starting from the beginning of the next academic year, i.e. 1991/1992, it became an independent faculty of the University of South Bohemia.

The USB Faculty of Health and Social Studies was legally established on 8 November 1991 by the USB Academic Senate. It has long been focused on the development of education, the promotion of knowledge and creative scientific work in the health and social field and in related interdisciplinary and border areas.

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What do we do and for whom?


The faculty provides students with a university education in bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. The fields are aimed at prevention, rehabilitation and a holistic approach for all age groups, with the ultimate aim to maintain and improve their quality of life. The faculty is dedicated to the teaching of university-educated professionals in several study programs: nursing, midwifery, specialization in health care, rehabilitation, public health, social policy and social work, special education, biophysics, population protection and a program in English - nursing.

Within the framework of lifelong learning, the faculty offers study focused on the professional competence to practice the given profession, the programs are designed to enhance professional expertise in accordance with applicable legislation.

Within the framework of the University of the Third Age, the faculty offers several study courses.


In the field of nursing, research leading to the improved quality of care of patients and nursing care - particularly multicultural nursing, clearly dominates. In the area of social rehabilitation, the scientific and research work of the faculty is focused mainly on improving the living conditions of the handicapped and the problems of the young generation, where constant attention is paid to accidents, violence and children's rights. Research is focused primarily on the situation in the Czech Republic. The areas of the quality of life, especially for the 50+ generation, social policy and the study of the human rights of minorities living in the Czech Republic are also given attention. In the field of population protection, research activity is focused on the study of the influence of permanently present NOx in the environment that is a result of both natural processes and human activities as well as the interaction of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Furthermore, in the field of laboratory methods, scientific work is focused on molecular diagnostic methods, detection methods using DNA hybridization, DNA chips for diagnosing viruses and the research of genetically modified organisms.

The USB Faculty of Health and Social Studies is now in the Czech Republic considered an important institution for the preparation of specialists, particularly in the area of nursing and other health and social programs, which is also reflected in the representation of its members on the scientific and academic boards of like-minded faculties of other universities. The permanent goal of all research groups is to participate in the management of projects under the 7th Framework Program of the European Union. The USB Faculty of Health and Social Studies, or the Department of Radiology, Toxicology and Population Protection, is currently involved in solving an international project under the Euratom 7RP EU program.


Why do we exist?


The faculty offers full-time and combined studies. As a classic humanities-oriented university it is collectively engaged in the composition of health and social issues.

• bachelor degree studies - 8 study programs (13 fields);

• follow-up master's degree studies – 4 study programs (4 fields);

• doctoral degree studies - 2 study programs (2 fields);

We see the need to create e-learning courses, including the creation of study materials in Moodle, as a necessity.

Lifelong learning: The faculty also focuses on lifelong learning, especially by organizing short-term training courses, usable for the legislatively defined obligation of lifelong learning for social workers.
Education in English - a post-graduate program in International family and social studies (Graduate certificate in International Family and Community Studies) offered by the Faculty of Post-Graduate Studies at the University in Clemson, South Carolina, USA, designed to prepare students for the international field of public social work, is a very attractive course.

U3V – University of the Third Age: The University of the Third Age is implemented in several semester-long educational fields, modules, and interest related courses, especially language and computers. The meaning and mission of the University of the Third Age lies in the capacity of citizens to expand their knowledge in the fields offered without the necessary connection with professional knowledge.


The faculty significantly contributes to the scientific and research activities in the field of health, social and related fields. The faculty management began to address and support a variety of activities and supporting projects in order to increase scientific research. The faculty is constantly increasing the number of projects successfully received.

Scientific, research and other creative activities are carried out in their entirety from investigative research to applied research, development activities and addressing current social orders and practical needs. It is derived from the intention of a long-term orientation and includes in particular research projects solved within the announced international, governmental, ministerial and other projects, furthermore research, expert and other projects implemented on the basis of cooperation agreements with other institutions and practices based on public procurement. Key areas of grant activities of USB HSSF include:

  • determinants of health;
  • nursing in selected clinical disciplines;
  • pediatrics;
  • sociology;
  • ethnic minorities and immigrants;
  • professional ethics;
  • quality of life;
  • the environment;
  • the safety of the population;
  • biotechnology;
  • physical chemistry.


The faculty encourages cooperation and its development on the international level and creates conditions for the mobility of students, academics and researchers. It organizes activities for strengthening the relationship between universities, multinational, national and regional institutions. Foreign partner university / faculty organizations are almost worldwide, while the contacts are maintained and organized by the Department of Foreign Relations. Countries where we can find a partner institution of the faculty include, for example: Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, South Africa, Canada, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Austria, the Russian Federation, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Thailand, Ukraine, the United States, United Kingdom, Zambia. The Department of Foreign Relations focuses on the mobility of students and teachers and humanitarian development activities.


The publishing and distribution activities of USB HSSF provide a complete service for the publishing of magazines, scripts, supports, collections, information and promotional materials of the faculty (technical and professional editors, text editing, proofreading, typesetting, printing) With professional publishing houses (Triton, Grada, Galen etc.) it corrects the publishing of monographs. Representative magazines of the faculty - Contact and the Journal of Applied Biomedicine - have been issued since 2014 in partnership with the prestigious Dutch publishing house Elsevier. Publishing and distribution activities are also ensured by the editorial activities of the various magazines.

Issued periodicals:

-       Journal of Applied Biomedicine;

-       Contact;

-       Journal of Nursing, Social Studies, Public Health, and Rehabilitation.

What are our aims?

  1. We want to provide our students with a high-quality university education and respond flexibly to the needs of the application sphere.
  2. In the field of science and research we want to enable the linking of scientific and research activities in collaboration with industry and engage students in this research.
  3. We want to contribute to the development of all scientific disciplines, which are the basis of our education areas.


Contact information


Faculty of Health and Social Studies

J. Boreckého 27

370 11 České Budějovice

Czech Republic


Registration No.: 600 766 58

Phone: +420 389 037 501

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Web: http://www.zsf.jcu.cz