PhD Program


Our PhD Program “Sociological and mental health aspects of individual and community resources” is one of the programs (No. 4/3.) at the PhD School of Semmelweis University and it is administered by staff members at the Institute of Mental Health. The language of instruction in the program is Hungarian.

The program focuses on individuals and communities with successful life strategies and problem-solving skills promoting spiritual health, and it applies mental health aspects as well as an interdisciplinary approach in research.

The PhD Program is co-ordinated by Prof. Beáta DÁVID.

Research topics and focus areas of the program are as follows:

  • factors contributing to the physical and spiritual well-being of individuals,
  • mobilising social and community relationships,
  • value systems and symbolic capital (e.g. ideologies, religion)
  • maintaining and developing individual resources,
  • institutional forms of promoting physical and spiritual well-being. 

 Supervisors and proposed research topics in the PhD Program:

Gyula BAKACSI                                      

Societal / organizational culture and leadership in health care (using the methodology of the GLOBE Project)


Socio-economic developments in the second half of the 20th century and resulting changes in the mythology of the medical profession


Mental health and social capital: a social network approach to psycho-social resources of individuals, families and communities

Péter GAÁL

The role and significance of social capital in maintaining health care systems


The methodology of measuring characteristics in mental health promotion; effectiveness testing of training programs


The impact of Postmodernity on community models of leadership training


The role of personal goals and life goals in positive mental health: individual, social and societal approaches

Endre NAGY

Social and religious theories on normal and pathologic behaviours


Biological, mental, social and socio-political aspects of ageing and related tasks


The impact of acute mental stress on health; disease prevention and the identification of stress factors in the affected population


The potential of multidisciplinary approaches to mental health in healing and mental health prevention.

Pál Péter TÓTH

The influence of migration, particularly external migration, on personal life, human relations and relative well-being


New religious, youth, and self-help community movements

Szabolcs TÖRÖK

Social and mental health aspects of a preventive approach to health protection.

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