Department of Family and Occupational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Debrecen


Head: István Kárpáti, associate professor

Leader’s contact :, Tel.:+36-52-255-252, Fax: +36-52-255-253

Address: 4032 Debrecen, Móricz Zs. krt. 22.



Regarding the number of students, University of Debrecen is the largest university in Hungary with 15 multidisciplinary Faculties (from law to agricultural, from economy to philosophy). According to the regulations in 2000, previously independent universities were merged in 2000.The most traditional faculty was the theology, established in 1538. The medical Faculty was established in 1912, later on become Medical University. Recently the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacology, Public Health and Health are providing education in this field.University of Debrecen is the only among Hungarian Medical Schools, where Faculty of Public Health has been established. Since then, it became a unique, internationally recognized competitive training centre, with doctoral (PhD) programme in all fields of public health, including primary care and occupational medicine. All departments of the Faculty were involved in international collaborations and in EU-FP7 founded projects and most recently in Horizon2020 project.Department of Family Medicine was established in 1995, founded and chaired by Prof. István Ilyés who was replaced as a chairman by Prof. Imre Rurik in 2008, than by Dr. István Kárpáti in 2018.

Main research activity
The main research topics of the Department have been: the cardiovascular diseases, childhood and adult obesity, endocrinology, aging male, health services research, occupational-related diseases, paediatric endocrinology and pulmonology. The department took part in EU funded projects, previously in FP6(RIGHT), later in FP7 (APRES, QUALICOPC, PHAMEU, SWEET), most recently in Horizon2020 projects (Feel4Diabetes, EUR-HUMAN). The department has the largest GP tutorial and research network in Hungary.

Educational activities

Medical Education in English
Our Department provides a wide range of education for students in medicine and health sciences.

Undergraduate education is provided for Hungarian and International students in the 5thacademic year of the Medical Faculty.Themes of theses for students could be negotiated with the lecturers in the field of primary care (family medicine, occupational health) and Public health.The presentations at the seminars could be downloaded at the bottom of the page.Postgraduate educations are offered in the governmental financed residency programs in Family Medicine and Occupational Medicine.Students from Saudi Arabia can take part in the postgraduate (fellowship) program in Family medicine, according to the regulations of their country.CME programs are offered in both field, in Hungarian language for almost 2000 practicising physicians in the neighboring regions and counties.Doctoral (PhD) programs are offered in The Doctoral School of Health Sciences.


  • Iski, G ; Rurik, SE ; Rurik, I. Expenditures Of Metabolic Diseases - An Estimation on National Health Care Expenditures of Diabetes and Obesity, Hungary 2013. EXPERIMENTAL AND CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY 2018 Jul 2. p. PMID: 29966152 (2018)
  • Latomme, Julie ; Van Stappen, Vicky ; Cardon, Greet ; Morgan, Philip ; Lateva, Mina ; Chakarova, Nevena ; Kivelä, Jemina ; Lindström, Jaana ; Androutsos, Odysseas ; González-Gil, Esther et al. The Association between Children’s and Parents’ Co-TV Viewing and Their Total Screen Time in Six European Countries: Cross-Sectional Data from the Feel4diabetes-Study. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH 15: 11 p. 2599 (2018)
  • Móczár, C. ; Rurik, I. Hungarian Managed Care initiatives between 2000 and 2007: Regional health outcomes of the Hungarian Care Organizations. PRIMARY HEALTH CARE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT , 6 p. (2018)
  • van Loenen, Tessa ; van den Muijsenbergh, Maria ; Hofmeester, Marrigje ; Dowrick, Christopher ; van Ginneken, Nadja ; Mechili, Enkeleint Aggelos ; Angelaki, Agapi ; Ajdukovic, Dean ; Bakic, Helena ; Pavlic, Danica Rotar et al. Primary care for refugees and newly arrived migrants in Europe: a qualitative study on health needs, barriers and wishes EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 28 : 1 pp. 82-87. , 6 p. (2018)
  • Van Stappen, Vicky ; Latomme, Julie ; Cardon, Greet ; De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse ; Lateva, Mina ; Chakarova, Nevena ; Kivelä, Jemina ; Lindström, Jaana ; Androutsos, Odysseas ; González-Gil, Esther et al. Barriers from Multiple Perspectives Towards Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, Physical Activity and Dietary Habits When Living in Low Socio-Economic Areas in Europe: the Feel4Diabetes Study. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH 15 : 12 p. 2840 (2018)
  • Vraukó, Katalin ; Jancsó, Zoltán ; Kalabay, László ; Lukács, Andrea ; Maráczi, Gabriella ; Mester, Lajos ; Nánási, Anna ; Rinfel, József ; Sárosi, Tamás ; Tamás, Ferenc et al. An appraisal: How notifiable infectious diseases are reported by Hungarian family physicians. BMC INFECTIOUS DISEASES 18 : 1 Paper: 45 , 6 p. (2018)

 Publications in Hungarian

  • Ilyés, István. Gyermekkori elhízás - vizsgálat, kezelés, megelőzés. GYERMEKGYÓGYÁSZATI TOVÁBBKÉPZŐ SZEMLE XXII : 2 pp. 73-76. , 4 p. (2018)
  • Ilyés, István. Familiáris hypercholesterinaemia - a háziorvos szemszögéből- MAGYAR CSALÁDORVOSOK LAPJA 11 : 3 pp. 4-6. , 3 p. (2018)
  • Rurik, I ; Kolozsvari, LR ; Aarendonk, D ; Angelaki, A ; Ajdukovic, D ; Dowrick, C ; Duckers, M ; Hoffmann, K ; Jancso, Z ; Jirovsky, E et al. Menekültek, migránsok az alapellátásban. Mit tanulhattunk az EUR-HUMAN projekt eredményeiből? ORVOSI HETILAP 159 : 35 pp. 1414-1422. , 9 p. (2018)