University of Pécs Medical School Department of Behavioural Sciences


Dr. Csathó Árpád






Leader: Dr. Árpád Csathó, associate professor

Leader’s contact: / +36-72-536-256


Address: 7624 Pécs Szigeti str 12.




Main profile

One of the main profiles of the Department of Behavioural Sciences of the University of Pécs Medical School is the undergraduate and postgraduate education to acquaint medical students with modern knowledge of behavioural sciences that are essential and interconnected with their future profession and to give an opportunity to acquire the communicational and other skills of the patient-doctor relation. In addition to education, the Department's other main activity is scientific work, which ranges from basic researches to clinical applied ones. Besides these two main activities, the department organizes trainings and courses for students and staff of the faculty, through which they can develop their skills, abilities to work, learn more effectively, and receive help with life management issues.



  • Division of Medical Education Development and Communication
  • Division of Clinical Behavioural Sciences



The Department of Behavioural Sciences of the University of Pécs Medical School teaches compulsory, elective and optional courses in Hungarian, English and German in the majors of General Medicine, Dentistry, Biotechnology and at the Faculty of Pharmacy.

Detailed descriptions of the courses taught can be found on the website of the institute:


UP Medical School, General Medicine




Basic module

Magatartástudomány 1. (Orvosi antropológia)

Behavioral Science 1 (Medical Anthropology)

Verhaltenswissenschaft 1. (Medizinische Anthropologie)

Magatartástudomány 2. (Orvosi etika)

Behavioural Science 2 (Medical Ethics)

Verhaltenswissenschaft 2. (Medizinische Ethik)

Magatartástudomány 3. (Orvosi szociológia)

Behavioural Science 3 (Medical Sociology)

Verhaltenswissenschaft 4. (Neuropsychologie)

Magatartástudomány 4. (Neuropszichológia)

Behavioral Science 4 (Neuropsychology)

Medizinische Psychologie und Soziologie

Magatartástudomány 5. (Orvosi pszichológia)

Behavioural Science 5 (Medical Psychology)


Elective and Optional module

7 Elective courses

5 Elective courses

10 Elective courses

22 Optional courses

27 Optional courses

6 Optional courses


UP Medical School, Dentistry




Basic module

Etikai és magatartástudományi alapismeretek fogorvosoknak

Medical Ethics and Behavioral Science for Dentists

Ethische und verhaltenswissenschaftliche Grundkenntnisse für Zahnmediziner

Elective and Optional module

8 Elective courses

6 Elective courses

8 Elective courses

18 Optional courses

17 Optional courses

6 Optional courses


UP Medical School, Biotechnology


Basic module: Ethics

2 Optional courses


UP Pharmacy



Elective and Optional module

2 Elective courses

1 Elective course

2 Optional courses




Our research group includes a wide range of clinical researches. Understanding the biopsychosocial and social background of neurological, internal medicine, and psychiatric disorders are at the focus of our research. Studies of the groups are multidisciplinary, these involve the knowledge from cognitive psychology, neurology, philosophy, ethics, psychosomatics, and psychiatry. Our main research fields are the follows: clinical neuropsychology, health psychology, ethics, psychotherapy. The clinical neuropsychological research focuses on the cognitive background of Parkinson's disease and temporal lobe epilepsy. Health psychological research is interested in the internal (diabetes, cardiovascular) disease. The main research field of Ethics is to understand the ethical questions of genetical interventions. The research of the psychotherapy studies the effective treatment of rehabilitation on neurotic disorders. Members: Dr. Kázmér Karádi (leader,, Dr. István Tiringer (leader,, István Hartung, Dr. Beáta Laki



Applied Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Group (ADSAIG) at the University of Pécs focuses on large-scale data management, data mining and data analysis using technologies from data handling, statistical machine learning and deep learning.  The goals of this group are to build systems and algorithms to extract knowledge, find patterns, generate insights and predictions from diverse data for various applications and visualization in many fields of interest. We have good relationships with several industrial partners like Microsoft, IBM, Arrow, ESTS We also have a fruitful cooperation with Faculty of Informatics at University of ELTE. Leader: Dr. Ádám Feldmann (



We are interested in acquiring a further understanding of health behaviour, with a particular emphasis on mental health and work-life/study-life balance.  Practical utilization of our research is also important for us, thus we use study results to develop interventions and trainings in order to help students and medical staff members live a healthier lifestyle and master their career challenges. Besides self-report methods, we also use various qualitative study designs to advance the scientific understanding of the interactions among biological, physical and psychosocial aspects of health behaviour and intercultural competences of medical students and medical staff members (e.g.: doctors, nurses, etc.). We are also interested in studies about significant predictors of career preferences and academic success of medical students. You are welcome to join us and conduct studies as part of your thesis-work, research project or PhD. Members: Dr. Béla Birkás (leader,, Dr. Nóra Faubl, Prof. Dr. Zsuzsanna Füzesi, Dr. Boróka Gács



The Group combines the methods of neuroscience and cognitive psychology to explore many aspects of human BEHAVIOUR. The methods incorporate the procedures of functional brain imaging, electrophysiology, and psychophysics. Of the current research activities, three directions can be highlighted. First, many experiments are addressed to the neurocognitive characteristics of acute sensation of pain, and acute mental fatigue. Second, we explore the widespread phenomena of internet and smart-phone addiction. Our main question is that how the excessive, addictive use of these info-communication technologies affects the structure and the function of the nervous system. Finally, in a Lab dedicated to virtual reality research, we extensively investigate individuals with tasks performed in virtual reality.  In virtual reality, the body may be present in two places at the same time. Our projects are addressed to revealing normal and psychopathological responses to this artificial self-duplication both in clinical and non-clinical populations. The Group welcomes applications for undergraduate research and doctoral studies. Members: Prof. Dr János Kállai (leader,, Dr. Árpád Csathó (leader,, Dr. Gergely Darnai, András Matuz, Eszter Simon



Publications on the research results of the staff are available in the database of the Hungarian Library of Scientific Works.


The most important news, events and results of the last two years

  • Learning methods for students – Two times in 2020
  •  “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in health care” training for the staff and the students of the University of Pécs Medical School – Four times in 2020, ten times in 2019
  •  “The 4 Essential Roles of Leadership” – 2019
  • Teacher Skills Development Workshop – Two times in 2019
  • Communication training for the full staff of the Department of Emergency Medicine – 2019

Publications from the last two years by the Department of Behavioural Sciences

  • Prof. Dr. Zsuzsanna Füzesi, Dr. Nóra Faubl, Mrs. Andrásné Polecsák (editor): Who is healthy? Thoughts and interpretations in connection with the film "Dream Tour". Student note from students (2020)
  • Zsuzsanna Varga, Prof. Dr. Zsuzsanna Füzesi (editor): Focus on students – how to educate the next generation of doctors? (2020)
  • Dr. Nóra Faubl, Prof. Dr. Zsuzsanna Füzesi, Dr. Tímea Németh (editor): Cultural diversity in education at the University of Pécs Medical School – the possibility of development of the intercultural competences (2019)