Uniwersytet Jagiellonski (UJ)

The Chair of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine

Social determinants of health, social determinants of healthy ageing/successful ageing, social determinants of healthy ageing trajectories, quality of life, neglect/self-neglect, abuse/violence and health consequences.


Team members

Prof. Pdh Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk: medical sociologist with experiences in social epidemiology, sociology of illness and sociology of ageing, healthy ageing. Scientific interest and expertise: different aspects of health related quality of life in older stages of life, social and cultural determinants of the quality of life in older people: the role of social networks, social participation and social capital, unhealthy behaviours in elders as well as the relations between the exposure to different forms of domestic violence and psychosocial well-being in older people; gender related differences in well-being in relations to social position and satisfaction with life. Social determinants in illness behaviours in cancer patients and social dimensions of health-related quality of life.

Prof. Pdh Tomasz Grodzicki: internal medicine, geriatrics and hypertensiology. Scientific interest and expertise in determinants of health in older adults, multimorbidity, cardiovascular disease -treatment, prevention, and long term consequences.

Associate Prof. Pdh Aleksander Galas epidemiologist, expertise in nutritional epidemiology and cancer. Research interests and experience: social networks, quality of life; lifestyle, environmental factors and health related outcomes.

Assistant Prof. Pdh Katarzyna Zawisza biostatistician, expertise in structural equation modelling and IRT techniques. Scientific interest and expertise in research tool development, social determinants of health and health related outcomes, functional status, quality of life, predictors of mortality.

Associate Prof. Pdh Agnieszka Pac epidemiologist and biostatistician, expertise in advanced statistical analysis. Wide experiences in analysis of epidemiological data, nutritional studies.

Assistant Prof. Pdh Barbara Woźniak, medical sociologist. Experience in sociology of ageing, researcher assistant in the Department of Medical Sociology, Chair of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. PhD dissertation in social science focused on relation between religion and well-being in older age. She has experience in international studies concentrating on social issues and health status. 


Established in 1364, Jagiellonian University in Kraków has a long history of promoting high quality of education through didactics, research and the exchange of information between international institutions. Jagiellonian University Medical College is a leading Polish medical school taking pride in the excellent research and teaching staff. It consists of three faculties, namely Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Health Sciences. Currently the Medical College employs over 1 200 academic teachers and researchers, of whom 131 are full professors. Jagiellonian University Medical College boasts several decades of experience in implementing projects financed from foreign and national funds, including EU programmes and Polish government agencies. The Medical College cooperates with more than 20 universities from all over the world in the areas of research, education, exchange of staff and students and the organization of international conferences. JUMC has a staff of professional administrators with proven expertise in large project management. This includes the Department for Research and International Cooperation efficiently managing research projects and bilateral agreements with various institutions within and outside Poland and the European Union. According to independent audits, expenses related to the execution of projects are borne with proper discipline of public finances. Intellectual property rights protection, knowledge transfer and commercialization at the JUMC are managed by Jagiellonian University Centre for Innovation, Technology Transfer and University Development), established in 2003.

The team participating in the ATHLOS are employees of the Department of Epidemiology and Population Studies which is a sub-unit of the Institute of Public Health of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow. The department is responsible for teaching epidemiology and biostatistics for undergraduate and postgraduate public health students. The main research focus of the department are studies on psychosocial and economic determinants of cardiovascular disease and aging. The main activity in this field is participation in the HAPIEE Study (Health, Alcohol and Psychosocial factors In Eastern Europe) – the multi-centre study assessing the effects of dietary factors, alcohol consumption and psychosocial factors on health and aging which being conducted in random samples of men and women aged 45-64 selected in Russia (city of Novosibirsk), Poland (2 districts of Krakow), Lithuania (city of Kaunas) and the Czech Republic (6 cities) – four countries of Central and Eastern Europe undergoing rapid social and economic transition. The department participated in the Consortium on Health and Ageing: Network of Cohorts in Europe and the United States (CHANCES) – collaborative large scale integrating project funded by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme. Also as a successor of the POL-MONICA Krakow study (one of Polish components of the WHO MONICA Project) the department is participating in MORGAM (MOnica Risk, Genetics, Archiving and Monograph) Project.

Besides of the above activities, the department is active in monitoring primary and secondary prevention within the EURObservational Research Programme (European Society of Cardiology) participating in EUROASPIRE (European Action on Secondary and Primary Prevention by Intervention to Reduce Events) studies since 1998.

Team members

Prof. Andrzej Pająk, Ph.D. mmpajak@cyf-kr.edu.pl

Andrzej Pająk (M), professor ,MD, PHD, epidemiologist, head of Department of Epidemiology and Population Studies, Faculty of Health Science, Jagiellonian University Medical College. Principal Investigator of the Polish part of HAPIEE Project. Experience in large international projects in cardiovascular disease epidemiology including The WHO MONICA INTERSALT, CASCADE, EUROACTION, EUROASPIRE II-IV. Main field of interest psycho-socio-economic determinants of cardiovascular disease and aging. Member of the Committee of Public health of Polish Academy of Science and former Chair of the Section on Epidemiology and Prevention of Polish Society of Cardiology.

Magdalena Kozela, Ph.D. mmkozela@gmail.com

Magdalena Kozela (F) MS, PhD, researcher at Department of Epidemiology and Population Studies, Faculty of Health Science, Jagiellonian University Medical College. Member of the staff of the HAPIEE Project

Agnieszka Doryńska, Ph.D. agnieszka.dorynska@uj.edu.pl

Agnieszka Doryńska (F) MS, researcher at Department of Epidemiology and Population Studies, Faculty of Health Science, Jagiellonian University Medical College. Member of the staff of the HAPIEE Project

Krystyna Szafraniec, Ph.D. mygomola@cyf-kr.edu.pl

Krystyna Szafraniec (F) MS, PhD, biostatistician at Department of Epidemiology and Population Studies, Faculty of Health Science, Jagiellonian University Medical College.

Agnieszka Micek, Ph.D. agnieszka.micek@uj.edu.pl

Agnieszka Micek (F) MS, PhD, biostatistician at Department of Epidemiology and Population Studies, Faculty of Health Science, Jagiellonian University Medical College.



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