Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine  

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The Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine teaches Environmental Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Health Ecology, Occupational Healthcare, Healthy Nutrition and Nutritional Basics, Travel Medicine, Environmental Toxicology, Baltic Sea Environment and Health, Personal and Military Hygiene, Ergonomics, Occupational Safety Basics and other disciplines, which are taught by department staff with sufficient scientific and pedagogical potential. 


Compulsory subjects  

Bachelor‘s and integrated studies students  Master‘s students  Doctoral students 
Environmental Medicine  Environment and Health  Modern Public Health (together with other VSF departments) 
Occupational Medicine     
Environmental Health     
Health Ecology     
Occupational Healthcare     
Compulsory practice in health ecology     

 Elective subjects 

Bachelor‘s and integrated studies students  Master‘s students 
Ecology  Environment Protection 
Basics of Ecology  Household and Health 
Baltic Sea Environment and Health  Occupational Safety and Health of Doctors 
Environmental Toxicology  Ergonomics 
Healthy Nutrition  Employee Healthcare and Safety 
Basics of Nutrition  Women’s Work and Health 
Healthy Nutrition and Food Safety  Child‘s Environment and Health 
Healthy Nutrition and its Maintenance  Children’s Environmental Health and Kinesiology (jointly with the Department of Kinesiology) 
Military Hygiene and Epidemiology  Introduction to Nutritional Science 
Basics of Ergonomics  Maintaining a Healthy Diet 
Basics of Occupational Safety  Occupational Health of Medical Workers 
Work and Health of Odontologists  Health Ecology 
Medical Work, Stress and Health   
Medical Work and Health   
Health of Children and Adolescents   
Practicing Health Ecology   

Postgraduate studies 

Residency  Master‘s studies 
Occupational Medicine  Public health, 

Specialization – Health Ecology 

Development courses 

Occupational Medicine, 40 hours, for Family, Occupational Medicine and Internal Medicine doctors. 

Occupational Healthcare in a Company, 40 hours, intended for those intending to work or already working as occupational health specialists in companies, institutions, and other organisations. 

The subject of the department‘s research – the Impact of Environmental Factors on Health and the Prevention of Harm 

The main directions of the department’s research work: 

Working conditions of those who work with computers and their impact on health, evaluation of children‘s work with computers. 

The influence of psychosocial work environment factors on health. 

Working conditions and health of medical workers. 

Relationships of environmental and climatic factors with symptoms and morbidity of cardiovascular diseases. 

Associations of residential environment and lifestyle risk factors with chronic disease risk. 

Research is also being developed to assess the impact of environmental factors and nutrition on health. 

Project “Developing Competences at the International Conference (EUPHA)”, No. 09.3.3.-LMT-K-712-06-0002. 

In 2006-2008, the department carried out the ESF project “Creation and application of the practical activity simulation model (PASM or in Lith. PVSM) for student training at the Kaunas University of Medicine”. In the course of this project, the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine introduced the Practical Activity Simulation Model (PASM), which is still in use today. PASM is a computer program (simulator) + practical activity simulation situation, which consists of theoretical information of the topic + visual information + legal database + virtual practical work + problem situation + self-control test. During laboratory work, students perform virtual laboratory work and solve complex problem situations at the computerised workplace. In 2009, this project received the greatest support from the Lithuanian population and won the European Sail Awards for an e-idea beneficial to society. 

Employees of the department participated in scientific research: “Plan and Monitoring Project of Measures for Improving the Safety and Health of Workers in Agricultural Enterprises”, “Professional Injuries of Muscles and Skeleton During Work of Lifting Loads and Cleaning Premises”, “Investigation of Psychosocial Working Conditions of Medical Workers and Recommendations on How to Improve Preparation” and the OSHA European Agency Office project “Worker Safety and Health”. 


The department’s researchers cooperate with Lithuanian higher education institutions – VU Institute of Public Health, KTU Ergonomics Department, ŠU Continuing Studies Centre. There is active cooperation with the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, the Ministry of Health Protection, and public healthcare institutions. The department’s employees participate in the preparation of legal acts and projects of hygiene norms. Department employees participate in the work of the Ministry of Health’s Central Occupational Medical Expert Commission. 

International relations are maintained and developed with the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland, scientists of the Latvian Occupational Medicine Centre, active participation in the activities of the international network of health-promoting hospitals, and work in the field of occupational health policy formation in cooperation with the Institute of Hygiene. 

Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine
Tilžės g. 18, Kaunas LT-47181
Prof. Rūta Ustinavičienė
Head of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine
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