Departmnet of Preventive Medicine

The Department of Preventive Medicine was founded on 1 September 1994 under the leadership of Prof. Vilius Grabauskas as its first head, a position he held until May 2007. The Department continued its work under the guidance of its head Prof. Žilvinas Padaiga from 2007 to 2013. Subsequently, Prof. Giedrius Vanagas served as the acting head in 2013–2014, followed by Prof. Linas Šumskas from 2014 to 2019. At present, the Department is headed by Assoc. Prof. Auksė Domeikienė. The Department of Preventive Medicine is an integral part of the Faculty of Public Health of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.

Our priority: to implement study programmes, conduct research activities, and improve the competence of health professionals.

Our aim: to deliver studies at all cycles, to improve the qualification of specialists in order to train modern health care professionals of international standard, who are able to learn continuously, work in the rapidly changing health care sector, and solve complex public health problems; to carry out interdisciplinary research in the public health sciences, and to carry out programmes of public health promotion and disease prevention activities.

The aim of the Department is based on the principles of comprehensive personality development, coherence between studies and research, academic freedom, and integration into the Lithuanian and foreign academic community. The Department actively participates in the implementation of the main goal of the University, i.e. to develop a healthy and educated society, to participate in the training of biomedical specialists and researchers, and to carry out the educational process.


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The research topic of the Department of Preventive Medicine is health risk factors, their management, lifestyle and health promotion in different groups of Lithuanian population.

The aim is to assess health risk factors, their management, lifestyle and health promotion in different population groups in Lithuania.


  • Assessment of the health, lifestyle factors and their associations in different population groups in Lithuania.
  • Assessment of the management of lifestyle risk factors in different population groups in Lithuania.
  • Conduct research on health promotion, education and literacy.

COSI obesity surveillance initiative renamed the European Childhood Growth Surveillance Initiative since 2016 (European Childhood Growth Surveillance Initiative). In spring 2016, the fourth nationally representative anthropometric and questionnaire survey of first grade children in Lithuania was conducted. The project was funded by the LSMU Research Fund and WHO. Project implementers: Prof. A. Petrauskienė, coordinator and principal investigator; V. Žaltauskė, J. Vaitkevičiūtė, researchers). The project is also supported by the graduate and undergraduate students of the Faculty of Public Health and municipal public health offices.

HBSC. The international study (Health Behaviour in School-aged Children) (HBSC) is one of the oldest WHO studies carried out by the Department since 1994. Questionnaire surveys of schoolchildren are carried out every 4 years. More than 40 countries in Europe and elsewhere participate in the international survey. The aim of this study is to gain a better understanding of young people’s lifestyle, behaviour and health. The target group of study survey is students aged 11, 13 and 15. The study is coordinated by the LSMU Health Research Institute in close cooperation with the Department of Preventive Medicine.

Projects of the Department



Implementation period Participants
European Childhood Growth Surveillance Initiative (COSI) Since 2008, a continuous study, repeated every 3 years Prof. A. Petrauskienė (head), Prof. V. Kriaučionienė
Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Since 1994, a continuous study, repeated every 4 years Lect. T. Vaičiūnas, Assist. J. Bulotaitė
Assessment of changes in health risk factors in Lithuanian schoolchildren and adult population during the COVID-19 pandemic and development of guidelines to reduce their negative impact. 2022-2023 m. Prof. V. Kriaučionienė (head), Prof. J. Petkevičienė
Assessment of the impact of alcohol control policies on morbidity and mortality in Lithuania and other Baltic countries. 2020-2025 m. Assoc. Prof. M. Štelemėkas (head), Prof. J. Petkevičienė
Chronic diseases and their risk factors in the adult population 2019-2024 m. Prof. J. Petkevičienė, Lect. L. Šileikienė
Dietary habits of the Lithuanian population during COVID-19 lockdown (part of the international COVIDiet study). 2020-2021 m. Prof. V. Kriaučionienė (head), Prof. J. Petkevičienė, Assist. L. Bagdonavičienė
Setting Peer Review Instruments and Goals in Medical (Health) Education (SPRING) (ERASMUS+ KA2). 2019-2022 Prof. L. Šumskas (head), Lect. V. Žalstauskė
Public health in everyday life: building the health of tomorrow here and now. 2021-2022 Lect. L. Šileikienė (head), G. Venclovienė (coordinator), Assoc. Prof. A. Domeikienė, Lect. V. Žalstauskė, Lect. J. Paulauskienė, Prof. V. Kriaučionienė, Lect. T. Vaičiūnas


Department of Preventive Medicine
Doc. dr. Auksė Domeikienė
Head of Department
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