Chair of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine Jagiellonian University Medical College is a reference center in the field of epidemiological and socio-medical research in Poland. Research interests of the Chair encompass:

  • health-related quality of life
  • the role of social network in relation to health status
  • work activity after surgical treatment in cancer patients
  • work activity as an indicator of general quality of life in different age groups
  • the role of job stress in the general well-being
  • the role of psychosocial work environment in mortality patterns
  • social barriers associated with work activity in chronic conditions and continuation of work in older stage of life
  • psychosocial and lifestyle factors and their impact on health status
  • functional status and limitations in everyday activity and social participation in relation to quality of life in older age

Chair of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine consists of two units: Department of Epidemiology and Department of Medical Sociology, employing a team of highly qualified epidemiologists, medical sociologists, biostatisticians and representatives of other disciplines.

Chair of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine participated as partners in several national and international research projects: PArticipation To Healthy Workplaces And inclusive Strategies in the Work Sector – PATHWAYS (since 2015); Ageing Trajectories of Health: Longitudinal Opportunities and Synergies – ATHLOS (since 2015); Social determinants of active aging – the COURAGE-POLFUS follow-up study (since 2015); Elder neglect and self-neglect – challenges for formal and informal caregivers and medical and social professional care system (in cooperation with the Chair of Internal Medicine and Gerontology, Jagiellonian University Medical College) (since 2015); Gender equality and quality of life (GEQ) – a study of Norway and Poland (2013-2016); Collaborative Research on AGEing in Europe – COURAGE in EUROPE (2009-2012); Improving Access to Community-Based Services for Older People Living at Home (2010-2012); Breaking the Taboo – Empowering health and social service professionals to combat violence against older women within families (2007-2009); HealthProElderly. Evidence Based Guidelines on Health Promotion for Older People: Social determinants, Inequality and Sustainability (2006-2008) and many others research projects.




Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk PhotoProf. Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk, PhD

Head of the Chair of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland; Representative of the Rector of the Jagiellonian University for Education; former Head of Polish Association of Gerontology (Krakow Division) and Vice-President of the European Society for Health and Medical Sociology (2008-10). She is medical sociologist in the field from 1973 and author and co-author of more than 300 publications/chapters in books.

Research activity:

  • sociology of ageing
  • quality of life in older people (the role of subjective health, social network, social support)
  • quality of life in chronically ill persons
  • health promotion in older people
  • determinants of abuse in older people – Krakow study, quality of life in cancer patients
  • illness behaviours and gender-related differences in health
  • the social and cultural determinants of professional roles in medicine
  • follow-up study on predictors of mortality (20-year observation)
  • perception of abuse against older people


Aleksander Galas PhotoAleksander Galas, MD, PhD

Associate Professor at the Chair of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine JUMC, Head of Laboratory of Nutritional Epidemiology. PhD in the field of nutritional epidemiology and cancer. Research activities and expertise in: the role of lifestyle and environmental factors in health, nutrition and cancer, quality of life, research and biostatistical methods. Author and co-author of 80 publications (including research articles, chapters in books and others).


Barbara Wozniak PhotoBarbara Wozniak, PhD

Assistant Professor at the Department of Medical Sociology, Chair of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine JUMC. PhD in the field of social science. Author and co-author of 30 publications/chapters in books. Has experience in the area of: medical sociology, sociology of aging, quality of life, qualitative and quantitative research methods in health.


Monika Brzyska PhotoMonika Brzyska, MA

Research Assistant at the Chair of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine JUMC. Masters of Arts in Slavic Languages, professional translator. Co-author of 25 publications/chapters in books. Experienced as medical questionnaire interviewer, manager of research databases and researcher in national and international projects.


Aleksandra Pilat PhotoAleksandra Pilat, MSc

MSc in Sociology. Researcher and teaching assistant at the Department of Medical Sociology, Chair of  Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine JUMC. Has experience in the area of: sociology of aging, quality of life.