Nauki o zdrowiu: problem czy wyzwanie dla uniwersytetów medycznych?
Health sciences – a problematic issue or a challenge for the medical universities?
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Health sciences is a fairly young discipline which deals with the multi-layered analysis of such elements as health care, health system, health education. Health sciences undertake also a detailed analysis of the process of minimising the consequences of an illness while taking into account the technical and service-related background. A distinctive feature of health sciences is the fact that they integrate several disciplines from various fields of sciences such as medicine, biology, humanities, social sciences, economics, law and technical sciences etc. Health sciences have an open and dynamic network of scientific links and associations. This feature allows one to undertake interdisciplinary research within the field of social sciences. Creating health science departments at the public medical universities in Poland has resulted in heightening and diversifying their research and educational potential. By opening health sciences’ departments most of the medical schools managed to obtain an official status of a university. However in the field of health sciences the idea of universitas is transformed into the idea of diversitas – that is – an epistemic and methodological diversification. The idea of diversitas that characterises health sciences means a certain deconstruction of the monolith stability of the medical and pharmaceutical sciences. In this context it is interesting to define the university status of health sciences and their place in the structures of medical universities.
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