Faculty of social health and health care

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The Faculty of social health and health care has been operating since 27th June 2014 when the Decision about its establishment was taken by the National Assembly.

The state policy of education of the Faculty of Social health and health care is to provide education, qualification and improvement of a new type of professionals in the field of health and medico-social activities, care and services, social health care and health management, possessing high professional competence, motivation and competitiveness for a complete professional realization in accordance with the dynamic, the priorities and the trends of the health-social care, as well as the market needs in the conditions of the European and world globalization.

The main strategy objective of the Faculty of social health and health care is the optimal integration of educational, scientific and applied science, practice and innovations, in order to instruct, provide constant qualification and to improve professionals in specialities in the professional fields “Health care” and “Social health” of the educational degree “Bachelor” and “Master”, who provide quality, human and legal, health, promotion, prophylaxis, medico-social activities, care and services oriented to conservation, restoration, rehabilitation and improvement of the biological, social and physiological condition and quality of life of individuals, nosology and social groups in society.

The practical classes are held in rooms with specialized equipment.

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In the Faculty of social health and health care students are trained in two educational <strong

• Speciality “Nursing” professional field 7.5. Health care - duration of study 4 years, regular form of training, Educational and Qualification degree “bachelor”
The education according to the regulated speciality: “Nursing” has an educational history of more than 70 years. The speciality received a program accreditation from the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency. The plans of studies and programs, as well as education methods and means were synchronized with the professional national and European educational and professional normative base and respect the best traditions, experience and achievements in the field of medical science and practice. Our certified nurses, find excellent realization in public and private sectors of the national and international health systems, in the limits of the professional competence they acquire.

• Speciality “Midwifery” – professional field 7.5. Health care - duration of study 4 years, regular form of training, Educational and Qualification degree “bachelor”.
The speciality “Midwifery” started in the academic 2019/2020 year.
The training provides in-depth mastery of scientific knowledge in the fields of biology, medicine, health care, social and pedagogical sciences; of modern diagnostic methods of examination of the health status of pregnant women and women in childbirth. The certified midwifery may is able to work as in the health and education system, in the field of social services and activities.

• Speciality “Medical rehabilitation and ergotherapy” certified professional field 7.4. Social health - duration of study 4 years, regular form of training, Educational and Qualification degree “bachelor”
The speciality “Medical rehabilitation and ergotherapy” started in the academic year 2014/2015 after it received an accreditation from the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency of the specialty and the professional field 7.4 Social health.
It is a new profession in Bulgaria, which is one of the fastest developing professions in Europe and worldwide with an accent on the improvement of health and medico social rehabilitation of people with specific health and social needs, by the means of: individual development stimulation; gain of new knowledge, skills and abilities to live a complete life full of health; provision of psychological and social support and a better quality of life; social adaptation and reintegration.
The certified medical rehabilitation therapist – ergotherapist is able to work as medical rehabilitation therapist or ergotherapist in the public, social or private sector of the medico-health care and services: in medical and rehabilitation centers for adults of children with malformations; in various medical institutions, national and regional services for integration of people with mental diseases or addictions, schools or daycares for children with special needs, nongovernmental organizations, etc.

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Speciality “Health management” – certified professional field 7.4 Social health The speciality “Health management” started in the academic 2015/2016 year.

• Educational qualification degree “bachelor” regular form of training, duration of study – 4 years.
The specialists in the professional qualification Bachelor in Health management acquire in the process of training in the specialty “Health management” large and profound knowledge of theory and practice, skills and key competences providing the ability to analyze, appreciate and make prognosis, to take decisions necessary for managing health and social professional activities, health-insurance and social structures, institutions and organizations.
Our graduated specialists find professional realization as: health administrators and functional specialists at low or middle managing positions in medical institutions and organizations in the social sphere; consultants and experts in management of health, health insurance and social institutions, health organizations in the social sphere at regional and national level; management of health-insurance funds; commercial representatives and medical products distributors, medical devices and technology providers.

• Educational qualification degree “master”– regular and distance form of training (large and tight profile).
Specialists in professional qualification “Master in Health management” acquire during the period of studies of “Health management”, after the educational qualification degree “Bachelor” ЗМ (30 credits according to ECTS), or “Bachelor” and “Master” in other specialities (medicine, dental medicine, pharmacy, health care, law, economics, finances, etc.: 300 credits according to ECTS) knowledge, skills and key abilities as line and functional managers of Social health and Health management institutions and structures. Successfully graduated students are able to: make economical analyses; to develop plans and conceptions; to determine aims and strategies; to prepare expert reports; to be in charge of a team; to participate in the preparation of projects and calculations; to make consultations; to execute management and administration activity in health-insurance and social institutions, organizations and authorities in the field of health and social sphere with regional, national and European significance.

The Masterс in Health management can find professional realization as:
• Health and social managers, functional managers and specialists in managing medical institutions, health insurance funds, organizations from the health and social sphere at low, middle and high level.
• Consultants and experts in managing health, health-insurance and social institutions, health care organizations, health care and social authorities at regional and national level;
• Health and social functional managers at middle and high level of management of health-insurance funds.
• Managers, commercial representatives and distributors of medical products, medical devices and technologies.

The admission of students for all the specialities in the Faculty of Social health and health care is based on a written exam – a biology test.
Studies are carried out in accordance with educational documentation, approved international, national and local university educational regulation and standards.

Academic structure of Faculty of Social health and Health care

Collective management bodies:
General assembly; Faculty council; Dean; Vice deans;

Management of the Faculty of Social health and Health care:
Dean: Prof. Hristo Bozov, MD, PhD
Vice dean of Education process: Prof. Evdokia Sotirova, PhD

Academic personnel:
Scientific, teaching and studying activities in the Faculty of Social health and Health care are realized by an academic personnel consisting of 50 lecturers, 27 of them are habilitated, including 9 professors and 18 assoc. professors. The academic personnel correspond completely to the provisions of the University Education Law and the Law about the Development of the academic personnel as well as the internal regulations of the university.

Academic personnel:
Scientific, teaching and studying activities in the Faculty of Social health and Health care are realized by an academic personnel consisting of 42 lecturers, 22 of them are habilitated, including 6 professors and 17 assoc. professors. The academic personnel correspond completely to the provisions of the University Education Law and the Law about the Development of the academic personnel as well as the internal regulations of the university.

The academic personnel are divided into five departments:

• Department “Rehabilitation and marine medicine”:
Head of department – Prof. Hristo Bozov, MD, PhD
- Prof. Minko Mikov, MD, PhD
- Prof. Vasil Obretenov, MD, PhD
- Assoc. prof. Antoaneta Grozeva, MD, PhD
- Assoc. prof. Russian Paskaleva, PhD
- Assist. prof. Jordan Gavrailov, PhD
- Assist. prof. Svetla Shopova, PhD
- Assist. prof. Sonia Nencheva, PhD
- Assist. prof. Gergana Angelova-Popova, PhD
- Assist. prof. Varvara Pancheva, PhD
- Assist. prof. Peyo Sabev
- Assist. prof. Petya Alexieva
- Assist. prof. Julieta Bozhilova
- Senior lecturer Svetla Georgieva

• Department “Preclinical and clinical subjects”:
Head of department: Assoc. prof. Valentin Vasilev, MD, PhD
- Prof. Valentin Stoyanov, MD, PhD
- Prof. Atanas Arnaudov, PhD
- Assoc. prof. Radoslav Radev, MD, PhD
- Assoc. prof. Dilyana Zvezdova, PhD
- Assoc. prof. Sashka Mihailova, MD, PhD - Assoc. prof. Ilya Popov, MD, PhD
- Assoc. prof. Kaloyan Georgiev
- Assoc. prof. Miglena Georgieva
- Assistant Elena Kirilova, MD, PhD
- Assistant Stoyanka Nikolova

• Department “Health care”:
Head of department – Assoc. prof. Galina Terzieva, PhD
- Prof. Veska Shivacheva, PhD
- Assoc. prof. Georgi Panov, MD, PhD
- Assoc. prof. Valentin Irmov, MD, PhD
- Assist. prof. Zlatina Lecheva, PhD
- Assist. prof. Katya Popova
- Assist. prof. Maya Atanasova
- Assist. prof. Elena Daracheva
- Assist. prof. Krastina Todorova
- Assist. prof. Nedialka Todorova
- Senior lecturer Monika Obreykova
- Senior lecturer Petya Stefanova

• Department “Organization and management of health care”:
Head of department – Assoc. prof. Stoyanka Petkova, PhD
- Prof. Atanas Shterev, MD, PhD
- Prof. Petko Petkov, PhD
- Prof. Evdokia Sotirova, PhD
- Assoc. prof. Doncho Kermedchiev, PhD
- Assoc. prof. Zlatina Karadjova, PhD
- Assoc. prof. Vlagimir Gonchev, MD, PhD
- Assist. prof. Albena Yanakieva, PhD

• Department “Sport and animation”:
Head of department – Assoc. prof. Zlatka Dimitrova, PhD
- Assoc. prof. Dechko Ignatov, PhD
- Senior lecturer Maria Bureva
- Lecturer Dilyana Georgieva
- lecturer Dobrin Perev

Telephone numbers and email addresses to contact:
Dean:
Prof. Hristo Bozov, MD, PhD
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Vice dean of education process:
Prof. Evdokia Sotirova
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Education department:
Teodora Varzelova
GSM – +359 598 477; +35956/71-67-08

Technical secretary for speciality “Medical rehabilitation and ergotherapy” and “Health management”, and for the Faculty of social health and health care:
Zlatina Slavova
GSM – +359888 68 00 94; +35956/716 802

Technical secretary responsible for specialities “Nursing” and “Midwifery”
Diana Todorova
GSM – +359885 61 40 02; +35956/71-69-44
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