About us

The Department of Epidemiology of Kharkiv National Medical University was founded in 1930. The main focuses of the Department are educational, scientific, methodical and advisory work.
The educational activity of the Department is to prepare students for various educational components (disciplines) of educational and professional programs “Medicine”, “Pediatrics”, “Dentistry”, “Nursing” and “Public Health”. Within the framework of postgraduate education, training of interns, internships and specialization of doctors, thematic improvement of specialists is carried out.
The main directions of research work of the Department are improvement and scientific substantiation of the system of epidemiological surveillance of infectious diseases, applying new methods, including methods of modeling of epidemic processes and information technologies; ensuring the country’s biosafety through the development and scientific substantiation of rational and effective preventive and anti-epidemic measures; development of modern technologies for infection control and prevention of infections associated with the provision of medical care, and ways to curb the resistance of microorganisms to antimicrobial drugs. A separate section of scientific work is the study of the epidemiology of noncommunicable diseases.
Scientific and educational activity is closely connected with methodical work – preparation of monographs, manuals, methodical recommendations on epidemiology, actual problems of epidemiological surveillance and maintenance of epidemic well-being of the population.
The Department takes an active part in international research projects and associations, implements international grants and opportunities for academic mobility, etc.

Contacts
Adress:
street Trinkler, 12, educational building B, 3rd floor, Kharkiv
Head of department
Chumachenko Tetyana Оlexandrivna
Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor
to.chumachenko@knmu.edu.ua
Responsible persons
Makarova Viktoria Ivanivna
Responsible for educational activities, Assistant
vi.makarova@knmu.edu.ua
Railian Maryna Volodymyrivna
Responsible for scientific activities, Assistant
mv.railian@knmu.edu.ua
Semerenska Tetyana Ivanivna
Responsible for student scientific society, Assistant
ty.semerenskaia@knmu.edu.ua
Staff of the department
Semishev Victor Ivanovych
PhD, Associate of Professor
vi.semishev@knmu.edu.ua
Kliuchnyk Inna Oleksiyivna
Assistant
ii.kliuchnyk@knmu.edu.ua
Polyvianna Yulia Ivanivna
Assistant
yy.polyvianna@knmu.edu.ua
Orlovska Kateryna Volodymyrivna
Assistant
kv.orlovska@knmu.edu.ua
Berezhna Antonina Valentynivna
Assistant
av.berezhna@knmu.edu.ua
Monakova Olga Serhiivna
Assistant
os.monakova@knmu.edu.ua
History of the department

The Department of Epidemiology of KhNMU is one of the oldest not only in Ukraine but also in the world. It was founded in 1930 by Mikhail Nikolaevich Solovyov, a student of the founder of the national scientific epidemiology, Academician Danylo Kirillovych Zabolotny. World-renowned scientist, member of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences, Honored Scientist of the USSR, Academician MM Solovyov headed the department from 1930 to 1969. In 1933, M.M. Solovyov published a textbook in Ukrainian on the course “Epidemiology”, and in 1936 – a manual for physicians and students “General Epidemiology”. These textbooks became the first printed publications in Ukraine in this area.
During this period, the scientific work of the department and training was carried out in two areas: regional epidemiology and the development of epidemiology of dysentery, diphtheria, scarlet fever, infectious hepatitis, toxicoinfections, helminthiasis, tularemia and others. The results of these works are reflected in the dissertations, as well as some original works of B.V. Boykov, O.С. Gritsay, О.G. Schwartz, I.I. Savoysky, G.G. Rubinstein, G.M. Fisher, and later – V.M. Hurtovenko, L.V. Kolotylova, T.O. Tishchenko, V.А. Shmunes. Z.I. Mazurkevich, V.M. Zhidovtsev, N.I. Alekseeva defended dissertations on the topic “Epidemiology of helminthiasis”. Additionally, topics of the epidemiology of tularemia and measures to eliminate its foci (M.F. Shmuter), the epidemiology of food poisoning (I.I. Chernov), the epidemiology and prevention of infectious hepatitis (V.M. Zhdanov, G.M. Starobinets), viral diseases of encephalitis in winter (I.I. Savoy), etc. were studied. In parallel with the above topics, questions on the theory of epidemiology were developed (M.M. Solovyov).
In the early 60’s of the twentieth century, the department for the first time in Ukraine began to solve an important scientific and practical problem regarding the influence of certain environmental factors on the formation and maintenance of active artificial immunity against diphtheria and other infections. VD took part in the implementation of this topic and achieved certain successes. Chernenko (candidate and doctoral dissertation), A.A. Zagnoyko, O.F. Lysenko, M.N. Lysykh, L.V. Badanina, V.V. Medvedeva, I.Ya. Egorov, S.I. Lomot, V.M. Kolomiets, B.M. Ovcharenko, Yu.S. Fedorov (PhD theses). At the same time, the issues of epidemiology and prevention of various infections were studied. For example, A.K. Gritsay studied the epidemiological features of malaria, I.I. Klyuyev – tularemia, L.D. Romanova – helminthiasis and giardiasis, L.O. Klyach – helminthiasis, I.D. Ladny, G.I. Padalka – tetanus, S.M. Rundina – typhoid fever, O.M. Karaban – tularemia, Yu.O. Zheludkov – cholera, M.M. Gordius – acute intestinal diseases.
In the early 60’s of the twentieth century, the department for the first time in Ukraine began to solve an important scientific and practical problem regarding the influence of certain environmental factors on the formation and maintenance of active artificial immunity against diphtheria and other infections. VD took part in the implementation of this topic and achieved certain successes. Chernenko (candidate and doctoral dissertation), A.A. Zagnoyko, O.F. Lysenko, M.N. Lysykh, L.V. Badanina, V.V. Medvedeva, I.Ya. Egorov, S.I. Lomot, V.M. Kolomiets, B.M. Ovcharenko, Yu.S. Fedorov (PhD theses). At the same time, the issues of epidemiology and prevention of various infections were studied. For example, A.K. Gritsay studied the epidemiological features of malaria, I.I. Klyuyev – tularemia, L.D. Romanova – helminthiasis and giardiasis, L.O. Klyach – helminthiasis, I.D. Ladny, G.I. Padalka – tetanus, S.M. Rundina – typhoid fever, O.M. Karaban – tularemia, Yu.O. Zheludkov – cholera, M.M. Gordius – acute intestinal diseases.
From 1969 to 1991, the Department of Epidemiology was headed by a student of MM Solovyov – Professor Vladimir Dmitrievich Chernenko.
Teachers of the department in this period were associate professors V.M. Zhidovtsev, О.І. Lomot O.I. Goncharov and assistants N.I. Alekseeva, S.M. Rundina, O.M. Karaban, G.I. Padalka. The chief state sanitary doctor of the Kharkiv oblast worked part-time as a teacher B.M. Ovcharenko, head of the Department of especially dangerous infections of the Kharkiv oblast sanitary-epidemiological station T.S. Pankova and the doctor-epidemiologist of this department Yu.S. Fedorov.
From 1991 to 2010 the head of the department was Dr. Med. Sciences, Professor Oleg Mikhailovich Karaban.
Scientific activity at the department was started by world-renowned scientists, in particular Academician of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences V.M. Zhdanov, who proposed to the WHO a program for the global eradication of smallpox and which was successfully implemented in practice. This program was implemented in practice by a pupil of the Department, Professor ID Ladny, who was later elected Deputy Director-General of the WHO, and Professor O.M. Caraban. Professor VD Chernenko was a WHO consultant on diphtheria control.
Since 2011, the Department of Epidemiology is headed by Dr. Med. Sciences, Professor Tetyana Alexandrivna Chumachenko.

Department today

Today, the Department is one of the leading scientific institutions on epidemiological surveillance of infectious diseases, a training center for health care institutions in Ukraine. The Department has a scientific authority in the international medical community, is constantly evolving, responds quickly to the challenges and biological threats in the modern world, drawing attention to the priority of preventive medicine.
Material and technical support of the Department allows to apply modern pedagogical technologies in the educational process. The Department has a museum of the history of the Department and a scientific library, which are used in teaching and educational work. The Department has a scientific section of the Students Scientific Society of Kharkiv National Medical University.
During the period of its existence, the Department has trained 15 doctors and 65 candidates of medical sciences, currently 1 person is studying in graduate school.
The Department systematically holds scientific and practical conferences, the materials of which it publishes, and the bank of methodical recommendations and textbooks is constantly updated. Scientific achievements are summarized in the monographs of employees.

Educational process

The Department trains students in educational and professional programs “Medicine”, “Pediatrics”, “Dentistry”, “Nursing” and “Public Health” in the following educational components (disciplines):
• for applicants for higher education at the second (master’s) level of the 4th year in the specialty “Dentistry”, 5th year of I, II, III, IV medical faculties and V, VI and VII medical faculties for training foreign students studying in the specialty “Medicine” and “Pediatrics” – in the disciplines “Epidemiology and principles of evidence-based medicine” and “Military epidemiology”;
• for applicants for higher education at the first (bachelor’s) level, studying in the specialty “Nursing” – in the discipline “Epidemiology” and “Evidence-based medicine and standardization of nursing” (full-time and part-time).
• for applicants for the second higher education – masters (correspondence form of study) in the specialty “Public Health” – in the disciplines “Epidemiological Surveillance and Assessment of Health and Welfare”, “Organization of anti-epidemic measures”, “Biosafety and Biosecurity”, ” Fundamentals of immunology and immunoprophylaxis “.
Elective courses “Clinical aspects of immunoprophylaxis”, “Methods of epidemiology in clinical medicine” are also taught at the Department. Fundamentals of Evidence-Based Medicine ”and“ Epidemiology and Prevention of Infections Related to Medical Care” for 6th year medical students, “Biostatistics and Clinical Epidemiology ” – for higher education students majoring in Dentistry.
Currently, the Department actively uses distance learning technologies in the educational process, creating its own distance learning courses in disciplines.

Scientific work

The main directions of research work of the Department are improvement and scientific substantiation of the system of epidemiological surveillance of infectious diseases, applying new methods, including methods of modeling of epidemic processes and information technologies; ensuring the country’s biosafety through the development and scientific substantiation of rational and effective preventive and anti-epidemic measures; development of modern technologies for infection control and prevention of infections associated with the provision of medical care, and ways to curb the resistance of microorganisms to antimicrobial drugs; creation of a system of epidemiological -epizootic surveillance of infections common to humans and animals, in the context of the “Single Health” strategy, carrying out preventive and anti-epidemic measures under COVID-19. A separate section of scientific work is the study of the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases, namely – the development of a set of measures for the prevention of food-related diseases in school-age children in Ukraine. Currently, the staff of the Department is working on the development of intelligent technologies for assessing the epidemic situation to support management decisions in the field of biosecurity and socio-mathematical modeling of the effectiveness of management of social and epidemic processes to ensure the security of Ukraine.
Over 300 articles and abstracts have been published in the last 5 years; issued information letters – 3, guidelines – 16, monographs – 2, received 14 patents, 9 certificates of registration of copyright to the work.
The Department of Epidemiology cooperates fruitfully:
• with higher educational institutions and research institutes – departments of Kharkiv National Medical University and Educational and Scientific Medical Center “University Clinic” of KhNMU; National Medical University. O.O. Bogomolets (NMU); VN Karazin Kharkiv National University; Municipal non-profit enterprise of the Kharkiv regional council “Regional medical clinical center of urology and nephrology named after VI Shapovala ”; SI “Institute of General and Emergency Surgery. VT Zaitsev National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine “; SI “Institute of Microbiology and Immunology. І.І. Mechnikov National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine; National Aerospace University. ME Zhukovsky “Kharkiv Aviation Institute”; NSC “Institute of Experimental and Clinical Veterinary Medicine”; State Institution “National Institute of Therapy named after Malaya NAMS of Ukraine”, State Institution “Institute of Neurology, Psychiatry and Narcology of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine”, etc .;
• with institutions of practical health care – the Center of Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine; State Institution “Kharkiv Regional Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine”; Military Medical Clinical Center of the Northern Region; СE “Municipal non-profit enterprise Shepetivka Center of primary health care” of Shepetivka District Council of Khmelnytska oblast; CMPH “Kharkiv Regional Children’s Clinical Hospital № 1”; CE “3rd City Clinical Hospital of Poltava City Council”, CMPH “Regional Specialized Orphanage” Zeleny Gai “, CMPH “Kharkiv Regional Center for AIDS Prevention and Control”.

International Activity

The Department actively participates in joint international research projects, in cooperation with The Baltic Antibiotic Resistance collaborative Network (BARN) (EniLab projects, Healthcare Improvement Work in Europe: implementing guidelines prevention – HIWE, etc.), European Joint Action on antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections (EU-JAMRAI) (Europe fostering synergies projects to keep antibiotics working, HCAI, The Optimal Strategy of the Prevention of CAUTI), CDC (Control Diseases Center USA) and DTRA (The Defense Threat Reduction Agency) on introduction of intervention epidemiology in Ukraine, the concept of “One Health”, etc.
Department concluded agreements with the Public Health Agency of Sweden, Respublikines Vilniaus universitetines ligonines; Sfanta treime municipal clinical hospital Chisanau, Republic of Moldova.
The faculty members of the Department in 2021 received 7 grants from the WHO and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA, USA) for participation in IBTRS-2021, for training of trainers of mobile teams for vaccination against COVID-19; completed an internship at the National Health Insurance Service (Korea).
The results of scientific research of the Epidemiology Department were presented at numerous international scientific forums in the USA, Sweden, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Turkey, Poland, the Republic of Lithuania, Georgia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and others.

Postgraduate education

The Department trains interns in the specialty “Epidemiology”. For interns in the specialty “Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis” and “Infectious Diseases”, as a related cycle, the course “Clinical Epidemiology” is taught.
Specialization and internships in Epidemiology, thematic improvement courses on topical issues and prevention of human pathological conditions and public health are conducted for doctors of health care institutions.

Student scientific society

Head of the Department section of the Student Scientific Society of KhNMU – assistant of the Epidemiology Department Semerenska Tetyana Ivanivna.

Members of the Society are students of 4-6 courses of medical faculties of KhNMU.

Format – meeting of the society in online format (Zoom, Meet) or in person at the Department.

The main directions of the society:

  • students’ research work in the field of epidemiology, generalization and presentation of research results at student scientific conferences;
  • participation of members of the society in extracurricular educational, cultural and sports events of KhNMU, in events organized by the student scientific society and other public organizations.

Student conferences held in 2020-2021 academic year

  • scientific-practical conference “Problems and prospects of prevention of infectious diseases”, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the first BCG vaccination;
  • interdepartmental student online conference “The relevance of immunization in the light of new challenges for humanity”, held in the framework of the WHO global campaign “World Immunization Week 2021”.
Normative documents of the educational process
Educational materials