About the Researcher
Dr. Erika Marek, MSc, PhD
University of Pécs, Medical School, Department of Operational Medicine
Migrant Health Programs
Graduated as Biology (2001), Geography (2002) and Health Sciences teacher (2008) and has more than 10 years of teaching experience (both at high school and at higher education level). During her PhD studies (2008-2011, at the Department of Public Health and Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Pecs, Medical School), she conducted nationwide questionnaire survey about adolescents’ and adults’ knowledge and attitudes towards the prevention of cervical cancer, and organized educational interventions among adolescents and also HPV-screening and interviews among female sex workers (FSWs) in Southern Hungary. She has her PhD in Medical Sciences, Public Health: in the field of health education and health promotion (summa cum laude, 2013).
Engagement in migrant-health related issues
Since Spring, 2011 she has been involved in migration-health related topic as at that time she established research cooperation with Prof. Dr. Istvan Szilard in the field of the health of migrants and ethnic minorities (including Female Sex Workers and Victims of Trafficking). Since Sept, 2011 she has been working as a full member of the Migrant Health Programs Research Team, firstly as an assistant professor, and since the defence of her PhD as senior lecturer (adjunct). Since 2011 she has been engaged in all national and international research and training activities of the Department of Operational Medicine, Migrant Health Programs.
International project activities
Within the frame of some migration-health related international projects she contributed to the development and evaluation of pilot–trainings, training programs and training manuals (e.g. Health Management project, Erasmus LLP CHANCE: MSc in Migrant Health program). During the PROMOVAX-project (Promoting Migrants’ Vaccination among Migrant Populations in Europe), she assissted in the EU-wide collection and evaluation of migrant vaccination programs and in the development of recommendations for migrant vaccination and educational materials for health care workers and for migrants. Within the frame of the ARECHIVIC project (Assisting and reintegrating children victims of trafficking), she assissted in the identification of best practices in the supportion and reintegration of Child Victims of Trafficking (VoTs), and in the completition of the Hungarian Country Report. In a recent project of the Department, the ERASMUS LLP: C2ME: Cultural Competence in Medical Education – led by the University of Amsterdam – she assists in the quality assurance processes of the Program.
National research activities
The most important field of her research currently is (with the financial supportion of the European Union and co-financed by the European Social Fund), within the the frames of TÁMOP 4.2.4. A/2-11-1-2012-0001 „National Excellence Program – Elaborating and operating an inland student and researcher personal support system convergence program”), to conduct a comprehensive research entitled: „Assessment of public health hazards in Hungarian reception centers and Schengen Border Crossing Points”. (Application code: A2-JÁDJ-12-0191). During this study they visited 10 sites at selected Border Crossing Points, Reception Centres and Detention Centres and inspected the infrastructure of the certain institution – especially from public-health point of view. They conducted questionnaire survey with the staff (both health-care and the police staff) concerning their awareness of their occupational health risks (analysis of data and publication of results is ongoing) and focus-group discussions with representatives of migrant communities at the three main Hungarian reception centres (Debrecen, Bicske, Békéscsaba). The investigation of the health documentation (also the data collection) is still ongoing as a part of a new PhD research. She frequently publicates her research results in national and international journals, conferences (see her publication list attached).
You may read more on this on the Cornerstones of My Research page.
Meanwhile as a lecturer of several seminars and lectures for undergraduate and post graduate medical students (Hungarian and English Program) her task is to provide educational materials, to hold seminars, lectures mostly in epidemiology, public health, migration-health related topics.
Teaching tasks in the training program of medical students:
- Seminar leader at the Department of Public Health (since 2010 still to date):
- Disease prevention seminar (Public Health 1.)
- General epidemiology seminar (Public Health 2.)
- Lecturer of the following courses:
- Occupational Health seminar (Public Health 4.) in Hungarian and English languages (since 2011 still to date)
- Family Medicine lecture in Hungarian and English languages (since 2012 to date)
- Family Medicine for residents (since 2013)
- Humanitarian Assistance and its Medical and Health Care Aspects elective course (in Hungarian and English languages) (since 2013)
- Basic Principles of Health Care Provision in the European Union elective course (in Hungarian and English languages) (since 2013)