The Medical University of Silesia (SUM) was established in 1948. The university has developed its activities and has become large Higher Education Institution. Now in five schools is provided process of education on 13 fields of studies focused on preparing specialists for work in various communities and national health care system. Medical University of Silesia provides education to over 9000 students, PhD and postgraduate students. The University conducts also classes in English (English Program) for students from all over the world. The University plays also an increasingly significant role in development of areas such as: cardiology, cardiac surgery, gastroenterology, hematology, nephrology and much more. The University maintains and develops various forms of cooperation with foreign research centers and universities worldwide through: joint research, participation in international programs and research projects, joint publications and participation in scientific conferences, as well as through numerous student and staff exchanges.
Department of Nursing Propaedeutics – coordinator of the Polish part of the METEOR project, part of the Faculty of Health Sciences in Katowice SUM, plays a leading role in the practical education in nursing at the University, studies social and psychological determinants of health and quality of life.
Department of Epidemiology – part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences in Katowice, provides education in epidemiology, environmental health, public health and biostatistics, conducts research in environmental and clinical epidemiology.