Department of Hygiene

Колектив на катедра "Хигиена", Медицински университет - Пловдив
Department of Hygiene, Faculty of Public Health, MU Plovdiv


e-mail : [email protected]
Phone: 032 200656 / 032 200657
Laboratory: 032 200655

Educational activity of the department of Hygiene

Consulting hours


Dental Medicine

  • Weekly schedule for lectures and practicals held by the Department of Hygiene during the summer semester of the academic 2023/2024
  • Curriculum for the lectures in Hygiene with dental medicine students IV year, summer semester 2023-2024
  • Curriculum for the practical exercises in Hygiene with dental medicine students IV year, summer semester 2023-2024
  • Pharmacy


    Academic standards

    Students in the following fields are trained at the department: Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Healthcare management, Management of Medical and Social Activities and Public Health, Nursing and Midwifery, as well as students from the Medical College (Public Health Inspector, Assistant Pharmacist, Dental Laboratory Technician, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiographer, Clinical Laboratory Technician).

    English courses are offered to students in Medicine and Dentistry. The course provides an introduction to the subject of Hygiene. Specific subjects taught at the Department include: Hygiene and Ecomedicine; Hygiene and Ecology; Hygiene and Ecology of Healthcare Facilities; Hygiene of Facilities for Medicosocial Care; Hygiene of Facilities for Continued Treatment, Rehabilitation, and Prophylaxis; Clinical Nutrition; Hygiene and Safety of Labor in Laboratories; Occupational Hygiene; Environmental Hygiene; Hygiene of Nutrition; Childhood and Adolescent Hygiene; Radiation Hygiene.

    Training consists in lectures and seminars (practical classes). The focus is on practical training – around 25% of the practicals involve field work – investigation of healthy and hygienic requirements in various community, industrial, food service, educational, and childcare facilities. Case studies have been introduced in the practical seminars and modern audiovisual equipment is used.

    The Department also offers medical internship and postgraduate training of specializing physicians. Lecturers from the Department are involved in the training of physicians specializing in general hygiene and occupational medicine. The academic staff is regularly updating the lecture course and practical seminars by introducing new multimedia presentations and interactive forms of teaching.

    The Department has been accredited and offers a doctoral degree in Hygiene (Including Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Nutrition, etc.).

    Academic Staff

    Assoc. Prof. Stanislava Nikolaeva Harizanova MD, PhD – Head of the Department, responsible for Postgraduate education

    Assoc. Prof. Stanislava Nikolaeva Harizanova MD, PhD

    Phone:032 200656
    e-mail: [email protected]
    e-mail: [email protected]


    prof. Dr. Penka Dimitrova Gatseva, MD, PhD

    Phone:032 200654

    e-mail: [email protected]
    e-mail: [email protected]


    Assoc. Prof. Angel M. Dzhambov, MD, PhD, DSc(Med)

    Phone: 032 200658
    е-mail: [email protected]
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    е-mail: [email protected]


    Head Asst. Prof.Elka Ilieva Toseva, MD, PhD – Chief Assistant Professor for Administrative Activities, and responsible for Quality and accreditation, Healthy and safe labour conditions coordinator

    Phone:032 200657
    e-mail: [email protected]
    e-mail: [email protected]


    Asst. Prof. Mihaela Milkova Hubenova, MD

    Phone: 032 200657
    e-mail: [email protected]
    e-mail: [email protected]

    Margarita Todorova, MD , PhD – student

    Phone: 032 200657
    e-mail: [email protected]

    Asst. Prof. Maria Gornakova, MD

    Phone: 032 200657
    e-mail: [email protected]

    Asst. Prof. Reneta Atanasova, MD , PhD – student, responsible for Update of web page of the Department

    Тел: 032 200657
    e-mail: [email protected]

    Asst. Prof. Paolina Yavorova, MD – responsible for Science and research activities, and International Cooperation and Project Activity

    Phone: 032 200655
    e-mail: [email protected]

    Asst. Prof. Antonia Kirilova, MD – responsible for Online education

    Тел: 032 200 657
    e-mail: [email protected]

    Asst. Prof. Teodora Mavreva Vasileva – Sertova, MD – responsible for Fire safety

    Phone: 032 200 657
    e-mail: [email protected]

    Technical staff

    Ivanka Pavlova – Chemist, technical secretary

    Phone: 032 200655
    e-mail: [email protected]

    Daniela Kostadinova – Medical Laboratory Technician


    Phone: 032 200655
    e-mail: [email protected]

    Venislava Terzieva – Chemist

    Phone: 032 200655
    e-mail: [email protected]

    Daniela Eneva – Laboratory assistant

    Phone: 032 200655
    e-mail: [email protected]

    Albena Petrova – Sanitary staff

    Phone: 032 200655
    e-mail: [email protected]

    Research activity of the department of Hygiene

    The research activity of the department is diverse and involves studies in the basic areas of prevention. A major part of the research has been done in collaboration with other departments and institutions. In the period of 2010-2017, 5 monographs and 10 chapters of books were published; more than 90 scientific papers in Bulgarian and foreign journals, including 18 papers with IF were published; more than 60 scientific reports were made in prestigious scientific forums in Bulgaria and abroad, more than 250 citations in Bulgarian and foreign journals are registered.
    Basic areas of research:
    1. Studies of the relationship between Environment and Health:
    The influence of air pollution on various aspects of health – population morbidity, analysis of the respiratory functions, physical capacity, clinical and biochemical changes in children and adolescents, etc.;
    The health benefits of the drinking water quality;
    The influence of some environmental pollutants (nitrates, thiocyanates, perchlorates, etc.) on the iodine status of children, adolescents and pregnant women]
    The influence of noise pollution in the settlements over the health of different population groups.
    2. Hygiene problems of occupational medicine:
    Assessment and health significance of physical (microclimate, noise, vibrations and light) and chemical factors among people working in the system for obtaining drinking water and wastewater purification; analysis of the professional risk of working with biological agents in the same field.;
    Psychology of labour, assessment of fatigue and stress, including the burnout syndrome in some groups of employees, etc.
    3. Hygiene issues in nutrition and dietetics – nutritional epidemiology: nutrition in various population groups – students, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, children and adults, people working in different fields and exposed to hazards; nutritional prevention of some socially significant diseases; functional foods, health assessment of microbiological and chemical contamination of foods, etc.
    4. Hygiene issues in childhood and adolescence – assessment of the physical development of children and adolescents; analysis of the morbidity and hospitalization of children from ecological risk regions in the country; studies on the incidence of some socially significant diseases in children and adolescents (overweight and obesity, micronutrient deficiency), etc.
    Attainment of academic degrees at the department after entering a competition at MU:
    2012 – Assoc. Prof. Tanya Turnovska, MD, PhD, DMSc was assigned the academic rank of Full Professor;
    2015 – Assoc. Prof. Penka Gatseva, MD, PhD was assigned the academic rank of Full Professor;
    2017 – Head assistant prof. Viktoria Atanasova, MD, PhD, was assigned the academic rank of Assoc. Professor;
    2018 – Head assistant prof. Stanislava Harizanova, MD, PhD, was assigned the academic rank of Assoc. Professor;
    2017 – Assistant Elka Tosseva, MD, PhD, was assigned the academic rank of Head assistant prof.


    Gatseva P. (ed.), Hygiene and ecology – Text- and Handbook for pharmacy students, (ed.), Med. Publ House VAP, Plovdiv, 2010, ISBN 978-954-8326-12- 4;
    Turnovska Т. (еd.), Handbook of Hygiene of health care services, Med. publ. “Raikov”, Plovdiv, 2010, ISBN 978-954-9666-51-9;
    Gatseva P. (ed.), Hygiene and ecology – Handbook for practical exercises for medical students, Med. Publ House VAP, Plovdiv, 2011, ISBN 978-954-8326-47-6;
    Gatseva P. (ed.), Hygiene and ecology – Textbook for medical college students, (ed.), Publ. house Lax Book Ltd, Plovdiv, 2015 .ISBN 978-9-189-018-7.


    Monographs of the collaborators at the department during the period of 2010-2017:

    Gatseva P. Some current health problems in childhood and adolescence and their prevention, Med. Publ. VAP, 2011, Plovdiv;
    Turnovska T. Quality of Air – Quality of Life, Plovdiv, Astarta, 2012, ISBN 978-954-350-134-2;
    Atanasova V. On the frequency intake of foods rich in lycopene and beta-carotene, Plovdiv 2016;
    Harizanova St. Occupational psychology – development and future. Professional stress, Plovdiv 2017;
    Harizanova St., R. Stoyanova. Burnout syndrome – practical guide for diagnosis, assessment and prevention, Plovdiv 2017;
    Bivolarska A, P. Gatseva, M. Argirova. Study on urinary iodine and thiocyanate concentrations in Bulgarian schoolchildren and students. In: Iodine-characteristics, sources and health implications, eds. A.H.Martinez, E.J.Perez, Nova Science Inc, NY., 2012, 109-119, ISBN 978-1-61942-708-2;
    Harizanova St., N. Mateva, Т. Тurnovska. Study of Burn Out Among Employees in Penitentiary System. In: Stoyanov D. (Ed.) New Model of Burn Out Syndrome: Towards Early Diagnosis and Prevention. River Publishers, Denmark, 2014, 147-159;
    Тurnovska T. et al. R. Dimova, B. Tilov, D. Bakova, St. Harizanova. Coping Strategies and Burn Out Syndrome Prevention. In: Stoyanov D. (Ed.) New Model of Burn Out Syndrome: Towards Early Diagnosis and Prevention. River Publishers, Denmark, 2014, 161-169;
    Bivolarska,A, P.Gatseva, T. Vlaykova. Environmental factors stimulating the manifestation of iodine deficiency disorders: A study on pregnant women. In Book Series: Advances in Medicine and Biology, vol.80, eds. L.Berhardt ,Nova Science Inc,NY.,2014,pp.129-144, ISSN 2157-5398, ISBN 978-1-63321-871-0 (eBook);
    Atanasova V, P. Gatseva. Natural food products, rich in lycopene and beta-carotene, or dietary supplements for cancer prevention. In: E-book: Frontiers in Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery, Bentham Science Publ., 5, 2015, 29-63, eISSN 1879-6656, eISBN 978-1-68108, Editors: Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS, M. Iqbal Choudhary;
    Atanasova V, S. Dagnon, D. Christeva, P. Gatseva. Effect of black chokeberry juice on generation of diethylnitrosamine from precursors in vitro experiments. In: Taylor JC (ed.). Book Series: Advances in Chemistry Research, Nova Science Publishers Inc, NY, 26, 2015,185-199;
    Dzhambov AM, Dimitrova DD. Road traffic noise-related hypertension and ethnicity as an effect modifier. In: Łucjan C, Gérard D (Editors), Traffic Noise: Exposure, Health Effects and Mitigation. New York Nova Science Publishers, 2017, 41-58. ISBN: 978-1-53612-550-4;
    Dzhambov AM. More residential greenspace is associated with lower noise annoyance: Results from a quantitative synthesis of the literature. In: Łucjan C, Gérard D (Editors), Traffic Noise: Exposure, Health Effects and Mitigation. New York Nova Science Publishers, 2017, 77-104. ISBN: 978-1-53612-550-4

    Succesfully defended phd theses of the collaborators at the department during the period of 2010-2017:

    2013 y. – Assoc. prof. Viktoria Atanasova, MD, PhD: “Studies on the role of some functional foods in the prevention of oncological diseases”;
    2013 y. – Assoc. prof. Stanislava Harizanova, MD, PhD: “Burnout syndrome among employees working in correctional institution”;
    2014 y. – Head assistant prof. Raina Vasileva, MD, PhD: “Hygienic characteristics of eating patterns among students in the conditions of social changes”;
    2016 y. – Head assistant prof. Elka Toseva, MD, PhD: “Health risk from exposure to biological agents among workers in wastewater treatment plants”;
    2017 y. – Assistant prof. Angel Djambov, MD, PhD: Road traffic noise pollution – a risk factor for some cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in adult population”.