Zuzana Nováková

Mgr. Zuzana Nováková, PhD. (1986) received her Master degree in Pedagogy (Faculty of Science, PJ Safarik University in Košice); with a specialization in biology and mathematics. During her university studies she was interested in health education and health promotion activities within school education and surrounding. She completed extraordinarycourses (Social-psychological training; Drug prevention for university students) accredited by Ministry of Education.  

She received PhD in Pedagogy (University of Prešov in Prešov, Slovakia). Her PhD thesis was focused on health literacy as an outcome of school-based health education using action oriented teaching. During her doctoral studies she completed study-research stay at Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä in Finland supported by CIMO - Finnish government scholarship. At present time she is university lecturer at Department of Education, PJ Safarik University in Košice.

Her research interest is in a school-based health education with particular focus on health literacy concept as an outcome of school-based health education, the ways of developing and measuring. Her research interest is also oriented on action competence and action oriented teaching and its position within health literacy concept.  

She is a member of SHE research group within Schools for Health in Europe network.


Participatory  action  research,  child-centred  research,  youth-centred  research,  creating  and verifying health education interventions, program evaluation


2014 – present  Member of SHE research group (Schools for Health in Europe network)
2015 - present Member of  national team within Health Behaviour in School-aged children study
2015 - present Member of Focus Group School, Policy Development, within Health Behaviour in School-aged children study
2015 - present Member of Health Literacy Working group, Youth Engagement Working group, within Health Behaviour in School-aged children study


Scientific activities and projects:


Health and health-related behaviour within social context in adolescence project is realised as a part of Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study within grant APVV-0032-11 of Slovak Research and Development Agency under contract.




Correspondence address:
Mgr. Zuzana Novakova, PhD.
university lecturer
Department of Education
Faculty of Arts
Pavol Josef Safarik University in Kosice
Moyzesova 9
040 01 Košice
phone: +42155 234 7172
email: zuzana.novakova@upjs.sk