Odessa Medical Institute

Odessa Medical Institute of the International Humanitarian University was established in January 2009.

A license was granted for the provision of educational services by educational institutions related to obtaining higher education at the level of qualification “specialist”.

The first license in the field of knowledge 1202 “Pharmacy” for the training of specialists in the field of “Technology of perfumery and cosmetics” was received for 25 people.

The educational process was based on approved educational programs of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

The first intake was completed in the 2010-2011 academic year and in 2011 a license for the preparation of a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy specialty for 50 people was received.

In accordance with the curriculum, several courses (general and clinical pharmacology, technology of medicines, medical chemistry, biology and pharmacognosy) were formed and a department of general and clinical pharmacology was created.

From the very first days of the foundation, doctor of medical sciences, professor Peklin Galina Petrovna was appointed as the director of Odessa Medical Institute and Medical College of International Humanitarian University, who has been leading the institute and college for seven years.

In 2012, a license for the training of specialists in the field of “Dentistry”  was received for 25 people. A department of general dentistry, headed by Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Zubkova Lyudmila Petrovna, was created.

In December 2016, Odessa Medical Institute of International Humanitarian University was headed by Shuturminsky Vitaly Grigorovich, Ph.D., associate professor. He defended his thesis on the topic “Reparative osteogenesis with coated implants” in the specialized board at the Ukrainian Dental Medical Academy in 1998. From 1996 to 2002 he worked as an assistant, and since 2002 –  he is a senior lecturer in the department of orthopedic stomatology of Odessa State Medical University. From 2000 till 2014 – Deputy Director of Medical College of Odessa National Medical University.

Teaching stuff pays maximum attention to practical training in Odessa Medical Institute. There is a modern dental clinic, which is a training base for future dentists. Here, students master their work and improve their skills under the guidance of experienced dental practitioners. The total area of the ultramodern clinic is over 1,000 square meters. Approximately, 500 square meters are reserved for study rooms. Thirteen educational and clinical offices are equipped with the most up-to-date dental equipment, comfortable armchairs and drills with sensory inclusion of light. Here, future doctors pass state examinations.

Odessa Medical Institute is an active participant in scientific and cultural life. Each year, Odessa Medical Institute holds its own scientific conferences, seminars on which teachers and students make a report. In 2018, a postgraduate course in dentistry was opened.

In 2014, OMI celebrated its first 5-year anniversary. Our students and teachers actively participated in this event. And also the students made an unforgettable holiday on Teacher’s Day.

In the summer of 2018, OMI students took part in the annual Summer Sports Games.

Such bright moments serve as an example that our students take an active part in the cultural and educational activities of the Medical Institute.

Students of Odessa Medical Institute and Medical College of International Humanitarian University together with the teachers take an active part in conducting beauty contests, assist in organizing of the open door day, present the university at various sports competitions where they receive prize-winning places. Shah Zohur, a student of the 1 st year of Odessa Medical Institute of International Humanitarian University, who is studying in the specialty of Dentistry, recently took part in competitions in sport sambo under the program of the XXV regional student games among the higher educational institutions of the IV level of accreditation that took place in the sports complex Dynamo. In these competitions, Shah Zohur showed his will to victory and only for points lost the final fight, winning a silver reward despite the limited experience and the insignificant fighting practice of the competition.

Medical Biology

Over the past ten years all over the world it has been a high development of laboratory diagnostics, due to general trends in the field of health care, the development of biotechnology, evidence-based medicine and scientific and technical progress. The nature, the place and a role of the provision of medical services and laboratory diagnosis to a population has been radically changed.

Laboratory diagnostics is one of the most important components of a health care system, which provides diagnostic assistance to patients in assessing health status, diagnosing diseases, monitoring treatment outcomes, further predicting the course of the disease and quality of life, which is of national importance in maintaining and improving public health, and also a decrease in morbidity and mortality.

The main task of laboratory diagnostics is to obtain objective data on the health status of an individual patient, a selected group, or the population of the whole region.

The quality of the results of laboratory studies and the effectiveness of their use to provide the patient with quality medical care most deeply reflects the essence and purpose of laboratory diagnostics and is increasingly viewed through the lens of evidence-based medicine. The main idea of evidence-based medicine is to use in practice only those methods of diagnosis and treatment whose effectiveness has been proven on the basis of strict scientific principles and clinical research.

Every year, in 7,531 medical laboratories in Ukraine, 760 million laboratory tests are performed. So, for example, in 2009 there were 16.4 studies per 1 inhabitant of the country, 94.6 per 100 visits at the polyclinic, and 1 per person who dropped out of the hospital – 34.9. Laboratory diagnostics of Torsh-Infections, viral hepatitis, Hiv-Infections, new diagnostic directions and laboratory technologies, such as molecular diagnostics, immunophenotyping have also been actively developed in the regions

But, despite the fairly large amount and range of laboratory studies, the demand for them from doctors and the population far exceeds the capabilities of state laboratories and forms a direct flow to private laboratories. At the same time, laboratory tests are moving away from the patient and the risk of receiving an error at the preanalytical stage increases.

Over the past decade, there has been a tendency in the state regarding the deterioration of the state of laboratory services, a decline in the quality of laboratory research and a restriction of access to them by the country’s population.

The issue of improving the quality of medical care and the quality of laboratory results is relevant not only for our country, but also in the world. Many countries have established national programs to ensure the quality of medical care. The main reasons that encourage the governments of developed countries to widely fund scientific research on this issue are the rapid inflationary rise of a cost of medical care without an adequate increase in its quality and safety for the patient. So, to contain the cost of medical care, it is necessary either to sacrifice its quality, which is unacceptable, or to develop a system that allows you to objectively reduce costs by introducing modern minimally sufficient and most efficient technologies. These requirements fully apply to laboratory diagnostics.

In addition, the inadequate quality of laboratory support can also negate the implementation of existing and projected government programs for the development of medicine (including programs to combat diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, development of family medicine), because they are more focused on world experience and do not take into account the state of laboratory medicine in Ukraine, which today does not meet modern requirements.

The preparation of bachelors of 6.120102 “Laboratory Diagnostics” in the Odessa region is absent despite the development of laboratory diagnostics, due to general trends in health care, which provides diagnostic assistance to patients in assessing health status, diagnosing diseases, monitoring the results of treatment, further prognosis of the disease and quality of life, which is of national importance for the preservation and improvement of public health.

The acute need for highly qualified bachelor’s specialists in the field of “Laboratory Diagnostics” is evidenced by the insufficient training of laboratory service specialists in laboratory diagnostics, including ensuring its quality. The existing training programs for laboratory service specialists do not meet modern requirements and do not take into account the significant changes that have taken place in the world community (for example, new requirements and training programs for laboratory medicine specialists adopted in Europe according to EU directives in 2005).

For this reason, given the lack of training of bachelors in the Odessa region, medical diagnostic centers and medical institutions feel an acute shortage of highly qualified laboratory assistants who would competently, professionally and efficiently perform all types of diagnostics that are listed in the educational qualification characteristics of the bachelor in 6.120102 Laboratory diagnosis.


In January 2009, by the decision of the meeting of the founders of the International Humanitarian University and the Academic Council of it, a medical institute was established, which also included a medical college. The first license in the field of knowledge of pharmacy for the preparation of junior specialists in this specialty was obtained for 25 people. The specialty “Technology of perfumery and cosmetic products” was opened. The educational process was based on the approved training programs of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine. The first intake was made in the 2010-2011 academic year, the number of students was 76 people.

In 2011, the license enrollment for the training of a junior specialist was increased to 100 people and received a new license to prepare a bachelor in Pharmacy for 50 people. In the 2011-2012 academic year, the number of students increased to 170 people.

According to the curriculum, several areas were formed: general and clinical pharmacology, technology of drug production, medical chemistry, biology and pharmacognosy. From the first days of the medical institute and college, they were led by Peklina G.P., who became the first director of the Odessa Medical Institute and the Medical College of the International Humanitarian University. Peklina Galina Petrovnab MD, professor,her teaching experience in higher education  is more than 30 years, the author of 163 scientific and methodological works, 8 inventions and 8 rationalization proposals. The basis of the teaching staff of the institute and the college were associate professors and candidates of science.