cod. 15766

Academic year 2016/17
3° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Igiene generale e applicata (MED/42)
Scienze della prevenzione e dei servizi sanitari
Type of training activity
14 hours
of face-to-face activities
2 credits
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Integrated course unit module: PUBLIC HEALTH

Learning objectives

Provide the student with the basic tools and methodology to enable him/her to understand the concepts and contexts for the application of the prevention of infectious and chronic degenerative diseases as well as the fundamentals of the epidemiology applied (concept of risk factor, causality relationship, epidemiological studies)


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Course unit content

Hygiene, Public Health, Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Full programme

Methods in epidemiology and elements of demography. Health indicators. Risk rate
(Incidence and Prevalence), Causal Inference (Relative risk, Attributable risk and
odds ratio). Classification of the epidemiological studies and some aspects of
experimental studies (randomized controlled studies – RCTs).
General epidemiology of communicable diseases: Reservoir and Source of the
infection, Modes of transmission. The levels of prevention (Primary, Secondary and
Tertiary). General Prevention of communicable diseases: Notification, Diagnostic
assessment, Isolation and quarantine, Disinfection/sterilization, Active
immunization, Passive immunization.
General Prevention of non-communicable diseases. Determinants of health and
disease. The methodology of screening, sensibility, specificity and predictive value.


Igiene, Medicina Preventiva, Sanita' Pubblica. Autori: Barbuti,Fara, Giammanco, Baldo, Borella, AAVV , Editore: Edise, year of publication 2014
Elementi di Metodologia Epidemiologica. Società Editrice Universo, year of publication 2011
(VII Ed)

Teaching methods

The course is organized in lectures

Assessment methods and criteria

The method of evaluation consists of an oral exam.

Other information

Classroom attendance is highly recommended.