Course unit partition: PIACENZA

Academic year 2015/16
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Igiene generale e applicata (MED/42)
Ambito aggregato per crediti di sede
Type of training activity
50 hours
of face-to-face activities
5 credits
course unit
in - - -

Course unit partition: HYGIENE AND EPIDEMIOLOGY

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)



Course unit content

Hygiene, Public Health, Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Full programme

1. Definition of Health and Determinants of health and disease
a. Methods in epidemiology
b. Elements of demography
2. General epidemiology of communicable diseases
a. Reservoir and Source of the infection
b. Modes of transmission
3. Some epidemiological aspects of non-communicable diseases
4. The levels of prevention (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary)
5. General Prevention of communicable diseases
a. Notification
b. Diagnostic assessment
c. Isolation and quarantine
d. Disinfection/sterilization
e. Asepsis
f. Antisepsis
g. Active immunization
h. Passive immunization
6. General Prevention of non-communicable diseases
a. The methodology of screening
7. Highlights in communicable disease prevention
a. TBC, Influenza, meningitides and measles
b. Hepatitis A
c. Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV-AIDS
8. Highlights in non-communicable disease prevention
a. Cancer disease
b. Diabetes
c. Cardiovascular disease
9. Environmental Hygiene
a. Food and water-borne disease
b. Water as a vehicle of infection (pollution and disinfection)
10. Healthcare associated infections and environmental opportunistic pathogens


Barbuti, Fara, Giammamco et al. “IGIENE” terza edizione, Monduzzi Editore, 2011.
Lanciotti: Igiene per le professioni sanitarie, McGraw Hill, 2012.
Signorelli: Elementi di metodologia epidemiologica, Società Editrice Universo, VII ed. 2009.

Teaching methods

Classroom lectures

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam on the whole program

Other information

The attendance, is highly recommended.