cod. 1008241

Academic year 2018/19
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Ecologia (BIO/07)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
24 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Students are requested to understand the essentials of the environment and health relationship, and to recognize the substantial differences between distinct classes of human diseases. Moreover they have to acquire the conceptual tools useful to distnguish the role played by environmental factors in causing such diseases.


A basic knowledge on Ecology and Animal/Human Biology is better.

Course unit content

The relationship between environment and health is ever more recognized as a major issue of the health systems worldwide. The course aims to provide the scientific and cultural basi to understand how environmental deterioration affects the biology and health of animals, with particular reference to humans. The main topics of this course will be: the organism-environment interaction, the health outcomes of the human genome project, the drivers of human diseases, the health indicators at global scale, the chronic and degenerative diseases linked to the environment, the frequency measures of human diseases, and the basic elements of ecology and environmental medicine of human populations.

Full programme

- The epistemological basis of biology and medicine
- Evolutionary dimension of disease
- Human genome, health and disease
- Global health: indicators and etiological data
- Communicable diseases
- Non communicable diseases
- Human populations and environment
- Carcinogenic risk
- Anthropized ecosystems, industrialization and public health


Scientific papers, on-line sources, and:
"Ecologia umana
Sviluppo sociale e sistemi naturali"
di Gerald G. Marten
a cura di Modonesi Carlo. Edizioni Ambiente, Milano.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons, interactive discussions and lectures

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral or written exam

Other information

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