cod. 1009913

Academic year 2022/23
2° year of course - Second semester
- Paola AFFANNI - Cesira Isabella Maria PASQUARELLA - Licia VERONESI
Academic discipline
Igiene generale e applicata (MED/42)
Formazione interdisciplinare
Type of training activity
80 hours
of face-to-face activities
8 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Students will know and understand epidemiological methods for assessing health phenomena and health needs; they will be able to apply epidemiological skills in reading and interpreting scientific articles; they will acquire an autonomy of judgment and learning related to the topics covered and



Course unit content

The course deals with aspects related to: aim of epidemiology as fundamental tools for identifying public health problems, identifying risk and protective factors, planning and evaluating public health interventions.

Full programme

Definition, scope and use of epidemiology.
Descriptive epidemiological measures (morbidity and mortality).
Epidemiological measures of risk (relative risk, attributable risk, odds ratio).
Case report, current statistical analysis, ecological studies, cross-sectional studies, case-control studies, cohort studies, experimental studies.
Criteria to the causal association.
Epidemiological study design.
The sources of the epidemiological data.
Standardized measures.
Bias in epidemiology.
The management of an epidemic.
The pyramid of scientific evidence.


Signorelli C. e coll. Igiene, sanità pubblica. Roma: Società Editrice Universo, 2021.

Didactic materials available on the specific platform (ELLY).

Teaching methods

Lectures will be supported by slide presentations, which will be available on the Elly platform.
Lectures will be held on-site in compliance with safety standards, provided that further instructions on the ongoing health emergency are not implemented. Supporting material will be available on the specific, student-reserved platform (Elly).

Assessment methods and criteria

The course includes an oral exam in order to assess the knowledge and skills acquired by the students during the course; moreover critical analysis and communication skills acquired will be evaluated.
In case of the persistence of the health emergency, the exams will be conducted remotely, as follows:
remote oral questions, through the Teams platform (guide
Students with SLD / BSE must first contact Le Eli-che: support for students with disabilities, D.S.A., B.E.S. (

Other information

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