cod. PR1005061

Academic year 2021/22
1° year of course - Second semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
integrated course unit
5 credits
hub: Parma Azienda USL
course unit

Learning objectives

At the end of the integrated Health Promotion course the student will have acquired the knowledge and the professionalizing tools necessary for nursing practice and culture. Will be able to design and implement health promotion strategies aimed at users of health facilities, families and the community.
The aim of the course is to provide the student with the basics to understand the meaning of the concepts of danger, risk and risk factor for health. The course aims to promote understanding by the healthcare professional of the possible health implications of exposure to various risk factors. At the end of the course the student must be able to know and use the personal protective equipment in the required context, as a measure to prevent physical, chemical and biological risk.


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Course unit content

The integrated course provides the fundamental knowledge related to the design and implementation of health promotion strategies, describing the concept of health as a dynamic, multidimensional, individual and social process.
Education and promotion to health in the nursing area, finds its foundation in the professional profile in health prevention and, especially in the development of the concept of health through documents that over the years have been developed by the World Health Organization, to promote health through healthy lifestyles.
Furthermore, the course provides the fundamental knowledge relating to the current legislation on safety, health and protection in the workplace. The basic concepts of occupational medicine and the issues necessary to know the causal links between exposure to risk agents and the emergence of occupational diseases will be addressed, with particular reference to occupational risks in the healthcare environment.

Full programme

Definition of Health and Determinants of health and disease ( Methods in epidemiology; Elements of demography)
General epidemiology of communicable diseases
-- Reservoir and Source of the infection
---Modes of transmission
Some epidemiological aspects of non-communicable diseases
The levels of prevention (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary)
General Prevention of communicable diseases
-- Notification
--Diagnostic assessment
---Isolation and quarantine
-- Disinfection/sterilization
-- Asepsis
-- Antisepsis
-- Active immunization
--Passive immunization
General Prevention of non-communicable diseases
The methodology of screening
-Highlights in communicable disease prevention
TBC, Influenza, meningitides and measles
Hepatitis A Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV-AIDS
Highlights in non-communicable disease prevention
Cancer disease , Diabetes , Cardiovascular disease
Environmental Hygiene
- Food and water-borne disease
Water as a vehicle of infection (pollution and disinfection)
-Healthcare associated infections and environmental opportunistic pathogens
The Occupational Medicine in the regulatory system of prevention and safety at the workplace.
European and national regulations for safety and prevention in the workplace.
Responsibility of the employer, the manager, the person in charge of the worker.
Occupational hazards in the health field.
Chemical agents, safety data sheets, labeling, risk assessment, prevention of risks and occupational diseases, procedures and personal protective equipment and the environment.
Physical agents, risk assessment, prevention and protection.
Biological agents, risk assessment, prevention and protection.
Ergonomic risk and behavioral. Evaluation and Prevention.


Barbuti,Fara,Gianmanco et al."Igiene"terza edizione,Monduzzi Editore.
Carlo Signorelli "Igiene Epidemiologia Sanità Pubblica" quinta edizione Società Editrice Universo.
Lezioni di Medicina del Lavoro. Mutti A, Corradi M. Ed. Berti

Materials provided by teachers

Teaching methods

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 assessment of the achievement of the objectives of the course is through a written test. The test consists of 30 multiple choice questions on the course contents (reference texts + documents uploaded to Elly during the course). There is no penalty for incorrect answers.
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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