cod. 21950

Academic year 2021/22
1° year of course - Second semester
Roberta ZONI
Academic discipline
Igiene generale e applicata (MED/42)
"scienze della prevenzione nell'ambiente e nei luoghi di lavoro"
Type of training activity
14 hours
of face-to-face activities
2 credits
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course unit

Integrated course unit module: BASICS OF PREVENTION

Learning objectives

General and Applied Hygiene course aims to provide students with the basic knowledge to understand factors that may interact with the health of the individual and the community, and learn the meaning of prevention strategies. Basically it provides a series of transversal knowledge that should guarantee the starting point for further exploration of issues that will be addressed in other teaching activities over the three-year period.


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Course unit content

The course aims to provide knowledge of the basic concepts of epidemiology and general prevention of infectious and chronic - degenerative diseases with particular reference to current public health issues. Particular attention is paid to the general aspects related to occupational exposure and to the principles underlying the prevention strategies to be adopted.

Full programme

General epidemiology of infectious diseases: Host-parasite relations, sources and reservoirs of infection, transmission mode, mode of occurrence of infections in the population. General prophylaxis: types and levels of prevention; diagnosis, notification, isolation, sterilization, disinfection, sanification, pest control.
Active immunoprophylaxis, vaccines, vaccination schedule and strategies; passive immunoprophylaxis and chemoprophylaxis.
Epidemiology and prevention of non-infectious diseases of social importance.
Environmental hygiene: physical, chemical and biological contaminants and their toxicological aspects. Water hygiene: physical, chemical and microbiological criteria for drinking water. Wastewater biological treatment systems. Air pollution: the main pollutants and their effect on human health.


C. Signorelli – Igiene e Sanità Pubblica - secrets domande e risposte 2017
Società Editrice Universo
material provided by the teacher

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) and will include slide presentations, audio-video aids or video-recording of the lectures.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination.
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. (
student must demonstrate to have learned the basic principles of epidemiology and prevention, and to be able to evaluate the general preventive actions to be taken in the workplace and environment according to different ways and levels of exposure to risks.

Other information

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