cod. 1004877

Academic year 2023/24
3° year of course - First semester
Cesira Isabella Maria PASQUARELLA
Academic discipline
Igiene generale e applicata (MED/42)
Scienze della prevenzione e dei servizi sanitari
Type of training activity
21 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: HEALTH AND CARE MANAGEMENT

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, students should be able to describe and explain how epidemiological methods are used to identify public health problems, to plan and evaluate public health interventions. Students should be able to read and interpret a scientific paper, acquire specific communication skills and autonomous learning skills.


No prerequisites required.

Course unit content

Basic concepts of epidemiology as fundamental tools for identifying risk factors and protective factors, planning and evaluating public health interventions.

Full programme

Definition, scope and uses of epidemiology.
Descriptive epidemiological measures.
Epidemiological studies: case report, current statistical data analysis, ecological studies, cross-sectional studies, case-control studies, cohort studies, experimental studies.
Epidemiological study design.
The sources of the epidemiological data.
Bias in epidemiology.
Sreening campaign.
The management of an epidemic.
The pyramid of scientific evidence.


Signorelli C. Igiene, Epidemiologia e Sanità Pubblica. Roma: Società Editrice Universo, 2021.

Pontello, Auxilia. Igiene, Medicina Preventiva e salute globale, Piccin 2021.

Didactic materials available on the specific platform (ELLY).

Teaching methods

Lectures will be held on-site in compliance with safety standards. Supporting material will be available on the specific, student-reserved platform (Elly).

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam in which the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired during the course will be evaluated. The test consists of 31 multiple-choice questions.
Students with learning disabilities (DSA/BSE) must contact the University's Center for Accommodation and Inclusion.

Other information

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