cod. 16319

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - First semester
Cesira Isabella Maria PASQUARELLA
Academic discipline
Igiene generale e applicata (MED/42)
Statistica ed epidemiologia
Type of training activity
16 hours
of face-to-face activities
2 credits
hub: -
course unit

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to describe and explain how epidemiological methods are used to identify public health problems, to plan and evaluate public health interventions; they will be able to apply epidemiological skills in reading and interpreting scientific articles, and they will acquire an autonomy of judgment and learning related to the topics covered and specific communication skills.


No prerequisites required.

Course unit content

The course deals with aspects related to the epidemiological methodology, and in particular, aims and application of epidemiology, and the role of epidemiology in planning and evaluating public health interventions.

Full programme

Definition, scop,e and use of epidemiology.
The role of epidemiology in planning and evaluating public health interventions.
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.
Screening test and screening campaign.
The management of an epidemic.
The pyramid of scientific evidence.


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

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

Signorelli C. Elementi di metodologia epidemiologica. Roma: Società Editrice Universo, 2011.

Didactic materials available on the specific platform (ELLY).

Teaching methods

Lectures will be held on-site in compliance with safety standards.
The course will be taught through frontal lectures, with interactive sessions.

Didactic 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.
The questions are designed to assess knowledge, the ability to apply
knowledge, judgment autonomy, and learning capacit
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Other information

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