cod. 1011092

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
- Roberta ZONI
Academic discipline
Igiene generale e applicata (MED/42)
Scienze della prevenzione e dei servizi sanitari
Type of training activity
14 hours
of face-to-face activities
2 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: BASICS OF PREVENTION

Learning objectives

The course of General and Applied Hygiene aims to provide the student with the basic knowledge to interpret factors that can interact with the health status of the individual and the community and learn the meaning of prevention strategies. Basically it provides a series of transversal knowledge that should be the starting point for further exploration of issues that will be addressed in other teaching activities, both theoretical-scientific and professional.o ver 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

Epidemiology and general prevention: concept of health and determinants; concept of hygiene and tools; epidemiology, data, descriptive and frequency measures (rates, incidence and prevalence), epidemiological studies, association measures. Prevention definition and prevention levels: primary, secondary and tertiary.
General epidemiology of infectious diseases: host-parasite relationships, sources and reservoirs of infection, transmission, mode of appearance of infections in the population. General prophylaxis: types and levels of preventive intervention; diagnosis, notification, isolation, sterilization, disinfection, sanitization, disinfection.
Active immunoprophylaxis, types of vaccines, strategies and vaccination schedule; passive immunoprophylaxis and chemoprophylaxis.
Epidemiology and prevention of non-infectious diseases of social importance.


Barbuti, Fara, Giammanco - Igiene Medicina Preventiva Sanità Pubblica
EdiSES università II edizione

educational material provided by the teacher: lessons slides

Teaching methods

The lessons will take place with frontal mode, in presence; the explanations of the teacher will be supported by the projection of slides suitably prepared that will also be provided to students as teaching material of study, deposited on the specific platform for access reserved for students (Elly).
During the course of the lessons students will be directly involved with questions, requests for examples, analysis of situations or problems to verify the degree of understanding of the concepts illustrated.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be oral: to verify the level of learning reached, the student will be required to be able to revise the basic notions acquired contextualizing them in particular situations or examples. The student must demonstrate that he has learned the basic principles of epidemiology and prevention, and be able to evaluate the general preventive interventions to be taken in the workplace and the environment, according to different modes and levels of exposure to risks.

Students with DSA/BSE must contact the Reception and Inclusion Centre (CSI) of the University in advance.

Other information

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