cod. 1002568

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


Learning objectives

Provide the student with the basic tools and methodology to enable him/her to understand the concepts and contexts for the application of the prevention of infectious and chronic degenerative diseases as well as the fundamentals of the epidemiology applied (concept of risk factor, causality relationship, epidemiological studies)


Curiosity and attention to the world around us

Course unit content

Hygiene, Public Health Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Full programme

General epidemiology of communicable diseases: Reservoir and Source of the infection, Modes of transmission. The levels of prevention (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary). General Prevention of communicable diseases: Notification, Diagnostic assessment, Isolation and quarantine, Disinfection/sterilization, Active immunization, Passive immunization.
General Prevention of non-communicable diseases. Determinants of health and disease. The methodology of screening, sensibility, specificity and predictive value. Methods in epidemiology and elements of demography. Health indicators. Risk rate (Incidence and Prevalence), Causal Inference (Relative risk, Attributable risk and odds ratio). Classification of the epidemiological studies and some aspects of experimental studies (randomized controlled studies – RCTs).


Signorelli C. Igiene e Sanità Pubblica (Secrets, IX EDIZIONE). SEU, Roma, 2021
Signorelli. Elementi di Metodologia Epidemiologica. Società Editrice Universo. years of publication 2011

Teaching methods

The course will be held through lectures to Students either in the classroom (“in presenza”) or in synchronous-streaming (“in telepresenza”) on the Teams platform. Therefore, the opportunity of Student/Teacher interaction will be preserved both face to face and remotely, by the simultaneous use of the Teams platform.
Lectures will be supported by slide presentations, which will be available to students on the Elly platform (https://elly.medicina.unipr.it).
The teaching will be carried out with interactive teaching with presentation of case studies that will give students the opportunity to confront themselves with real data and situations and to understand how the public health tools are transversal to the different clinical areas.

Assessment methods and criteria

The method of evaluation consists of an oral exam.
The exam will be used to verify the connection, learning and critical analysis skills acquired by the students at the end of the course.
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 http://selma.unipr.it/).
Students with SLD / BSE must first contact Le Eli-che: support for students with disabilities, D.S.A., B.E.S. (https://sea.unipr.it/it/servizi/le-eli-che-supporto-studenti-con-disabilita-dsa-bes).

Other information

Classroom attendance is highly recommended