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Course unit
MEP3051912, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
PHARMACY (Ord. 2009)
FA1732, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HYGIENE
Department of reference Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MASSIMO RIOLFATTI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines MED/42 General and Applied Hygiene 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 5th Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 02/12/2019 30/09/2020 RIOLFATTI MASSIMO (Presidente)
SIMONATO LORENZO (Membro Effettivo)
5 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 03/12/2018 30/11/2019 RIOLFATTI MASSIMO (Presidente)
SIMONATO LORENZO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: For a complete understanding of the topics covered, acquired knowledge of: biology, anatomy, physiology, pathology and general profhylaxis of infectious deaseses is required. It is also necessary that the student has knowledge of physics, chemistry, microbiology and basic statistics.
Target skills and knowledge: - Tools for studying diseases at population level;
- Epidemiology and main methodologies for epidemiological studies;
- Healthcare system in Italy: organization, management, rules, problems;
- Identification and analysis of factors influencing health. Strategies to promote and preserve health;
- Principles and problems about prevention of communicable and non communicable diseases.
Examination methods: The assessment of profit takes place at the end of the course through a written test with multiple choice quizzes): 60 questions with one and only one correct answer.
Assessment criteria: The score is based on the score achieved in the written test: the correct answer is worth 1 point, the wrong answer takes away 0.25, the answer not given is worth 0 points.
Course unit contents: Hygiene: definition, objectives and aims.
Relations between humans and the environment in the onset of diseases. Illness health concept. Causes, causal factors and risk factors of diseases. Natural history of the disease. Prevention. Levels of disease prevention and health promotion. Health education: objectives and methods. Epidemiology: definition and purpose.
Basic operations and epidemiological method.
Indices of the health status of a population: a positive trend, a negative trend. Epidemiological indicators: rates and ratios, prevalence, incidence. Epidemiological studies: descriptive, observational, experimental. International and National Health Organization. General epidemiology of infectious diseases. Infection and disease. Natural history of infectious diseases. Etiology, causal and risk factors.
Epidemiology and specific prophylaxis of infectious diseases.
Poliomyelitis, measles, rubella, mumps, viral hepatitis A, B, C and delta, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, influenza, cerebrospinal meningitis, abdominal typhoid and other salmonellosis, diphtheria, tetanus, brucellosis, tuberculosis, toxoplasmosis, food poisoning.
Epidemiology and prevention of some non-infectious diseases of social interest.
Cardiovascular diseases, tumors, diabetes, chronic bronchopneumopathies.
Hospital hygiene.
Fields of action of hospital hygiene. Birth and evolution of the hospital. Architectural evolution. The hospital today. Structural characteristics of hospitals. Inspiring principles of the new hospital: Renzo Piano Hospital. Hospital building, areas: hospitalization, diagnosis and treatment, general services.
Health risks of the worker. Infectious risks.
Plant appearance. Hospital infections: epidemiology and prevention.
Risks from antineoplastic drugs. Biological risks. Risks from ionizing radiation. Musculoskeletal disorders.
Food hygiene.
General aspects of food health and quality. Food groups. I LARN.
General aspects of food contamination. Types of contamination. Diseases transmitted with food. Food fraud. Food poisoning.Food preservation methods.Toxic substances in food: natural and man-made.
Environmental hygiene.
Drinking water: water requirements, water supply, potability and control criteria. Drinking water. Legislation. Air pollution: contaminants and causes. Health effects. Legislation.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The teaching includes frontal lessons.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides and other teaching materials will be made available.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Barbuti, Salvatore; Giammanco, Giuseppe, Igiene, medicina preventiva, sanità pubblicaSalvatore Barbuti, Gaetano M. Fara, Giuseppe Giammarco. Napoli: EdiSES, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ricciardi W., Igiene. Medicina preventiva e Sanità Pubblica. Napoli: Idelson Gnocchi, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Auxilia F., Pontello M., Igiene e Sanità Pubblica Volumi I°, II°, III°. Padova: Piccin, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo