Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2019/2020
Partition: 
Matricole dispari
Teaching: 
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on SCIENZE MOTORIE
Disciplinary sector: 
HYGIENE AND PUBLIC HEALTH (MED/42)
Credits: 
9
Year of study: 
2
Teachers: 
Dott.ssa GALLE' Francesca
Cycle: 
Second semester

Language

Italian

Course description

The course is aimed to educate students about the main health determinants, giving them the basic knowledge of hygiene and epidemiology, in order to allow them to play an active role in prevention and in health promotion.

Knowledge and understanding ability: The student should demonstrate to know and understand health problems and possible prevention strategies.

Ability to apply knowledge and comprehension: The student should be able to use his knowledge to organize and conduct prevention initiatives, to manage environmental issues and to avoid health damages when engages his work.

Judgment autonomy: The student should be able to evaluate autonomously the different situations presented by the teacher during the examination and to apply what he learned in the fields of health promotion and prevention.

Communication ability: The student should be able to explain the issues learned in an easy but scientifically correct way, even in the form of a composition.

Learning ability: The student should be able to keep up to date continuously, becoming able to improve and enhance his knowledge about hygiene, epidemiology, and prevention through an independent educational path, by referring to texts and publications (also in English language).

Prerequisites

The student should have adequate knowledge of cellular biology, human anatomy and physiology.

Syllabus

Block 1. HEALT AND PREVENTION (12 h)
Health, hygiene, prevention. Infectious and chronic disease and other death causes: causes and prevention; health inequalities. The three levels of prevention.
Block 2. EPIDEMIOLOGY (12 h)
Objectives of the epidemiological methodology and classification of the studies. Frequency measures in epidemiology: ratios, proportions and rates. Crude and specific rates. Prevalence and incidence rates. Hazard, risk and damage. Risk factors, subjects at risk. Risk measures: absolute risk, relative risk, odds ratio.
Epidemiological studies: observational epidemiology; the sampling. Descriptive analyses. Analytical investigations: cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. Experimental epidemiology.
Block 3. EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PROPHYLAXIS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES (12 h)
Epidemiology of infectious diseases: details; temporal and spatial distribution of infectious diseases; infection and disease; contagion chain: microorganisms, hosts and transmission ways, vehicles, vectors; mechanisms of defense: the host immunity.
Epidemiology and prophylaxis of the following infectious diseases:
- diseases with air transmission: details; influenza
- diseases with fecal-oral transmission: hepatitis A
- diseases with parenteral transmission: hepatitis B and C; HIV infection and AIDS; tetanus.
Prophylaxis of infectious diseases: definitions, direct and specific prophylaxis; sanification, disinfection and sterilization; immunoprophylaxis.
Block 4. EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PREVENTION OF CHRONIC DISEASES (16 h)
Definitions, classification, epidemiology, risk factors and prevention of the main chronic diseases: cardiovascular diseases; tumors; diabetes; chronic-obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD); obesity; smoke, alcool and drug abuse; disorders of the evolutive age: myopia; scoliosis; dental caries.
Block 5. ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE (20 h)
Air and pollution. The microclimate: parameters, air vitiation, air cube, thermic balance and environmental wellbeing. The water cycle and water sources; potability criteria; potabilization systems. The soil: hurban solid waste and its disposal; liquid waste and its disposal. Hygiene of food: conservation of food; food-related infections. Nutritional education (mentions). Hygiene in sport (mentions).

Block 1. HEALT AND PREVENTION (12 h)
Health, hygiene, prevention and epidemiology. Infectious and chronic diseases.

Block 2. EPIDEMIOLOGY (12 h)
Epidemiological methodology and classification of the studies; frequency measures; risk measures.

Block 3. EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PROPHYLAXIS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES (12 h)
Contagion chain; prophylaxis; transmission routes.

Block 4. EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PREVENTION OF CHRONIC DISEASES (16 h)
Epidemiology and prevention of the main chronic diseases: cardiovascular diseases; tumors; diabetes; chronic-obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD); obesity; smoke, alcool and drug abuse; disorders of the evolutive age: myopia; scoliosis; dental caries.

Block 5. ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE (20 h)
Air, water, soil and food; hygiene in sport (mentions).

Teaching Methods

Taught lessons; didactic exercises; working groups; questionnaires.

Textbooks

Notes provided by the teacher, available at the following url: http://e-scienzemotorie.uniparthenope.it/moodle/course/index.php?categor....

1. James F. Jekel, David L. Katz, Joann G. Elmore, Dorothea Wild, Sean C Lucan. Jekel's Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health. Elsevier Saunders, 2013.
2. Snashall D. ABC of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. Publisher WILEY, 2012.

Learning assessment

The learning verification is normally based on an oral examination aimed to evaluate the ability of the student in relating and comparing the different course issues included in the 5 blocks HEALTH AND PREVENTION, EPIDEMIOLOGY, EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PREVENTION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES, EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PREVENTION OF CHRONIC DISEASES, ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE. ON THE BASIS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC EVOLUTION, THE EXAM COULD BE PERFORMED THROUGH A WRITTEN FORM, WITH THE SAME EVALUATION CRITERIA. The aim of the examination is to verify the achievement of the course educational goals.

More information

Lectures are in Italian. The professor is fluent in English and is available to interact with students in English, also during the examination.